Covid-19 Message from the Principal

23rd March 2020

Dear Members and Friends of St Hilda’s,

We are aware that the Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation makes for an anxious time for many members of our community, especially those who have pre-existing health conditions, have family members in high-risk groups, or have friends and family in other affected countries.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we are seeking to respond as swiftly as possible to emerging information and advice. St Hilda's is reducing its activities to those that are essential to maintain and protect the College and to support the students who are unable to go home.

We have taken the following actions to comply with the University of Oxford and Government guidance.

  • All staff members who are able to work from home are doing so. They will not come into College unless it is essential.
  • Staff presence on the site is at the minimum level necessary to provide essential services and keep core operations running.
  • The Library, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, JCR, MCR, SCR, and Dining Hall are all closed.
  • Bod cards will be needed to access College buildings.
  • We have cancelled all College and JdP Music Building events until the end of April 2020.
  • We will share information about arrangements for Trinity Term in due course.

These actions will be maintained until further notice but they will be reviewed weekly by the COVID-19 working group by teleconference.

Further information about how the University will be operating can be found on its coronavirus advice and guidance page. This page is updated as soon as any university-level decisions are made. Governmental guidance in response to the coronavirus pandemic is being regularly updated. Please follow the instructions from Government on self-isolation, social distancing and when to call the NHS. By doing so, you are not only protecting your own health and that of people you live with, but you are also playing your part in reducing the impact of the virus on vulnerable people, on the NHS and on the economy.

Finally, I wish that everyone stays well, and those with childcare challenges, or 'at-risk' friends and family, have my total sympathy and solidarity. 

With all good wishes. 

Sir Gordon Duff