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Coronavirus updates

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.

During term two at Royal Holloway, which began on 11 January 2021, we continued to teach online only for the vast majority of our courses. From 8 March, Government guidance permitted students on practical or practice-based subjects to return to timetabled face-to-face, on campus, teaching. Given the proximity of the end of term (26 March) a small number of students, primarily those in their final year, returned to face-to-face teaching.  During the term many students remained at their out of term addresses and our research students and staff worked from home where it was possible for them to do so

The summer term at Royal Holloway begins on 26 April 2021.  We will welcome back to campus additional UG and PGT students who are studying practical and practice-based courses.

We do not yet have a date for when the remainder of our student population can return to campus and so their learning will continue to take place online. We expect to have some further news from the Government on options for a return to campus in mid-April and we will update our students and staff as soon as we are able to. While current restrictions mean we have very limited options to provide face-to-face support and facilities for students, we have plans to increase what’s on offer as soon as we’re able to. We understand that many students will have already made decisions on where they wish to be for term three, regardless of any change in Government restrictions.

Government guidance supports students to live or study on campus where they have a compelling reason to do so and some of our students are making use of campus as a result. All students and staff studying and working on campus are required to take part in twice-weekly asymptomatic lateral flow testing. The university’s library and other study spaces remain open. Academic and wellbeing support continue to be available online for all students. For students in on-campus accommodation who cannot return to their rooms, we are automatically extending rent removal until 25 April 2021. 

Throughout the term, transmission rates on campus have remained low and we are grateful to students and staff for their support. 

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

The Covid-19 Local Testing Site remains available on campus for students, staff and members of the local community with symptoms of Covid-19 and is likely to be operational until Spring 2021. Appointments need to be booked via the government’s central testing system. 

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