Keeping our community safe

At UCL, your health and wellbeing are paramount. Our priority at all times is to make sure our campus is as safe as possible, minimise the risk to everyone onsite, and follow UK official guidance.

On this page you can find information about the measures we’re putting in place and what you can do to help keep everyone safe. We’ve also created some resources in case you feel unwell, if there is an outbreak of coronavirus at UCL, or new lockdown restrictions are introduced. 

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;
  • you need to self-isolate;
  • or if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate.

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: 

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:  

What should I do if I - or someone I manage or supervise – may have coronavirus?

Follow our step-by-step guide to reporting and responding to potential cases of coronavirus.

Will UCL offer coronavirus tests to staff and students

Yes, UCL is planning to offer tests to staff and students who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Our aim is to complement the national testing service, not replace it, and anyone who tests positive for the virus will be referred to the NHS Track and Trace system as normal.

This is the culmination of several months' work by teams across UCL and UCLH, including our own clinicians and researchers working in this area. In August, we delivered a successful pilot testing programme in the Paul O'Gorman Building for a limited number of staff, linked to the NHS. Now we plan to use what we have learned from the pilot to expand our testing capacity, in line with the Government's recent guidance for universities. We will provide up to 1,000 tests every day for symptomatic staff and students across UCL by the start of term. Testing of asymptomatic staff or students will only be undertaken where our public health advisers consider this appropriate, and will not be offered routinely.

What if someone isn’t following UCL’s guidelines for keeping safe on campus? 

We will all need to support each other as we get used to this “new normal” but 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. 

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 srs@ucl.ac.uk

If you’re concerned about a member of staff not following these measures, please notify us by through RiskNET.

Key information, guidance and policies

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Reporting and managing potential cases at UCL

What to do if you or a member of your team feels unwell, has symptoms, tests positive for coronavirus or have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

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UCL’s planning for potential outbreaks of coronavirus

UCL is planning for a number of scenarios including any coronavirus cases on campus or further lockdown restrictions.

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Social distancing

We have risk-assessed all our buildings and spaces to determine where we should use 1 metre and 2 metre social distancing.  

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Wearing face coverings on campus

As per UK Government's advice, people should wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and where they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet.

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Keeping safe around campus and Camden

We have introduced a new Zoning system for the Bloomsbury campus to support social distancing and are working in partnership with local agencies and services to keep our community safe

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Reducing the risk of transmission through cleaning and building ventilation

We are following the latest Government and UK Health and Safety Executive guidelines, and drawing on the latest research, to ensure that our buildings are as safe as possible and properly ventilated.

Further questions

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 covidhelpline@ucl.ac.uk. 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.