Guidance for users of all Faculty buildings during the current Covid-19 pandemic

Looking after each other:

Supporting all the more detailed rules are the basic standards of thoughtful and considerate behaviour that we would apply anyway.

Consideration for others – regarding the health and safety of other users of the building, for example by sanitizing your hands and shared surfaces, and wearing a face covering when appropriate; recognizing that people have different levels of risk from Covid

Patience – being prepared to wait, for example to let someone pass, or for a room to become empty

Flexibility – some ways of working will have had to change, and others may as the situation develops.

Support – help each other to do the right things, being aware of and reporting risks

The Faculty’s highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of its staff and students, and we all have a part to play in this.

Safe working principles:

1) Both staff and students will normally be working on-site from October 2021, except where special arrangements have been agreed.

2) No-one with symptoms of COVID-19 should come to the building: If you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, or if anyone in your household is self-isolating, you should not come to work on-site.  If you start to feel unwell with possible COVID-19 symptoms while in the building you should leave and go home immediately. Anyone with symptoms should arrange a test through the University Early Alert testing service, inform the Head of Administration and Finance (Thomas Hall) on, and follow government guidance on self-isolation. Even if a test is negative, staff should not return to site until they are symptom free.

3) Wash or sanitise hands regularly: Maintaining good personal hygiene continues to be important.  Sanitiser stations remain in place throughout the building for increased hand hygiene. This is particularly important when you have touched surfaces which others will also have touched (eg door handles).  

4) Use face coverings: In line with the University’s Face coverings guidance, face coverings are no longer mandatory, but the wearing of face coverings inside University buildings is encouraged. This is particularly so for communal areas, during in-person teaching of larger groups (face coverings will not be expected in smaller group teaching), in the library, and any less well-ventilated areas. Staff, students and visitors are also welcome to wear face coverings if they wish in any setting, and we ask everyone to be sensitive to the concerns of fellow users of the building.

5) Social distancing: Social distancing rules have been removed, but again we ask everyone to be considerate of colleagues and their personal space.

6) Ventilation: maximise fresh air in spaces, especially where people spend extended periods of time.  Opening windows, doors, and vents helps to introduce fresh air into those spaces that have no mechanical ventilation. If they cannot be kept open, then windows or doors can be opened before, during and after use to encourage replacement of air. NB: office doors will often be open – do not assume that means that you can go in without being invited by the occupant.

Please see below for building guidance notes for:

Oriental Institute

Clarendon Institute

China Centre

In the event of a suspected or confirmed case: If you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, see guidance on reporting cases – the Covid-19 contact is Thomas Hall,

    For more information, resources and support, please see the Humanities Division's Covid-19 pages here, and the University's Coronavirus pages here.


Oxford University Covid 19 Response