Corona Virus Information

Corona Virus Help Package

Mental and Physical Health
: The uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus, its health implications can take a toll on both mental and physical health, particularly for those already living with mental health conditions. It’s especially hard waiting whilst the university and government work out their plans. During this time, it’s really important to prioritise looking after yourself, so we’ve put together a list of resources to keep you busy and healthy whilst you’re stuck indoors.

Looking after your Mental Health

College and MCR Help

  • Martin Fellermeyer, our trained peer-supporter is so kind and is available for everyone can (call/text) whenever you feel like it, he is happy to chat with you over anything. Big or small problems, or if you just are feeling bored and looking for a chat? Let him now. (
    • Peer supporters are your fellow students from within the JCR/MCR. They have received training to enable them to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, maintain confidentiality, respect boundaries and recognise when and how to encourage referral to professional support services. Peer support is an easily accessible and relatively informal opportunity to talk through issues which may be concerning you. Especially during the current crisis a lot of student might feel the urge to simply get things off their chest.


General Help

  • Your Mind Plan – NHS scheme that sends you daily mental health top tips personalised for you
  • Samaritans 24 hour helpline – call 116 123

Key ways you can look after your mental health

  • Keep talking to people – chat to your friends and family, check in with people that make you feel at ease
  • Limit the amount of time you spend watching the news or on social media – and remember to check your sources of information. Everyone seems to be a medical expert on Twitter and spending hours reading through panicked threads is not going to ease your mind. Watch the news to be informed, not absorbed. I only, for example, watch the news in the evening when I feel I have done enough work and.
  •  Try to eat as healthily as possible and do some gentle indoor exercise. Running up and down the stairs a couple of times, doing some star jumps or putting on your favourite song and dancing round your kitchen are all good ways to keep your blood pumping and release endorphins.
  •  Prioritise self-care! Paint your nails, cook a super tasty meal, have a long bath – look after yourself!
  •  Put away your phone and start an activity you would never normally have time to do: read a book, paint, draw, knit, exercise, cook, write, listen to music.
  •  Try keeping a gratitude journal – every night before you go to sleep, write down 3 things you are grateful for. They could be inconsequential, eg. I am grateful for cups of tea, or of great importance eg. I am grateful for my friends messaging me this afternoon. This is a really nice reminder that there are still things to feel positive and hopeful about, even in times of uncertainty.
  •  Take a moment to meditate or practice deep breathing exercises – the Headspace app has some good guided meditation tracks, and many more are available on Youtube

Physical Health

  • Exercise – online workouts are a great way to keep busy and stay healthy while stuck inside – there are literally so many so have a google, but here are some fun ones to get you started:
  1. Latin Dance Cardio Workout – (the music itself is enough to put you in a good mood)
  2. Modifying your gym routine for At-Home-Workouts – for more avid gym-goers –
  3. Workouts for Beginners
  4. Oxford University Support provides workout ideas on their instagram

Getting your needed COVID-19 information

Sources of Information

It is really important to limit both how much time you spend watching the news and what news sources you use. Choosing set times of day that you check news sites can help prevent you from becoming absorbed by the news. Similarly, be careful of Oxfess – Oxfess is a great place for people to vent about their concerns, but it is rarely a source of trusted information and may expose you to panicked irrational worries. If this is negatively impacting your mental health, unfollowing for a while might help make your news feed more positive.

  • NHS Coronavirus Advice – how to avoid catching coronavirus and health advice if you think you are showing symptoms
  • University of Oxford Coronavirus page – regularly updated (nearly every day in the last week) with information about the university’s current policy – next update of information will be 17/03/20 following the new government advice

Cool Blogs that provide clearer access and understanding of COVID-19

Cool Blogs that provide clearer access and understanding of COVID-19 available information

Tim Churches Health Data Science Blog

Lets have some fun

Activities to keep busy with

  •  The ‘Ville Reccomends – Talisha has compiled a massive list of everyone’s favourite films, TV shows, and books, so if you’re looking for something to binge, she’s got you sorted. And if your all-time favourite film is missing, get adding to the list so everyone else can see it too! –
  • Sketchbook Skool – this amazing YouTube channel has a whole host of crafty videos from learning to watercolour in 3 minutes to journaling
  • Customise your old clothing – Tilly and The Buttons is a great website for anyone who has a sewing machine they never use and would love to make clothes but don’t know where to start. Mia Rothwell also has a couple of her books and could maybe scan a couple of the easy things, so drop her a message if you’re interested

