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COVID-19 - Current Student Guidance

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COVID-19 - Current Student Guidance

Advice and guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the latest information on the University's position, whether the University is open, whether anyone on campus has coronavirus, the symptoms of the virus and more.

Last updated Tuesday 11th May, 4pm

Protecting and supporting the health and wellbeing of our University community is our top priority. The University is taking all precautionary measures in line with the science-led guidance, and instruction, from the UK Government and Public Health England (PHE). In addition, the University is adhering to travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

We would like to reassure you that University teaching, learning and support will continue throughout the lockdown period. We are here to support you.

Current University Position

Please note: following government guidance, some classes will start to be delivered on-campus from Monday 17th May. See below for more information. Some student services are also available on campus and bookable through Compass or by phone. The situation will continue to be reviewed.


Students returning to campus

The following students will have some teaching on campus:

  • From Monday 17th May: students who started in April 2021.
  • From Friday 4th June: all Accounting and MSc Finance students.
  • From Monday 24th or Monday 31st May: students who started in January 2021 (depending on your programme)
  • From Monday 28th June: students who started in  October 2020
  • From the beginning of June (date to be confirmed): BSc Nursing students

You'll be able to see if your lecture is online or on-campus in your Timetable


Your course will be taught in one of two ways:

Students on courses that can be online from Monday 17th May will be split into two groups: 

  • Dedicated online workshop
  • On-site workshop

You'll switch between the two groups every other week (meaning you'll have a different lecturer depending on if your workshop is online).

For smaller groups, you'll be using the 'simultaneous model'. This is where the on-site and online students will attend the same workshop with one lecturer. Again, the groups will be rotated so you have one week on campus and one week off.

Tower Hamlets 'Variants of Concern'

Public Health England has informed the University of the existence of two variants of COVID-19 within some areas of Tower Hamlets.

You are strongly recommended to take part in surge testing if you live in:

  • Bethnal Green
  • Stepney Green
  • St Peters ward 
  • St Dunstan's ward

For more information on the variants and how to get tested, see our:

Tower Hamlets Surge Testing FAQs

Coming to campus

By logging into Canvas you can see messages from your lecturers, your course materials and how to access your classes for each of your modules. Even if your classes are online, you should attend them at the scheduled time so you can interact with your lecturers and fellow classmates. Sessions will be also recorded so that you can revisit them later. 

If you're experiencing issues with your studies, please contact our Student Engagement Team who will be able to advise on the support we can offer and options available to you. 

As well as the classes listed above, you  also have on-campus access to:

To book these services, please contact us through Compass or talk to our helpful staff by calling: 020 7531 7333 

Before coming to campus

Before coming to campus, you need to:

  • Self-isolate for ten days or get a Negative Lateral Flow (NLF)/PCR test result and
  • Have had no COVID-19 symptoms and
  • Not been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace
  • Consider your visit essential

We hope that you keep safe and well and look forward to welcoming you back.

Other contacts

If you need help or advice, contact the University at: 

Student Services

Throughout this time you can also access our student services online: 

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