COVID-19: Safety Guidance

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

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.

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

  • Where possible you are asked to avoid using public transport to travel to the College.
  • Wearing a face covering in the College is optional for staff and visitors. 
  • Please meet your College host at the main entrance on Parks Road.  Please arrive at the time you have arranged to meet your College host.  Please do not enter the Lodge area unless you need to speak to the Lodge Porter on duty.  If you do need to speak to the Lodge Porter, please enter the Lodge and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Please maintain a verbal greeting only. No shaking hands or personal contact. Please follow social distancing guidelines where possible.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds when you arrive and leave the College.  The nearest hand wash facilities are in the toilets in the Staircase 6 arch.  Your College host will show you the location.

Moving Around College Areas

  • Please follow social distancing guidelines throughout the College where possible. Please walk on the left-hand side of paths and corridors and be prepared to give way to people walking through arches where possible.
  • Please give priority to people ascending a staircase and use landings as passing points.
  • The maximum capacity inside all lifts has been reduced to one person to follow social distancing measures.

  • Those attending meetings in the College’s meeting rooms should follow social distancing where possible and should not share papers or stationery.

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.