This summary is for all staff, students and visitors to the college. Covid-19-related restrictions are being lifted, but there is still the risk of Covid-19 infections, which means that the College as an employer and provider of services and facilities is obliged to continue to pay due attention to the safety and health of all of its employees, students, guests and visitors.

Find the latest advice from the University of Oxford for students and staff on the University of Oxford COVID-19 update page.

Some information that was previously on this page,  and not directly linked to Covid-19, has now been moved to the LMH CORe website and Intranet.

Key Rules Relating to Covid-19

Keeping LMH Calm and Covid-free: a summary of rules in place for 2021/2022

This summary is for all students in residence during Michaelmas Term. Whilst Covid-19-related restrictions are mostly lifted, there remain in place important measures, both national and College-related, intended to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections. 

This means that we expect College life and activities to be full and active but there may still be some limitations, restrictions or requirements at some times, or in some places, or at some events. Some teaching or examinations, for example, may be delivered online which is one reason why we ask for a generally calm atmosphere in College. 

This document page provides a summary of key rules that are in place to reflect this balance, and which apply to all students in residence. They are not, of course, the only College rules and everyone is responsible for ensuring familiarity with College’s rules and guidance. The COVID 19 Information Guide is kept updated to reflect changes in Covid-19 rules. Abiding by College rules is a condition of your being able to reside in College. If you have any questions about measures in place during Michaelmas Term please email in the first instance. 

Key rules relating to Covid-19: 

1. Face coverings will no longer be mandatory, but we strongly encourage the continued wearing of face masks inside college buildings.  

 The wearing of face coverings is encouraged in the following indoor settings:  

  • In communal areas or when moving around inside buildings (e.g. entrance halls, corridors, staircases, lifts, toilets, kitchens and social spaces) .

  • During in-person teaching of larger groups.

  • In the Library, Hall, Common Rooms and Bar.

  • In other areas or situations where local risk assessment recommends their use.


2. Small gatherings are unlimited by restrictions although a risk assessment for crowded or extended indoor events may require some mitigating restrictions. Outdoor gatherings, including in the bar area and gardens, should avoid excessive noise and mess, especially after 2200. A gathering should disperse if requested by a Porter or other member of staff. 

3.  Student residents will be permitted to have guests in the college in line with their Accommodation Agreements as long as they do not disrupt other college residents, workers or visitors. Overnight guests must be signed in at the Porters Lodge. 

4. After the 16th August if you have been double vaccinated in the UK or you are under 18 years and 6 months old you will not need to self-isolate if a close contact, has Covid-19 symptoms (whilst awaiting a test result) or tests positive for Covid-19. 

5.You will need to self isolate if you have not been double vaccinated in the UK and are 18 years 6 months or over and you are notified that a close contact is awaiting a test or test results or has tested positive.

6.You will still need to self isolate if you have symptoms and are awaiting a test or a test result or if you test positive. 



Anyone found to be in breach of College rules, including those relating to Covid-19 and disturbance, will be penalised. The penalty may be one or more of the following, depending on the severity of the offence:  

(a) Escalated to the Principal as a major offence (where exclusion from College accommodation, suspension, rustication or expulsion is likely to be appropriate).

(b) Financial penalty commensurate with the nature and severity of the offence (range is generally £50 to £300).  

(c) Community service up to a specified number of hours, to be undertaken during Term under the direction of the Bursar or other College Officer, as appropriate. 

(d) A written warning (which may also accompany (b) and (c) above).

Repeated offences may be escalated as a major offence. 

The Principal may exercise protective discretion and require a student to leave College premises if the student’s health or conduct is such as to damage or put at risk the safety and welfare of the student or other members or employees of the College. 

As a guide the types of activity that will not be tolerated, and for which mitigating circumstances are unlikely to exist, include: refusing to self-isolate when obliged to do so; creating a disturbance indoors or in the gardens during a period of scheduled examinations; creating mess and/or damage to College property, including through trashing; refusing to comply with reasonable requests by the Porters, Junior Deans, or other members of staff.  


