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Coronavirus updates

St John's College is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire community, in and outside of Cambridge.

Stage 2 of the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown began on Monday 12 April. 

Read the Government guidance

Message from the Master: Easter Term

The Master, Heather Hancock, has issued a message to students regarding arrangements in Easter Term. The message explains the return process, testing, rent arrangements, quarantine, and next term's plans. Read the full message.

In summary:

You can return to Cambridge if …
1.You have already been given permission to return for in-person teaching, or as a research student; or
2. You already have College permission to return for reasons of health, or access to facilities; or
3. You now plan to return to Cambridge because you believe this is necessary for you to be able to study effectively, to prepare for examinations, or for health reasons. 

Everyone who plans to return must notify us in advance – whether you live in onsite College accommodation, off-site College. It would be helpful if you come back by Monday 19 April so you can take part in the ongoing Asymptomatic testing programme as soon as possible.

Before you return, you must follow certain rules on testing and/or quarantine

The second part of Stage 1 of the Government’s Roadmap out of Lockdown began on Monday 29 March, and certain rules have now changed - read how this affects St John's below:

  • Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people (the Rule of 6) or two households will also be allowed. Meetings between households indoors are still prohibited by law and the social distancing rule of 2m is still in place. There is no change to the College visitor policy (no visitors permitted on site) or to the face coverings policy.
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports. To support this, the Playing Fields will be open for a range of sports, including rugby, football, hockey, netball, tennis, cricket, volleyball, lacrosse and frisbee. No booking is required, but to use the courts contact the Head Groundsman for the updated code. All sports are required to follow the risk assessments provided to the Head Groundsman.If in any doubt, please consult the National Association guidance for the relevant sport.  Please note, the only matches permitted under Government guidelines are officially sanctioned League or CUPPERs games.
  • The ‘stay at home’ rule ended on 29 March but many restrictions remain in place. People should minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons.
  • Easter vacation and screening: If you are in Cambridge, returning home for Easter is strongly discouraged but one journey home is now permitted in the latest Government guidance. If you are planning to depart from Cambridge, you should aim to take part in the screening programme immediately prior to travel and once you have your results.  A limited number of pre-departure tests are also available. The window for travel is from 8 March to 29 April. Students are asked to time the date of their return to enable them to participate in asymptomatic testing immediately on arrival i.e. arrive in College on Sunday or Monday for Tuesday testing. Further details.

    Please ensure that you register your test when you contribute to a swab or pooled screening test by scanning the QR code on the envelope or entering the URL – otherwise we wont know if you have taken part.
  • Return to University: See Message from the Master below.


Buttery update

The Buttery continues to open on a takeaway only basis and food can be eaten in Hall at the tables which are set-up to allow 2metre social distancing. We hope to provide more outdoor eating space, following the relevant Government restrictions (currently, not more than two households or six people mixing outdoors).

Library update 

From Monday 12 April, pre-bookable study sessions will be available on weekday mornings (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-12.00) as well as weekday afternoons (Mon-Fri, 1.30-4.30pm). Demand for desk space is high, so please cancel your booking on Moodle or email the Library if you no longer need it.  

Access to the Library building is limited to those with a pre-booked study session. For printing/scanning please use the printer in the Fisher Building Foyer (open 8am-8pm seven days a week). 

To borrow items, please use our click & collect service. The collection point is Forecourt Porters’ Lodge, where there is also a returns box for any borrowed items. 

The ‘Virtual Library’ study sessions on Zoom are continuing on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (2-4.30pm) throughout the Easter Vacation. Zoom meeting link Meeting ID: 852 7751 2012 

Fitness Centre update

The Fitness Centre has now reopened and is open daily from 6am until 10pm.

All sessions must be booked in advance, and can be booked last minute if there is availability.

If you are not able to attend your booked session, please ensure you cancel it so that other people can use the facilities as capacity is limited to four people at a time. Only those who have previously been authorised to use the Fitness Centre will be permitted to book a slot, and unfortunately inductions for new users are not currently available.

The Free Weights room will remain closed for the time being.

Book a space in the Fitness Centre

Housekeeping update

The Bedmaking/Gyp team has returned to College to clean communal areas such as student kitchens and bathrooms, both inside and outside the accommodation.

