New and returning students

We’re looking forward to welcoming you, or welcoming you back, in October. We understand that you may be a bit unsure of what to expect, so we’ve put together some information to get you started.

There are some details that we’re still finalising, but rest assured you will be given all the information you need to ensure you have a successful term during your induction.

We will require you to be in London from the start of the autumn term and for the whole of the 2021-22 academic year in order that you can attend on-campus activities. We plan to deliver your programme through a combination of on-campus and online teaching activities (multi-mode), with a strong emphasis on prioritising your time on our campuses.  

Full details of your learning and student experience can be found on the Student guidance on COVID-19 (coronavirus) page.

Safety

The most important thing to know about this autumn term is that everything has been designed to keep you safe. There are safety guidelines produced by Imperial College London and further measures in place in the Department in addition to the general guidelines. You must follow both sets of guidance at all times when in the Department, and the Imperial College London guidelines when you’re anywhere else on campus.

Full details of Imperial College London's safety guidance can be found on the COVID-19 – updates and guidance page. They include:

  • We still expect everyone to wear a face covering indoors.
  • This applies to most indoor settings on campus, with some local exceptions and unless you are exempt. See the face coverings page for more details. 
  • Take weekly tests if you attend campus regularly or live in halls of residence.
  • Get fully vaccinated. Vaccination is free for everyone in the UK, including international students.

Autumn term information for students

Undergraduates

Teaching

Teaching will be delivered in a hybrid way. What does this mean? Simply put, that some of your teaching will be done in person and some will be done online. We are expecting lectures to take place online and for group work and labs to take place in person with restricted numbers and social distancing in place.

We will require you to be in London from the start of the autumn term and for the whole of the 2021-22 academic year in order that you can attend on-campus activities. The Imperial site has full details of your learning experience.

All your course materials will be available online on Blackboard, which you’ll have access to as soon as you’ve received your student log in details. All course materials will be available on Blackboard. For some courses there may be recommonded accompanying textbooks, most of which can be found in the library.

There is also a student-run ChemEng Wiki which is designed to help students share knowledge and consolidate their learning. You’ll be able to access it with your student login details.

Microsoft Teams 

Teams will be used to deliver the online elements of your course, so please take some time to familiarise yourself with it before you arrive. Imperial has a useful page with information on how to use Teams.

Registration

There will be in person registration this year in the department. Further details regarding your specific date and time for registration will be sent separately via e-mail to your Imperial College London e-mail address nearer the time.

MSc students

Teaching

Teaching will be delivered in a hybrid way. What does this mean? Simply put, that some of your teaching will be done in person and some will be done online. We are expecting lectures to take place online and for group work and labs to take place in person with restricted numbers and social distancing in place.

We will require you to be in London from the start of the autumn term and for the whole of the 2021-22 academic year in order that you can attend on-campus activities. The Imperial site has full details of your learning experience. If you anticipate any difficulties with this, please contact Senior MSc Administrator Dionne Alexander as soon as possible.

All your course materials will be available online on Blackboard, which you’ll have access to as soon as you’ve received your student log in details. All course materials will be available on Blackboard. For some courses there may be recommonded accompanying textbooks, most of which can be found in the library.

There is also a student-run ChemEng Wiki which is designed to help students share knowledge and consolidate their learning. You’ll be able to access it with your student login details.

Microsoft Teams 

Teams will be used to deliver the online elements of your course, so please take some time to familiarise yourself with it before you arrive. Imperial has a useful page with information on how to use Teams.

Registration

We’re finalising our plans for registration and your induction week but we will provide further updates closer to the start of term. You’ll also receive a course handbook which contains all the information you’ll need to know during your course.

In the first week your welcome lecture will be delivered online. You’ll meet key figures and be able to ask questions. 

During your first week you can expect the following activities and sessions:

  • Postgraduate welcome talks
  • Safety induction
  • Module selection
  • Skills webinars
  • Library induction
  • Introduction to ChemEng Soc
  • Welcome event

Events will be a mixture of hybrid and in-person and details will be confirmed closer to the time.