Dr Michael Fraser  




We have arranged our residences into groupings known as Households. The defining factor for a Household is shared facilities such as a kitchen and/or bathroom facilities. This model is designed to allow control of any viral infection that might crop up.  Other members of a Household could be considered ‘close contacts’ of positive cases and may need to self isolate if they have not been appropriately vaccinated.

Each Household will be clearly defined so that in the event that we need to use them everyone knows which bathrooms and kitchens they should be using.  Detailed floor plans showing each Household group are available on the Sharepoint pages here:

Cleaning Student Bedrooms and Shared Spaces

We will be offering regular cleaning of communal areas, enhanced cleaning in some busy areas and a service cleaning student rooms every fortnight.  The resident must be out when we clean the room.   

In the event of a positive case there will be reduced cleaning in the relevant Household(s).

Faults and Repairs 

We still want to hear about any building or building services issues you have.  

It would really help us manage repairs if you could also either tell us when you will be or could be away from the room so that we can try to make sure everyone can stay distant. We will deal with urgent matters quickly as usual but for some less urgent matters we may delay until we can get better access or offer a temporary solution until then. In any event we’ll keep you informed. Please continue to use this email, being sure to include your room number and a summary of the issue in the title bar.  



We know you may be more wary of using shared kitchens after the pandemic but you are not able cook in your rooms. The risk of fire is very real and could be catastrophic. The only items we will permit without special dispensation in student rooms is a kettle.  We are used to dealing with requests for fridges in bedrooms and will very likely agree a request for that – email to make a request.  Safest for everyone if other cooking equipment is in the kitchen. 


Moving Around College

One-way Routes and Lifts

There are no one-way systems in college except in the Hall servery. 

Hand Hygiene

It is still important that all College members and visitors follow good hand hygiene guidelines at all times. Wash them regularly and frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol sanitiser in between if necessary. We have installed sanitiser dispensers near bathrooms and kitchens and also at other frequently used places around the site.

When you use an area that others may have used be ready to wipe it down if required. There are cleaning stations around college.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are not a substitute for other health measures, such as being tested when displaying symptoms and participating in regular asymptomatic testing, self-isolating when unwell or required to by NHS Test & Trace, and regular hand washing. These primary mitigation measures should always be followed.  

Face coverings are not mandatory,  but we strongly encourage the continued wearing of face masks inside college buildings while the coronavirus remains in general circulation with relatively high case numbers.  

We will keep this guidance under regular review but expect it to be in place until at least the end of Michaelmas Term 2021.   

 The wearing of face coverings is encouraged in the following indoor settings:  

  • In communal areas or when moving around inside buildings (e.g. entrance halls, corridors, staircases, lifts, toilets, kitchens and social spaces) .

  • During in-person teaching of larger groups.  

  • In the Library, Hall, Common Rooms and Bar.

  • In other areas or situations where local risk assessment recommends their use. 

There should be some degree of flexibility and common sense applied in the use of face coverings. Students need not wear face coverings in smaller group teaching, seminars and classes (up to 15 people). However, if a tutor requests the wearing of face coverings then this should be respected. In spaces that are crowded or poorly ventilated, no matter what the group size, a local risk assessment might recommend the use of face coverings. Teaching staff may choose to remove face coverings where this enables them to deliver their teaching more effectively. 

In an office setting face coverings need not be worn, particularly if you are generally interacting with the same group of people. But they are encouraged when moving around other parts of buildings and communal areas.

The requirement to wear face coverings will not apply to those who have a legitimate reason including: 

  • Not being able to put on, wear, or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability. 

  • If putting on, wearing, or removing a face covering will cause severe distress. 

  • Where interacting with someone who uses lip reading to communicate, or who has social communication impairments. 

  • Children aged under 11 years. 

For students in the Household spaces in our residential buildings please can we ask you to be aware of our staff members who need to come into these spaces to work.  This could be members of our Housekeeping, Maintenance, IT or Lodge teams for example.  Please talk to them and respect their wishes, even though you’re in your own residential or Household space.  

Social Meetings and Visitors

You will be able to participate in gatherings unlimited by COVID-19 related restrictions. 

Student residents are permitted to bring guests into the college in line with their Accommodation Agreements and as long as they do not disrupt other college residents, workers or visitors. Overnight guests must be signed in at the Porters Lodge. Guests may be brought to day to day  Hall service or the College Bar if it is open. We may require guests to record their presence in some situations for test and trace record keeping.