The evening and weekend team has also returned to ensure that all the ‘high touch’ areas are cleaned throughout the evening, and also on Saturdays and Sundays, such as Porters’ Lodges, toilets, and supervisors’ rooms.

From 26 April the team will resume their once per fortnight visits to clean student rooms inside the College.

All previous safety precautions will apply, such as wearing face coverings, social distancing, and the use of hand sanitiser.  

Study spaces

The Annex Rooms in the Fisher Building will be open from 31 March until 17 May from 9am to 6pm each day. The rooms will be bookable in the usual way and, as with the All Saints Passage Supervision Rooms, will be closed for cleaning from 2pm to 3pm. They will also be cleaned before 9am each morning. Students will be responsible for conducting cleaning at other times during the day.

Asymptomatic testing

The University has issued an update to all students about the arrangements for the asymptomatic testing programme over the Easter vacation. See the Asymptomatic Testing section for general details of the programme.

Bar: Meal deal and patio drinking

Visitors to the Bar can now buy a takeaway panini, hot drink and a slice of cake for £4.95 anytime between noon and 6pm. 

The Bar is now serving alcoholic and soft drinks on the patio area in line with Government regulations, from 4pm to 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 12pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday.

Punting returns

The Punt Society has implemented Covid-secure rules to allow the return of punt hire on the River Cam.

Punt hire is only available to St John's students who are currently resident in Cambridge, Fellows and members of staff. Occupancy is restricted to members of one household and not more than six people in a single punt. 

Full details on The Punt Society page

Chapel – study space and private prayer

The study space facility has proved popular, so we are extending it until 17 May.

The normal hours are still 9.30am-5pm, but there may be a few days where the hours will be curtailed for choir rehearsals and recordings. The Chaplain will put these variations up on the student Facebook page, and there will be signs in Chapel too.

The Chapel is also open daily for private prayer from 9.30am-5pm.

Exams and assessment

The examination and assessment timetable is under review. It is likely that the timetable will extend to 2 July, but we will seek to ensure that final year undergraduates and postgraduate students on taught courses have their exams scheduled as early as possible to enable them to graduate.


Work is underway to establish whether some form of modified in-person graduation ceremony is possible this summer. This will depend on government restrictions, and on whether an in-person event can be carried out safely.

Out-of-hours mental health support

Mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health and wellbeing remains a priority for the University and Collegiate Cambridge. Students at St John's are encouraged to contact the Health and Wellbeing Centre to access support available. 

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse outside of standard working hours, or if you're worried about someone you know, out-of-hours help is available. 

Multi-Faith Prayer Room 

The Multi-Faith Prayer Room - D8 Cripps is now available for use. 

This room can be booked for single use at any time of the day or night on the online booking system. Please collect a key for access from the Cripps Porters Lodge. Cleaning products will be left in the room for you to use, as necessary.

Coronavirus updates February 2021 

Student rent

Colleges will not charge students who are not able to return to Cambridge as a result of the current government legislation and guidance. 

Students who are not able to return to Cambridge as a result of the current government lockdown legislation and guidance will not be charged rent. This is with effect from 1 January 2021, until further notice. Those who have returned to College accommodation during Lent Term 2021 will be charged rent from 1 January 2021. Rent bills for those in residence will now be issued on Friday 22 January and the payment deadline is Friday 12 February. 

Government and University guidelines dictate that, during the national lockdown, movement in term-time between home and University is to be strictly avoided unless essential. In exceptional circumstances where a student has to return home unexpectedly for personal reasons, the rent situation will be reviewed on a case by case basis, in consultation with the relevant Tutor.  Similarly, if a student based at home has cause to return to College (with prior permission from their Tutor and the Senior Tutor) on a date on or after Tuesday 2nd February (2 weeks after the start of Full Term), rent will be charged from the date of arrival. 

Full details of Rent for the Lent Term

Visitor policy and social bubbles

The visitor policy has been updated to reflect that all Colleges have agreed that social bubbles formed by single students must be within their own College. No cross-College student bubbles are permitted. 

Read the updated visitor policy

Face coverings – updated policy

Face coverings are now required at all times in all indoor work or study settings on the main College site, even if two-metre social distancing can be achieved. The only exceptions are for people working in single occupancy rooms with closed doors, when eating or drinking, or for people who are exempt. Face coverings should be carried at all times. 

This requirement does not apply on the Paddock, in the Fellows’ Garden, Scholars’ Garden, or on the Playing Fields.

