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UCL Faculty of Laws coronavirus update

Last updated 12 April 2022

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We are aware that many of our community are understandably anxious about the ongoing pandemic. UCL and the Faculty continue to work 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 the UK Government, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our own Public Health experts.

Teaching in Term 2: in line with UK Government guidance, UCL remains open and face-to-face teaching will continue. Students should plan to be on campus for the start of Term 2, unless you are unwell, self-isolating, or unable to travel to London. Read UCL's update here.

The teaching arrangements in the faculty will remain, to a large extent, the same as last term, subject to the suspension of the large face-to-face lectures pilot. Lectures will be online and most teaching events involving fewer than 40 students, such as seminars and tutorials, will continue to be offered face-to-face. We will endeavour to make ad hoc arrangements to accommodate short term student and staff absences due to self-isolation requirements by offering hybrid teaching where feasible.

Keeping safe on campus

If you feel well and do not need to self-isolate, you can continue to come to campus. Close contacts of positive cases no longer need to self-isolate if they meet the criteria listed on the NHS website. This includes people who are fully vaccinated, unless they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. We ask you to be careful, and to be aware that we all need to act so as to reduce the risk of transmission. 

To help keep our community safe:

  • get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you can;
  • face coverings are expected for all students and staff while you are indoors on campus, unless you are exempt;
  • wash hands frequently;
  • if you feel unwell for any reason, please do not come to campus;
  • if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay at home - for more guidance, visit the NHS website

Please visit our keeping safe on campus webpages for more information about how you can make a difference and remember to follow the UCL Community Commitment to Protect Each Other.

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

Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended for most people in England, although There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS - find out more about symptom-free testing

Report your status through UCL Connect to Protect to let us know if you have symptoms of coronavirus and when you receive the results of a coronavirus test.

If you feel unwell and have coronavirus symptoms:

If you feel unwell for any reason please do not come to campus. If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should: If you think you might have coronavirus, or have tested positive for coronavirus, please:

  1. stay at home,
  2. follow the latest NHS guidance,
  3. and report your status via Connect to Protect.
  4. You may also want to notify your tutor or department.

If  you have been in close contact with or live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive:

  1. avoid contact with the person who has COVID-19 as much as you can
  2. visit the NHS website for more information on what to do if you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

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.

The Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team offer full support to students. If you need to talk to someone or are concerned about a friend please contact our team of experts who provide a safe, confidential and non- judgmental space, to discuss any issues which may be affecting you. There are a wide range of services available which you can see on the Student Support and Wellbeing webpages.

The Student Support and Wellbeing team is in regular contact with students who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, have tested positive or are self-isolating to provide advice, practical help and wellbeing support. 

Students in UCL accommodation
Additional support is available to students in UCL Accommodation. Find out more in our guide to quarantine and self-isolation.

Information for parents and guardians of UCL students
Starting university can be an anxious time for parents who want to help and support their child so that they make the most of university. Our website for parents aims to answer some of your key questions.

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.