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We remain committed to delivering the highest quality education during this difficult time. Below is a list of answers to some of the most common questions but more detailed information for current students on the Business School’s response to COVID-19 is available on the Hub.

England is currently in the third national lockdown. Schools, colleges and universities have been requested at this point to teach online until Monday 8 March. 

Lower down this page you will find FAQs about what the new laws will mean for our current students. A complete guide to the changes to the law can be found on the UK Government website. 

I’m a current student, where can I find more information on how the Business School is responding to COVID-19?

Relevant information for current students is available on the Hub.

What steps is the College taking to protect student health and safety?

The College has a health and safety plan in place that is led at the highest level within College and is being continually reviewed in line with guidance from Public Health England and the NHS to ensure Imperial is a safe place to work and study. The latest updates and guidance can be found on the College's COVID-19 site.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is our first priority and any decisions taken to change our teaching arrangements will be made with the health and safety of our students as the principal concern. Specific information is available on the College's COVID-19 site for students, and student applicants and offer holders.

Wearing a face covering is now essential in most locations on campus. Face coverings should cover both your mouth and nose. View the guidance for students about safety on campus.

What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive?

Anyone who has been or is due to be on campus and has coronavirus symptoms or has tested positive, should contact Imperial’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Hub as soon as possible.

FAQs on latest guidance and restrictions

Will campus close?

No. The new laws contain specific exceptions for educational settings, meaning South Kensington Campus can and will remain open with the same social distancing and safety measures that have been in place since the start of the academic year. However, current restrictions to in-person teaching will continue until at least 17 May.

Will my lectures still be going ahead?

Yes. However, in line with the government instructions provided, all teaching at the Business School have move to remote delivery until at least Monday 8 March.

Do I need to follow the existing social distancing measures while on campus?

Yes. All existing social distancing and safety regulations still apply. Instructions on how to follow these guidelines are clearly signposted around the campus.

What do I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms? 

What happens if someone in my class tests positive?

If you have been in the same teaching space as someone who has tested positive, you will be contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days in line with government guidelines.

Can I meet fellow students off campus?

Social gatherings off campus must adhere to the government’s social distancing laws, which can be found via the link at the top of this page.

How does this affect halls of residence? 

You can find guidance on safety measures in halls of residence (including how to self-isolate if you are asked to) here.

What are the plans for the spring term?

What you need to know 

On Tuesday 5 January, the government placed England into a third national lockdown. Schools, colleges and universities have been requested to teach online at least Monday 8 March.

We understand that the start of this term will be different from what many of you expected and that you may find it challenging to study and work remotely. We would like to remind you how important your safety and wellbeing is to us. Your programme teams are here; please reach out to them if you have any questions. You can also find answers to many questions you may have on both the Business School and the College’s webpages. 

 We will continue providing study space on campus as well as pastoral care support. Therefore, if you are currently in London or need to return to the UK before your face-to-face teaching resumes and you cannot study in your accommodation, or require additional support due to medical or physical conditions, individual study spaces at the Business School and College will be available. Our lecture theatres will be unlocked for you to use should this facilitate your study, both at South Kensington and at our new Scale Space campus in White City. College Libraries will also remain open. 

If you are currently out of the country, the advice is to not book any flights until we have officially confirmed the return to face-to-face teaching.  

What this means for your studies 

The prior preparation and planning made means that the College has the agility to adapt to the changing situation. We have reviewed your programme taking into account the new government directives, and we can assure you that the learning outcomes you need to achieve can be met, while also guaranteeing your safety and that of the Imperial community.