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UCL Faculty of Laws coronavirus update

Last updated: Thursday 19 March 2020 

We are aware that many of our community are understandably anxious about the spread of the virus and about what is likely to happen over the coming days and weeks. UCL and the Faculty are working very hard on a range of measures to mitigate against the crisis, and to respond as best as possible. 

UCL is in regular contact with Public Health England and it is our policy to follow their advice, together with guidance from the NHS and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. We are also supporting UCL staff and students who are abroad in affected areas. 

This page will be regularly kept up to date with any new announcements relating to this crisis as they become available.

Teaching

On 13 March, UCL announced that face-to-face teaching is suspended for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year. The university is adopting online alternatives for teaching and assessments wherever possible.

Module convenors are working on how best to deliver teaching remotely, by using Moodle, recorded lectures, tutorial handouts and Q&As, and any other techniques which allow for meaningful learning without bringing students together in the same room.

We strongly advise that our students keep a close eye on their UCL email and Moodle accounts for updates from their module convenors.

Assessments

Assessments scheduled to happen in person (in classes or exam halls) during the main exam period 27 April – 5 June 2020 will not now take place. Any in-class exams or tests organised by UCL Laws (and wider UCL) between now and the end of term will also be removed or replaced. 

These exams will now be completed online so that students who may have returned home can also complete them and will not be penalised for having done so. This applies to all forms of assessment for which students would normally need to be physically on campus. Any assessments which can be submitted online, such as coursework, will go ahead as normal with the same deadlines as currently advertised.

See the UCL update on changes to teaching and assessments in Terms 2 and 3.

Events

The UCL Laws event programme reflects the diversity of teaching and research offered by the Faculty, with a regular selection of lively seminars, lectures debates and conferences throughout the year.

In light of the current situation all UCL Laws events have been cancelled up until the end of April. If you have booked a place at an upcoming UCL Laws event you should now have received an email from our organising team confirming the postponement or cancellation. If you have any further questions please do contact them – laws-events@ucl.ac.uk. Any further updates to our events schedule will be posted on the Events section of the UCL Laws website and Faculty Twitter account.

If you feel unwell

If you feel unwell and think that you may have the virus, however mild, please self-isolate for seven days in line with the current Government adviceThe NHS has comprehensive information on their website about what to do if you think you may have the virus, precautionary measures, and self-isolation procedures.

If you are UCL staff or a contractor and suspect you may have coronavirus, please tell your line manager by email or phone. You should also complete the Workplace Health form. If you are worried about coronavirus or your wellbeing more generally, please speak to your line manager in the first instance. You can also access free counselling services via the Employee Assistance Programme, Care First, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Please telephone 0800 197 4510 to speak to an independent professional counsellor or information specialist in confidence.

If you are a student and you are concerned that you may have the coronavirus please notify UCL by emailing coronavirusconcerns@ucl.ac.uk. If you are a student who is returning home, or you are worried or have concerns, please contact askUCL.

Contacting UCL Laws 

All UCL Faculty of Laws staff are now working remotely from home. They will be contactable via their UCL email addresses which can be found on the People section of the UCL Laws website. Phone lines and voicemails will not be monitored at this time so we strongly advise contacting staff members solely via email. 
 
From Friday March 20 – Wednesday 15 April 2020 inclusive, the UCL Student Centre, UCL Accommodation services, some student residences and buildings linked to essential research will remain open. All other UCL buildings and libraries will be closed. 

If you are a current student with questions or concerns we advise contacting the relevant programme teams:

Current students:

LLB (undergraduate) – Email: ug-law@ucl.ac.uk
LLM (Masters) – Email: llm-law@ucl.ac.uk
PhD/MPhil – Email: phd-law@ucl.ac.uk

Prospective students:

You should always quote your UCL Application ID number in any correspondence relating to your application. Unfortunately, the UCL Laws teaching and programme teams do not accept drop-in visitors.

LLB (undergraduate) – Email: laws-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
LLM (Masters) - Email: llm-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
PhD/MPhil – Email: phd-law@ucl.ac.uk

Further information

Further advice for UCL staff and students is available on the UCL website, it is regularly updated with the latest information.

Our thoughts are with all of the UCL Laws community and their loved ones during this difficult and worrying time, may they all stay well and healthy.

Professor Piet Eeckhout
Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws