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Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest Information for all staff, students and applicants

Due to the evolving Covid-19 pandemic – all College buildings are closed until further notice. Student support and online learning provision continues for all students.

The RCA is undertaking further contingency planning and following current advice from the UK Government, NHS and the World Health Organization.

Learning and Teaching in academic year 2020/21

As we are all well aware, in response to Covid-19, like other institutions and organisations around the world, the Royal College of Art has been required by the UK Government to close all of our buildings and we have moved teaching and learning for all our Programmes online for the summer of 2020. 

The health and safety of our students and staff is at the heart of our decision making at this challenging, unprecedented time. We have worked together to adapt and redesign the delivery of our Programmes to enable our students to emerge with the best possible platform for their careers and further study, in a world that is likely to feel the impact of Covid-19 for some time to come. Our student experience reflects the way that artists and designers are working now, responding to the global pandemic.

We are monitoring the situation very carefully and are committed - subject to Government restrictions and the safety of our staff and students at all time, including social distancing requirements - to learning and teaching on campus if at all possible. However, with the pandemic continuing to have a huge impact on every part of College life, it is anticipated that all learning and teaching for 1st year students for the Autumn Term 20/21 (September to December) will be wholly or partially online, and will only involve campus-based learning if safe to do so. Click here to find out more. 

Stay Alert. Control the Virus. Save lives.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must: 

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave your home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read more about what you can and can't do on the UK Government website

Latest advice on self-isolation if you have symptoms 

Please follow the NHS advice for the latest information. 

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Stay at home for 14 days if someone in your household has these symptoms. 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

If you do need urgent advice:

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 14 days 

Use the 111 online coronavirus service. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you do not have symptoms

It is very important that people stay home unless necessary to go out for specific reasons set out in law. These include:

  • for work, where you cannot work from home
  • going to shops that are permitted to be open - to get things like food and medicine, and to collect goods ordered online or on the phone
  • to exercise or spend time outdoors for recreation
  • any medical need, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person 


The UK Government is advising against ANY non-essential travel. 

Please continue to refer to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s official guidance on travel