Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Advice & Guidance

Updated May 12 2020

Latest UK Government advice

The latest UK Government advice is available here.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Protect yourself and others from coronavirus

Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Check the NHS website if you have symptoms

Coronavirus guidance on what you can and can’t do

All changes will come into effect on Wednesday 13 May. Until then you should follow existing guidance on social distancing.

The Government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

The Government has published staying safe outside your home for guidance on what the new rules will mean. These will take effect on Wednesday.

This guidance applies in England – people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

What’s happening at Richmond

The University made the decision to close both London campuses and the campus in Leeds on 1st May 2020 to protect the health of all of its students, faculty and staff. This means that all facilities are closed including student accommodation, common areas, dining facilities, classrooms, libraries and offices. Summer session classes begin on Monday, 18th May and are all being offered remotely.

The University continues to house students who cannot travel back to home due to travel restrictions and/or other personal/health related issues. All student support including remote library access is being offered remotely through the summer. For assistance, contact us at [email protected]

Travel to the US

The US authorities announced on 14 March that travel restrictions imposed previously on Schengen zone countries would now be extended to the UK (and Ireland). From 23:59 eastern daylight time on 16 March (03:59 GMT 17 March) it will not be possible for many British nationals to enter the USA. The FCO therefore advise against all but essential travel to the US, due to the travel restrictions. See Entry Requirements

US citizens and permanent resident of the USA, their close family members and certain other limited categories of visas holders (such as UN staff and diplomats) are exempt and will still be able to enter the USA, subject to normal entry requirements. Those allowed entry to the USA may be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days after arrival.

More details can be found here.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice

  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice is constantly under review, so that it reflects the latest assessment of risks to British people
  • In response to Coronavirus measures the FCO is advising against all but essential travel to some countries, cities and regions. You must check the travel advice for the country you are travelling to



  1. Can I receive a refund for my pre-paid housing fees?  
    Please consult the terms and conditions of your housing agreement. If you feel you wish to make a complaint, please follow our complaints and appeals process on our website.
  2. Will the library remain open if I want to use it?
    Yes the libraries and other facilities will remain open unless there is a change to the official guidance
  3. Will the graduation ceremony happen in May?
    Because of the current uncertainty the University has decided to postpone the May 2020 Commencement.  We will advise students as soon as possible of any further developments

How to get tested

Please visit the dedicated NHS website for information on receiving tests for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please be aware, you cannot qualify for testing until you go through 111. Visit the NHS 111 website for information on how to recognise the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)