Study spaces now open

All Saints Passage study rooms are now open to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Spaces must be booked. The kitchenette cannot be used as it is not possible to regulate the use of it or keep it clean. They are open from 9am-7pm with a maximum of two people per booking and a three-hour time limit per booking. Booking is via the Public Rooms booking system. Entrance is through the gates into Corfield Court and on the right.

Ante-Chapel is also now available as study space from 9.30am to 5pm every day. Chairs and tables are available but it isn’t a conventional study space: the lighting can be poor when the weather is overcast, it can be a bit draughty and there are no power sockets available. There might also be organ practice happening at times! But you are very welcome to give it a try. Up to 12 people will be able to use it at any one time. No booking/reservation required. Please enter via the Chapel Court door, and exit via the First Court door. There will be signage directing you, with additional reminders about Covid-19 security (including a cleaning protocol). The study space is only available during Full Term.


The main Chapel is unlocked twice a day to give members of College access to the whole space. The Chapel itself is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm, and from 11.30am-12.30pm the main Chapel will be unlocked for members of College to use to relax, pray, work, or read. Someone will be on duty during this period to make sure all of the Covid-19 rules are followed, but do make use of the space to have a change of scene.

In-person worship in Chapel has resumed for the 8.30am Sunday College Communion for resident members of College. It is also being livestreamed on the SJC Chaplain Facebook group page for those who can’t attend. 

Other Chapel services continue to be delivered online and full details are on the Chapel section of the website. 


The Buttery now opens from 6-7pm every night for takeaways. 

The daytime takeaway service continues to be available from the Buttery from 11.30am-1.30pm, and hot drinks are being served as takeaways from the Bar between 10am and 6pm every day.

Fellows, students and staff can now take their takeaway lunch and dinner meals in to the Hall to eat. The space is available for dining only (not as a study space). There will be 2.5m spacing between diners, a member of catering staff supervising, and cleaning will take place between each user.

A grocery click and collect service from the Bar is still available on Upay.  


Maintenance services are continuing. Urgent requests will be prioritised and non-urgent tasks may be delayed until the situation improves.


The team of Porters will continue to work as they have throughout the pandemic. The Forecourt Lodge entrance and the Cripps entrance will continue to be open and staffed.

Covid-19 helpdesk

The College’s Covid-19 helpdesk deals with all policy and guidance questions relating to the College’s response to Covid-19. It is staffed between 8am and 5pm seven days a week. Do get in touch if you have any questions.

View the weekly College Bulletins for the latest updates at St John’s.

Covid-19 Student Guidelines

The Covid-19 Student Guidelines should be referred to regularly by undergraduates and postgraduates for the latest rules and guidance for life at St John’s College during the pandemic.

They are intended to be used in parallel with The Student Handbook which is an important and comprehensive source of information for our student community. The rules in the Student Handbook may sometimes depart from the Covid-19 Student Guidelines in various ways throughout the year, sometimes for short periods of time and sometimes at short notice.

Anyone who is in any doubt about the rules and principles that govern College life during the 2020/21 academic year should contact their Tutor, Student Services, the Lead Clinical Nurse or the Porters.

Self-isolation and quarantine

You must self isolate for 10 days if you develop a new continuous cough and or a fever (greater than 37.8C). and you must complete our online form. We will then provide specific advice for your individual circumstance. Please also consult the Government advice.

If you have symptoms you should immediately: 

  • Do not visit the Health & Wellbeing Centre in person, contact the Lead Clinical Nurse via the reporting form below.

Complete all of the applicable sections of the relevant reporting form below with as much information as possible. 

Please note, information may be shared if it is felt appropriate but it will be handled sensitively and proportionately. We are collecting this data to track the coronavirus risk to the College members and we will keep the data for 12 months or until it is no longer needed.

International students

In common with other Colleges, St John’s is closely following the guidelines relating to Covid-19 set out by the University of Cambridge.

View the St John’s College arrangements for quarantine in College accommodation

View the latest University-wide advice, including the new Stay Safe Cambridge Uni campaign section. 

Quarantine & self-isolation

From Monday 15 February, everyone who enters England from outside the Common Travel Area must:

•       quarantine for 10 days

•       take a COVID-19 test on day two and day eight of quarantining

•       follow the national lockdown rules

Full information

The College is committed to ensuring all quarantining/self-isolating students are provided for, and will look to ensure all students have an individual isolation supporter to collect food/groceries on their behalf.

