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UCL Faculty of Laws coronavirus update

Last updated 1 December 2021

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We are aware that many of our community are understandably anxious about the ongoing pandemic and about what is likely to happen over the coming weeks and months. UCL and the Faculty are working very hard on a range of measures to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, 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 updated regularly, but please check the Government and NHS websites and download the NHS COVID-19 App for the for the most up to date information as the situation is changing rapidly.

Teaching plans 

Teaching in Term 1: Read our page on 'UCL Laws Education Plans for 2021/22', which sets out what we expect to be able to offer in Term 1. This is subject to change depending on the course of the pandemic, government guidance to universities, new or adjusted social distancing requirements and health and availability of staff during the autumn term. 

Teaching in Term 2: in line with UK Government guidance, we intend for campus to be fully open for face-to-face teaching when we open again in January for the start of Term 2. We will update you should UK Government guidance change.

Returning to campus

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. 

Keeping safe on campus

Facilities and spaces on campus 

  • Bentham House is open to all students, as we recognise that being able to reconnect with fellow students on your course or within the Faculty is important. We ask that each person adheres to the guidelines on keeping safe on campus; and upon arrival, you should use the hand sanitiser at the reception desk. You should also equip yourselves with a mask, tissues and personal hand sanitiser prior to your arrival.
  • Many UCL facilities are open for students, including study spaces, library services and limited catering outlets - see What’s open on campus. The main buildings on campus are open and you will need your student ID to get in and out. If you are coming to campus for the first time, please make a booking to collect your student ID card: UCL ID Card Collection (office365.com)

COVID-19 vaccination

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you can. The NHS vaccination centre at UCL’s Bidborough House is offering walk-in appointments 9am–6pm daily, including boosters if you are eligible. Please check the NHS website for the current eligibility criteria. Find out more about the Covid-19 vaccine on the UCL Students webpage.

NHS England has now published an FAQ which answers questions about student Covid-19 vaccinations in England. This includes vital clarification on questions relating to international student  vaccinations. 

COVID-19 testing

If you are symptom-free, you should get tested twice a week with a rapid Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and report your results to the NHS and UCL Connect to Protect.  

If you feel unwell for any reason, please do not come to campus. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should get a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

From Tuesday 29 November, all international arrivals to the UK must take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. MyHealthChecked is a certified Government provider and offer discounted test kits for UCL staff and students. Please also read HR’s information for staff if you are planning to travel.

Face coverings

From Tuesday 30 November, face coverings are compulsory in shops and on public transport. Face coverings are mandatory for all students and staff while you are indoors on campus, unless you are exempt. This includes all staff, students and visitors in offices, labs and teaching spaces or other indoor areas, unless you are alone in a room. Face coverings do not need to be worn outdoors around the campus.

The full guidance, including guidance on lectures, teaching and meetings, maintaining voluntary social distancing, exemptions and providing face coverings, can be found on the HR website

If individuals have concerns, they should contact their department, line manager, Workplace Health or Student Support and Wellbeing.

If you feel unwell

The most up to date guidance for staff and students on what to do if you have symptoms or have tested positive for Coronavirus is available on the UCL website.

All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace

Student Support 

Full support is available from UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) in the form of same-day appointments with the Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing (DMHW) team, counselling with Student Psychological and Counselling Services (SPCS), and self-help resources across the SSW website. Students can also contact askUCL and Student Enquiries Centre. For students who plan to return to halls of residence, the UCL Accommodation website has information about all the support services available.  

Events

The majority of UCL Laws events are being held online. For the full programme and registration information, visit the UCL Laws Events schedule. If you have booked a place at an upcoming UCL Laws event, you should have received an email from our organising team confirming the online event details. If you have any further questions please do contact laws-events@ucl.ac.uk.

Contacting UCL Laws

UCL Laws is adopting a hybrid model, where staff are expected to work on campus for at least 40% of the time, and work remotely the rest of the week. All staff will be contactable via their UCL email addresses which can be found on the People section of the UCL Laws website

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

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.