Dear Colleagues,

We know that many of you are worried about the COVID-19 outbreak and what it means for the health and safety of students, colleagues, and friends and family, wherever they may be.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection at Imperial, however this is likely to change as numbers grow in the UK and across the globe. We are well prepared for this and we will let you know if and when we have a confirmed case in our community.

You may have already heard of staff members or students on our campuses who have had to self-isolate following advice from NHS 111. We are making sure they receive support and have given instructions to our contractor to pay special attention to cleaning our common spaces. The College is continuing to function normally.

Please continue to visit our COVID-19 webpages for information and advice. These pages are reviewed daily and updated to reflect changes in government and College policy.   

Following an emergency meeting of COBRA yesterday the UK remains in contain phase. We are monitoring COVID-19 developments closely and planning for further disruption. The aim of these plans will be to keep the College open and make sure that everyone is cared for while we continue our education and research. We wish to ensure that we treat everyone, fairly, equally and compassionately. 

Our ICT staff are ready to help those who must work from home due to self-isolation. You can get more information on connecting from home from the ICT webpage and you can get further help by calling the ICT help desk on +44 (0)20 7594 9000 or 49000 from a College telephone.  

It is important that you let us know if you have been asked to self-isolate by a healthcare professional. Please let us know by emailing and telling your supervisor or equivalent.

We have been impressed by the willingness of our community to support each other at this challenging time. We will continue to provide you with updates and guidance over the coming days and weeks.

Best wishes,

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost