Message from the President of Magdalen College

24th March 2020


We have all watched as the coronavirus pandemic has developed over recent weeks right around the world, and it has now become clear that we will all be affected in some way – the challenges we face are without precedent in living memory.

At a time like this community is more important than ever, and it is only by working together that we will find a way through these difficult times.

That is why I wanted to send a message of support to you and your loved ones, and to update you on the decisions we have made at Magdalen to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and the larger community.

Following advice from the Government and Public Health England, we have closed the doors to visitors, encouraged those students who can return home to do so, and stopped all non-essential activity at College by supporting home working. All teaching and examinations in Trinity Term will now be done remotely.

We have also had to postpone our college and alumni events through to the end of June, including those in Singapore and the USA. Sadly, May Morning has also been cancelled for this year. Please check our website for news of future events.

I would like to thank the members of our community at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus in hospitals and clinics around the world. And I am sure we all wish success to our Magdalen Fellow in Medicine and head of the Jenner Institute Professor Adrian Hill and his team who are currently working on a coronavirus vaccine. You can learn more about their vital work here.

I am proud of the way the College has reacted, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your understanding and support during these weeks of uncertainty. We will keep you updated as the situation develops.

Magdalen is a very strong community, and by continuing to support one another during these difficult times we can only become stronger.

We are so looking forward to the time when the College can be fully open again and all of our students and staff have returned.

You can stay in touch with us, and each other, on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Floreat Magdalena

Professor Sir David Clary FRS
President of Magdalen College