Keeping safe on campus
On this page you can find information about the safety measures we’re putting in place on campus and what you can do to help keep everyone safe. Visit the Government and NHS websites and download the NHS COVID-19 App for the most up to date information about what to do if you feel unwell and what you can do to avoid spreading the virus.
Remember, you must stay at home and use the UCL Connect to Protect reporting tool if: you think you may have coronavirus; you have tested positive for the virus; you are waiting for the results of a coronavirus test; or you need to self-isolate.
- The UCL guidance on face coverings has been updated - 20 July 2021
- In line with step 4 of the UK Government’s roadmap, some coronavirus restrictions have been removed from Monday 19 July 2021. These webpages have been updated to reflect the change in restrictions and specific guidance for staff and students on campus.
How we are protecting our staff and students, and what you can do to help
- How UCL is keeping you safe
We are working hard with our recognised unions and taking advice from UCL’s world-leading researchers to make sure our campus is as safe as possible:
- Introduced the new UCL Connect to Protect reporting tool, to monitor and respond to any coronavirus cases at UCL
- Established a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing centre as part of the national testing programme for universities for students and staff without symptoms
- Carrying out tailored risk assessments of all areas of campus
- Regularly cleaning our buildings with antiviral disinfectant
- Providing spray and wipes for you to clean your work area
- Making more soap and hand sanitiser available
- Ensuring our buildings are properly ventilated with a good supply of fresh air
- Working with Camden Council and our neighbours to keep our borough as safe as possible
- Planning for potential coronavirus cases on campus or the reintroduction of any further lockdown restrictions
- Displaying NHS COVID-19 app QR codes at the entrances of high traffic buildings such as our cafes, libraries and UCL Halls
- How you can make a difference
The measures UCL is putting in place won’t be enough on their own. We also need your help to prevent the spread of infection and keep our community safe. This means that everyone on campus must:
- Stay at home if you feel unwell.
- Use the UCL Connect to Protect tool if you have symptoms of coronavirus, are self-isolating or have tested positive for coronavirus
- Get tested for coronavirus regularly even if you don’t have symptoms
- Wear face coverings in indoor spaces, including in lectures, seminar rooms, study spaces, offices and labs
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face or mask
- Always sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands
- Please be considerate of others and follow our Community Commitment to Protect Each Other
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app and scan into any buildings that display an NHS QR code
The science behind why you should self-isolate if you have coronavirus, Professor Anne Johnson
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The science behind 'Hands, Face and Space', Professor Ivan Parkin
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- What should I do if I - or someone I manage or supervise – may have coronavirus?
- How will I know if someone in my class or department, or someone I work with, tests positive for coronavirus?
Where someone has tested positive anyone who has been in close contact with them will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace or notified through the NHS COVID-19 app. If they have reported that they have tested positive through UCL Connect to Protect, our case managers will liaise with the individual to identify and contact staff or students who have potentially been in close contact with them whilst at UCL A close contact is identified in line with the NHS definition and guidance.
Please note, there is no requirement for other staff or students to self-isolate or work from home unless they have been contacted and told to do so by NHS Test and Trace or UCL Connect to Protect.
If you have any questions about UCL Connect to Protect or you think you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, students can contact us though the askUCL student enquiries system. Members of staff can contact us by emailing email@example.com.
- What if someone isn’t following UCL’s guidelines for keeping safe on campus?
We will all need to support each other and we expect everybody to follow our Community Commitment to Protect Each Other. If you notice that someone has made a mistake and overlooked these guidelines, please let them know in a friendly and polite way. Or if someone reminds you of your own slip, please don’t take offence – we're all just trying to keep everyone safe.
UCL is committed to ensuring staff and students still protect themselves and others. Everyone on campus should continue to wear face coverings in crowded indoor areas, and we expect staff, students and visitors to be respectful and considerate of others in situations where they could feel uncomfortable.
If you’re worried that a student isn’t following the safety measures we’ve put in place, you can let UCL know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re concerned about a member of staff not following these measures, please notify us by through RiskNET.
Key information, guidance and policies
If you have a specific question about your individual circumstances please speak to your department or line manager in the first instance. If you have a more general question, please check that it has not already been answered through our Coronavirus FAQs or Keeping Safe on Campus webpages.
Students can contact us though the askUCL student enquiries system. Members of staff can contact us via our online form or alternatively you can email email@example.com. If you would like to speak to someone on the phone, please call our helpline on 0203 108 5699. Lines are open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.