Student guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus)
We understand that this is a challenging time for our student community due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). These pages provide you with the latest information about plans for the new academic year (20-21).
Information for the 2020-21 academic year
Updated 15 September 2020
If you’re returning to your studies at Imperial in autumn 2020, we understand that you will have questions about how the disruption caused by COVID–19 will change our operations and processes in the new academic year.
Inevitably, we have had to make some changes to ensure that we can continue to keep you and our staff safe through the pandemic. We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure that you receive the best possible academic and student experience this autumn.
If you’re a new student joining us for the first time in the autumn, please visit our offer holder and applicants’ COVID FAQs pages – they have more specific information for you.
You can also read the latest latest messages to our student community in our archive.
What to expect in autumn 2020
We’re currently making plans for our academic and student experience in two scenarios:
- under partial COVID restrictions (which is what we’re expecting will apply at Imperial in autumn 2020); and
- under full COVID restrictions (if we need to return to lockdown)
You'll find information on both scenarios and how they will apply to lots of different aspects of student life at the College in the boxes below. These cover a whole range of areas from accommodation, your learning experience and extra-curricular activities to amenities, library services and how we’re planning to keep you safe at Imperial.
We will continue to expand this information as soon as we have more updates so please keep checking back.
As of 14 September 2020, the UK Government introduced tighter regulations intended to suppress the spread of the virus in England, but educational and work settings are unaffected. The FAQs below cover what the new laws will mean for our current students. A complete guide to the changes to the law can be found on the UK Government website.
Will campus close?
No. The new laws contain specific exceptions for educational settings, meaning South Kensington Campus can and will remain open with the same social distancing and safety measures that have been in place since the start of the semester.
Will my lectures still be going ahead?
Yes. The new laws contain specific exceptions for educational settings, meaning lectures at the Business School can continue with the same social distancing and safety measures that have been in place since the start of the semester.
Please continue to follow the guidance from your programme team, which has been risk assessed and is aligned with government requirements and guidance. If you have any questions, please ask them.
Do I need to follow the existing social distancing measures while on campus?
Yes. While the latest changes to the law do not affect educational settings, all existing social distancing and safety regulations still apply. Instructions on how to follow these guidelines are clearly signposted around the campus.
What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
What happens if someone in my class tests positive?
If you have been in the same teaching space as someone who has tested positive, you will be contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days in line with government guidelines.
Can I meet fellow students off campus?
Social gatherings off campus must adhere to the government’s social distancing laws, which can be found via the link at the top of this page.
How does this affect halls of residence?
You can find guidance on safety measures in halls of residence (including how to self-isolate if you are asked to) on our Accommodation webpages.
Information for the 2020/21 academic year
Your learning experience
Your teaching, research, and training will start on schedule and will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery.
You can find our more information about the delivery of your programme here too.
Your student experience
Find out more about the plans we have in place to make sure you have the best possible student experience and a very warm welcome to Imperial.
Keeping you safe
Keeping all our students safe is a top priority for us. Government guidance in the UK is changing rapidly – but we are making plans for your safe return in the autumn.
This section contains guidance on the measures we are taking for your safety, plus information about COVID-19 and the healthcare support available to you.
Find out how what changes we've made to our halls of residence this year, and what help we can offer students seeking private accommodation.