Read about our COVID Plan 2021 which will ensure we keep our students, staff and communities safe this summer.
We are absolutely committed to delivering outstanding summer experiences whilst protecting the health and well-being of our students, our staff and members of the communities in which our summer schools take place.
The plan outlined below gives you a clear idea of how we foresee running our summer schools in July and August 2021, given the information currently available. We will revisit this regularly to ensure that our plan is in line with the most recent global and local advice and best practice in all of our locations.
Please expand the sections below to read more detail on particular aspects of our COVID Plan 2021
Our small class sizes, large, well-ventilated classrooms, and access to outside space allow us the confidence to plan for lessons to be as collaborative and active as always. Students and their teachers will sit at a distance from one another as they work together, will sanitise their hands regularly, and may be asked to wear masks depending on the environment. This might mean that we limit the class sizes in some cases to ensure that there is enough space. Students who are isolating during class time but who feel well enough to join in with lessons will be able to beam into lessons online and interact as they would if they were there in person. This will also be true of all activities where this is at all possible.
We commit to supporting students in making up for lost time academically during this programme, and reigniting their enthusiasm for learning and making plans for their future.
Students everywhere have missed out on so much this year and we are committed to ensuring this summer is packed full of all the activities we can manage safely. We have a team of creative counsellors already planning for socially distanced fun – yoga in the college gardens, literary walking tours, outdoor drama productions and comedy evenings, and film nights on picnic blankets in the college quad. Our team are always ready to react to students’ own interests and ideas too.
We have a fantastic panel of world-renowned speakers who love joining our programmes to address our interested students. In past years our students have been inspired by Richard Dawkins, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Shami Chakrabarti, Sir Andrew Motion, and a whole host of Oxford academics keen to share their own research, from working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, to emerging PTSD interventions, and Malaria tracking in Africa. This year our speakers may need to present by video link but they will be as open to taking questions and being part of discussions with our students as ever they have been.
We are so fortunate to have so many world famous sites on our doorstep. Even if we are unable to leave our cities this summer we will still have access to some of the most fascinating museums, libraries, world heritage sites and architecture in the world.
We commit to ensuring students are able to experience everything we can possibly provide during their stay this summer.
We feel strongly that young people have missed crucial time together over the past year, and that there is a lot of time to be made up! One of the huge benefits of an Oxford Royale summer is the opportunity to make close and lasting friendships with like-minded people from across the world.
Our past students write to us years after their last visit and tell us of friendships that have lasted far beyond their course. In whatever way we can manage safely, our students will spend as much time together as they would like to this summer, challenging one another, supporting one another, and having as much fun as possible.
We will be allocating single rooms only this summer, and students will be prevented from visiting one another’s rooms, in order to ensure any student who needs to isolate is able. This summer we are unlikely to allow visitors to our programme.
Our host colleges have been operating successfully and safely throughout 2020 and have enhanced their own health and safety significantly.
Shared areas such as bathrooms and staircases will be deep-cleaned more regularly, windows will be open, hand sanitiser will be readily available, and no one but Oxford Royale students and staff will have access to shared areas during our programmes.
We think meal times are such an important time for coming together, for challenging, academic discussion, and for forging friendships. August dining halls make for the perfect environment to stimulate and inspire such discussion. These halls have been used by university students this year, and providing we are confident we can distance students safely we will make full use of these facilities too. Regardless, students will be provided with nutritious, catered meals throughout their programme as important fuel for action-packed days!
It is likely this year that we will arrange airport transfers as individual taxis rather than coaches. Many of our students have preferred this option in the past in any case. Please contact us regarding siblings or friends travelling together.
We have always worked with a fantastic team of local nurses who take great care of our students on site, and are registered with a GP to whom all of our students have access should they need it. We have world-renowned hospitals minutes from our colleges and open to all.
Oxford Royale is pleased to organise a free-of-charge travel and medical insurance policy for summer 2021, of which students may be able to take advantage.
Should you become unwell during your Oxford Royale summer school (including with COVID-19), and need medical assistance or treatment, the insurance will cover any costs of your medical treatment, provided no exclusions apply to you.
You can find out more information about the insurance policy arranged by Oxford Royale on our insurance page.
We will have clear and cautious advice surrounding the wearing of masks on our programmes which will be illustrated in all shared areas and enforced by staff. We will make masks available to all students and staff who do not have their own.
We will provide Covid-19 testing for all of our staff in advance of the programme, for any staff member or student displaying symptoms, and any students who are particularly at risk. We are monitoring changing advice and protocol on testing.
Any student or staff member testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate in accordance with current guidance. Every effort will be made to ensure that students have remote access to any aspects of the programme they feel able to be part of during this time.
If you are travelling to our on-campus summer schools from outside of the United Kingdom, you must follow the guidance for entry to the UK that is in force at your time of travel.
You can read the current guidance on the ‘Entering the UK‘ page of the UK government’s website.
We are confident that, with the recent fall in the UK’s COVID-19 case rate, and the ongoing success of the UK’s vaccination programme, travel corridors will be reinstated between the UK and other countries in time for summer 2021. Should this happen, it would mean no mandatory quarantine would be required for arrivals from a country on the travel corridor list.
We will keep our students informed of any changes to the rules for arriving to the UK from overseas.
Current quarantine rules allow for the quarantine period to be reduced from 10 days to 5 through the UK government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme. Should quarantine rules be in force at the time of your travel, we will be able to advise you on how to organise a Test to Release test.