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Essential coronavirus info
We are continuing to welcome our new and returning students. Your safety is our first priority.

Coronavirus: teaching and learning

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We want to ensure you get the best from your course and benefit from UAL's world-class facilities, so we are providing a mix of on-campus and online learning.

Recent announcements by the UK government confirm that universities must be allowed to remain open. The government has also reinforced a number of measures which will support your safety and wellbeing whilst studying in London.

We have designed the delivery of your course and university experience so that we can take account of changes which may be required as a result of the ongoing impact of the pandemic. We will contact you if any of those changes has an impact on how your course is delivered.

Here's an overview of what your studies will look like this term, plus the support and facilities you can still use.

How your course will run

Your course team will explain how teaching will work for your course but all students can expect:

  • lectures online
  • workshops and other small group sessions in person, on campus
  • access to specialist facilities on campus

Online teaching during final 2 weeks of autumn term

To support students who wish to travel during the ‘student travel window’, we will move to online teaching for the last 2 weeks of term.

In-person delivery will finish on:

  • 4 December for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, Level 3: International and foundation courses at Central Saint Martins
  • 9 December for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Camberwell College of Arts

Please read the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s recent update for further information.

Blended approach

We have invested heavily to support blended learning. This includes:

  • online learning systems and platforms
  • increased technical support
  • expanded welfare provision
  • extended building opening hours and opening on Saturdays
  • enhanced cleaning services and other coronavirus safety measures

We are confident, based on the hard work and expertise of your course teams, that blended learning will give you a great experience at UAL and enable you to meet your learning outcomes.

During the summer term, which was delivered entirely online, we found student attendance and engagement increased and grades went up in relation to previous years.

Our blended approach allows us to retain the successful elements of online learning while giving you access to our workshops and facilities. This is subject to the course of the pandemic and UK government restrictions.

Studying online

Your course will include a mix of online activities. For example, you may be asked to:

  • join a live lecture or tutorial
  • read, watch or listen to other online materials
  • join a text chat forum, to ask questions or discuss your group’s work.

Check out our tools and advice for studying online.


Please contact your course team if you're having issues accessing online learning. If, for example, you:

  • don't have computer equipment
  • don't have internet access
  • are having trouble getting into Moodle (our online learning environment).

If you need help to buy IT equipment or pay for internet access, please apply to the UAL Hardship Fund.

Staying up to date

Please follow the guidance from your course team (via email). They will let you know:

  • what your classes will be
  • what you need to do
  • important details to help you prepare.

Attending your course

Online and face-to-face learning will give a great experience UAL. We've also created a safe environment for you to study.

If something is preventing you from coming to campus - such as travel restrictions, visa delays, medical conditions, required to self-isolate or other serious circumstances - please check our important guidance.

Campus access

Only visit your campus, including to access the library, on your timetabled days. We will continue to monitor student attendance and adjust accordingly.

There are strict social distancing guidelines in place, which greatly reduce the capacity of our buildings and individual spaces

Library services

We have adjusted our services to accommodate social distancing:

Got a question? Read the FAQs or contact Library, via Ask.

Support and facilities

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    Academic support

    Take advantage of tutorials, workshops and online resources to boost your studies.

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    English language skills

    Use our online tutorials, online resources, guides and take a progress test.

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    Studying in the Library, Camberwell College of Arts.
    Libraries

    Check our opening hours, library services (like click and collect), book a study space and more.

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    Facilities and catering

    You can safely access our studios, workshops, cafes, Learning Zones and more. See what's at your campus.

Contact us

If you have a query that is not answered here, you can: