Returning to campus for in-person activities

The latest information on how Goldsmiths will be delivering teaching to students and how to travel back.

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On 10 May the UK Prime Minister has confirmed that the next step in the easing of restrictions for Universities in England will commence from 17 May. What this means will vary from programme to programme.

All programmes are now permitted to return to blended delivery and incorporate limited in-person activities for the remainder of the academic year, subject to Covid-19 risk assessments. Academic departments have been looking at where such opportunities are appropriate and practical to schedule.

Any plans are mindful particularly of the point of the academic year we have now reached, and the need to prioritise assessment activities, which continue to be delivered remotely.

Programmes resuming in-person activities

Use this search to find what is happening with your programme.

Contact your department if you have any questions about how your programme will be delivered.

Returning to campus

Any student who has previously been advised not to return to their term-time addresses will now be permitted to do so from 17 May. Government advice remains the case that everyone should minimise travel as much as possible, including not returning to a non-term time address until the academic year has ended.

Campus is open with bookable study spaces and Library click and collect. Contact your department for details of access to workshops and specialist equipment.

To ensure Goldsmiths remains Covid-secure any students returning to campus will have to follow procedures on travel and testing. Please read and follow the information relevant to you below:

Commuting into campus

If you are travelling to campus and returning home after then:

Book NHS Covid-19 tests

Everyone using campus should be tested for Covid-19 every week.

Book a test on campus for when you will arrive and before doing any campus activity. If you will be using campus multiple days a week, you should book a second test three days after the first one.

You may have the option of getting tested near to where you live through your local council.

Take precautions when travelling

You must wear a face-covering when travelling (unless you are exempt) and try and travel at quieter times - for New Cross this is 08.15-16.00 and after 17.30.

See TFL's safer travel guidance.

On-campus

We expect students, staff and visitors to wear a face-covering across all of our campus unless you are exempt. Follow floor markings and one way systems, and keep socially distanced from others.

See keeping Covid-secure on campus.

Currently in Goldsmiths accommodation

Book NHS Covid-19 tests

Everyone in Goldsmiths accommodation must be tested for Covid-19 twice every week.

Book your tests on campus with three days between the first and second each week.

Take precautions when travelling

You must wear a face covering when travelling (unless you are exempt) and try and travel at quieter times - for New Cross this is 08.15-16.00 and after 17.30.

See TFL's safer travel guidance.

On campus

We expect students, staff and visitors to wear a face covering across all of our campus unless you are exempt. Follow floor markings and one way systems, and keep socially distanced from others.

See keeping Covid-secure on campus.

Travelling from abroad

From 17 May what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

Everyone travelling to England* must:

  • Take a Covid-19 test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel
  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2.
  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number

Unless you have only been in green list countries you will also have to:

  • Take a Covid-19 test as part of your travel test package on or after day 8 of your quarantine
  • Quarantine (self-isolate) for 10 days after you arrive
  • Anyone travelling from a 'red list' country must book and stay in a quarantine hotel

Read full instructions, including how to book tests and a quarantine hotel, on GOV.UK.

At the end of your 10-day quarantine follow the instructions on this page for commuting into campus or currently in Goldsmiths accommodation.

* Except for Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Travelling from elsewhere in the UK

Returning to your London household

By returning to your term-time accommodation, you will be leaving your current household and joining your London household.

Get tested before travelling if you can

Many local councils in England are offering the same free quick Covid-19 tests as we have at Goldsmiths.

If you can get tested at one of these before travelling back to Goldsmiths you should do it.

Find out if your area offers lateral flow tests on GOV.UK.

Take precautions when travelling

You should travel back to London via private transport wherever possible – but, if you have to use public transport (e.g. bus, coach or train), you should strictly follow the government’s safer travel guidance.

Book NHS Covid-19 tests

Everyone using campus should be tested for Covid-19 every week.

Book a test on campus for when you will arrive and before doing any campus activity. If you are using campus multiple days a week, you should book a second test three days after the first one.

You may have the option of getting tested near to where you live through your local council.

On-campus

We expect students, staff and visitors to wear a face-covering across all of our campus unless you are exempt. Follow floor markings and one way systems, and keep socially distanced from others.

See keeping Covid-secure on campus.

NHS Covid-19 testing on campus

Staff and students who are accessing campus should be tested each week. Book a test

Help and support

Support services are operating and our teams are on hand to help our students and colleagues. Visit our support page for details on the services available