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We’re back in lockdown, and it’s starting to feel like March 2020 all over again. We were getting ready to start more safe face-to-face activity on campus in term two, but sadly plans are on hold. However…
 
We’re still here to support you, to answer your questions, to represent you to UCL, to connect you with others and to help you make the most of UCL. Our sabbatical officers are meeting with UCL every day to make sure decisions are made in the best interests of students. We’re in this together, and we’ll get through this together.
 

Here’s what the new rules mean, and all the useful links in one place 👇
 
  • All teaching is now online.
  • If you’re not already in London, you should stay where you are. If you’re in London, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and your term-time address.
  • Some students will continue face-to-face teaching i.e students on medicine or teaching training courses. Your departments will be in touch with you about this.

Here are all the useful links 👇
 
📺  We’re running welcome back talks on Tuesday 12 Jan where we’ll cover everything you need to know for term two. There’ll be speakers from Academic Services, Students Support and Wellbeing, Careers, as well as your Sabbatical Officers. You’ll be able to ask questions throughout the talks.
Sign up here:
 
💃🏿  Our Clubs and Societies remain active, and now is a really good time to join one. Joining (remotely) is free, and you’ll be walking into a ready-made community. We’re running Club and Society fairs next week where committees will be online and ready to chat about what they do.
 
🏠  If you’re in UCL halls, you can be refunded for the time you’re not there (up until 7 February currently). Details will be out later today on the accommodation website. If you’re in UCL halls, you can cancel your contract altogether and be refunded. If you left last term, you’ve got until 9 Jan to submit your notice to quit and get your refund. It’s more complicated for students in UoL halls and private accommodation, and we’ve tried to answer the most commonly asked questions here.
 
🏛️  The campus remains open, and you can still book a study space in lots of the different libraries, including the Student Centre. Book a spot here.
Once you’ve been to the library you can pop into Gordon’s Café for takeaway coffee, lunch, snacks etc.
 
🧪  If you’re in London and want to get tested for Covid without having symptoms, you can book a Lateral Flow Test at UCL’s testing centre here.
 
🎓  If you have feedback about your course, or the way teaching is taking place, you can find and contact your Academic Rep here. We continue to hold UCL to account to make sure that your experience lives up to what was promised at the start of the year. However, we know that there will be instances where you will rightfully feel that the academic standards you have come to expect, could not – or have not – been met. If this is how you feel, you may have valid grounds for a complaint and you should use the UCL Students Complaint Procedure to make your case, our Advice Service can support you every step of the way. Get in contact with our Advice Service here.
 
🤗  We’ve collected links to all of the different types of support on offer, both internal and external to UCL. You can find it all here.
 
📢  The Government have said the lockdown restrictions will be reviewed in mid-February. UCL have said that there will be no face-to-face teaching until at least 22 February (the Monday after reading week). UCL’s latest news from the weekend remains relevant and we’ll keep you updated with any further changes.
 
Stay safe and take care.