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The collegiate University continues to monitor and respond to Public Health England and Government advice. The University is continually monitoring latest Public Health England and government advice on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These pages contain advice and FAQs for staff and students at the University and Colleges https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus. The University's StaySafeCambridgeUni webpage is where you will find information to help Cambridge students and staff minimise the risks to themselves and others from the COVID-19 pandemic, including information about the vaccination programme. You can read all the University statements here.

Lucy Cavendish - booking an event and risk assessment

Lucy Cavendish College  - Information for students

  • Students are no longer required to test twice weekly for asymptomatic Covid infection. However, you are reminded that free lateral flow test kits are available from the Porters Lodge and as a minimum we recommend that everyone continues to test whenever they have attended or plan to attend busy social events, are visiting or meeting vulnerable family and friends or if they are close contacts of someone who tests positive for Covid.

  • Students who have symptoms consistent with Covid (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of smell and taste) are advised to book a PCR test at the University testing Pods (https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/stay-safe-cambridge-uni/university-testing-pods). Note if you are vaccinated, your symptoms may differ to those listed. Call 111 or contact the Covid Helpdesk (telephone 01223 339514 or email covid-helpdesk@admin.cam.ac.uk) if you are unsure. If you test positive, in order to minimise the risk to housemates and friends, we would recommend you stay home for up to six days from the first symptoms. If you continue to be symptomatic please contact 111 or the Covid Helpdesk. If you are positive and staying in your room please remember to inform the Porters Lodge, their tutor or the Student Office so we can continue to support you.

  • Face coverings are no longer a requirement anywhere in College but are still recommended in crowded indoor places. People that wish to continue to wear them are not discouraged from doing so whilst levels of virus in the community remain high. Face coverings are no longer a requirement in supervisions, but people are asked to be mindful of others who may be vulnerable or at increased risk of more serious disease.

  • Good hygiene and ventilation remain mitigations that aid in the prevention of virus transmission indoors. Please continue to always use the available hand sanitiser.

  • Vaccination remains a primary weapon against Covid. If you have not already done so, please ensure you had all the available doses of the vaccine (Vaccination | University of Cambridge).

If you have any further questions please email studentoffice@lucy.cam.ac.uk

Approved Covid-19 vaccines and countries with approved proof of vaccination

Students or staff who have symptoms consistent with Covid (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to sense of smell and taste) are advised to book a PCR test at the University testing Pods (https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/stay-safe-cambridge-uni/university-testing-pods). Note if you are vaccinated, your symptoms may differ to those listed. Call 111 or contact the Covid Helpdesk (telephone 01223 339514 or email covid-helpdesk@admin.cam.ac.uk) if you are unsure.

  • Students: If you test positive, in order to minimise the risk to housemates and friends, we would recommend you stay home for up to six days from the first symptoms. If you continue to be symptomatic please contact 111 or the Covid Helpdesk. If you are positive and staying in your room please remember to inform the Porters Lodge, their tutor or the Student Office so we can continue to support you.

  • Staff: following a positive test result, you are encouraged to continue reporting positive lateral flow tests to the College and the COVID helpdesk and, where possible, consider working from home or taking other sensible precautions to limit onward transmission, which may include wearing a face covering, avoiding crowded spaces etc. In any case, if you test positive you are encouraged to discuss arrangements with your line manager.

2.1. If you are a new student check if you have increased susceptibility to infectious disease 

The UK government’s public agency, Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance to help you understand if you have underlying illnesses that could put you at a higher risk, or even a very high risk, of serious COVID-19 related illness. Check these two links to see if you fall into one of these groups, and if so, follow the advice below. 

2.2. Please let us know if you have increased susceptibility to infectious disease. 

Very high risk group: 

A very small number of people with significant underlying health conditions including, for example but not limited to organ transplant recipients and those with specific cancers, belong in the very high risk category for serious COVID illness. People in this group need special consideration because of government advice to ‘shield’ or strictly isolate themselves at times of high levels of virus circulation. Please note that presently, with lower levels of virus circulation in England, shielding is not currently required. Nevertheless, if you are within this group, we need to hear from you as soon as possible, so please: 

o Arrange straight away for a letter from your physician or specialist medical consultant detailing your condition and outlining your preventive health needs in the context of plans to enter a residential student environment. Attached to this document is a letter you can send to your physician requesting this information. 

o Inform the College of your situation immediately via admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk, and use this email address for follow-up enquiries. 

o As soon as you receive your letter from your physician, send it to your College to be passed on to the Senior Tutor as a matter of urgency. 

o You will be contacted by the College’s Senior Tutor, or a representative, to discuss the need for any further information, and to develop a plan for study and living arrangements – working with the relevant University Departments where necessary. 

o Please refer to the University’s ISID webpage (https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/guidance-for-all-students/support-for-students-with-increased-susceptibility-to-infectious-diseases-or-with-disabilities) for further information on the range of support available depending on need. 

Higher risk group: 

People with a wider range of underlying health conditions including chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and neurological diseases, could belong in the higher risk group for more serious COVID-related illness. Although not required to ‘shield’ at any stage, members of this group should: 

o Arrange a consultation with your physician or specialist medical consultant for personal advice based on your plans to enter residential student environment. 

o Inform the College of your situation immediately via admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk, and use this email address for follow-up enquiries. 

o Provide further information on your condition through the College’s health information gathering system when asked to do so. 

o Prepare for you arrival in Cambridge by reading and understanding the advice on social distancing and household hygiene provided on the Cambridge ISID webpages (https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/guidance-for-all-students/support-for-students-with-increased-susceptibility-to-infectious-diseases-or-with-disabilities) and other student information that will be provided in the coming weeks. On arrival, and on an ongoing basis after that, work with your College Tutor and College Nurse to address any remaining concerns. 

2.3. Let us know if you have disabilities that are impacted by COVID-related social distancing measures 

Please let us know if you have any disabilities that are impacted by COVID-related preventive health arrangements (these might include long term health conditions or mobility impairments, or certain mental health conditions). Students in this category will be asked to: 

o Confirm straight away to the College (admissions@lucy.cam.ac.uk) that you have already registered your disability with the University’s Disabilities Resource Centre (DRC). Use this same email address for subsequent enquiries to the College on this matter. 

o You will be contacted by the College’s Senior Tutor or College Disabilities Officer to check, in conjunction with DRC, that you have an appropriate arrangement for study and accommodation that meets your specific needs. 

o Please refer to the University’s ISID webpage (https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/guidance-for-all-students/support-for-students-with-increased-susceptibility-to-infectious-diseases-or-with-disabilities) for further information on the range of support available depending on need. 

Please note that information will be processed by the College in accordance with our privacy notice for students (https://www.information-compliance.admin.cam.ac.uk/data-protection/applicant-data), this may include sharing information with relevant University bodies. We recognise that some of the data which we are requesting is sensitive personal data and we will handle this in accordance with the strict requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.

What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.

Please note that if you travel abroad from England, rules differ for each country.

Read separate guidance about what you need to do to travel abroad from England

When you arrive in England – fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must complete a passenger locator form. You need to do this in the 48 hours before you arrive in England.

You do not need to take any COVID-19 travel tests before you travel to England or after you arrive.

You do not need to quarantine when you arrive in England.

Read separate guidance to check if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

Red list countries and territories

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.

Check this section of this guidance to see if you qualify as fully vaccinated.

Before you travel to England – not fully vaccinated

Before you travel to England you must:

You will need to enter your PCR test booking reference number in the passenger locator form.

When you arrive in England – not fully vaccinated

You do not need to quarantine when you arrive in England.

You must take the COVID-19 PCR test that you booked before you travelled.

You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive in England is day 0.

If the test result is positive or unclear, you should follow public health advice.

Red list countries and territories

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.

Travelling with children

Children aged 17 and under do not have to:

  • take any COVID-19 travel tests
  • quarantine on arrival in England

You should check the rules in the country you are travelling from as they may require children to take a test at the start of your journey to England.

There are different rules for children who have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before they arrive in England. There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.

Some people cannot be fully vaccinated for medical reasons.

Read separate guidance about medical exemptions from vaccination.

There are also medical exemptions from testing before travel to England.

Some people are exempt from some or all of the requirements because of the job they do.

Transiting through England

Read separate guidance if you are transiting through England as part of an international journey.

Ireland, the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

If you’re travelling to England from within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, you do not need to:

  • complete a passenger locator form
  • take any COVID-19 tests
  • quarantine on arrival in England

This only applies if you have not been outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in the 10 days before the day you arrive in England. If you have, you must follow the international travel rules in the place where you arrive.

See separate guidance on travel within the Common Travel Area after international travel.

Red list countries and territories

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

If you need to follow red list rules, you must do so if you are fully vaccinated or not.

There are currently no countries or territories on the red list.

Financial hardship

For students who would be put in significant financial hardship as a result of quarantine costs, there is the option to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking which would enable you to pay in 12 monthly instalments. You should check the terms and conditions. Further information is linked at the bottom of the booking website.

Students who find themselves in financial hardship upon their arrival in Cambridge due to the cost of hotel quarantine may apply for additional funding through hardship support.

We strongly encourage all our staff and students to participate in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. Whilst not preventing all coronavirus infections, there is overwhelming evidence that two doses of vaccine dramatically reduce the risk of severe infection or hospitalisation.

There is detailed information about vaccination clinics below and on the StaySafeCambridgeUni website.

Approved Covid-19 vaccines and countries with approved proof of vaccination

Walk-in vaccination clinics

The NHS holds walk-in vaccination clinics in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area: The Vaccinators | COVID-19 Vaccination Centres | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

For more information visit the Stay Safe Cambridge Uni vaccination page.

If you need to book a room in college, please use the forms below:

For staff: https://lucycav.wufoo.com/forms/meeting-roomevent-booking-request-form/ 

For students: https://lucycav.wufoo.com/forms/student-meetings-events-booking-form/

University Counselling ServiceOur Lucy Cavendish webpage has been amended to reflect the changes in service delivery.

Check here for College-Based Counselling updated info.