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Health and safety

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

The UAL position is to continue to strongly encourage the following on campus and in halls of residence:

  • Frequent hand-washing and use of sanitiser stations
  • Maintaining social distancing where it makes sense to do so (e.g. in crowded or less well-ventilated spaces)
  • Regular testing (ideally twice a week) for staff and students
  • Continuing to observe the UAL Community Pledge
  • Taking personal responsibility to act sensibly

We also encourage you to participate in the NHS vaccination programme.

You'll find more guidance below.

Face coverings

Face coverings are now required whilst on campus in:

  • communal areas and when moving around buildings including lifts, toilets, offices and social spaces (except when eating or drinking)
  • UAL shops
  • all teaching and learning spaces – including teaching rooms, workshops, laboratories, offices, libraries and lecture halls.

Please bring your own face coverings with you. Where necessary face coverings are available for staff and students from reception desks across UAL, and can be collected on a regular basis.

Some people may not be able to wear a face covering and are legally exempt from the requirement to do so. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances.

COVID-19 testing and UAL's Report and Trace

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).

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 are now using a 24-hour effective virus-eliminating product on our regular touch points on a daily basis (Monday to Friday).

We’ve also installed hand sanitising stations across the university to help you keep your hands clean and to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Please continue to wash hands your hands regularly whilst on site and make use of hand sanitising stations.

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

Travelling in London

You must continue to wear a face covering when using public transport.

This applies on the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail networks; Dial-a-Ride services; the Emirates Air Line; and the Woolwich ferry.

Transport for London (TfL) also expects and recommends the continued use of face covering in taxis and private hire vehicles by both drivers and passengers unless they are exempt.

Read TfL's guidance on face coverings.

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

Related documents:

Coronavirus Risk Assessment (PDF 146KB)

More information

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    © Alys Tomlinson, Sketchbook by Cynthia Porta Fernandez. Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Camberwell College of Arts.

    Attending your course

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

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    © Alys Tomlinson, Zoe Zanon Rives in the studio.Fashion: Buying and Merchandising. London College of Fashion.


    Tips and tools to help you stay healthy

  • Student sketching at a table
    © Alys Tomlinson, 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.

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