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Students to return to campus from 17 May, subject to confirmation from UK government

5 May 2021

Update from Professor Deborah Gill to help students prepare for likely announcement of further easing of lockdown in England.

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It is likely that all students who have been studying remotely will be able to return to campus from Monday 17 May, according to the third step of the UK Government’s four-step roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England.

Once this has been confirmed, some in-person teaching for some programmes will resume at UCL and student research projects that have been paused can restart, subject to local risk assessments.  

Returning to campus 

Your department will contact you with specific arrangements for your programme. 

Many facilities are already 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 have lost your card, or are in your first year of study and have not collected this yet, please ensure that you book an appointment to collect a card.

Find out what’s going on across UCL with UCL Events and Activities, a new resource open exclusively to UCL students. 

It’s important that we all continue to protect each other by following the safety measures: wash hands frequently, wear face-coverings around others and stay at least 2 metres apart. 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.  

Coronavirus testing 

If you’re travelling to London because of your return to campus, please get a test before you travel where community testing is available. UCL is running a free testing service onsite and once in London, you should be tested twice in your first week – on arrival and again three days later.  
All students are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 two times per week. This will help reduce the spread of infection and protect our community, especially those who may become seriously ill if they catch the virus.

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.  

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about how the pandemic is affecting you, please contact UCL’s Student Support & Wellbeing Team.  

Thank you for your resilience, commitment and understanding in what has been a most unusual year at UCL.   

Professor Deborah Gill 
Acting Vice-Provost, Education and Student Experience