Dame Sally Davies’ message about Lent Term 2021

Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity and former Chief Medical Officer for England, has been leading the College’s response to the pandemic since before the first lockdown in March 2020.

In the wake of the third lockdown in England, she said:

Photo by Graham CopeKoga
Photo by Graham CopeKoga

‘We are in the midst of a health emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic. So it is with great regret that we must minimize the number of students returning into College residence during the current lockdown.

This move of education to online and students staying home is a sad moment for us all but I must emphasize that we, of Trinity College and Cambridge, are in line with other leading universities in moving teaching online this term, apart from a very few exceptions. These measures are in accordance with government regulations and guidance, and reflect the seriousness of the current situation.

This is both tough and disappointing for our students, who we all recognize are keen to benefit from university life in full and all Cambridge has to offer. But in a public health emergency we all have to play a part and abide by the rules to reduce the risk to ourselves and to others. With the new variant of COVID spreading far more easily than the original, this is now more true than ever.

Trinity continues to provide key services in College to the students who could not return home for the Christmas vacation, and support to all students, whether in College or at home due to the current lockdown.

High-quality online lectures and Supervisions are available to students through the hard work of Cambridge’s faculties and departments, as well as Trinity academics.

My message to all Trinity students in need of support or advice: please contact your Tutor in the first instance. They are ready to help as far as they and the College can in the context of a public health emergency.

In this marathon to return to normality I see an effective lockdown now and vaccines offering the chinks of light for returning to a more normal life. Please help us to help you.’