Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) – guidance for staff, students and visitors
Most of City’s buildings will close on Friday 20th March. Face-to-face teaching has already ended and staff are continuing to support students while working remotely.
The health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority. As a result of the evolving situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, City, University of London will close most of it’s buildings on Friday 20th March.
There will be a very small number of exceptions to this in the short term. For example, we will need to continue to receive and process urgent IT deliveries and specific parts of the School of Health Sciences may be opened, if required, as part of the NHS initiative to utilise clinical spaces.
Face-to-face teaching ended this week and the University is providing online resources to replace, where possible, lectures and tutorials.
The majority of our staff have already moved to working remotely.
Schools will continue to communicate directly with their staff and students to outline their plans for the delivery of each of their programmes.
Assessments, including examinations, planned for the remainder of the academic year that require students to come in to the University will not take place for programmes in Cass Business School, the School of Arts & Social Sciences, and the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering. They will be replaced by alternative forms of assessment.
Alternative forms of assessment for City Law School students will be made available wherever possible, however, there are additional considerations for students on programmes of professional study. The School is working with professional bodies in order to agree the requirements for these assessments and will confirm arrangements as soon as possible.
Alternative forms of assessment for School of Health Sciences students will be made available wherever possible; however, there are additional considerations for clinical skills and practice-based assessments. The School is working with professional bodies in order to agree the requirements for these assessments and will confirm arrangements as soon as possible. We recognise the important role many students in the School of Health Sciences are already undertaking to support the health and social care sector at this challenging time. The School is working hard to provide enhanced guidance and support to the particular needs of its students.
These decisions have been made as a result of the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the concerns it is causing for our community of students and staff and their families.
We understand that students and staff may be worried about this news and ask that all members of the City community continue to support one another at this time. We are taking steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, based on the latest public health advice.
Further information, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the City Student Hub. This web page will be updated regularly in accordance with changes in advice from the UK Government.
Further information for staff can be found on City's Staff Hub.
Further information for prospective students, including answers to frequently asked questions, is also available.
Looking after your own health
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Those self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
In line with public health advice, we ask you follow these hygiene practices to protect your own health and that of others:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean