Wednesday 3 June 2020

Covid-19 Information

The Covid-19 situation is constantly evolving. The College is monitoring and responding to developments as they occur with the aim of providing the best possible support to all its members.

A fundamental need is for reliable and accurate information. The University website should be your first source of information on personal safety, travel, confirmed cases, and planning. The NHS website is another important source of information and advice on personal safety. Our policies and procedures follow the advice provided on these websites. Information and advice specific to Keble students can be found below.


Instructions for Returning Keble Library Books 3 June (doc)
➤Information on an updated Student Support Fund (doc)
Note about Accommodation 15 April (doc)
Note about Accommodation 7 April (doc)
Note to Keble Undergraduates 27 March (doc)
Note to Keble Graduates 26 March (doc)
Note to Keble Graduates 23 March (doc)


The staff are working extra-hard to respond to current circumstances. If, having consulted the University and NHS and this website, you need further information please email the College response team at

Lodges  01865 272727 (Parks Road) 01865 282300 (HBAC)

College Doctor  01865 429993 (or 111 out of hours)

College Closures

College is closed to all external visitors.

Keble Library will be closed until further notice. See below for further information.

The Dining Hall, gym and MCR on the main site are closed, as are the cafe, gym and MCR rooms in The H B Allen Centre.

Laundry facilities remain available.

Meal Arrangements

We will be ordering packed Dinners from an outside provider, they will consist of a hot meal and sweet. Please could you  submit your order on the booking system one week  (Monday to Sunday) in advance. This will mean all the Dinners for week commencing 6 April should be in by Friday 3 April at 10.00 am. Collection will be at the main porters lodge from 18.45 onwards on each day.

Keble Library

Regrettably, Keble Library will be closed until further notice. It is likely that all Library staff will be working from home for the foreseeable future. We will be checking e-mails regularly and will do our best to respond to all enquiries and to help in any way we can. We can be reached at and If students have books to return, please leave them at the Lodge.

From 24 March 2020, all Keble Library loans have been extended to 30 June 2020, except for books that are already overdue. Please check your record and renew overdue books online. Please contact us if you encounter any problems.

Student Welfare

We have created a list of welfare resources and guidance (pdf) with input from welfare staff across the colleges and the wider University. Please remember that your college Welfare Team are still available to provide support and guidance during this time, even if you are not currently residing in Oxford.

If you are in need of financial support you should apply in the normal way; contact Trish Long. Decisions on financial support can be made quickly, without the need to wait for the next meeting of the Student Support Committee. The College has increased available funds through an updated Student Support Fund.


You should make your travel plans according to the advice and information on the University’s website.

If you are planning to return to Oxford during the vacation please contact in advance.

Vacation residence

Any non-UK students who are unable to return home or who need to stay in college accommodation over Easter, should apply for vacation residence as soon as possible by contacting Janet Knight. Standard accommodation charges apply over the vacation. If, after cancelling travel, you are left with a net cost that you are not able to afford, the college will consider applications for financial support (details from Trish Long).  Decisions on financial support can be made quickly and will not need to wait until the usual Trinity term meeting of the Student Support Committee.

We will try to ensure that students staying in College over the vacation can keep their usual rooms but this may need to be revised according to demand and the interests of wider welfare.

College guidance for those remaining in Oxford can be found here (pdf).

Cleaning and Hygiene​

We have long-established public hygiene policies and practices. For example, this document (pdf) sets out the procedures for ‘barrier cleaning’.


If, having consulted NHS 111 or medical authorities, or in accordance with national guidelines, you are advised to self-isolate you should contact immediately.

Arrangements will be made, where possible, to allocate a nearby bathroom for your sole use, and you will be advised which this is. If allocated, you should not use any other facility unless explicitly told you may do so. Food, and other domestic supplies will be delivered to you. This will include basic cleaning materials which you should use to clean your room, as housekeeping service will not be provided during isolation. You will also be given instructions regarding disposal / collection of waste. These arrangements cannot be put in place unless we know about your isolation, which is why it is important that you tell us as soon as possible after receiving medical advice. Please also remember that isolation includes not mixing with others in self-isolation.

In order to support and assist self-isolating students in College it will be necessary to share some details, for example room number, with a range of college staff. Note that the College is asked to report the number of cases of self-isolation to the University, but does so in an anonymised form.

We will not be able to provide the same level of support to students who choose to distance themselves from others rather than being required to self-isolate by the NHS 111 or medical authorities or in accordance with national guidelines.