The College will provide meals and access to basic groceries from a ‘shop’ style set up in College which will be available via click and collect. This will also provide basic toiletries/washing powder etc. Students would be charged as per normal for these facilities via Upay.

Key information for students supporting those in self isolation/quarantine

Student guide on ordering food and provisions whilst in self-isolation

Symptom/contact reporting form

The College Covid-19 Symptom/Contact Reporting Form below is for students, Fellows and staff to notify the Lead Clinical Nurse, the Senior Tutor, and the duty Porters that you have: 

  • returned from a coronavirus affected area and would like to notify the College
  • symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough)
  • been in contact with someone who has coronavirus symptoms or is suspected to have coronavirus
  • You are in a high-risk group and have decided to self-isolate on medical grounds


Covid-19 Symptom/Contact Reporting Form - Students and Residential Fellows

Covid-19 Symptom/Contact Reporting Form - Non-Residential Fellows and Academic Affiliates

Covid-19 Symptom/Contact Reporting Form - Staff

Test and Trace

St John’s College has a dedicated Test and Trace system in place to ensure that households and the contacts of those who test positive for Covid-19 or are symptomatic swiftly receive the appropriate advice and support.

Anyone using the College Bar or Hall will be asked to scan our QR code on entry which will take them to our Test and Trace form so we can act quickly if a case is identified and stop the spread of Covid-19.

NHS advice for those sharing a household with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19 is simple: self-isolate and follow the guidance. If you are a contact of someone who has contracted Covid-19, you only need to self-isolate if you have been informed by NHS Test & Trace to do so.  A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 anytime from two days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms. However, because the College community is one in which infection can travel swiftly we have implemented our own contact tracing within the College which complements the NHS system but will allow St John’s to act very quickly if a case is identified.

Read our full Test and Trace guidance (download)

Asymptomatic testing

All undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge are being offered a weekly test for infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, even if they show no symptoms.

This testing programme is the best chance the University has of keeping Cambridge as open as possible – it is vitally important that as many of you as possible take part.

Asymptomatic testing for St John's students

Students in College accommodation at St John’s are being tested on Tuesdays and should receive the results by the following morning. Students in private accommodation will be screened every Monday and should receive the results the following morning.

The test will be self-administered, using a swab to take a sample from the nose and throat. Because a limited number of tests are available, samples from several students will be tested together in pools by household. 

The composition of testing pools remains the same as last term. However, as some members of your testing pool may be absent, please decide amongst those of you who are here who will be the testing pool lead and take responsibility for collecting and returning the tests. If you cannot remember who is in your testing pool then please contact us so that we can confirm. As household testing kits are unlabelled they will not be placed in pigeon holes, but will be available to collect at any time from either the Great Gate, Cripps or Forecourt Porters’ Lodges.

This time the testing kits will be unassigned (brown envelopes with blue stickers) and require the scanning of a QR code to register the pool as part of the sample collection process. All students contributing swabs must scan the QR code or enter the website URL on the test kit envelope at the time of swabbing, not just the pool lead. The University are only providing 5 swabs per testing kit, so if there are more than 5 members in your household, please request extra swabs when collecting your envelope from the Great Gate.

For those in private accommodation, completed tests will need to be returned to one of the drop-boxes used for the collection of individual confirmatory tests by 1:30pm on Mondays. For those in College accommodation, completed tests need to be deposited in the red boxes which will be placed in Cripps, Forecourt and the Great Gate lodges by 12pm on Tuesdays.

For those who screen positive

The system for individual confirmatory tests has changed.

If you contribute a swab to a positive pooled screening test, you will continue to receive a text message notifying you of the result the following morning.

You will no longer be sent an appointment at the University testing pod. Instead you will carry out the individual confirmatory test in your own room.

The College has been supplied with individual test kits (supplied in white envelopes). NOTE: These are not interchangeable with pooled screening test kits (supplied in brown envelopes).

Receiving and returning the Test Kit

The porters will deliver the follow on confirmatory test kits to your room or hostel. Once you have completed the test, it is your responsibility to drop it off at the drop-box in the Forecourt car park on the same day by 1.30pm. This is Mondays for those living in private accommodation or Tuesdays for those in College accommodation. However, it may be more convenient for those living in private accommodation to use one of the other drop-boxes sited around Cambridge.

