Oxford City to Move to Tier 2 From Saturday - A Message From Your Sabbatical Officers


Like many of you we are concerned by the news that Oxford will be moving to Tier 2 restrictions. The change will take effect at 00.01 on Saturday (31 October), which means we will be in Tier 2 (High Alert) from Saturday morning. 

We understand that the University and Colleges will remain open. Whilst some parts of University life may look the same as in Tier 1, the new restrictions will undoubtedly affect student life. We are actively lobbying and working closely with the collegiate University to ensure any changes are in line with government guidance and are clearly communicated. The latest information on the University’s response is at: https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus  

As your elected sabbatical officers, our purpose is to improve the overall experience for current and future students at the University. We will continue to listen and amplify student concerns around Coronavirus to decision-makers as the collegiate University assesses the impact of the Tier 2 restrictions on its operations. 

Over the past few months, we have been lobbying for the collegiate University to deliver the best possible student experience this year and to consider student welfare and wellbeing in all its decisions. We have recently secured a new University Mental Health Taskforce, you can read about our aims for the group at: https://www.oxfordsu.org/representation/sabbatical-officers/blog/6546/Oxford-SU-secures-University-Mental-Health-TasknbspForce/ . We have also continued to call for clear and consistent communications across all areas.  

We know this is an uncertain time and we continue to lobby to ensure adequate mental health and wellbeing provision is in place for all students. Our independent and impartial advice service (advice@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk) is here to support and help if you have any individual concerns.  

Details about what Tier 2 restrictions mean can be found at:  




Nikita Ma –  President 


Tucker Drew – VP Access and Academic Affairs 


Ben Farmer – VP Charities and Community 


Lauren Bolz – VP Graduates  


Amelia Holt – VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities 


Alex Foley – VP Women 



Who are the Sabbatical Officers?  

We’re a team of 6 students elected annually and in post for a year from July-July. We work full-time at Oxford SU (yes, we’re paid too!) to represent students and campaign on a range of issues. You can see what we do on our website and if you think it sounds fun, look out for the annual elections in February when you can run to be a Sabbatical officer for 2021-22.