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 upcoming new academic year (21-22).
Information for the 2021-22 academic year
Updated 17 June 2021
A COVID-safe campus
Testing is a vitally important part of our objective to keep our campuses safe for everyone. The campus reopening plan which we detail below is based on the College community engaging in high levels of testing for COVID-19 in the new academic year. The proportion of our staff and students that carry out tests, as well as the frequency of those tests, may become an important factor in the university sector’s discussions with the UK’s government and public health bodies. Everyone in the Imperial community is eager to host our first non-socially distanced teaching, research, and social activity on our campuses again, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. By staying vigilant and testing regularly, we can look forward to this in the autumn.
Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students
Our priority is for you to experience everything our campuses and London has to offer. We therefore look forward to welcoming our students back to campus in autumn 2021 for an educational experience that will maximise in-person teaching on our campuses throughout the academic year, unless we are prevented from doing so by UK government restrictions.
As a university that offers a practical approach to learning, we are very excited to be able to open the doors of our labs, lectures, and facilities once again for teaching, extra-curricular activities, and discovery. We hope you are equally excited to return.
As a community, we have learnt a lot from this past year. Our combination of cutting-edge technology and academic excellence resulted in some new and creative ways of learning and engaging with each other on campus and remotely. We have also produced a summary of some of the ways in which we have collaborated with the student community to deliver investment in your university experience.
Many of the changes we have had to make to your learning experience have worked well, and we will retain some of these approaches in the new academic year to enhance your overall experience on campus. This will vary course-by-course but, in general:
Lectures may be hosted online when this method is deemed to be educationally beneficial to students, and when it is clear that the online mode will reduce the risk of sustained COVID-19 transmission as our community emerges from the pandemic.
Classroom tutorials and laboratory activities will be hosted on our campuses. We are planning for these crucial and engaging learning opportunities to be delivered without social distancing in place. We anticipate UK government guidelines will support this decision by the time you return for the new academic year.
Research postgraduates including MRes students
Our priority is for you to experience everything our campuses and London has to offer.
As a research student, these past months you have likely had access to campus. However, we know that you miss having a more rounded student experience on campus, as well as having improved access to office space. We look forward to increasing this access as we progress through the remainder of the year, unless we are prevented from doing so by UK government restrictions. Your department, or your supervisor will keep you updated with any changes to restrictions over the summer.
The UK government is keeping its public health guidance under continual review to suppress the spread of the virus in England. To keep up with the changes, you can visit the UK Government website and read what they mean for us at the College on the COVID-19 status and response page of our website.
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.
- See changes that will impact our student community, from Welcome Week to social events
- See how we've adapted our wellbeing student services, including the Disability Advisory Service, and Counselling and Mental Health
- Find out more about what careers support you can access
- See how we're adapting our extra-curricular activities
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.
Amenities and library services
Find out how we are preparing our amenities for the new academic year. From sports facilities to libraries to our catering outlets.