The evidence is clear that mixing socially is safest to do in the open air, with people maintaining a safe distance. It is clearly safer to minimise the frequency of social gatherings and the numbers present. It will remain critical that students and staff continue to follow the guidance. Please use your common sense and respect for the safety of others. 


At LMH your physical and mental wellbeing are very important to us. Please read through this section for some important information, advice and contacts to help you stay happy, healthy and safe.


Be Prepared;

  • Update your prescriptions so that if you do need to isolate you won't have run out.
  • Get yourself a simple digital thermometer.
  • Keep a small medical kit with cold and flu remedies, medicines for an upset stomach, the things you usually take when you're not well and that you know you are not allergic to. 
  • Keep a small amount of first aid supplies, plasters and simple dressings. 
  • Keep these things just for you. It is nice to help others but you don't know if you are going to have to self-isolate, so keep these in the event of quarantine.
  • If you are unwell, and it is not Covid-related, make contact with the College Nurse Anne Harpin who is available Monday 8.30am-1pm and Tuesday - Friday 8.30am-3pm, term time (weeks 0-9) only.

Email:, Tel: 07595003239

If students need a GP call, they should ring reception and book an appointment for a convenient/appropriate time - ideally with one of the GPs who is associated with LMH, or of course with a GP who has been involved with their ongoing care.

Please either telephone Banbury Road Medical Centre to make an appointment. The appointment will then take place over video call via phone.

BRMC Tel: 01865 515731

  • Out of hours call NHS 111 or in an Emergency dial 999.
  • If you have Covid Symptoms please make an appointment with the University testing service.

Self-isolation Guidance

Guidance on what to do around self-isolation and Covid19. Why, when and for how long.

If you have a question just email us and we will do our best to answer and reassure.

First of all – don’t panic. Not every sniffle or sore throat is a sign of Covid-19 but do take this seriously. Please be assured that the Welfare Team and everyone here at LMH is here to support you, and we will be available to you throughout the period of isolation that you may have to undertake.

If you develop any of the main symptoms of Covid-19:

First things first, book a Covid-19 test with the University’s Covid-19 testing service.

A test with the University’s Covid-19 testing service can usually be taken on the same day it is booked, and results are coming back within 24-36 hours at present. The Welfare Team will get an email telling us that you have booked a test and we will be in touch with you with support and information.

Whilst you wait for your test and test result:

  • You should self isolate: remain in your household accommodation, more specifically in your room, and ensure that you keep physically distant from your household members and all others.
  • Only use shared spaces such as bathrooms and kitchens in your household when strictly necessary. If you have an en-suite you should only use those facilities. If you do use a shared space – such as the kitchen to prepare food - do not do so with other members of your household, always use a face-covering, and ensure that you disinfect all the surfaces and utensils that you have touched with the products provided by the scouts that are available in your kitchen. Please do not leave any of your belongings in the shared spaces of your household.
  • Alert the rest of your household. If they are over 18 and not double vaccinated they may need to isolate with you, awaiting the result of your test. 
  • You cannot go to the Hall to get meals, but you can order food from the Halls and get a friend to collect it and leave it at the door of your room if the Hall is open. You will get more details of how to order food from the Hall, and food boxes of supplies by email from the Welfare Team. You will not be left hungry. If you have medical or other needs do alert us immediately.
  • Please notify your tutors and department that you are self-isolating, awaiting the results of a test.
  • Make sure your friends know and ask them to be in regular contact to keep your spirits up and to look after your mental health.

After you get your results:

If your result comes back negative, and your symptoms have gone, anyone isolating with you can come out of isolation.

If your result comes back positive, it is not the end of the world. If your symptoms do get worse and you start to struggle alert us immediately. You must remain in isolation for a further 10 days from the onset of your symptoms and remain in your room, and only leave your room if you absolutely must – if you don’t have an en-suite, or to prepare food in your household kitchen – always wear a face-covering, always wash everything you touch and keep at least two metres from your household members. You’ll get a further email from the Welfare Team with information and offers of support. We will alert your personal tutor, but you should also be in touch with them so that they can make arrangements for your teaching to move on line, if it is not already.

