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Coronavirus updates

A message from Royal Holloway, University of London, in relation to coronavirus

At Royal Holloway, University of London, we continue to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and follow Government advice to ensure we are playing our part in helping to manage the impact of Covid-19 on our whole community.

Our summer term began on 26 April 2021 and we welcomed back to campus our undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who are studying practical and practice-based courses. The Government gave permission for all students to return to campus from 17 May. However, as is the case with most universities across the UK, formal teaching at Royal Holloway has now ended and our students are engaged with exams and assessments, the vast majority of which are being taken online.

The university’s library and other study spaces are open for students who are either on campus or who need to travel to campus to study. From 17 May, groups of up to six people and two households will be allowed to meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors. Students living on campus have been designated within households. For accommodation such as George Eliot, a household would be around 12 students, while for students living in a Founder’s corridor, a household can be up to 40. We are continuing promote the importance of students playing their part to manage the transmission of Covid-19 by following social distancing and hygiene rules and guidance.

As Government guidance and conditions allow we are increasing face-to-face support and facilities for students. Our sports clubs have returned to training sessions and we have been able to open our venues. Our Students’ Union is running a programme of activities and events and their venues, The Packhorse and Medicine, have opened their indoor spaces in line with Government guidance.

Our events available for the general public will continue to be hosted online. For further details, please visit our events webpage.

Throughout the pandemic, we have worked hard to create a safe campus and all students and staff studying and working on campus are asked to take part in twice-weekly asymptomatic lateral flow testing. This term we have introduced an incentive programme called ‘Thanks for testing’ to encourage students and staff to play their part and continue to come forward for testing.

The Covid-19 Local Testing Site remains available on campus for students, staff and members of the local community with symptoms of Covid-19. Appointments need to be booked via the government’s central testing system. 

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