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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.

From 14 September 2020, the UK Government has brought in tighter regulations intended to suppress the spread of the virus in England, but educational and work settings are unaffected. 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.

The College will suspend on-campus teaching for students by 9 December. After 9 December all remaining teaching and assessment will be delivered remotely until the end of term on 18 December.

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 semester.

Will my lectures still be going ahead?

Yes. The new laws contain specific exceptions for educational settings, meaning lectures at the Business School can continue with the same social distancing and safety measures that have been in place since the start of the semester.

Please continue to follow the guidance from your programme team, which has been risk assessed and is aligned with government requirements and guidance. If you have any questions, please ask them.

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

Yes. While the latest changes to the law do not affect educational settings, 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 plans for student travel and teaching in December?

The government has announced its guidelines for students wishing to travel at the end of the autumn term.

The current England-wide lockdown is anticipated to end on 2 December. Those students wishing to travel at the end of term break will be able to do so after this date.
To ensure you can depart in a phased and safe manner, the government has asked the College to suspend on-campus teaching by 9 December.

What this means for you

  • Teaching: Teaching is expected to be delivered fully remotely from 9 December until the end of term on 18 December. Since we already have multi-mode delivery in place, we do not anticipate any significant disruption to your learning.
  • Testing: If you are planning to travel, you should arrange to take a COVID-19 test before you do so. This will help keep you, your loved ones, and the wider community safe. The College is increasing its testing capacity and hopes to be able to offer a test to anyone who wishes to have one. For more information and to book a test, please visit the website.

What are plans for the spring term?

College is planning to reopen on 4 January 2021. Your programme team will be in touch in due course with any updates on your spring timetable.