If you receive a positive test result through a route other than the University’s Covid-19 testing service (eg via the national testing service), you must complete the form for reporting external coronavirus positive results, continue to self-isolate, and report your absence to your department and college.

If someone you know has symptoms and books a test or gets a positive test result: 

You only need to act if you have been a *close contact* of that person. Close contact is defined as any of the following taking place with the infected person within 48 hours before the onset of symptoms or up to ten days after the onset of symptoms: 

Being in the same household 

  • Any direct physical contact 
  • Face-to-face contact (within one metre) 
  • Contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact 
  • Being within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for more than 15 minutes 

On the other hand if you have kept a physical distance of two metres or more (e.g. outdoors or in a tutorial) and you have followed other social distancing practices you will not be counted as a close contact and you won't need to self isolate. 

If you are asked to self-isolate or get a test by a college officer or the NHS Test and Trace system then you must do so. If you are in doubt about what to do please ask the College Nurse or another member of the Welfare Team. 

If you have not had two doses of a vaccine approved in the UK and are 18.5 years old or over: 

If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case and have not had two doses of a vaccine in the UK and are over 18.5 years old you will need to self isolate and book a PCR test.  The College Welfare Team will be in touch with you with guidance, and you need to follow the same basic rules as above. 

You will have to wait until the test results come back for the person with symptoms, and only if their result is negative can you leave self-isolation.  If the result comes back as positive for your close contact, again it is not the end of the world. You and anyone else self isolating should remain in isolation for 10 days from the date of the positive test result. 

Even if the result of your PCR test is negative you will need to complete your self isolation. 

Remember to alert your personal tutor, and department so that, if necessary, they can make alternative arrangements for your teaching. 

If you have had two doses of a vaccine in the UK or are under 18:

If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case and have had two doses of a UK approved vaccine or are under 18 you will just need to book a PCR test; you will not need to self-isolate. 

In all cases your own close contacts will not need to self-isolate unless  

  • they have also been identified as close contacts of the original person and they haven’t been double vaccinated or  
  • if you develop symptoms or test positive and they haven’t been double vaccinated. 

If your PCR test comes back with a positive result then you will need to self-isolate following the rules above. 

If a close contact lets you know directly that they are waiting for a test results or have tested positive and you need to self isolate because you haven’t been double you should contact the College’s Welfare Team so that we can support you.

When we know you have tested positive or are self isolating you will get an email from the Welfare Team with further information and offers of support. Look after each other. Check in on the person who is has tested positively; e.g. offer to cook for them, and chat through the door or online with them. You will get through this.

If you have any questions or concerns then simply ask. We are here to help and as a community we will get through the coming weeks together.

Andrew Foreshew-Cain Acting Head of Welfare

For the latest University advice see

And there are some other online resources here The University Counselling Service has produced a series of blogs and podcasts to support students during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Student Space website features a collection of resources to support university students during the coronavirus pandemic. These may help you to manage at present, and to anticipate and prepare yourself to meet some of the challenges ahead.

Oxford SU has also produced a series of tips and tricks for students in self-isolation.

All Oxford students can now also access free online support 24/7 through Togetherall - a free service giving you access to a global welfare community -


Regular symptom-free (LFD) testing 

Staff and students who are working or studying on site will be able to access regular symptom-free (Lateral Flow Device) testing twice a week, every week. Tests can be collected from the Porters’ Lodge. 

Who should participate?   

Testing is voluntary but we strongly encourage everyone to participate, including those staff and students who have been vaccinated or have had COVID-19 more than 90 days ago.       

It is possible to order LFD tests via a number of other routes – details of which can be found on the Government website. Staff may choose to use non-University testing routes (for example, if they are not in Oxford, or they have irregular work patterns) where it minimises travel or is more convenient.

Stay Safe at LMH

If you have a worry big or small please email the welfare team who will be able to direct you to someone who can help.


