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Our commitment to you in 2020/21

We want to ensure you enjoy the warmest of welcomes or returns to Queen’s and can enjoy a safe campus experience.

In these unprecedented times, we are conscious of the considerable anxiety and uncertainty you may be facing in making plans to progress with your education. Here you will find clarity and reassurance on the type of learning and student experience you can expect when you join or return to Queen's, and above all, the measures we have in place to ensure your safety.

I trust you will find this information helpful and look forward to welcoming you on campus. 

Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor 

Authentic campus experience

We’re adapting our libraries, student spaces, cafes, sports centres and social hubs in line with social distancing guidelines so you can still enjoy the experiences of campus life.

We are mindful that in coming to Queen’s you will want to meet new people from different backgrounds and have the opportunity to develop a range of skills.

We are confident that you will have a memorable and meaningful student experience, even within the context of the challenges we are all facing due to COVID-19.

Life on Campus

Enhanced hygiene measures

Face coverings and hand sanitiser will be available to all staff and students, with additional hand washing facilities and enhanced cleaning rosters in place across campus.  

Students will have access to swift testing, where appropriate and will be supported to isolate safely if living in University Accommodation.

Your Health and Safety

Flexible live Teaching / