Welcome (back) to Catz! It is lovely to have the College full of students once more, but we would like to take this opportunity to remind you to:

Be Responsible ~ Be Considerate ~ Be Safe


Whilst we want everything to be as normal as possible, and are making every effort to ensure that it can be, we must remind you that COVID-19 is still very much with us, and therefore you should keep that in mind as you start term and throughout Michaelmas. There are a few things in particular that we would like you to consider:

We very much urge everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not already done so. There are pop up vaccination centres available where you can get first or second doses of Pfizer vaccine on a walk-in service – no need to book! At the moment, one of the centres is just around the corner from Catz in the University Club, but check www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/vaccine-centres for up to date details of locations and times. Remember that not only will the vaccine offer protection for you and others from the virus and help minimize disruption to university life, but if you have been double vaccinated (in the UK), then you do not need to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case.

Taking regular LFD tests. You should have taken one before leaving home, and immediately on arrival at Catz – please also take one 3 days later, and twice a week thereafter, and of course if you have COVID symptoms. You should also do an LFD test before attending events.

Stay in your room if you are unwell, have to self-isolate or have had a positive test – we will make sure that you are well looked after. You can order food from the College kitchens, or from a supermarket and someone will make sure it gets to your room. If you need assistance then please do call the Porters Lodge (01865 271700/lodge@stcatz.ox.ac.uk) or the Junior Deans (juniordean@stcatz.ox.ac.uk).

Be considerate of others, wear a face covering where required and use the hand sanitisers, but also remember that others might wish to take more COVID precautions than you, so also wear a face covering and ensure good ventilation where it makes others more comfortable. You will not normally have to socially distance, unless specifically notified, but again do please be considerate of how other people might feel.

Good luck in the new term, and do please get in touch if you have any questions!

Richard Bailey, Dean
Ian Wright, Home Bursar


Please visit the University’s Coronavirus advice pages for recent updates.

For enquiries specific to the College, please contact covidadmin@stcatz.ox.ac.uk