COVID-19 information update

Important information for all Fellows of the Society, following the closure of the University Estate by the Vice-Chancellor due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

We have been informed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University that it may be months before we are able to resume normal activity. We will endeavour to keep you informed where possible with information updates on our website.  Please continue check these pages for regular updates.    

Please also note that we are unable to contact all our Fellows by our usual circulation emails. Throughout this period, we will continue to keep you informed and up-to-date by response to your emails and regular updates to the website

Payment of Subscriptions

During the period that the offices are closed, all subscriptions will have to be made by online banking or payments by deposit through your bank.  Unfortunately, we are no longer able to process cash or cheques during this time until further notice. If you wish to contact the Society directly please email:

Research Studentships and Travel Grants

Payments for all existing Society grants will also be made by online bank transfer, upon submission of a PDF of  the signed claim form by email.  Please do not send word documents.

Due to the limitations of working from home, we are unable to process the new applications that have been received for the Research Studentship Grants for the 31 March deadline in the usual way. All grant applications that have been received will be put on hold until after the current working restrictions have been removed. When the Society in a position to resume its normal business, all the applications will be able to be processed and considered together.

Travel Grants

The Travel Grant meetings will be suspended for May and July until the current travel restrictions have been lifted.  All applications that have been received will be put on hold until after the current restrictions have been removed.

Society Lectures

Forthcoming lectures in the Michaelmas Term 2020 and Lent Term 2021 will continue to be organised, unless we are advised that the current restrictions will remain in effect for October and November 2020.

Department and Summer Visits

The Department visit to the Computer Museum for the Easter Term will be rescheduled to the Michaelmas Term 2020 and the Summer visit in July to the Chelsea Physic Garden is currently under review and may also be rescheduled to a later date.

Distribution of the Society’s book “Spirit of Inquiry”

Collection of copies of the book will no longer be possible from the Society’s office and requests for copies by post are also temporarily suspended by the publishers, until further notice.

We are aiming to deal with as much Society Business as possible, but our normal service standards will be affected and may change should staff become ill.  We ask for your patience and understanding during this very difficult period.