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 5 January 2021
Due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we understand that you will have questions about the changes to our operations and processes through the academic year.
Inevitably, we have introduced 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.
Your department or supervisor will be in contact with you about the arrangements being put in place for the spring term 2021. You can read what the latest government guidance means for the College on the COVID-19 status and response page.
You can also read the College's latest messages to our student community in our archive.
What to expect in the academic year 2020/21
Plans for our academic and student experience is based on two scenarios:
- partial COVID restrictions (which is what we’re expecting will apply at Imperial into 2021); and
- full COVID restrictions (if we need to return to a full lockdown due to a large outbreak)
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.
The government is keeping the regulations under review in order 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.