Welcome to Downing College for Michaelmas Term 2020 

If you are returning to the College we hope you will find it looking much as you left it. If you are new to the College and our extensive grounds, then we are sure that they will not disappoint. 

The difference this year is that the College is now operating ways to minimise the risks associated with COVID-19. These changes are to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and any visitors or guests who have business in the College.  

You will find that there are procedures, signs, and hand cleaning stations in place. You will see that, in line with the University and other Colleges, face coverings are being worn inside buildings and in other situations. You will find that some spaces and facilities have been radically redesigned and that new ways of accessing them and using them are in place. 

This section of the College website is intended to gather together information on  the changes made in response to the pandemic. Please ensure that you are thoroughly familiar with the content and check back regularly for updates. If you notice a discrepancy between information here and elsewhere on the College website or in documentation, then the information here takes precedence. The situation is changing rapidly and there is not always time to ensure that every point of publication is up to date. 

Whilst some of these measures may seem onerous or unsettling, they are all in place to ensure that the Downing community starts the term as safely as possible.  Over the coming weeks and months, we may be able to relax some measures or we may be required to implement more. We are committed to providing the very highest standard of education and to the best possible environment for our student community. Where we can open up opportunities for more traditional College activities we will. And we may create new traditions along the way! 

However, now we are focused on finding the safest path through the new term. We know from our students and their friends and families, that this priority is shared. 

This Michaelmas we will be starting safe and staying safe. Downing College looks forward to welcoming you.  


Downing COVID Community Agreement

"I will play my part in keeping Downing Healthy"