This page contains information and advice for students, offer holders, and prospective students at Regent College London (RCL) on coronavirus (COVID-19).

It is the college’s priority for all students to have a full, enriching, and enjoyable experience, while staying as safe as possible. RCL is continuously monitoring latest Public Health England and government advice about the virus. Latest UK Government advice is available on the GOV.UK coronavirus pages.

The following information is what we expect from our students and how you can play your role in keeping our community safe. This is the place where you should go to for all essential information relating to Covid-19 including:

Safety on campus Read

Facemasks

Following the latest government advice on 27th November, Regent College London recommends all staff and students to wear a face covering when inside the campus facilities, unless they are exempt. Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of COVID-19. We recommend that face coverings should be worn by students, staff and adult visitors when moving around the premises such as in corridors and communal spaces.

Please stay away from campus and get tested if you feel unwell, or experience any of the Covid -19 symptoms.

Hygiene

Although sanitising stations are available across our sites, we advise our students and visitors to clean their hands thoroughly and frequently, ensuring good respiratory hygiene.

Tests and vaccinations Read

Vaccinations

We strongly recommend everyone in the RCL community to:

  • Get both vaccinations, and the booster jab when available. Please check with your GP surgery on where, and when to get one.
  • Get regular Covid – 19 tests, ideally twice a week. These are available for free from your local pharmacy.
  • Practise rigorous hand- hygiene
  • Download the official NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app and follow the rules and guidance regarding test and trace.

All students must inform the college if they test positive for Covid, as we continue to have regulatory reporting requirements.

International travel Read

Testing and self-isolation requirements for people travelling to the UK vary, depending on which country you’re travelling from or through to get to the UK and whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.

Red list countries

See the countries on the UK government’s red list and read the full red list rules. Red list rules apply whether you’re fully vaccinated or not.

If you’re travelling from a country on the UK government’s red list you’ll be required to quarantine in a managed hotel. See the Department for Education Managed Quarantine Service FAQs.

Rest of the world

For the rest of the world, view government guidance to see what you need to do depending on whether you’re:

  • Fully vaccinated.
    From 4am 30 November, you must self-isolate and take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after you arrive. If the result is negative, you can leave self-isolation.

If you’re unsure whether you qualify as fully vaccinated, please check the government guidance.

Mandatory vaccinations for health and social care workers

The government has announced that all health and social care workers who have face to face contact with service users in England will need to provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be deployed unless they are medically exempt or under 18 years old.

I’m a student at Regent College, does this apply to me?

Yes, the requirement will also affect students on courses that require face to face contact with services users in England, such as those that require health and social care placements, and at Regent College some of our students within the School of Allied Health do fall into this category.

The requirements will come into force from 1st April 2022. The policy will not apply to COVID-19 boosters or the flu vaccine at this time.

 What does ‘fully vaccinated’ mean?

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK and at least 14 days have passed since your second dose of that vaccine.

I’m not vaccinated, will that affect my studies?

If you are unable to take the vaccine for health reasons it is important that you inform your Head of School, by email.

If you opt not to have the vaccine but are eligible, it is also important that you inform us so we can provide appropriate advice.  This decision may affect your ability to join your course as it will not be possible for you to meet the required outcomes to graduate without undertaking placements in a CQC regulated setting.

It is likely that prior to you commencing your placement, you will be asked by the placement provider to show your vaccination status. The NHS Covid Pass allows you to share your Covid-19 vaccination records in a secure way.

Regardless of a person’s nationality or immigration status, COVID- 19 vaccinations are free and available to everyone aged 12 and over in the UK. Whilst it is recommended that you have your second dose at the same place you received your first vaccination, you can get your second COVID-19 vaccination elsewhere in the UK. To book or manage a Covid vaccination, please visit:

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

If you have any questions or concerns, please liaise in the first instance with the Head of School.

Office for Students guidance

The OfS webite has a published a useful guide for students on coronavirus that is regularly updated.

Coronavirus – guide for students – Office for Students

Coronavirus guidance for university students 2021-22 – Office for Students