Wearing face coverings on campus

UCL's guidance on wearing face coverings on campus and guidance on how to make and properly use face coverings.


UCL's face covering guidance

Staff, students and visitors are no longer expected to wear face coverings or masks on campus. In line with Government guidance, we recognise that it is an individual’s choice to wear a face covering or not, whether at UCL or in wider society. 

Please be considerate of those around you, especially if they are wearing a ‘Please give me space’ lanyard or badge. The UK Government has published guidance when to consider wearing a face covering or a face mask

You may be required to wear a face covering in some areas of UCL which are managed by our partner hospitals. Please remember to follow local guidance. The full guidance,  can be found on the HR website

Read the full face coverings guidance on the HR website

Wearing a face covering

It is important to use face coverings properly, please take the following steps:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm running water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it.
  • When wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands.
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly.
  • Change and wash your face covering daily. If the material is washable, wash in line with manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s not washable, dispose of it carefully in general waste. Do not litter or drop used coverings outside bins.
  • If you take a covering off for use later, store it safely in a sealable plastic bag, such as those used for toiletries in airports. Do not leave on or in shared areas.

Making your own face covering

The National Deaf Children's Society has links to videos on how to make accessible, deaf-friendly face masks.  

The UCL Institute of Making website has comprehensive FAQs with links to sewing and non-sewing patterns for making face coverings, as well as advice on how to ensure a good fit, how to clean your face covering and why making your own (rather than using disposables) is a good idea. Public Health England also have a guide to making a simple cloth face covering.