Taking the Test

Follow the protocol, which explains exactly how to take your swab. The process is slightly different from pooled screening, so please be sure to read this information carefully.

Use the camera app on your mobile phone to scan the QR code on the test kit envelope (or type in the website URL immediately below it). This will allow the programme to assign you the right test kit – otherwise, they won’t know who has taken the swab!

After double-bagging the sample, follow the instructions above to ensure the sample is collected Samples will be collected from the College and taken to the test facility only once a day, so it’s important not to be late.

Instead of a telephone call or MyChart message from Cambridge University Hospitals, you will receive the result of your individual confirmatory test the following morning by text message (similar to the pooled screening tests). St John’s will also be informed of the result.

If you do not receive your result, please therefore check with the College Covid Helpdesk in the first instance. The helpdesk can be contacted via email: The helpdesk can be contacted via email:

This might occur, for example, if there was a “typo” in the mobile phone number you supplied to the programme when you consented to take part.  Please also let the Covid Helpdesk know if you have any questions. Alternatively, you can email the Asymptomatic Covid-19 Screening Programme directly at

Finally, please note that these changes are only relevant for students contributing swabs to positive pooled screening tests – the pooled screening tests themselves will continue unchanged. Likewise, if you have symptoms of possible Covid-19, you should still book a test at the University testing pod using the link on the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni website.

For those wishing to participate in the testing programme you must, if you haven’t already, complete the consent form provided by the University.

You should have already received this and further information directly and more detail is available on the University's website.

What if I am self-isolating?

Students who are self-isolating for any reason (for example, because a member of their household or close contact has tested positive, or because they recently returned from international travel) but have not themselves tested positive will now be able to continue to be screened on a weekly basis whilst they self-isolate, on their usual swab day. However, they should take an individual test, not participate in pooled sample collection. Find full details on the University Lent Term 2021 Covid-19 testing arrangements page under 'Test to check'.

Anyone who has any questions specific to the testing process at St John’s should email:

A comprehensive Q&A guide to the University's testing programme 

Asymptomatic testing

University guidance

The University of Cambridge and Colleges are cooperating closely with Public Health England’s Health Protection Team in Cambridge. The collegiate University has well developed protocols to prepare for and, if necessary, deal with communicable diseases. St John’s, like all Colleges, has made the necessary preparations to protect our community.

Read the latest guidance and statements from the University of Cambridge

Read the latest Government guidance 

Government guidance for self isolation when arriving in the UK

Read the University's webpage for all students about teaching and learning, admissions, finance and travel

Face coverings

Face coverings policy

Face coverings should be worn in all parts of the College, whether inside College buildings or moving around the College site, even when social distancing of at least 2 metres can be observed. This applies to all members of St John’s College unless you have an exemption. This requirement is in line with University policy.  

There are circumstances where face coverings do not need to be worn and more details are in the FAQs below. However, if you are in doubt – wear a face covering until you have confirmed that one isn’t required.

Every member of St John’s has been/will be provided with two free washable cotton face coverings and we encourage the use of this kind of mask or disposable surgical masks rather than knitted materials/scarves/bandanas which may not be as effective. 

Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing or other measures to mitigate Covid-19, such as being tested when displaying symptoms, self-isolating when unwell or advised to, enhanced cleaning regimes, and regular hand-washing. These primary mitigation measures should always be followed in addition to wearing a face covering when required.

Wearing face coverings can reduce transmission of coronavirus from an infected person to others. The wearing of face coverings is to be considered a social responsibility for those members of the College who can wear them, with the aim of providing increased reassurance to all members, including those most vulnerable to serious illness.

College policy on face coverings is kept under regular review by the College’s Covid Silver group in line with the public health advice, our experience within College, and approaches across the University.

Face coverings policy FAQs

Visitor policy

During the Covid-19 pandemic the College remains closed to members of the public, College and University alumni and all those who do not have specific business here.  

The policy focuses on members of the College community and on visitors. ‘Members of the College community’ in this policy means: current Fellows; current staff including College Teaching Associates; current students, including those resident in College hostels or furnished lets; and widows and widowers of former Fellows. 

Anyone not falling within this definition, such as alumni, former Fellows, former staff, the family and friends of Fellows, residents or staff, is considered a visitor for the purpose of this policy.  Any visitor with specific business in the College are asked to check in on arrival at the Porters’ Lodge.