TV recommendations

I think I became an expert on Trash TV (please don’t judge me)

  • 90 days fiance
  • Anybody who has not tried watching Turkish Soap Operas is missing out on so much – Try The Magnificient Century, with English subtitles – Its a story about Sultan Süleyman the Magnificient and his favorite wife Hürrem
  • Love is Blind on Netflix – its breaking records at the moment


Feeling useless stuck at home while people are suffering? Plenty of older people are going to be stuck at home for many weeks, unable to get shopping or pick up prescriptions. If you’re healthy, you could help deliver groceries to those in isolation.

NHS is looking for volunteers

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

Check out Crowdfight COVID-19

An initiative from the scientific community to put all available resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19

Motivation: Most current plans to fight COVID-19 rely on the assumption that treatments and/or vaccines will be available in a few months. Delays in these treatments will have enormous consequences, both in terms of economic impact and human lives.

Aim: Put the wider scientific community at the service of COVID-19 research.

Check out “Students against Corona”

Students in towns and cities across the world are coming together to help out the most vulnerable members of our communities affected by the Covid-19 crisis.Whether it’s buying a carton of milk or walking the dog, there are simple tasks that people in isolation or at high-risk cannot perform on their own. We have a responsibility to both #flattenthecurve and take concrete action to lighten the burden on those most affected.As the public health situation unfolds, our movement will help coordinate young people around the world, assigning them small but important tasks.If you are healthy, and at low risk, join this movement to help others in your community! SIGN UP NOW 



Check out the Oxford Hub 

They are coordinating coronavirus volunteers through its “Oxford Together” scheme:

Currently, you should check your local Facebook community group, your local council’s webpage or your local MP’s Facebook or Twitter page for the beginnings of volunteering schemes. At the moment, there is no centralised source of information about volunteering, but it is highly likely various schemes will be set up locally over the next week, so keep your eyes peeled – or if they’re not, get proactive and contact your local council or any local businesses yourself.

You could also get in contact with your old secondary school and see if they need tutors for GCSE or A Level students. Skype revision sessions are a really easy way to help a child out who may end up suffering from school closures – right from the comfort of your own home. 

The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children Group

They have created an online advice resource about supporting children and young people with worries about Covid-19.

Covid Mutual Aid UK

A group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. Focusing on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need.

Educational Resources and Research


  • Keep a log of anything that has impacted your research during the Corona Virus disruption, believe me, that might be very useful later!

Access to Education Resources

Research Opportunities related to COVID-19

Are you doing (or planning) social science research to aid COVID-19
prevention, resilience, or recovery?

Nate Matias (Cornell University,
Communication) and Alex Leavitt (@ Facebook Research, Health Integrity)
are crowdsourcing a list of international social science research about
coronavirus. This is an unofficial, community-driven, open initiative for
any social science or related projects.

Please add your finished, ongoing, or planned projects & any findings here:

Current Research on COVID-19

Check University of Oxford’s current research about COVID-19

Blavatnik’s research – Oxford Government response tracker

College, University and Public Health England Recent Updates

 The college has a FAQ for a lot of questions in relations to Corona-Virus rapidly changing situation and its impact on college, this is regularly updated:

College Facilities

  • Library to reopen with slots for booking, click and collect service for the library has been set up, more information here:
  • Hall currently closed, catering to start on the 28th of September, more information to follow about a booking system
  • Graduate Study Spacy is closed – hopefully will reopen soon
  • MCR is being risk-assessed
  • Instructions are being sent out on cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and collection of rubbish. Get in touch with me if you have any questions (
  • Please refrain from bringing any guests inside the college

Information for International Students

Please check regularly here the information and guidance provided for international students, in issues regarding traveling abroad and upkeeping and renewing your visa.

Please check regularly travel advice!

College Contacts

MCR President:

The Secretary is: Charles Blake (

The Social Secretaries are: 

1) Caroline Weglinski (

2) Raphael Reinbold (

The Welfare Officers are:

1) Bahar Kashef Hamadani (

2) Gaurav Dubey (

The Treasurer is: Siobhan Tobin (

The House Chair is: Pak Hao (

College Principal: Jan Royall –

College Welfare Officer  Jo Ockwell –

Senior Tutor Steve Rayner –

Academic Office