We are in regular communication with Cambridge colleges (who have all welcomed back undergraduates this academic year) to review, adapt and discuss their existing guidelines for Covid-19. We also have our own protocols for the general running of the programs, taking into account guidelines from WHO (World Health Organisation), PHE (Public Health England) and the UK government. Our highly experienced leadership team will be analysing, reviewing and updating all guidelines and protocols in light of any changes ahead of the summer.
Our mission has always been about bringing together bright and talented young people from around the world in a shared endeavour to prepare for their future – and that mission feels more important now than ever. We are confident that we will be able to offer a safe and supportive environment that still includes all of the joys of a truly international, engaging and life-changing Reach Cambridge program.
Our Summer 2021 Programs
We are monitoring travel guidelines carefully and are hopeful restrictions will continue to ease over the coming months. We appreciate every country is experiencing different restrictions and timelines, so please do let us know if you already know of any updates that may affect your ability to join us in Cambridge this summer.
For now, we would like to highlight these key points to help you with your planning:
- If you need to book flights this summer, you are not required to do so by the main deadline of 30th April, you can book your travel nearer the summer if you would prefer and, in all cases, we encourage you to take advantage of flexible booking terms.
- Find out more about visas on the travel tab of our useful info page.
- We recommend all families take out comprehensive travel insurance.
- We offer optional airport transfers between Cambridge and both London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Depending on restrictions in the summer, we may only offer individual taxi pick-up rather than coaches. Please see our travel tab of our useful info page for more details.
- If you believe you will require quarantine arrangements, please contact us directly to discuss your individual requirements.
Enhanced Safety Protocols
We will be following all UK government safety guidelines and site-specific requirements for our programs. These are likely to include, but not limited to, the following;
- Adhering to social distancing and wearing face-masks where required.
- Students and staff will be provided with all necessary PPE, and hand-washing stations will be clearly marked and hand sanitiser readily available.
- We will be implementing enhanced cleaning procedures in all accommodation and shared spaces.
- All staff will be tested before the start of the program and all travellers will be required to be tested before travelling to the UK according to current government regulations. We will continue to monitor guidance on testing requirements.
- If any staff or student tests positive we will ensure full compliance with government guidance, which currently involves a period of isolation.
Each family will receive a copy of our Covid-19 safety procedures and protocols in their welcome pack prior to their arrival in Cambridge.
Supervisory staff are first aid trained and will receive specific training related to Covid-19. Cambridge benefits from a world-leading research hospital and we have several GPs (Family doctors) and health experts within easy access of our accommodation.
If a student tests positive for Covid-19 and is required to self-isolate but feels well enough, we will ensure they can still access teaching and events virtually where possible so they do not miss out.
We are in close contact with Colleges and other partners regarding the safety processes and regulations required for this summer in all accommodation and shared spaces. Accommodation has been operational throughout the year, with appropriate safety procedures in place.
Students will be accommodated in single rooms. Siblings or members of the same household may request to share a room subject to availability and covid guidelines. As happens every year, students will be accommodated within a small group of students alongside one Reach supervisor who is directly in charge of their overall welfare and lives onsite 24/7. This pastoral care ‘bubble’ will ensure they can socialise normally with a smaller group.
Academics & Evening Lectures
We are committed to providing the same unparalleled, high quality teaching and learning this summer.
Social distancing may need to be in place in shared spaces, including classrooms. This may mean we need to limit spaces on some courses due to classroom size, but we will do all that we can to accommodate all students where it is safe and possible to do so.
Due to the diverse and international reach of our expert tutors and speakers, it may be the case that some of our lectures will need to take place virtually this year. This will enable us to provide the same high calibre of highly-rated speakers to all students.
Although some aspects may be slightly different, we will do all we can to provide the same unforgettable, engaging and life-changing experience to all students this year. We understand that now more than ever, students are craving the opportunity to communicate openly and broaden their horizons with other students from all over the world.
We are working hard to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to socialise, learn and grow together in a safe environment. We plan to offer many of our usual exciting and inclusive activities as well as excursions to places outside of Cambridge. Cambridge itself is blessed with a wide range of museums, historic sites and outside spaces for recreation and exercise, not to mention the beautiful river Cam and the 31 Colleges.