The College will do everything that is reasonable and proportionate to keep people safe.  We require members of the College community and any permitted visitors to comply with government policy to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.  

Read the full policy

Food and drink

Takeaway from the Buttery and Bar, and Order Ahead / Click and collect service

The Buttery is open daily for lunch from 11.30am to 1.30pm, and for dinner from 6pm to 7pm, currently for takeaway meals only. Entry to the BDR is from K staircase 2nd Court and the exit is via the BDR Patio.

Fellows, students and staff can now take their takeaway lunch and dinner meals in to the Hall to eat. The space is available for dining only (not as a study space). There will be 2.5m spacing between diners, a member of catering staff supervising, and cleaning will take place between each user.  You will need to scan a test and trace QR code to go into the Hall. The staff inside the Hall will direct you where to sit; please follow their instructions. These areas will be cleaned before anyone else can sit in that seat/ area.

There are two sanitising stations outside the Buttery Dining Room as you make your way in, and it is recommended that all members of the College use them before entering the Buttery Dining Room. There are also sanitiser stations set up in the College Bar and Hall. 

Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst in the BDR and Bar when collecting food and drinks, and until you are seated in the Hall.

Order Ahead / Click and collect

The College Bar continues to operate as a grocery shop and opens from 10am-6pm daily. It is possible to use the Order Ahead system via Upay to buy groceries or you can pop in during opening hours. It is also possible to use Order Ahead service for a cold lunch and dinner and collect from the College Bar during these times. See the Buttery page for full details and learn how to open a Upay account to use this service if you do not already have one.

The College Bar

The Bar is open from 10am-6pm every day for hot drinks to takeaway only. 

The grocery Order Ahead / Click and collect service is still available from the Bar via Upay (see above).

Health and wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing Centre

The Health Centre Team are pleased to be providing ongoing support to students who are both in Cambridge or away-via email, telephone or video consultations

Remote appointments are bookable via Moodle.

Emma Manuel, Lead Clinical Nurse / Head of Health can be contacted via 

Karen Miles, Health & Wellbeing Nurse can be contacted via

Health& can be used to reach either Nurse. 

Please note that a response will be given in order of priority so please state the nature of your enquiry and mark your email has high priority if you require an urgent response. Further information regarding Health & Wellbeing is available on this site using the above drop down options. 

Mental health crisis support services

Counselling support

Our College Counsellor, Susie Renshaw, is currently offering term-time appointments via phone or video call on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments usually last between 30-50 minutes. 

To find out more or to book an appointment please email Susie at:

At the time of your appointment, please ensure you are in a confidential, quiet space to take the call. 

Susie will be on her Easter break from 25 March returning on Monday 19 April. 

Pastoral support

In-person worship in Chapel has resumed for the 8.30am Sunday Communion for resident members of College. It is also being livestreamed on the SJC Chaplain Facebook group page for those who can’t attend.

Remember, the Chapel is now unlocked twice a day to give members of College access to the whole space. The Chapel itself is open every day from 9am-5pm. From 11.30am-12.30pm and again from 4pm-5pm, the main Chapel is unlocked for members of College to use to relax, pray, work, or read. Someone will be on duty during this period to make sure all of the Covid-19 rules are followed, but do make use of the space to have a change of scene.

For the purposes of the College’s Covid-19 guidelines, current members of the College are considered to be current Fellows; current staff including College Teaching Associates; current students, including those resident in College hostels or furnished lets; and widows and widowers of former Fellows. Anyone not falling within this definition, such as alumni, former Fellows, former staff, the family and friends of Fellows, residents or staff, is considered a visitor for the purposes of the current guidelines. The rules around who can access Chapel services are regularly reviewed.  

Entry and exit is via the Chapel Court doors.

Find out about Virtual Chapel worship

The Rev'd Andrew Hammond, can be contacted at and on 07917 535940. Canon Mark Oakley, the Dean of Chapel, can be contacted on

Out of hours mental health support

JCR Mental Health postcard - front

JCR Mental Health postcard - reverse

Online teaching & learning

The following resources have been gathered to help academics navigate the challenges of the 2020/21 academic year, and to assist those who are working with digital collaborative tools such as Zoom and Teams.

Online teaching and learning resources