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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 ended on Friday 11 June. Thanks to students and staff for playing their part this academic year, everyone’s efforts to work within Government rules and guidance means that we have not experienced any significant outbreaks of coronavirus (Covid-19) on campus.

Throughout the year we have been considering and developing plans for the next academic year. We are excited to be planning for the majority of our students to return to study on campus for the autumn term which starts on Monday 20 September.

Learning will be a mix of face-to-face, on campus, teaching and learning support, with some digital elements. This is building on the positive feedback around taking part in digital learning from students over the last year. 

With all legal restrictions removed, the university, the Students’ Union and clubs and societies are planning a full programme of face-to-face events and experiences. We are also planning for facilities such as the Library, gym, cafes and bars to be open and we will continue to provide a full range of student support services.

Some online events and activities were very popular last year and so we are building an online programme too.

We will of course follow any updated guidance issued and adapt if circumstances require it.

Over the summer holiday period, the university’s campus remains open as usual for students and staff who are living and working on campus and we are enabling prospective students to visit campus.  These pre-booked activities are being offered under strict social distancing and hygiene conditions. Our events available for the general public will continue to be hosted online. For further details, please visit our events webpage.

While the majority of students living on campus have returned to their out of term addresses, campus remains home to a number of students.  While the vaccine programme is encouraging, we continue to promote the importance of everyone coming onto campus playing their part to manage the transmission of Covid-19 by following social distancing and hygiene guidance.

We strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings when moving around inside buildings on campus and regular lateral flow testing will continue to be available for the new academic year. Students and staff are expected to take a lateral flow test before travelling to campus, on arrival, and twice a week after that, either using our asymptomatic testing site on campus or an at home testing kit. 

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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