UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Studying at IIPP during COVID-19

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is committed to creating an engaging learning environment for its students during the Coronavirus pandemic. Learn how UCL and IIPP is responding to COVID-19 and how this affects teaching in the coming academic year.

At IIPP, we are dedicated to rethinking the role of the State, and this current crisis has only underscored how vital and in-demand this work is. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been advising governments, influencing public debates, convening experts, and working with Master of Public Administration (MPA) students tackling COVID-19 in both their placements and thesis research. This work matters.

Our strategy builds on what we have learned through successfully shifting our teaching online in recent months. We have focussed on relationships between faculty and students, and this will continue in the coming academic year. Across our modules we are increasing interactivity, decreasing group sizes, and taking advantage of online capabilities. 

All students are welcome in London for the start of the new academic year in September 2021. For autumn 2021, we are planning on a mix of face-to-face and online seminars (in groups up to 15 students); all large lectures will be online. As the year progresses, we expect to return to face-to-face teaching. Safety remains the top priority, so these plans will continually be updated to reflect the public health situation in the UK.