Facilities and Services Affected by Covid-19


During the pandemic, some changes to normal library services have been made:

  • Everyone should fob in or scan the NHS QR code at the entrance, so we have a log of who has used the space.
  • Face masks are expected at all times when not seated inside the library.
  • Nothing may be left on desks when you aren’t present, as this interferes with the cleaning schedule. Desks will be cleared overnight by the Night Porters, and belongings taken to the Lodge. Please return all books that you have used to a reshelving trolley, even if you haven’t checked them out. 
  • All returned books, and all books left on reshelving trolleys, will be quarantined for at least 40 hours before being reshelved. 
  • There are hand sanitiser points by the entrance, exit, printer/photocopier/scanner, and self-service machine. Please use them. 
  • If you want books to be delivered to your college room, for example because you are quarantining or are in a higher risk category, email us and we will aim to deliver them within 1 working day. We can drop books off at addresses inside Oxford, or post them to you if you’re away from Oxford.



The Lodge

The Lodge is staffed 24/7 by a friendly team of people including the Lodge Manager Tanya Hart. They can help you with emergencies, keys, post, directions,  key contacts and more. 

Please feel free to contact the Lodge by phone or email instead of a visit to the Lodge. You should all have a keyring containing the contact details for the Lodge and other teams. If you do not have one – contact the Lodge Manager Tanya Hart. Additional wellness information can be found on your room keyrings. 

Email:, Tel: 01865 274300 


You will also need to wear a face covering if you enter the Lodge.

The Lodge has many visitors throughout the day and so, while you are still welcome to collect post and parcels from the Lodge, or ask for directions etc, we would ask initially that you only make essential trips to the Lodge. If you are collecting post from your pigeonhole see if others in your household would like you to collect theirs at the same time. If you are collecting signed-for items on their behalf, they will need to email the Lodge to give permission.



The ICT department will still be available to help you with your IT problems.  

Please contact us via email or by phone. If we cannot help you by email, phone, or by using our remote support app, we can direct you to our appointment booking page for a face to face appointment. 


The printers in the library and Porter’s Lodge will still be available for you to use, via the webprint service at https:\\  Please make sure that you sanitise your hands before using the printer touch screens.  More details of how to use the webprint service are available on the ICT page of the  CORe website.

Hosting a Meeting, Gathering or Practice

A student who wishes to hold a party in a public room in College, or in a room provided under an accommodation agreement within the College, or in College grounds, or in one of the Common Rooms, must ask permission of the Dean.  The event may require a risk assessment.   

Bookable Rooms

You can book teaching rooms for private use through the intranet as usual. Allow one working day for the booking to be confirmed. You will be asked to let us know what you want to use the room for so we can prioritise valuable bookable space.

LMH COVID-19 Community Responsibility Policy

1. As a collegiate University, Oxford is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its students and staff are respected.

2. The purpose of the policy is to secure everyone’s agreement to protect ourselves and each other within the University, the colleges and the wider Oxford community. It is an affirmation of shared values – community, consideration for others, respect and tolerance, and inclusion. It supplements existing responsibilities under University and college policies.

3. Adapting to life in the College and city of Oxford under COVID-19 safety measures is new to everyone. Students and staff have developed new habits and made adjustments to their daily life to enable academic learning, support staff work and social activity to take place as safely as possible. In doing so, we need to treat each other with patience and understanding.

4. The University and colleges have committed to putting measures in place to minimise health risks to students, staff and the wider Oxford community. Each employee also has a responsibility for both their own health and that of others, especially those with vulnerabilities. Maintaining appropriate social distance in community spaces, avoiding large gatherings as appropriate and being mindful of the needs of those alongside whom we live, work and travel will help reduce the risks for everyone.

5. In order to protect our community’s health and support our collective wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect each other to make the following seven commitments about their behaviour by abiding by this policy.

i. I will abide by all national public health regulations brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19. I will also follow the University and college’s specific guidance on health measures, together with local public health guidance as relevant for the circumstances I am in.

ii. I will request a test via the University’s Testing for Covid-19 – Early Alert Service (EAS) immediately if I experience COVID-like symptoms, and I will notify my College and Department nominated contact accordingly. I will follow all instructions from the EAS, including in relation to self-isolation.

iii. I understand that COVID-19 is a public health issue and will cooperate fully with College, University and public health authorities, including participating fully in any contact tracing as requested.

