This webpage tells you what student community you should expect in two scenarios:

  • under partial COVID restrictions, which allows students to be on campus whilst following guidelines including face covering, observing social distancing and good hygiene; and
  • full COVID restrictions, which means a return to lockdown, should there be another outbreak of coronavirus.

Sharing information, activities, celebrations and successes

Under partial COVID restrictions: You will have access to our new ‘Welcome to Imperial’ app before you join us, so you can plan ahead. All parts of the College will make significant use of social media platformed such as Twitter, Instagram and We Chat to ensure you hear the latest news.

Under full COVID restrictions: You will have access to our new ‘Welcome to Imperial’ app before you join us, so you can plan ahead. All parts of the College will make significant use of social media platformed such as Twitter, Instagram and We Chat to ensure you hear the latest news.

Friendships and networks

Under partial COVID restrictions: The College’s Welcome Season will feature some in-person activities and you will also have opportunities to make friends during multi-mode teaching and networking sessions. Halls of residence and virtual and physical common rooms will also be a great environment to get to know others.

Under full COVID restrictions: Friendship ‘bubbles’ may form in halls of residence where this is permitted by official government guidance, and virtual common rooms and remote teaching will also be a good environment to get to know others.

Social events

Under partial COVID restrictions: The College’s Welcome Season will feature some in-person activities. A range of online events with some in-person activities, with appropriate social distancing measures in place, will be scheduled for students to encourage developing networks.

Under full COVID restrictions: All events will be delivered remotely.

Building Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Networks

Under partial COVID restrictions: In-person events will be possible, when social distancing guidelines are followed, whereas most committees will expect to meet remotely. Clubs, societies and campaigns will be delivered both in-person and online.

Students will be able to access training and resources online and the College’s Welcome Season will introduce you to a range of Equality Diversity and Inclusion-led (EDI-led) services (including Disability Services, International Student Support) which will be delivered remotely.

Under full COVID restrictions: Digital platforms will be used to support the work of committees and launch campaigns. Clubs and societies will be offered online.

Students will be able to access training and resources online and the College’s Welcome Season will introduce you to a range of Equality Diversity and Inclusion-led (EDI-led) services (including Disability Services, International Student Support) which will be delivered remotely.

Liberation & Community Networks

Under partial COVID restrictions: There will be opportunities for in-person community events hosted by the students’ union.

These networks will celebrate the communities they represent and build a sense of belonging both in-person and online. They will lead on campaigns such as liberation and celebration months over digital platforms, with some in-person activity where social distancing guidelines can be followed.

Student and network committees will be hosted mostly remotely via email and Microsoft Teams.

Under full COVID restrictions: There will be opportunities for online-only community events hosted by the students’ union.

These networks will celebrate the communities they represent and build a sense of belonging. They will lead on campaigns such as liberation and celebration months over digital platforms.

Student and network committees will be hosted remotely via email and Microsoft Teams.

Representation

Under partial COVID restrictions: Representatives in both academic and wellbeing networks will be contactable over Microsoft Teams and via email, with some opportunities for in-person interactions with representatives where social distancing allows. Online meetings will be the norm and the usual meetings are expected to continue on Microsoft Teams as the minimum. There will likely be additional opportunities to give student feedback in response to new teaching arrangements.

Under full COVID restrictions: Representatives in both academic and wellbeing networks will be contactable over Microsoft Teams and via email. Online meetings will be the norm and the usual meetings are expected to continue on Microsoft Teams as the minimum. There will likely be additional opportunities to give student feedback in response to new teaching arrangements.

Academic community

Under partial and full COVID restrictions: You will receive introductory meetings with the Vice-Provost (Education) and your Faculty Dean, as part of our Welcome Season.

Your Faculty will host a range of events tailored to you. This may include training and preparation for effective online learning and future employability, personal tutoring, and details about your virtual common rooms. Trips, library inductions and ‘in-person’ events will be recreated remotely where possible.

Volunteering

Under partial COVID restrictions: Recruitment, training meetings and events will take place remotely for the Autumn term. This includes the interview process. In-person opportunities may be introduced subject to official government guidance.

Under full COVID restrictions: Recruitment, training meetings and events will take place remotely for the Autumn term. This includes the interview process.