Dear colleagues, 

We are writing to update you on the College’s status following the new national lockdown that was announced on Monday night and will be in place until at least mid-February. 

Universities have been asked to delay the start of in-person teaching until at least mid-February, with some exemptions. Departments are adapting their programmes thanks to the preparations and innovations they have already made.  The exceptions relate to particular courses, and departments will communicate directly with their students in order to provide the most accurate information about their programmes.  We have study spaces and libraries available for those students who remained in London over the break, or who are on one of the exempt courses. We have updated our website with information about what is available.

Our campuses are open for research activity that cannot be carried out from home. This includes PhD and MRes students who are working in laboratories. Our established rules of COVID-safe working will continue to apply. Essential support services staff will also be on site as required. Please get in touch with your Head of Department for further information.

As essential key workers, those of you who need to come onto our campuses to deliver or support teaching and research can continue to travel for work and should be reassured that our on-campus environment is as safe as possible. We are asking all who come to campus to book a test through our free testing service. 

Thanks to all who continue to work from home. We know that this will bring new challenges for many of you, especially those with young children and other caring responsibilities and we understand that this may make working more difficult. Please do get in touch with your team leads so that we can help you as much as possible. We appreciate your continued patience and resilience.  

We will keep you updated on further changes. But in the meantime, we would like to wish you a happy and safe new year. 

Best wishes, 

Alice and Ian

Professor Alice P. Gast, President

Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost