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Advice for students
Advice for staff
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Following recent developments and contingency planning at LSE, we have updated the next phase of our School’s action plan in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The measures outlined below in the 'Action from LSE' section are precautionary, based on our commitment to support our community and prepare accordingly.
LSE is continuing to monitor closely and proactively follow healthcare and government advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. Our campus and halls of residence remain open. We will comply with advice from Public Health England and take any necessary steps, including possible campus closure, if we are advised to do so in the future.
The international diversity and outlook of our community is a source of great strength. As a School, we must work together to not let LSE become a place where fears overcome our commitment to, and respect for one another. Being part of LSE means that we work together to create an inclusive, accessible and safe environment for all.
For further information on assessments, please visit the LSE Assessment FAQs.
Cases at LSE
LSE has been informed of four confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the community.
- Two individuals are students who do not reside in halls of residence
We are providing the affected students with our full support and following all Public Health England protocols.
- Two individuals are students who have left the country
Based on Public Health England advice, the risk of transmission to the LSE community from these individuals is low due to the timeframes involved. All members of the LSE community should continue to monitor their general health and wellbeing and follow healthcare advice. If you have concerns, check the NHS111 online guidance.
Now more than ever, we must continue to treat one another with respect and mutual support to sustain our wider LSE community.
Action from LSE
All teaching activity for taught undergraduate and postgraduate students will be delivered online from Monday 23 March or before where possible, for the remainder of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Given the decision to extend our policy on authorised absences, and challenges in delivering hybrid models of in-class and digital teaching, all teaching will be delivered online for taught students from 23 March, or before where possible.
Academic faculty will decide how best to conduct teaching and learning activities, using a range of resources to best support students.
All taught undergraduate and taught postgraduate exams and assessments scheduled for the Summer Term and the 2019/2020 In-year Resit and Deferral Period (IRDAP) will be delivered online or by other methods of alternate assessment.
Assessment type will be guided by academic discipline and faculty expertise. Students will be notified as early as possible about what online assessments mean in practice. Inclusion Plans will apply.
If you have a disability or long term health condition and you do not have an Inclusion Plan in place, please see the DWS Web pages. Please note that there are changes to how adjustments will apply for online assessments replacing on-site exams in 2020; further information is available on the Individual Exam Adjustment web pages.
Students also have the option to defer Summer Term assesments to the next appropriate assessment opportunity, if you feel this is more suitable for your personal circumstances.
We are investigating student visa implications as a result of this change and we will update you in due course.
If you have any questions about exam and assessment, you can contact the Advice Team and visit the LSE Assessment FAQs.
From Monday 23 March, there is no access to campus buildings. This includes:
- All LSE catering outlets are now closed until further notice
- The LSE Library is closed until further notice
- The LSE Nursery is closed until further notice.
This is based on the instruction of the UK government. We advise that you do not come to campus.
Our halls of residence will remain open and we support and welcome all students who may wish to stay in their accommodation.
We will continue to monitor and comply with advice from Public Health England and take any necessary steps, including possible campus closure, if we are advised to do so in the future.
Transport for London (TfL) is running a reduced service for key workers and some stations may be closed. In line with UK Government insturuction, TfL have advised against travelling unless your journey is absolutely essential.
Please review their information pages before travelling.
This is due to the number of events already postponed and our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our community.
July 2020 graduation ceremonies will be rescheduled. We will communicate further details when they are available.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
The recommended steps people should take to protect themselves are the same as those to avoid flu and any other similar respiratory infections. You should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms.
Below are the WHO recommendations:
- Frequently wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or warm water and soap
- Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough
- Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers
It depends on the virus, but common symptoms include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
You should stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly
If you have symptoms, stay at home for seven days. If you live with other people they should stay at home for 14 days from the day you got the symptoms. For more information and advice, visit the NHS Coronovirus guidance.
If you are concerned you may have symptoms, please use this link to guide you on next steps: NHS 111 coronavirus advice
Do not visit your GP in-person without phoning them first and explaining the situation.
Travel guidance and advice
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies until at least 15 April 2020.
If you are an international student and you are planning to return to your home country, please check with airlines and your local embassies, as well as the state.gov website for up to date information.
Advice on travel is changing frequently. Given the regularity of updates to travel information, our strong recommendation is to follow FCO guidance for the specific country or region you are visiting. You should also check GOV.UK for general advice about travelling during the coronavirus outbreak.
If any member of staff feels that they have essential business in impacted areas, you must contact LSE's Health and Safety team so that we can support you as necessary.
Staff and students planning to travel for the Easter break should carefully consider travel plans over the holiday period. Because the situation is changeable, we cannot guarantee what countries may have restrictions, or what procedures will be in place from PHE on returning to the UK.
We strongly advise that you follow FCO travel advice and if you do choose to travel please check the following sources before departure:
Review GOV.UK for the latest UK guidance, including travel advice
Check your travel destination on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for the latest travel information
If you’re an international student or citizen of another country, you should also review guidance from your local consulate or embassy
If you have a scheduled flight, check with your airline for any changes to travel
Please use this link to check your recent travel destinations against current advice. The site will guide you on next steps and their advice should be followed closely: NHS 111 coronavirus advice.
Health, self-isolation guidance, and support
If you develop symptoms in the UK, stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible.
