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Essential coronavirus info
We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning students from 19 October 2020. Your safety is our first priority.

Health and safety - Autumn term 20/21

Student in a studio, wearing a mask.
Ziyi Zhu in the Studio. BA (Hons) 3D Design. Camberwell College of Arts. (Credit: © Alys Tomlinson)

At UAL we’ve been working hard to make sure your learning environment is as safe and welcoming as possible.

Here’s a breakdown of what we’ve been doing to get our sites ready and what you can expect when you arrive.

Rule of 6

From 14 September 2020, it is illegal for people in England to gather in groups of more than 6 people. This rule does not apply to gatherings for educational reasons. Classrooms, lecture halls, workshops and similar spaces are exempt.

We are carefully managing the number of people in our buildings. Social distancing is possible in all our teaching and learning spaces.

Outside of those places, you shouldn't visit or socialise in groups of more than 6 people. It is your responsibility to follow the law.

Read our guidance on socialising in UAL accommodation.

UAL Report and Trace

You must let us know if:

  • you test positive for coronavirus and 
  • you have been on a UAL site within 48 of first having symptoms.

If you can answer yes to both, email us at

We are keeping records of all people who enter our sites. If you have been in contact with somebody who has coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace will contact you. You must follow their instructions.

If the NHS advises you to self-isolate, you should contact:

  • your course tutor
  • your Residence Manager (if you live in UAL accommodation).

You should only email if you test positive.

We’re working with Public Health England (PHE) and supporting the NHS Test and Trace scheme. We will only share information with PHE if they ask us to. We will not use this data for any other purposes and we will delete it after 21 days.

Read our full Report and Trace Policy (UAL login required).

If you have further questions, check our Report and Trace FAQs (UAL login required).

Deep cleaning

All of our sites have undergone a deep clean in preparation for your arrival. This includes

  • all classrooms
  • workshops
  • learning environments
  • canteens and shops.

Preparing our spaces

All across the university you’ll find signage, reminding you:

  • to keep your distance
  • to wear a face covering
  • where you’ll need to wait for others to finish before you can proceed. For example, in a queue or some smaller spaces.

We’ve installed hand sanitising stations across the university to help you keep your hands clean and to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Sign saying 'Stay safe, keep your distance'
Stay safe, keep your distance. Signage by UAL. - Credit: Image courtesy of UAL Caption

Travelling in London

You must wear a face covering when using public transport or taking a taxi.

Visit the TfL website for an overview of measures they have introduced to help keep you safe. These include:

  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Social distancing
  • Increased hand sanitising stations

It’s important to plan your journey before leaving as some routes and lines may be operating with reduced capacity.

Keeping each other safe

It’s important that we all play our part to stop the spread of coronavirus and to keep each other safe. You can do this by sticking to a few simple rules when travelling around the university.

  1. If you feel sick at any point with the symptoms of coronavirus, you must stay at home. If you’re in one of our buildings, you should leave immediately and contact the National Health Service (NHS) on 111.
  2. When on site use the hand sanitising gel provided.
  3. You should wash your hands frequently with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds each time.
  4. We’ve worked out just how many students can be on site at one time, so you must only attend your college when you have a class or a pre-arranged a visit.
  5. Following Government guidance, the wearing of face coverings is mandatory at UAL, unless you have a valid reason not to.

This includes, but isn’t limited to:

  • anyone who cannot put on, wear or remove a mask because of a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
  • where wearing a mask will cause severe distress
  • if you’re required to lip-read.

More information

  • Student adding notes to a sketchbook
    56190 (1)-comp.jpg Sketchbook by Cynthia Porta Fernandez. Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Camberwell College of Arts.
    Attending your course

    Check our guidance on enroling and attending your course, and what to do if you're concerned.

  • Student at a desk using their laptop
    59451-comp.jpg Zoe Zanon Rives in the studio.Fashion: Buying and Merchandising. London College of Fashion.
    Teaching and learning

    See our quick guide to learning and studying in the new term.

  • Student sketching at a table
    52983-900.jpg Sketchbook by Josep Barnadas, BA (Hons) Fine Art Drawing. Camberwell College of Arts
    Working safely at home

    Important guidance on how to study and create safely at home.

  • Student holding up artwork
    Emanuela Ogunji working in the Studio Emanuela Ogunji working in the Studio, BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts.

    Tips and tools to help you stay healthy

Contact us

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