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Getting ready for the end of term and the New Year at UCL

18 November 2021

As we move into the second half of Term 1, many of you will be making plans for the winter break and the New Year. Find out what you need to do if you’re staying on campus, thinking about travelling and what you can expect on campus in the new term.

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Recent updates

This year UCL’s winter break runs from 18 December 2021 – 9 January 2022, with different dates for the UCL Medical School and Institute of Education.  

Staying on campus 

Many of UCL’s support services and facilities will remain open as usual over the winter break. Further information about this will be published shortly. NHS and other emergency healthcare services will remain open throughout.  

Making travel plans 

If you are travelling over the break, please follow the latest guidance from the UK Government, your destination and any countries you will be travelling through, including any legal requirements for getting tested for COVID-19. 

Find out more about the new safety measures at UCL and what to do if you are planning to travel. If you’re travelling to London from outside the UK, please also check UCL’s webpages for international students

Joining us on campus in 2022 

We are looking forward to seeing you on campus at the start of Term 2. Campus is now fully open during term time, including our libraries, UCL Careers, the Student Centre and Students’ Union UCL spaces.  

We expect everyone to join us in London for the start of the new term. In Term 1, UCL supported some overseas students to study remotely if pandemic-related circumstances meant they could not join us in person, and it was possible to provide parts of their programme online. As we said at the time, this was a temporary measure and the majority of students will be expected to join their programmes in-person for Term 2.   

If you have been studying remotely in Term 1, your department will contact you within the next week to advise whether you can continue studying remotely in Terms 2 and 3, and what this means for your course options.  

If you have any questions regarding studying on campus in Term 2, please see our the answers to frequently asked questions

Staying safe on campus 

UCL is working hard to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection on campus, and we need everyone to play their part to help keep our community as safe as possible.

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The most important thing you can do to keep yourself and others around you is to get vaccinated if you can. UCL can support you to get vaccinated, and there is an NHS vaccination centre on campus.  

Face coverings are mandatory for all students and staff in all indoor spaces on campus, including in lectures, seminar rooms, study spaces, offices and labs, unless you are exempt. Remember to wash or sanitise your hands frequently throughout the day, and please be considerate of those around you, especially if they’re wearing a ‘Please Give Me Space’ lanyard or badge. We are also cleaning our buildings frequently and asking everyone to get tested twice a week, even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.  

Stay at home if you feel at all unwell, and if you have coronavirus symptoms, self-isolate and order a PCR test. If you do test positive for COVID-19, please report it on UCL’s Connect to Protect reporting tool, which tracks and responds to cases in our community. 

Find out more about staying safe on campus on UCL’s coronavirus information hub.  

Staying in UCL Accommodation  

If you are a UCL Accommodation resident and have any specific questions or concerns, please see UCL Accommodation’s Coronavirus advice and support

More support and information 

You can find out more about what we’re doing to keep everyone safe on campus on UCL’s coronavirus information hub.  

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about your situation or how the pandemic is affecting you, please get in touch with UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team.