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Coronavirus information

Coronavirus information

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.

The University has now released guidance for exams and assessment, teaching and learning, admissions and finance. 

In line with the latest Government travel advice, students may not return to College at this time. If students have left essential items here they should contact their Tutor in the first instance.

The University is now in ‘red’ phase of its contingency planning and so that we can focus our resources on those that need it most in the time ahead, we have asked all of our students to return to their family homes if it is safe, practical and appropriate for them to do so. For those who do need to remain in St John's accommodation, no external visitors or guests are permitted on the main College site or in College owned accommodation - apart from furnished lets occupied by couples, families and Fellows. Please respect this rule to play your part in protecting the health of people who live and work at St John's.

Please refer to these pages regularly as we will post our updates here.

Guidance and forms

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 

If should immediately self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly


The Coronavirus Incident Forms below are for students, staff and Fellows to notify the College Nurse, the Director of Education & 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


If you have symptoms you should immediately: 

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu. Read our student self-isolation guidance if you are affected and live on-site as much of the advice is applicable to all residents of St John’s.
  • Do not visit the Health Centre in person, contact the College 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.

College Coronavirus Incident Form - Staff and Fellows

College Coronavirus Incident Form - Students

Health Centre

The College Nurse remains in College and committed to providing extra support to students who are both in Cambridge and away-via email and telephone. The Health Centre is NOT open for drop in appointments due to the need to reduce face to face contact. Emma Manuel can be contacted via or telephoning 01223 338663. Please note that a response will be given in order of priority so please state the nature of your enquiry. Telephone messages will not be accessed out of usual office hours and there may be a delay in response in order to undertake urgent/emergency work.

Counselling support

The College Counselling Service remains open and has been extended into the Easter vacation to provide extra support to students who are both in Cambridge and away.

Our College Counsellor, Susie Renshaw, is currently offering appointments via phone or video call (using Zoom, the free and secure video conferencing software).
Susie is offering 30-minute counselling support calls, rather than regular, weekly counselling appointments.

To book in a call please email Susie at:

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

Pastoral support

The College Chapel is now closed, but The Chaplain, The Rev'd Andrew Hammond, is in Cambridge for the foreseeable future so please get in touch with him if you would like to talk, including those who are now at home or otherwise away from Cambridge.

The Chaplain can be contacted at and on 07917 535940. Canon Mark Oakley, the Dean of Chapel, is also available of course, and can be contacted on

Self-isolation blogs

Self-isolation is usually only something our students have to do when they have a deadline. But as social distancing is the key to saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of our undergraduate and postgraduate community left Cambridge to travel back to their family homes.

Some have stayed at St John’s and we are committed to looking after them. 

To keep our ever-strong sense of St John’s community spirit alive, we have asked a group of students and some of our Fellows and staff to regularly write about their lives for us over the coming weeks.

Coronavirus self-isolation blogs