Updated 13 April 2021
Latest UK Government advice
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. Find out what you can and cannot do here.
The University has made the difficult decision not to offer any face-to-face teaching for the rest of the spring 2021 semester. This is in line with announcements by the UK government and further information from the Universities Minister on COVID-19 restrictions and the return to on-campus teaching. Universities are advised that face-to-face teaching in most subjects should not resume until after 12 April 2021. This means all further teaching and exams will operate online only until 30 April 2021.
The University hopes to offer all Summer and Fall classes face-to-face (as well as remote for students who are unable to travel due to Covid restrictions) starting on 24 May 2021. This is, of course, is subject to change as the UK works through the easing of the National Lockdown.
Our facilities will remain open to support residential students living on campus and local students who may require study space and access to resources. Please remember that if it is your first time coming to campus this term, you must book a personal health check with Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
As of 15 March 2021, the hours will increase to:
- Richmond - 8:00-22:00, 7 days per week (Library, Psychology Lab in Red House)
- Kensington - 10:30-15:30, 5 days per week (37 High Street Kensington for postgraduate students only)
Registry Services are offering remote support via email at email@example.com or at +44 208 332 8201.
Our Student Affairs Team also continue to offer in person and remote support at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +44 208 332 8208.
From 12 April 2021, the gym will be open with limited capacity restrictions (3 at a time) 7am-10pm, 7 days per week for residential students only.
We have also resurfaced the outdoor sports court to make it more accessible to residents.
The Richmond Borough Rapid Covid Testing centre has closed and moved to at-home testing kits for all local residents. We are still recommending self-testing twice per week. Testing kits can be collected from the Richmond Civic Centre on weekdays 9:00-4:30. See here for details.
As always, we will keep you updated on any changes to guidance as they become available.
Returning and Prospective Students – update on Fall 2021
We are looking forward to the gradual reduction in COVID-19 restrictions and a return to on-campus and in-person teaching.
We are currently planning to provide in-person teaching for Fall 2021 and hope to welcome students back on campus from the start of September. We have all learnt that the situation with the virus can change, so we have put in place precautions and contingencies should circumstances change and a different approach be needed to keep everyone safe.
This may include a blended approach to learning with a combination of in-person teaching and online learning, and we will take appropriate steps if certain countries have restrictions placed on travel by the UK government, and where necessary by other governments. We will also continue to provide our wide range of social activities and personal support, to deliver an all-round student experience.
Should it be necessary, our online teaching is delivered in a variety of formats. Students are able to access recorded lectures, engage in live webinars and workshops, asynchronous active work, and video-conferencing faculty members through tutorials or one-to-ones. This year we also implemented informal sessions to allow us to get to know students better.
We have taken all the appropriate steps to ensure you will be safe at Richmond, and we have in place mitigations should things change. Your learning and your well-being remains our priority.
Roadmap out of lockdown
From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offers a route back to a more normal life. See here for more details.