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

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

Sharing information, activities, celebrations and successes

Under minimal COVID restricitions:  A wide range of activities and opportunities will be available in a COVID-safe environment.  Some restrictions on number of attendees may apply because of room capacities and risk assessments. Some online/remote services will continue to be available for students who prefer that mode of engagement or where digital delivery has proven effective and has received positive feedback.

Under partial COVID and full restrictions: Comprehensive online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Messaging and community updates will be provided to keep students up-to-date. Social media platforms will also be used, such as: Twitter, We Chat, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the Welcome to Imperial app.

Friendships and networks

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Welcome Season activities will include in-person community building events. Departments and degree programmes will take the lead in developing opportunities for students with academic similarities to meet each other.

Under partial COVID restrictionsWelcome Season activities will include in-person community building events. Opportunities for socialising will be identified during multi-mode sessions, in halls of residence and in common spaces. Departments and degree programmes will take the lead in developing opportunities for students with academic similarities to meet each other.

Under full COVID restrictions: Some social 'bubbles' may form in halls where this is permitted by government guidance. Departments and degree programmes will take the lead in developing opportunities for students with academic similarities to meet each other.

Social events

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Welcome Season activities will include in-person community building events organised centrally by the College and within departments. A range of online events with some face-to-face activities will be scheduled for students to encourage networking and relationship development. 

Under partial COVID restrictionsWelcome Season activities will include in-person community building events. A range of online events with some face-to-face activities will be scheduled for students to encourage networking and relationship development. 

Under full COVID restrictions: All events will switch to online delivery and will be promoted via online platforms.

Building Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Networks

Under minimal COVID restrictions:  In-person events will be held (when possible and in line with Government guidance). Committees and meetings may be held remotely to facilitate opportunities to attend and reduce cross-campus travel. Clubs Societies and Projects will be multi-mode with support to hold face-to-face activity where it is safe to do so. Students will be able to access some training and resources in person and some may remain online where there is a demonstrable benefit to this. 

Welcome Season introductions to range of Equality Diversity and Inclusion-led services (including Disability Services, International Student Support) will be delivered in person in a COVID-safe environment.  Digital communications and social medial will continue to showcase a diverse community of Imperial Students. Awareness campaigns will run which build a sense of belonging for all communities, e.g. Black History Month, Diwali, etc. and this will be celebrate students and their achievements.

Under partial COVID restrictions:  In-person events will be held (when possible and in line with Government guidance). Committees and meetings will be held online and Clubs Societies and Projects will be multi-mode, with support to hold face-to-face activity where it is safe to do so. Students will be able to access training and resources online. Welcome Season introductions to range of Equality Diversity and Inclusion-led services (including Disability Services, International Student Support) will be delivered remotely. 

Social media platforms and digital communications will include student vlogs and opportunities to showcase a diverse array of Imperial students.  Awareness campaigns will run which build a sense of belonging for all communities, e.g. Black History Month, Diwali, etc.  celebrating students and their achievements.

Under full COVID restrictions: Groups and services will be expected to use digital platforms to continue with committee work, and training opportunities. Clubs, Societies and Projects will also move online and Welcome Season introductions to range of EDI led services (including Disability Services, International Student Support) will be delivered in remote sessions. 

Social media platforms and digital communications will include student vlogs and opportunities to showcase a diverse array of Imperial students.  Awareness campaigns will run which build a sense of belonging for all communities, e.g. Black History Month, Diwali, etc.  celebrating students and their achievements.

Liberation & Community Networks

Under minimal COVID restrictions: There will be opportunities for Union-supported and facilitated in-person community building events in COVID-safe environments. Where opportunities exists, there will also be a focus on physical presence of liberation campaigns on campus.  

These networks will celebrate the communities they represent to 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 can be observed. Committees and meetings may be held remotely to facilitate greater opportunities to attend and reduce cross-campus travel. The Union will be facilitating student groups both in-person and online. 

Under partial COVID restrictions: There will be opportunities for Union-supported and facilitated in-person community building events. Some opportunities for physical presence of campaigns on campus but expected to mostly be digital.  

These networks will celebrate the communities they represent to 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 can be observed. Student committees will be mostly remotely (through email and Teams) and meetings of the network committees are expected to be online. The Union will be facilitating student groups both in person and online. 

Under full COVID restrictions:  Community building within networks will be facilitated online by the Union and committees over Teams, primarily. Campaigns will be conducted online, and committee members will be contactable fully remotely.  

These networks will celebrate the communities they represent to build a sense of belonging both in-person and online. They’ll lead on campaigns such as liberation and celebration months over digital platforms only. Committees and meetings will be online through Teams and email. Student groups will meet online only. 

Representation

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Representatives in both academic and wellbeing representation networks will be contactable over Teams and email, in addition to opportunities for in-person interactions with reps in COVID-safe environments.. Online meetings will continue on Teams to facilitate greater opportunities for attendance.   

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

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

Academic community

Under minimal COVID restrictions:  Welcome Season introductory meetings from the Vice-Provost (Education) and Faculty Deans may be conducted in-person in COVID-safe environments where room capacity is within acceptable limits. 

There will be a Faculty-specific range of events, which are specific to the programme of study which will be delivered in-person where feasible with other sessions being delivered remotely. Students will be given guidance and support in preparation for effective online learning and future employability.  Sessions such as personal tutoring may be offered face-to-face and online.  Students will have access to common rooms which will be COVID-safe and students will be required to adhered to room capacity and mask requirements. 

Trips and experiential ‘in-person’ events may proceed if they can meet COVID-safety requirements.  Where this is not possible, then they may be created remotely. Library inductions and lunchtime workshops will be delivered face to face with some remote sessions offered. 

Under partial and full COVID restrictions: Welcome Season introductory meetings from the Vice-Provost (Education) and Faculty Deans. 

There will be a Faculty-specific range of events, which are specific to the programme of study.  This may include training and preparation for effective online learning and future employability, personal tutoring, virtual common rooms, etc.  Trips and experiential ‘in-person’ events will be attempted to be created remotely. Library inductions and lunchtime workshops will be delivered remotely. 

Volunteering

Under minimal COVID restrictions: Student Leadership recruitment, training and delivery of meetings and events may take place face-to-face where possible with opportunities to complete some elements online for the Autumn term.  This includes the promotion of positions and interview process. Face-to-face opportunities may be introduced subject to public health guidance. 

Under partial COVID restrictionsStudent Leadership recruitment, training and delivery of meetings and events will take place online for the Autumn term.  This includes the promotion of positions and interview process. Multi-mode or face-to-face opportunities may be introduced subject to public health guidance. 

Under full COVID restrictions: Student Leadership recruitment, training and delivery of meetings and events will take place online for the Autumn term.  This includes the promotion of positions and interview process.