Our University buildings are not open for general access at this time. You should only travel if you have been invited to campus to attend a timetabled on-site event.

Please note that this information is based on the current Government guidelines and is therefore subject to change. We encourage all students to keep a close eye on their course's Blackboard site for updates about their timetables.

Key points

  • Our buildings remain closed except for timetabled events, so please do not come to campus unless you have been invited to attend a timetabled event or have a booking for an onsite appointment
  • We are bringing activities back on to campus in a phased approach, as Government guidance allows, with priority given to courses that have a practical element
  • All students will have some on-campus experience opportunities during Semester One to meet lecturers and other students, where it is safe to do so
  • All students coming onto campus or attending face-to-face events off-site must follow our COVID-19 secure guidelines
  • We offer flexible residential arrangements for students who cannot take up their places at the start of the 2020/21 academic year

Our University COVID-19 secure guidelines

When you should come to campus

While a capacity limit is in place our campuses will not be open for general access and therefore students should only attempt to access campus for one of the following five reasons:

  • Your timetable has a confirmed on-site activity such as teaching or a Course Experience event
    (Please be aware that timetables and Course Experience days will be continually updated and therefore you should regularly check for updates, changes and additions. Your timetable will clearly show the location and time of the on-site activity. The location may differ from locations that you have previously visited if you are a returning student.)
  • You have a confirmed reservation time and date to access an on-site individual study space
  • You have a confirmed booking to attend an event on campus such as an academic skills session
  • You are a resident in one of the on-campus halls of residence and need to access the campus to access your room

Travelling to campus

If you are required to be on campus for any of the above reasons, we request that students follow the guidance below when travelling to campus:

  • Don’t travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or have been told to self-isolate
  • Don't travel if members of your household or people you have had close contact with have symptoms of COVID -19 or have tested positive
  • Observe Government guidance when travelling on public transport
  • You may find it useful to use the TfL Go app to plan your route

When on campus

  • Aim to arrive only shortly before your session start time and plan to leave the building shortly after your session ends
  • Respect amended opening times to our University buildings which can be found on our campus pages
  • Follow queuing stickers outside the building to gain access should these be required when you visit
  • Wear a face covering at all times while on campus unless you are exempt from doing so
  • Ensure you have your student identification card with you as no access will be granted without your card. All new students will be sent their student identification card in the post
  • We encourage you to sanitise your hands using the handsfree sanitisation points around the building and upon entering any building
  • Observe and follow all signage, direction and social distancing markings on the floor
  • Maintain social distancing of two metres at all times
  • Swipe into SEA readers in teaching spaces so that attendance can be monitored to support NHS Test and Trace, in line with the University's personal data protection policy
  • In case of emergency please follow fire escape routes or instructions from fire marshals. Please ignore all other signage in an emergency.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 while on site, please leave immediately, return home and self-isolate as per Government guidance. Inform us by emailing [email protected]. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, and you have been on a University site or have been in face-to-face contact with members of the University community recently, inform [email protected] so we can offer advice and support to you, and rapidly identify and contact your close contacts within the University community in order to assist NHS Test & Trace.
  • Do not gather socially in groups of more than six, as this is unlawful
  • Note that group work should be done online, and if this is not possible, the University’s COVID-19 Secure guidelines need to be adhered to.
  • Download and use the NHS COVID-19 App

Make sure you've watched our safety video below to help keep you and those around you safe.

 

You will be expected to cooperate and comply with the controls that are in place to protect your safety and the safety of our University community, whether on our sites, or while attending a face-to-face University event off-site.

Students who are not prepared to follow the rules and restrictions, or do not follow the instructions of Westminster staff, should expect to be asked to leave the site in the interests of the whole Westminster community. If you are asked to leave the site, for whatever reason, you will need to do so as quickly as possible.

Library access

Our library is running online and there are millions of materials available at your fingertips to support your studies. Our library collection is constantly expanding and being updated as we continue to build a digital provision specifically designed to meet your needs.

Our physical libraries are not expected to reopen until later in the academic year, but we understand how important it is that our users are able to access physical resources. From the start of term we will be offering a Click and Collect service to ensure you are able to access the materials you need to successfully carry out your work.

If you can’t study effectively from home, you can book a seat in one of our socially distanced study spaces.

In addition to this we provide a broad range of services to help you make the most of resources, including a live chat service, bookable appointments and training with our specialist colleagues. There is also a wealth of information available via our Library guides which are designed to assist you in getting the best out of the Library and ensure you feel supported throughout the duration of your course.

For further information please see our dedicated Library pages and Library FAQs.

Temperature management of our buildings

Our Estates Planning and Services Team continues to operate with your safety, health and wellbeing as the primary consideration.

In response to COVID-19 safety guidance, there is a need to introduce larger volumes of fresh air into the air management systems. This may result in the temperature levels in our buildings being below the optimum, however we will endeavour to ensure that a minimum temperature of 16 degrees Celsius is complied with.

While consideration is being given to the use of local heating in teaching rooms,  it is advisable to prepare to work in a slightly cooler environment and dress accordingly.

Accommodation

For accommodation advice, please visit our Accommodation coronavirus advice page.

Further information

For further information about our safety precautions, please read our campus and building FAQs.