SOAS University of London


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for students and staff

COVID-19: autumn term at SOAS

SOAS offers a safe and secure learning and research community, with online access to teaching and to services where necessary, access to our campus and virtual social network, and in-person access for study spaces, specific student services and some academic activities.

COVID-safe measures

Social distancing conditions are strictly in place, ensuring we offer an environment that complies with all aspects of health and safety guidance in operation. Staff and students accessing campus complete a module to ensure they are fully informed and can comply with all our COVID-safe measures

Access to Library and Brunei Gallery

We are providing in-person access to the SOAS Library for our students, and access to the Brunei Gallery for visitors.


We will continue to provide lectures online Term 1 and term 2. Some in-person academic activities will be delivered on campus in Term 1 and we aim to increase this in Term 2, if the COVID-19 situation improves and government guidance allows. Attendance at activities on campus is not mandatory if you do not wish to attend, but you must participate in the equivalent online activity.

Student Services

We are offering a number of Student Services on campus, which students are able to book, including study spaces, Library and Student Hub services.

Protocols for COVID management and reporting

We have protocols in space for students and staff reporting symptoms:

We are offering support and help to any students with positive results and those self-isolating.

Our COVID-Safe Community Charter below also sets out the expectations that apply to all students and staff during the pandemic and what you can expect from SOAS and SOAS Students' Union


Where SOAS students live in student accommodation in central London, we are liaising closely with accommodation providers to ensure they are operating in COVID-secure ways and to ensure students are given support to manage well in the event of experiencing symptoms and testing positive, or otherwise needing to self-isolate."

Information for our staff and students

The intranet MySOAS for students and staff, and our Moodle/BLE, provide up to date for our SOAS community.

SOAS COVID-Safe Community Charter

The SOAS COVID-Safe Community Charter aims to support the safe operation of the campus and our wider community, we have created with our students’ union. While this sets out important general principles and approaches, we will keep this updated over time as the government’s rules and protocols and requirements of safe operation of the campus.

This page was last updated on Friday 16 October 2020.