Coronavirus advice and FAQs

Last updated on 21 July 2021.

From Monday 19 July, the Government has indicated that in England we have reached Step Four of its roadmap to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The virus is still circulating, however, and at the University of London our highest priority is to maintain the health and safety of all those staff, students and visitors using our buildings. Therefore we are taking a risk-based approach to the recovery, as we are still required to under the latest Department for Education guidance.

We would encourage all those who are eligible to get themselves vaccinated as soon as they are able to.

Users of Senate House Library are asked to follow the latest guidance when attending. 

Coming out of lockdown - July 2021

Asymptomatic testing

We request that all staff, students and visitors continue to undertake regular asymptomatic testing. Test kits can be ordered online or are available for staff and students from Senate House reception. 

Face coverings

We are continuing to expect that all those using our buildings wear face coverings while moving around the building and in shared spaces. You do not have to wear one while sitting at a desk for work, but you may be asked to in certain shared spaces, eg the library or intercollegiate halls.
Certain companies are requesting the continued use of face coverings, such as all TfL transport. 

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering for personal or medical reasons, you may wish to use a suitable symbol to show this. You are not required to do so, but there are some examples suggested by the Government

Social distancing

We are asking all staff and students to maintain the 2m social distancing rule wherever possible, and if not possible to try to maintain the 1m+ rule.

Look after yourselves and each other

Thank you to everyone who has followed the rules and guidance, we ask that everyone continues to consider others for the safety of all.

We will continue to recommend key safety measures over the next few months for the courtesy and safety of all. These will be kept under constant review, but please following any signage and guidance in specific areas. 

If you a staff or student who tests positive for Covid-19

If you are a staff member or student and you test positive through a lateral flow test, please self-isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible to confirm the test.

Please report the positive test result to Outbreak Response Team (ORT) at or call the University’s 24/7 contact centre on 020 8191 0865.

More information

We continue to support our global community of students.

The intercollegiate halls of residence remain open and will welcome students again for the start of the new academic year in the autumn. 

This webpage will be updated regularly in accordance with changes in advice from the UK government.

Further UK Government guidance:

There is also advice on the Universities UK website and also on the Office for Students website.

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

You can also access more specialist research and information on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine site and from John Hopkins University.

University of London buildings

Returning to University of London buildings

We have produced an information document, which outlines steps and measures the University is taking to best prepare to welcoming you back to the University. 

There is no fixed date for anyone to return to University of London buildings but we are working hard to provide a safe and secure environment when we do reopen our doors.

This information is subject to change as the current situation develops.

Online learning and research

What You Need to Know (University of London)

This free online course from the University of London offers a look at what a coronavirus is and what makes COVID-19 unique.

You’ll learn how the disease spreads, what symptoms to watch out for, and how to prepare with prevention and proper response strategies.

Tackling the Novel Coronavirus (LSHTM)

Through this free online course from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, find out more about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its implications around the world.

What topics will the course cover?

  • How COVID-19 emerged and was identified
  • Public health measures for COVID-19 worldwide
  • What is needed to address COVID-19 going forward

Who is the course for?

Those working in healthcare or anyone interested in how we should respond to the outbreak.

Global group researching ‘loss of smell’ as a Covid-19 symptom

The University of London’s Centre for the study of the Senses, part of the School of Advanced Study, will play a key role in researching the commonly reported Covid-19 symptom – sudden loss of smell (anosmia) and its impact on taste.