This webpage tells you what facilities will be available to you in three scenarios:

  • Under minimal COVID restrictions
  • Under partial COVID restrictions, which allows students to be on campus whilst following guidelines
  • under full COVID restrictions, which means a return to lockdown, should there be another outbreak of coronavirus.

Move Imperial (sport)

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Sport facilities will be reopening; in line with government and College guidelines and with necessary COVID safety measures, where necessary. 

Onsite sport and activity programmes will be delivered through Move Imperial facilities and initiatives. The online MoveFromHome programme will continue to compliment on-site offer/activities. The competitive BUCS programme will be delivered through Imperial Athletes; with inclusion of Leagues, one-off events and competitions. 

Under partial COVID restrictions: There will be a partial reopening of some sport and leisure facilities across some campuses. This will be enhanced by a focused Active Travel agenda for the College achieved through promoting opportunities and removing barriers.  Delivery of all student sports clubs’ programmes will be via a Sports HubProvision, where possible, of additional spaces (outdoor) / facilities for safe recreation such as table tennis 

Under full COVID restrictions: A range of remote digital content (MoveFromHome) will be available for our community, free of charge – including a variety of resources, videos and tools to keep students active, from workout videos, recipe ideas, wellbeing Q&A’s and Spotify playlists.  The Move Imperial App will provide relevant information /content for sport physical activity off campus/at home. We will also use outdoor space for recreational activities. 

Find out more about our sport and leisure facilities by visiting our Move website.

Catering and events

Under minimal COVID restrictions:  Most catering outlets will be fully reopened and operational, with many having benefitted from a refit and/or new offer such as Loudbird (SAF), Chemistry Café (Blackett), and a new Chinese takeaway food service (QTR).  

Removal of the rule of 6 will mean catering/events in 58 Princes Gate & Eastside Bar can be fully resumed. The use of hBar & 170 Queen’s Gate will be kept under review. 

Under partial COVID restrictions: There will be an incremental reopening, aligned with other College policies/restrictions, of a diverse portfolio of food and drink outlets across campuses to meet the needs of Imperials multicultural community.  

New and flexible events spaces that can be utilised for use by students, such as lecture theatres, classrooms, ‘flat floor’ spaces and outdoor areas. 

Under full COVID restrictions: Catering outlets would remain closed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our College community. Vending capacity would be reviewed and, where necessary, increased and utilising distance-touch technology.  

Find out more by visiting the Campus Services website.

Security

Under minimal COVID restrictions:  There will be consistent provision of a visible, on-site security presence 24/7 for 365 days across all Imperial sites with the ability to operate, where appropriate, on a reduced staffing model that aligns with levels of campus activity & return of staff/students 

Identification and resolution of building faults and full management of College access control/ID cards. Supported by online information re Security contacts and College responsibilities. 

Under partial COVID restrictions:  There will be consistent provision of visible, on-site security presence 24/7 for 365 days across all Imperial sites and operating on a slightly reduced staffing model to align with levels of campus activity.

Identification and resolution of building faults and management of College access control / ID card systems, with some remote admin/printing available. Supported by online information re Security contacts and College responsibilities. 

Under full COVID restrictions:  There will be consistent provision of a visible, on-site security presence 24/7 for 365 days across all Imperial sites and operating on a slightly reduced staffing model to align with levels of campus activity.  

Identification and resolution of building faults and management of College access control / ID card systems, with some remote admin/printing available. Supported by online information re Security contacts and College responsibilities.  

Find out more by visiting our Security webpages.

Student Enterprise: Hackspace

Under minimal COVID restrictions:  Practical teaching courses will be delivered in person (socially distanced layout where feasible and will be implemented where necessary).  Workshop facilities access will increase to additional days, and other extra-curricular activities will be a blend of in-person/online (where access to facilities is not necessary to deliver the activity/learning/experience and where an online format is proven and has enabled greater scale of engagement/reach). Online surgery support sessions will likely remain online.

Under partial COVID restrictions:  There will be increased workshop opening hours based on learnings from an autumn term pilot. A booking system will remain in place and a mixture of both online prototyping skills development will be offered, complimented by dedicated workshop hours.   

There will be a phased opening expected in the autumn term arrangements. This will only be applicable for Biolab and the reopening of the workshop on a part-time basis (Wed-Fri). There will be a maximum of 40 bookable appointments per day based on maximum occupancy. 

Under full COVID restrictions:  2nd year Horizons (60 students) will study remotely for 20 weeks. There will be a combination of live teaching classes (reduced recorded version also to be made available) and additional tutorial hours to ensure adequate support to students in different time zones. 

We will continue to deliver (online) extra-curricular upskilling events and training and clinic/coaching services online (Hack at Home for U/G), prototyping for Researchers (postgrads), and a roll-out of home based Hack Challenges. 

Upskilling and skills development (individual students or start-up venture teams) would be heavily focussed on supporting usage and training of computer aided design (CAD), programming and some physical computing – all accessible without on-site Hackspace infrastructure. 

To find out more, visit the Hackspace webpages.

Student Enterprise: Enterprise Lab

Under minimal COVID restrictions:  The majority of programmatic activity and in-person services (mentoring and coaching) will continue to remain available for students online until October. This type of delivery has proven highly effective and has received positive feedback over the last 12-months. The co-working space and meeting room facilities will be available with the recommended social distance restrictions in place from end of June but with reduced opening hours (10am to 4pm, 3-days a week). 

We expect to fully re-open the space from mid-September onwards (9am to 8pm, 5-days a week) if minimal restrictions allow. We are actively exploring mixed-mode delivery to enable some smaller scale events and/or meetings from October onwards, again subject to restrictions, but with the majority of service delivery staying online until the end of 2021. 

Under partial COVID restrictions:  We will offer a wide variety of extra-curricular programmes and events that focus on developing entrepreneurial skills and early stage student ventures.  We will plan for mixed delivery of all programmes from Oct 20 onwards – though expect some activities to remain 100% online. We will also provide free professional advice, coaching and mentoring services tailored to individuals and teams, and provide access to meeting rooms on request. 

Under full COVID restrictions:  All programmatic and events information will be provided online via website. We will deliver all events and services online: Ideas Surgeries, How To Talks, Experts-in-Residence, Imperial Venture Mentoring Service and Pitch ‘n’ Mix. 

There will be a dedicated Slack Channel providing 24/7 support for all members of the E-Lab community, providing a platform for entrepreneurs at all levels to share ideas and help each other. 

Find out more about student enterprise opportunities on our website.

Student spaces

Under minimal COVID restrictions: We will retain of some of the repurposed and enhanced student-focused spaces for the foreseeable future including the Seminar & Learning Centre (SALC) rooms, hBar, EEE Café space and Ex-Libris. Collectively these offer quiet study & collaboration space with a range of amenities (Wi-Fi, sensor-touch vending etc) as well as being comfortable, sanitised and accessible. Also maintenance and expansion where we can of open & covered outdoor space including gazebos and parasols.  

Under partial COVID restrictions: We will offer a range of repurposed and enhanced student-focused spaces that collectively offer a range of key amenities (Wi-Fi, vending etc) as well as being comfortable and accessible for a range of different uses. 

Under full COVID restrictions: We will offer a range of repurposed and enhanced student-focused spaces offering a range of key amenities will remain in place but may well be subject to access control restrictions aligned with College policy at the time on visiting campus and essential activities.