COVID-19 will hopefully be much less of a disruptive force in Michaelmas 2021. However, things will still not be entirely back to normal so we’ve tried to answer some questions you might have relating to how COVID-19 might impact your time at Cambridge. We hope this is helpful!
What should I do if I have covid-related concerns about studying in Cambridge in Michaelmas 2021?
If you are worried about arriving at Cambridge because of an underlying health condition, including health-related Anxiety and other mental health conditions, you can apply to your College for a residency requirement exemption. If you want any support going through this process, or just want to discuss your situation in greater detail, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Advice Service who will provide you with impartial advice and guide you through the process. The Student Advice Service can also assist you in appealing your College’s decision if you are denied permission to study remotely.
Can I opt for online teaching if I would feel more comfortable doing so?
You should feel empowered to request online supervisions and watch lectures rather than attend in person if you would feel more comfortable doing so. If you don’t have a medical exemption, this will be at the discretion of your supervisor or department, but in most cases supervisors will be understanding and happy to accommodate whatever makes you most comfortable. The University is working on plans to ensure that next term balances a return to the full Cambridge experience with student safety and comfort. If you have any questions or concerns about these plans, please get in contact with the Cambridge SU Presidents or the Student Advice Service, who will be more than happy to listen to and respond to any concerns and answer questions.
Will there be weekly asymptomatic testing of students like there was last year?
The University is currently discussing whether to continue the Asymptomatic Testing Programme (ATP) into Michaelmas 2021, but it is likely that this will be extended for at least the first few weeks of term. This is an opt-in service, but it is highly recommended as a way to avoid self-isolation and keep those around you safe.
What can I do to keep myself and others safe in Cambridge next term?
The number one most effective way of ensuring your and others’ safety is getting vaccinated. Make sure to get your first dose as soon as possible, and to bring forward your second dose from 12 to 8 weeks.
For more up to date information make sure to check out the University's Coronavirus page on their website.