iv. I will practise effective hygiene methods to limit contact transmission, including regular thorough handwashing with soap, the use of hand sanitisers as requested, the wiping down of surfaces and the correct wearing and disposal/washing of face coverings.

v. If I live in college accommodation, I will follow college guidelines on how I may interact with and share communal spaces with members of my household. If I live in a private household I will follow the relevant Government/Public Health England guidance. I will also follow guidance regarding how or whether I may enter others’ households and any limits on the number of people allowed to visit a household.

vi. I will show respect and consideration for the collegiate University and wider Oxford community. I will adhere to social distancing requirements and maximum group size rules, I will follow all rules and signage about expected behaviour for the space I am in when interacting with anyone outside my household, whether in college, University premises, on public transport or elsewhere in the city.

vii. I will adhere to the College’s policy and Government rules on wearing face coverings, which may include the requirement for face coverings to be worn indoors or in shared indoor spaces.

Reporting an Incident or Inappropriate Behaviour

Out of necessity, rules and guidance designed to minimise the transmission of Covid-19 are regularly reviewed and may change with little notice within the College, University, regionally or nationally. Facilities or activities that are available or permitted today, may have to be changed or even closed tomorrow. It is very important that you act on College communications and requests from College staff, whether in response to a specific activity or a change in guidance. Please regularly check your University email and if you have any doubt about what may be safe or permitted, please contact

The College Bye-Laws are clear that refusal to comply with reasonable requirements by College staff to discontinue unacceptable behaviour, or serious breaches of health and safety, may be treated as major offences. Committing a major offence may result in suspension, temporary exclusion from College, or in the most serious cases, expulsion. The Principal may also exercise protective discretion, on behalf of the College community, and require a student to leave the premises of the College, including if the student’s conduct is threatening to persons or property, or disruptive of the proper functioning or activities of the College.

Please also remember that what is against the law outside College is against the law in College.

Safety Concerns

If you or someone you are with requires immediate medical attention, please telephone the Lodge who will arrange for an ambulance, or if there is no time for it, contact first the ambulance and then the Lodge.

Lodge: Tel: 01865274300

In case you are concerned about the safety of another person, and it would not be appropriate or it is not possible to discuss directly with the person concerned, please use the Wellbeing contact page to identify the most appropriate person to contact.

If you are concerned about the behaviour of another member of College please contact the Dean (

If you see something in College that is putting others at risk (e.g. broken fire door, electrical fault), please email or, if urgent, telephone the Lodge.

For any other matter relating to individual or community safety please contact in the first instance.

Consideration for others

Lady Margaret Hall does not tolerate any form of harassment or victimisation and expects all members of the College community, its visitors and contractors to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration. The LMH policy and procedure on harassment (including a definition of what constitutes harassment) is available via The

College’s Harassment Advisors will be willing to talk to you about any harassment you are experiencing, including behaviour that is unwelcome towards you but you might be unsure whether it is harassment. You can also contact any of the Welfare Team.

Please be aware that harassment may involve repeated forms of unwanted and unwarranted behaviour, but a one-off incident can also amount to harassment. With this in mind please:

  • Be considerate of others’ space and remember that some people may wish to take a more cautious approach either because of concerns for their own health or that of family members, or because of general anxiety.
  • Do not ask someone why they may not be wearing a face-covering or if they have an exemption. Some people will have legitimate reasons why they are not able to wear a face covering. Some of these reasons may be hidden and asking someone the reason may be humiliating or intimidating for them. If necessary, College will send periodic reminders to members about the face-coverings policy.
  • Be supportive of anyone who tests positive for Covid-19. In particular, please take care not to assign blame. We must all strive to keep ourselves and others safe, taking responsibility for our actions. However, the virus can be contracted in various ways and not everything is within our control.

Keeping Up-To-Date

This Guide Will Be Updated 

This guide will be regularly updated. Please make sure you are referring to the latest edition of the guide. 

Find the latest version here:


The Digital screens in the Porters Lodge, Hall and Deneke Building Foyer also show important information. Keep an eye out for them if you are passing through. 

Requesting an Amendment to This Guide

If you have seen an amendment that needs to be made to this guide please contact LMH's Digital Media Officer.