Statement on learning arrangements for Michaelmas Term 2021

We are closely monitoring national and international developments and the impact these have on our students. As we have said throughout the pandemic, the safety and security of our LSE community is our top priority, and this commitment has shaped our teaching and learning to date and our plans for the next academic year.

As was communicated on 21 July, we expect all students to be in London and studying on campus. We anticipate that we will deliver a combination of in-person and online teaching and learning in Michaelmas Term whilst maintaining a safe campus environment for our students and staff. These plans have a strong emphasis on ensuring you receive an excellent education and experience, while being prepared for the possibility of further changes so we can maintain a safe, supported and low-risk campus environment.

We are strongly encouraging all our LSE community to get fully vaccinated and we are working with our St Philips medical centre to run an on-campus vaccination centre from the start of term. We are also introducing Day 2 and Day 8 testing for international travellers and are ready to extend existing COVID safety measures and introduce new protocols if circumstances dictate.

As previously shared, we expect all students to make every effort to arrive in London for the start of the academic year but we will support those who, due to circumstances outside their control, such as visa or local COVID-related difficulties, cannot get to London by the start of term with remote study support until 22 October, which is the Friday of week 4 of Michaelmas Term. We then expect students to join us on campus to continue their studies here in London and therefore will not provide a remote study option beyond that date. LSE is a campus-based university and the educational and study experience of all students is significantly better if all students are present on our COVID-safe campus.

While we understand a number of our offer holders and students will be anxious about travelling to the UK, please be reassured that we are doing everything we can to deliver a safe and secure campus environment for the next academic year. We are grateful to those who have shared concerns with us now and encourage everyone to keep up to date with our news and updates via the student FAQs and COVID-19 pages throughout the summer.