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UCL Easter Closure 2021

24 March 2021

UCL closes to all non-UCL staff and students for Easter from 5.30pm Thursday 1 April to 9am Monday 12 April.

The front quad in bloom easter at UCL

Please note the following information to help us switch off safely, as well as any procedures you may need to follow if you require access to campus during this period.

The UCL Easter closure period will be from 5.30pm Thursday 1 April to 9am Monday 12 April.

Study Spaces and Computing Services

During the UCL Easter closure period (17:30 Thursday 1 April until 09:00 Monday 12 April), some study spaces will remain open on campus for students and staff to access. Opening hours can vary for certain sites, and you can find out more information on these on the library website.

  • The Student Centre- Open every day, 9am-8.30pm
  • Bidborough House- Open every day, 9am-8.30pm
  • 1-19 Torrington Place- Open between Monday 5 - Friday 9 April, 9am-8.30pm 

The network and central computing services will be left running, but unattended. Should you have any problems over the closure period, you can find out further information, user guides and answers to FAQs on the Information Services Division website

Catering

During the period, the Wilkins Refectory will continue to offer a range of hot and cold food, snacks and beverages on a take-away basis between Friday 2-Friday 9 April, 10am-3pm.

Securing buildings before leaving

We recognise that some areas of UCL require practical apparatus, but we need to prevent any unnecessary floods, energy wastage and security alerts. Before leaving on Thursday 1st April 2021, unless otherwise instructed by the Head of Department, Laboratory Superintendents should ensure that:

  • All lights and heaters are switched off in their department.
  • All gas and water taps are turned off and that hoses are connected.
  • Any apparatus attached to water taps are securely wired, both to the water supply and to the apparatus.

By 4.45pm on Tuesday 30 March, the Security Office has requested to receive a copy of the following to enable them to ensure appropriate monitoring of spaces:

  • A list of places, such as laboratories with constant operating equipment, where there is a possible danger from flooding or fire.
  • Written details of persons who can be contacted in cases of emergency (other than those already on the Control room database).

Please note that the procedures above apply to UCL's main Bloomsbury site, defined as all buildings except those of the post graduate medical institutes and sites away from Central London. By following these guidelines, you can help to ensure that UCL premises are kept safe and reduces the environmental impact from unrequired electricity usage.

Out of Hours Working and Access

Heads of Departments should ensure that any members of their department that need to work on campus during the closure period have been made aware of closure information and processes appropriate to their role. Any procedures which have been assessed as having a significant level of risk should not be carried out by persons working alone. 

To give the Security Team time to evaluate and arrange access requirements, we request that by 4.45pm, Tuesday 30 March, the Security Office has received weekend/out of hours work forms for all contractors expected during the closure period from UCL Estates Project Managers. 

The Contractor Welfare Facility will remain open throughout the closure period, except for Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday.

We would like to also stress the importance for individuals to maintain internal security within their departments. Any incident which appears suspicious should be reported to the Security Control Room on the UCL Emergency Number - 222.

Further Support

There are a variety of welfare and support services still available to students over the closure period, such as phone and online counselling, SilverCloud, Student Space and emergency contact. Further information can be found through Student Support and Wellbeing

We would also like to take the opportunity to highlight the importance of continuing to follow Government Guidance and UCL messaging regarding staff working on campus with most staff continuing to work from home if possible. We recognise that some staff may still be required to work through the closure to provide essential support and services to students remaining on campus and we thank them in advance for the hard work they will continue to put in throughout the period. 

We would lastly like to take the opportunity to say many thanks in anticipation for your help and co-operation in implementing these closure arrangements and wish you a Happy Easter!