Use the link below to check your symptoms and recent travel destinations against current advice. The site will guide you on next steps and their advice should be followed closely: NHS 111 coronavirus advice
Do not go to a GP practice in-person until you have received guidance from NHS 111 over the phone. Students can also phone the St Philips Medical Centre in Pethwick-Lawrence House on 020 7611 5131 if you have any concerns.
You can find your nearest GP by using the GP finder on the NHS website, or read information about healthcare in the UK, including how to register with a doctor.
You should follow the normal guidance for treating coughs, colds and flu.
- staying away from work/school until your symptoms have eased
- getting plenty of rest and sleep
- keeping warm
- taking paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
- drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
If you are pregnant, have a long-term underlying health condition or a weakened immune system then you should contact the NHS non-emergency helpline – 111 for advice. You should also contact this number if your symptoms do not improve after seven days.
If you have a pre-existing health condition or are immuno-suppressed and are concerned, call NHS 111 or speak to your GP for expert advice.
You should also let LSE’s Advice team, your Academic Mentor, Departmental Tutor, Department Manager or line manager know and alert them to any medical advice.
PHE recommends that the best way to reduce any risk of infection is good hygiene and avoiding direct or close contact (closer than 2 metres) with any potentially infected person.
We respect everyone’s right to choose whether or not to wear a mask and it may not be immediately obvious why someone has chosen to wear one.
If you think you need to self-isolate or you are already self-isolating, follow LSE's coronavirus process, available at the link below:
LSE's coronavirus process.
You'll find out about what you need to do and how LSE will support you.
If you have been advised to self-isolate, you must also let us know so we can support you:
Working from home can be a big adjustment for some people. Make sure you take the time to develop a routine that is going to work best for you. Below are a few tips to help you set up helpful habits and look after your mental wellbeing while you are working remotely.
Take time to set up a dedicated work area
Clearing some space in a quiet area to set up a consistent workspace will allow you to focus and help separate your work life from your personal life at home.
Connect with your colleagues
Social interaction is an important part of maintaining your wellbeing. Set up online meetings and catch ups with your colleagues or call friends and family on your breaks so you don’t feel isolated.
Make sure you take your breaks
It’s important to take the same breaks you normally would if you were in the office. Make sure you take your breaks away from your computer to give yourself a chance to fully switch off.
We're also shared additional tips on staying connected while studying and working remotely.
Anxious about coronavirus and its impact? Mind has put together a helpful resource to help maintain your wellbeing during this time.
If you have been advised by NHS 111 or PHE to self-isolate and are well and able to work from home, then you are encouraged to do so.
If you are unwell and unable to work, then you should record yourself as sick during this period.
You must also let us know so we can support you - contact your line manager and HR at email@example.com.
The UK government announced that schools will close from Friday 20 March (with exceptions for key groups), which may impact colleagues with childcare responsibilities.
Those with children or other caring responsibilities at home may be unable to commit to a full work week, and your line managers should offer flexibility and support if you need to care for dependents. You should dicuss flexible working with your line manager in the first instance.
Further guidance is available in this HR document.
You are entitled to apply for time off work and/or flexible working to care for a child or other person who depends on you (a ‘dependent’) in an unexpected event or emergency. As such, if a dependent is affected by coronavirus, you should discuss this with your manager so that arrangements may be made to support you.
This might apply, for example: if your child or another dependent is sick, or needs to go into isolation or hospital.
The School offers two days full pay for time off for emergencies and encourages line managers to consider compassionate leave in such circumstances. For further information, please see the School’s Staff Support Leave Policy (PDF 265 KB).
The School’s sick leave and pay entitlements apply if you are prevented from attending work due to having contracted an infectious disease.
In line with the School’s Sickness Absence Procedure, you should let your line manager know as soon as possible if you are not able to attend work.
You should read the GOV.UK guidance to find out if your visa will be automatically extended or whether you need to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline (0800 678 1767, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, calls are free of charge) or CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk.
For further information, please visit the GOV.UK guidance.
- Exams and assessments will be moved online for the remainder of the academic year. This includes the In-year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP).
- Undergraduate students can also choose to defer their exam(s) and/or assessment(s) to the the In-year Resit and Deferred Assessment Period (IRDAP), with option to defer again to the 2020/21 academic year.
- For taught postgraduate students, the next appropriate opportunity for you to sit deferred assessments is the relevant assessment period(s) for the course(s) you’ve deferred in the 2020/21 academic year.
Fully registered students can apply for financial assistance with our Financial Support team. Visit their page for more information.
LSE has a financial support fund to assist students, with details including eligibility criteria available on the financial support webpage.
LSE SU also offer a student Hardship Fund. This is a means tested fund, designed to help students who have fallen into short-term, unforeseen hardship to continue with their studies and complete their degree course.
If you are studying for a double degree or participating in one of our exchanges in China, we recommend you follow the Chinese government’s official advice and any instructions given by your local university, and keep abreast of any World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.
While you are overseas, we also recommend that you regularly check for any advice from your nearest relevant embassy or diplomatic mission in China, as they may also publish guidance which will be useful to you and as the situation changes.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise that if you’re in China and able to leave, you should do so. If you need further support, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the evening of Wednesday 29 January, an LSE student in a halls of residence was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
The student was subsequently discharged and has now returned to halls. The risk to students on campus and in all halls remains minimal.
Information for offer holders
Advice for doctoral candidates
Visit the Research and Innovation pages for more information on the impact of coronavirus on reserach activity and contacts for specific queries.
Advice for parents and carers