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

Health and safety - 2020/21

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 your learning environment as safe and welcoming as possible.

Watch: Keeping you safe on campus

National restrictions from 5 November

The UK government has introduced new restrictions. From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:

  • stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  • and avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

We are continuing our blended learning approach as the government is expecting schools, colleges and universities to remain open.

Please read the government's overview of new national restrictions.

Face coverings

All staff, students and visitors must wear face coverings at all times when in UAL buildings. Exemptions include, but aren'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
  • when eating or drinking.

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  complete the Report COVID-19 form if you are self-isolating or if you have tested positive for COVID-19, even if you have not been on to a UAL site.

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 (PDF 208KB).

If you have further questions, check our Report and Trace FAQs (PDF 196KB).

Watch: Identifying and reporting COVID-19 and mental health support

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 home, as some routes and lines are 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 when you have pre-arranged a visit.
  5. The wearing of face coverings is mandatory at UAL unless you have a valid reason not to.
  6. You should sanitise your workstation before and after use.

Related documents:

Coronavirus Risk Assessment (PDF 146KB)

More information

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    Tips and tools to help you stay healthy

Contact us

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