Covid-19 Updates & Resources
The University of Oxford COVID 19 microsite is regularly updated. This should be your first source of information on personal safety, travel, confirmed cases, and planning. Information from the University for current students can be found here.
Teaching in Trinity Term 2020 will be delivered remotely. The majority of 0th week collections will be cancelled, with some exceptions for specific subjects.
Students will have received, or will be receiving information regarding examinations from their faculties and their tutors. If you have any queries, contact Lucinda Rumsey or Helen Brooks in the College Office.
The University website gives the following overview regarding Trinity Term Examinations. However, students should refer to faculty emails for their primary source of subject specific arrangements:
There will be no conventional exams in Trinity Term. The arrangements will be as follows:
The majority of examinations for first year undergraduates will be cancelled, and students will be deemed to have passed. The only exceptions are Law and Medicine, where assessments will be rearranged for professional qualification reasons.
For all second and third year (non-finalist) undergraduates, and first year MPhils, exam papers will be deferred into the next academic year. The only exceptions are those third-year undergraduate exams which need to go ahead because they are taken by a mix of continuing and leaving students.
For final-year undergraduates and taught postgraduates exams will be replaced with alternative forms of assessment in Trinity term 2020. These will take the form of either open-book versions of papers, longer pieces of work completed over several days, or a mix of the two
Please see the Teaching and Learning section of the University's Coronavirus: advice and support for students page for further information. Students should also have received information from their Department.
We are sorry that the College’s graduation ceremonies scheduled for July to August 2020 will not be able to go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope all those who were due to graduate on these days are not too disappointed by the news.
The University has announced that students affected will be able to choose whether to have their degrees conferred in absentia or attend a degree ceremony at a later date. The details of this have yet to be determined, and may mean you do not have much choice over your ceremony date. We want to reassure you that, if you decide you want your degree conferred in person, we will do all we can to make sure you have the celebration you deserve.
Please visit the University’s website for the latest updates.
In line with the University's guidance, Trinity term student tenancies can be cancelled without penalty. Students should contact the Accommodation Manager by the April 17th requesting to cancel. Tenancies that have not been explicitly cancelled by the start of term will be charged to battels as normal, so it is important that you contact us promptly with a cancellation.
Students should indicate if their room is clear or if there are personal items still inside, so we can ensure the room is left untouched until items can be collected. All rooms should be cleared of personal belongings as soon as is convenient after travel restrictions have been lifted.
Some students have indicated they wish to return for a short period, perhaps later in the term. Whether or not that can be granted will depend on the current government advice at the time.
Contact Andrew Little Accommodation Manager) with any queries.
College Welfare Events & Resources
The Chaplain would like to remind students that they can join the virtual Welfare Tea on Wednesdays at 4pm. Details of how to join should have been circulated to your University emails.
Please see our list of JCR peer supporters here.
University Welfare Resources
Free online support through Big White Wall
We understand that the pandemic is a worrying time for many of you. Oxford Student Welfare and Support Services remain available through online and telephone appointments, and Oxford students can now also access free online support 24/7 through Big White Wall. Big White Wall is a free service giving you access to a global welfare community. It provides a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better. On Big White Wall, you are totally anonymous to other members in the community, and your personal information is kept secure while you are on the site (see Big White Wall’s privacy statement). The University will not be informed if you’ve signed up to Big White Wall or know what you have been doing unless Big White Wall are seriously concerned about your safety. To join, simply visit the official website and Register under ‘’I’m from a university or college” with your Oxford e-mail address.
The Chaplain recommends the following welfare resources for tips on home working, anxiety, mindfulness and staying active.
- Tips for Working at Home
- How to cope if you're feeling anxious about the outbreak (BACP)
- 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today
- NHS Fitness Studio exercise videos for staying active
The Main Library and Reading Rooms will remain closed to all readers and visitors until further notice.
Please send any enquiries and requests related to books to firstname.lastname@example.org. The College Librarian is available to help remotely. See the Library (https://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/library )website page for further details of services that are still available.
Usually over the Easter break our Outreach and Admissions staff are on the road with some of our tutors and students, visiting schools and colleges, talking about studying at Oxford, and giving tasters of the subjects we offer.
We can’t do that just now, so we have started here a series of articles, linked by the common theme of social isolation, to give you an introduction to our subjects and the tutors who teach them. We hope that those of you who are prospective students will enjoy dipping into university study, and that these articles will whet your appetite to learn more.
We also hope that our alumni will enjoy reading about our research, and that you will be reminded of the subjects you used to enjoy.
And for our tutors and students, we are sorry we won’t be in College next term learning and doing research together, so while we are dispersed and teaching and studying remotely, we hope these articles will make our isolation a little bit more social, and remind us of the Mansfield academic community.
We are adding new voices to this conversation every day or two. If you enjoy them, let us know on Twitter, and pass them on to anyone you know who might enjoy them too.
The below College staff are available to answer questions or concerns about the following:
- Academic and Admissions: Helen Brooks, Academic and Admissions Manager - email@example.com
- Academic Administrator: Alice Evans – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Access: Sara Harb – email@example.com
- Accommodation: Andrew Little, Accommodation Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bursar (including Financial Support Enquiries): Richard Scanlon – email@example.com
- Dean (including Junior Deans and Student Discipline): Chris Salamone: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Development Director: Tess McCormick – email@example.com
- Domestic Bursar (Human Resources, Catering, Conference & Events): Lynne Quiggin – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Finance (including Employee Salaries and Student Battels): Sam Cuss, Accountant: email@example.com
- Head of House: Helen Mountfield QC, Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Health – College Doctor – St. Clements Surgery, 39 Temple Street, Oxford. OX4 1JS. Telephone: 01865 248550.
- IT – Greg Jennings – IT.email@example.com
- Library – Clare Kavanagh – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maintenance – Tony Berezny, Maintenance Manager – contact via email@example.com
- Porters’ Lodge – Tom Spasic – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senior Tutor – Lucinda Rumsey – email@example.com
- Welfare – Sarah Farrow, Chaplain - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Sara Harb (Access Officer) with any issues relating to Schools’ Liaison.
The IT team are able to help with problems via email, over the phone and in some case by remote desktop control if you have installed Microsoft Teams.
Please use the email@example.com email for any questions as the first point of contact with us.