Yesterday afternoon, an email was sent from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope to all staff and student to announce the University of Cambridge had shifted from “amber” to the “red” phase to manage the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

“We are asking students – both undergraduate and postgraduate – to return home now, if possible. It is especially urgent for international students needing to make travel arrangements to do so as quickly as possible, as many countries are already imposing travel restrictions. Students unable to leave Cambridge will continue to be supported by their Colleges, and College accommodation will be available if needed.”

“There will be no face-to-face teaching in the Easter term, and there will be no examinations in Cambridge. All teaching will move on-line. The University will communicate with all students by the end of March about alternative assessment arrangements.”

All members of staff will work from home as of 5pm on Friday 20th March. All libraries are closed and most university buildings will close on Friday.

The statement further says “We are all facing an unprecedented crisis. It may be months before we resume normal activity. Throughout that period, the University will endeavour to keep you informed and up-to-date. We will need all the fortitude, resilience and generosity of our collegiate University community to get us through. I am confident that this crisis will bring out the best in all of us.”