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UCL Faculty of Laws coronavirus update

Last updated: Thursday 9 July 2020 

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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 2020, UCL announced that face-to-face teaching was to be suspended for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year. The university adopted online alternatives for teaching and assessments wherever possible.

Module convenors have delivered 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.

 

Assessments

Assessments scheduled to happen in person (in classes or exam halls) organised by UCL Laws (and wider UCL) have been removed or replaced and are now largely concluded and results released.
See the UCL update on changes to teaching and assessments in Terms 2 and 3.

 

Plans for September 2020

We understand that current, and incoming students, will be thinking about what will happen in the new academic year and what plans the UCL Faculty of Laws is making in preparation. Please be reassured that we have been working very hard (and will continue to work very hard) to offer a high-quality, flexible educational offering next academic year.

We can confirm that UCL’s campus, including Bentham House (home of UCL Faculty of Laws), will be open to welcome students to London from the start of term in September 2020 with enhanced safety measures. We will, of course, be operating subject to public health law and guidance in place at the time.

Students that are on campus will be able to engage in the in-person activities we are planning in the Faculty. Some of the learning goals will still be achieved through online learning, such as online lectures, since social distancing rules are placing, and are expected to continue placing, limitations on the use of our estate. Of course, being in London is also part of a wider process of being at university, exploring UCL (including but not limited to our active Students’ Union and the Faculty’s student-run Law Society), and living in London.

For students that intend to join us in London in Term 1 but arrival on UCL campus is delayed by travel restrictions or for other reasons, they can still participate in our academic community and start their education with us online, connecting with tutors and fellow students. As and when students arrive in London in Term 1, they would then be able also to engage in the in-person activities that we are planning in the Faculty.

We appreciate that some current and incoming students may be unable or unwilling to be in London in Term 1. In that case, we will ensure that their education can be conducted wholly online during Term 1 and that they can connect with their tutors and fellow students during that time. Our libraries, which will be open, also offer a huge range of electronic resources to support students in your studies whilst off campus. 

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.

Many UCL Laws events have now been held online. Upcoming events can be found on the Events page of our website.

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 moving of the event online. 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.

Unfortunately, the cancellation of events also includes all UCL Graduations scheduled to take place in June, July and September 2020. All UCL students affected will have received email confirmation of this and if you have any questions please contact ceremonies@ucl.ac.uk

 


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. 
 

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