COVID-19: Safety Guidance

Wadham College is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all College members and visitors. 

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COVID-19 is a disease which is highly contagious and its effect can range from being symptomless, mild illness, severe illness or even death. It is therefore extremely important that everyone follows the steps and measures put into place by the College to prevent spreading the virus.

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COVID-19 Symptoms
It can usually take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
Please note that if you or anyone in your household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, then you should not visit the College and you should follow Government advice on self-isolation and testing.

Arriving & Leaving the College

The College remains closed to the general public until further notice. 

The College continues to follow the Face Covering guidance for all University and college buildings.  

From 6 September 2021, face coverings will no longer be mandatory but as part of our ongoing health measures to help keep our staff, students, visitors and the wider community safe.  Face coverings are encouraged in the following indoor settings: communal areas or when moving around inside buildings (e.g. entrance areas, corridors, staircases, lifts, toilets and social spaces); in the library; in spaces where a risk assessment recommends them, e.g. spaces which are less well ventilated.  Staff, students and visitors are welcome to wear a face covering if they wish in any setting.  Please contact your College host before you arrive if you have any questions regarding the policy. This guidance will be kept under regular review but it is expected that it will be in place until at least December 2021.

All staff, students and visitors are encouraged to follow good hygiene practices, such as using hand sanitiser when entering buildings and washing their hands regularly.  This is particularly important before and after touching shared objects or surfaces.

The provision of adequate ventilation in occupied spaces is another important measure in helping to dilute the virus.   Information has been circulated within the College to encourage windows to be opened whilst spaces are occupied without making the space feel uncomfortably cold.  Where mechanical ventilation systems are in place they have been set to bring fresh air in and not recirculate.

Screens will remain as a temporary measures in a few areas of the College where staff come into close proximity with a significant number of other people in order to reduce the risks of the virus spreading.

The College will continue to regularly clean surfaces that people touch frequently.

In line with current Government guidance, the measures in place in the College to reduce the risks of the virus spreading will be kept under regular review to make sure they’re still working and appropriate changes will be made where appropriate.

Cleaning and Hygiene

An enhanced cleaning regime is being carried out in College areas that are currently in use. 

The regime includes the following areas: 
1. Toilets, bathrooms and kitchens
2. Door handles and push bars
3. Handrails on staircases
4. Machinery, tools & equipment 
5. Shared equipment– where it isn’t possible to allocate the user their own equipment

Hand Hygiene

Handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way of reducing the transmission of the virus.

Everyday measures everyone can take:
• Washing your hands regularly – with soap and water, and use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available 
• Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
• Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

What you do if you fall ill in the College

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while in the College, you should advise your College host as soon as possible whilst maintaining social distancing.  Your host will advise the Lodge and arrangements will be made for you to go home as soon as possible to self-isolate.  If you need to wait to be collected by a household member, you will be asked to wait in a well ventilated room, or outdoors, away from other people.  You will be asked to avoid touching anything further in the College as far as possible.


If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please contact your College host before you arrive at Wadham.  

Further information is available from the Domestic Bursar’s Office.

We are continuously checking advice from the government and this document will be amended where necessary.