In line with Government, Public Health England and Universities UK guidelines, we're putting social distancing measures in place and are doing everything practical to manage the risk of transmission.

This includes:

  • introducing one-way systems in campus buildings wherever possible and making use of all of the entrances and exits of our buildings
  • increasing cleaning regimes, with cleaning at the end of each day and when class bubbles change
  • providing hand sanitizer stations around campus for your use
  • restructuring the timetable to stagger break times, and prevent crowds from forming outside teaching spaces
  • changing the layout of classrooms and other specialist learning spaces
  • all staff and student temperatures will be checked upon entering ARUL buildings - should anyone's temperature be found to be too high, they will be sent home
  • you will need to wear a mask whilst moving around the building
  • be prepared to use the stairs as lifts will be reserved for those with mobility challenges
  • we will expect students to bring their own lunch which will be eaten in the classroom within their bubble to restrict movement 

For information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic click here.

Universities Minister Update - 11/11/20

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:   

“We know this Christmas will feel different, and following this incredibly difficult year we are delivering on our commitment to get students back to their loved ones as safely as possible for the holidays.  

“We have worked really hard to find a way to do this for students, while limiting the risk of transmission. Now it is vital they follow these measures to protect their families and communities, and for universities to make sure students have all the wellbeing support they need, especially those who stay on campus over the break.”  

Guidance on student movement and plans for the end of term is now available here

The full press notice is available here.

New National Restrictions from 5 November (click for more information).

We have worked hard to make your campus safe and many have come up with interesting ways to make your study and social activities safe and enjoyable. Everyone needs to stay alert in order to control the virus and save lives.

Hands, Space, Face – wash your hands, cover your face and leave space between people. You can play your part and help control the spread of the virus by following social distancing guidance on and off campus - when you’re travelling, shopping, in cafes, bars and restaurants - so that we are able to stay open and the local community and your family will stay safe.

You should also not meet with people outside of your household in groups of more than six. Wearing face coverings in corridors and indoor communal areas where social distancing is difficult will help to stop the spread.

You can also wear face coverings in lecture theatres/classrooms and workshops if social distancing is difficult as long it doesn’t interfere with your studies.

If there is a local outbreak of Covid-19 we will contact you to explain what you need to do. If you feel unwell and are displaying COVID-symptoms you should get a test – call 119 or book online at

Latest data

This data is for newly confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported to the University in the week ending 8 January 2021.

Number of positive cases at ARU London:

  • 10

The data shares information collated as part of our COVID-19 notification protocols. It covers staff and students who are working or studying on campus at both our East India Docks and Farringdon Buildings.

Some of our students have opted to study online this trimester, so are learning remotely. And, to help keep our campuses COVID-19 secure, most of our staff are continuing to work from home wherever possible. This is helping to maintain social distancing on campus and reduce the risk of transmission. Any cases that are reported in these populations will not be included in the data presented.

Further details of the changes made to manage the risk of COVID-19 at our buildings can be found by reading the ARUL Risk Assessment.

Please also read our Return to Study document, this document includes some useful information on the upcoming trimester, and the steps we have taken to make sure all of our buildings are COVID-19 secure.