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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. 

Recreational visits to College

Recreational visits to College are now permitted for Fellows, staff, and resident students, including those living in College hostels or furnished lets. Unfortunately we remain closed to members of the public, St John’s alumni and University alumni.

College members may bring members of their own household in for recreational visits and Fellows can now host guests in the Fellows’ garden. Gatherings of more than six people who are not part of the same household are not permitted, and all visitors must comply with government and College rules to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19. See the FAQs for more information.

Library update

The Library is offering a 'click & collect' service to all resident members of the College. Library items will be fetched and deposited on tables in Forecourt Lodge for collection.

If you would like to borrow Library items, please first check that the items are available by searching iDiscover. Then send your borrowing requests to at least two working days in advance of collection.  In addition, Library staff can arrange a digital scan of a book chapter or journal article and send it to Fellows and junior members for personal use, as long as it is compliant with copyright rules. More information of both services can be found at Library FAQs page

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


As well as offering Covid-19 tests to staff, students and Fellows, the University is expanding its testing programme to include members of your household (in other words, anyone with whom you share a bathroom, toilet or kitchen). See the FAQs for full details.

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 University's Community Statement

Read the latest guidance and statements from the University of Cambridge

Read the latest Government guidance 

Read the University's webpage on support for students with increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, or with disabilities impacted by Covid-related social distancing measures 

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
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste


The College Covid-19 Symptom Reporting Form below is for students and residential Fellows to notify the Lead Clinical 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 & 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.

College Covid-19 Symptom Reporting Form - Students and Residential Fellows

Health & Wellbeing Centre

The Lead Clinical Nurse remains committed to providing extra support to students who are both in Cambridge and away-via email and telephone, with video consultations an option to students in the UK only. 

Emma Manuel can be contacted via 

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.

Mental health crisis support services

Counselling support

The College Counselling Service remains open and is offering remote appointments. The service has been extended this year to provide extra support for students. 

Our College Counsellor, Susie Renshaw, is available up to the end of July and from the start of September. Susie is currently offering appointments via phone or video call. Appointments usually last between 30-50 minutes. 

To find out more or to book in an appointment please email Susie at: or call 07593 139172.

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 open for private prayer and reflection from 10am-5pm every day for members of College and their guests. Entry and exit is via the Chapel Court doors. Seating has been designated to allow for social distancing, and hand sanitiser is available on entry. Regular and ongoing cleaning will continue in the Chapel.

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

College bulletins

Our College bulletins are to keep our College members up to date with the changes that we are making as we respond to the changing government and University regulations. These bulletins are designed to give Fellows, students and staff a snapshot of recent changes, but do also check the Coronavirus section of the College website where the FAQs are regularly updated.

College bulletin: 15 July

College bulletin: 9 July

College bulletin: 2 July