Covid-19: Current Students

Christmas guidance set out for university students 

The Government has published guidance for students to travel home at the end of the term while controlling Covid-19 transmission risk.

University students will be able to travel home to spend Christmas with their families once the national restrictions end on 2 December, following steps set out in new Government guidance published today.

In order to travel home safely, students in England will be required to follow the current national restrictions in place until 2 December, completing this four-week period in their term-time accommodation. 

From 3 December to 9 December, which will be known as the ‘student travel window’, students will be allowed to travel home on staggered departure dates set by universities, who will work with other institutions in the region to manage pressure on transport infrastructure.

The student travel window will mean students can travel having just completed the four-week period of national restrictions, reducing the risk of transmission to family and friends at home.

Universities should move learning online by 9 December so students can continue their education while also having the option to return home to study from there.  

Staffing and Building Access

Senate House has now reopened and services are still available to all students. However, many staff are still working from home so, with limited Registry staff on campus we now have new opening hours for drop-in access. 

You can drop-in to see Registry staff on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 10.00am to 12noon in Room G37, on the Ground Floor of Senate House. Please wait outside the room until you are called. Please ensure that you observe social distancing at all times and that you wear a mask/face covering in common areas of Senate House. 

We ask that all visitors read and follow the Coronavirus advice and guidelines for Senate House before attending.  

Always 

  • Carry your University student ID card with you when on site. 
  • Wear your mask/face covering in all common areas, particularly when in areas of close-proximity to others e.g. customer-facing services like the library or one to one appointments with student services. 
  • Keep to the exits and entrances as marked, abide by one way systems and the rules for lift use. 
  • Make sure your supervisor, tutor and registry know where you are and are able to contact you. 
  • Familiarise yourself with the protocols on isolation in case of infection 
  • If you have travelled from outside the UK abide by the current protocols on quarantining. 

Never 

  • Take risks when in close proximity to others. 
  • Attend if you or someone you live with has any of the following: a high temperature ; a new, continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste 

We also ask you to consider whether your visit is really necessary. Unnecessary travel should be avoided where possible and remote services are available. You can contact the Registry via the email: SAS.Registry@sas.ac.uk or telephone: (+44) (0)207 862 8846 

 

Libraries  

Please visit our Libraries webpage for updates on openings, social-distancing measures and online resources.

 

Student Wellbeing  

We know that this is a very challenging and stressful time for our students so please contact our Student Wellbeing team at student.wellbeing@sas.ac.uk if you need additional support or counselling during this challenging time. Sessions are being held remotely.   

 

Information on COVID-19 for non-UK Nationals  

The Mayor of London has published some COVID-19 guidelines for non-UK nationals, this can be viewed here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/eu-londoners-hub/information-covid-19-non-uk-nationals   

 

Careers Service 

We encourage you to take advantage of the free PhD remote career coaching offered through SAS Careers. You can access this confidential service at any point of your PhD study to reflect on your career options, plan your career strategy and to hone your online profile, application and interview techniques. Sometimes dramatic world events can prompt us to rethink our personal priorities and plans. If that’s the case for you, this may be a good time to talk. Confidential, one-to-one careers appointments can be either 30 minutes or one hour long and can be held via telephone and Skype  

You can decide the length of appointment you think you need but, as a general rule, I would expect a CV/application/online profile review to be approximately 30 minutes, whilst mock interviews or career planning and decision making are likely to be one hour appointments. 

To book an appointment email sascareers@careers.lon.ac.uk  

 

 No Detriment Policy

The School has introduced a policy in response to the Covid -19 pandemic.

SAS No Detriment Policy [June 2020] [Word]

SAS No Detriment Comms [2020] [Word]

This policy applies to taught courses and research that contributes to degrees of the University of London through the institutes and central departments of the School of Advanced Study. This policy is valid for the period 20 March to 31 December 2020 in response to the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be reviewed periodically to ensure continued relevance and may be extended.

Questions?  

We are developing a series of FAQs which will be posted on the home page of the VLE too.  As the situation is constantly evolving, guidance and advice may change at short notice so you are advised to check regularly for updates.

Thank you once again for your patience and do please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

The Registry Team