Enhanced cleaning regimes and fewer people in each room meant the Warden’s face-to-face welcome address took place over three separate sessions while Freshers’ Fair was housed in a large marquee in the Fellows’ Garden with timed arrival slots for students to sign up for clubs and societies, some arriving individually, others in their households.
“We are really pleased that we have been able to go ahead with this event,” said Freshers’ President Rachel Hart as, she explained, the majority of Freshers’ Week events are taking place online.
Students also celebrated the reopening of Wadham Library this week, flooding the new study-space booking system with requests and viewing the custom made Freshers’ Guide to the Library and Library Guide for Returning Students films. Wadham Librarian, Tim Kirtley, expressed his thanks to Wadham alumni who have generously supported the employment of new library staff to enable the re-opening of the library during the pandemic. "We are so grateful for this crucial support that has made it possible in these trying times for us to keep the reading room open for business, seven days a week. We have taken on eight enthusiastic new Reading Room Assistants and offer nineteen study sessions a week, even keeping the reading room open until one in the morning on five nights each week."
The college Meal Booking System allows students to sign up for College meals seven days a week and students who are isolating while awaiting test results have been provided with information on how to access food supplies.
For the protection of students and staff, Scouts will not be cleaning student rooms this term and Head Housekeeper Helen Wynn has been working with the SU Staff Liaison officer to ensure students know how to clean their toilets and keep ensuite bathrooms clean! Deep cleaning of all seminar, tutorial and lecture rooms is taking place after each occupancy.
Wadham-made films are helping with Fire Warden training, gym inductions and other essential information and students have been given online information and contact details to help them settle into Michaelmas term as happily as possible.
Domestic Bursar Frances Lloyd commented: “It has been an enormous amount of hard work to prepare for this term but we are delighted that our students are accepting the restrictions and changes with such positivity. It is wonderful to see the College community working together so well to protect each other.”
We are very grateful to alumni who have donated to our COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund. Donations will support students who are facing additional hardship caused by the pandemic and help the College cover the additional costs of providing a safe study environment for all students over the coming year.