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Term 3 guidance from the UK Government

15 April 2021

The UK Government has confirmed that all students who have not yet returned to campus-based teaching will be able to do so from step 3 of the roadmap, no earlier than 17 May 2021.

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This week, the Government announced that all remaining higher education students can return to in-person teaching no earlier than 17 May, in line with step 3 of the national roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions.

The Government has confirmed that students should remain where they are to continue with their studies and not return to term time accommodation before their face-to-face teaching resumes unless they have mental health or wellbeing challenges impacting on their ability to study successfully. Your department will let you know when in-person teaching restarts for your programme.

While you are studying remotely, all your core teaching will continue to take place online, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By 'core teaching' we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully.

Some students are already on campus (including those on exempt practical programmes, those who are unable to study remotely due to personal circumstances, and Postgraduate Research students who require specialist facilities). Campus remains open for these students and you can see what services and facilities are available on the UCL Students website.

Getting tested and staying safe

Wherever you are studying, please remember to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week. Around 1 in 3 people have COVID-19 without displaying any symptoms and by getting tested regularly, you can help to reduce the spread of infection.

Anyone in England who does not have symptoms can now get rapid lateral flow tests delivered to their home or at a local test centre. Please ensure that you test before you travel, and every 3-4 days afterwards. If you are in London, you can also book an appointment at UCL’s testing centre at Bidborough House.

Please also continue to follow the safety guidance, including

  • Washing your hands frequently;
  • Wearing a face covering around others;
  • Staying at least 2 metres apart wherever possible.

You can find more information about staying safe on the UCL website.

Further support and information

If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to return on campus, or you would like to talk to someone in confidence about how the pandemic is affecting you, please get in touch with UCL’s Student Support & Wellbeing team.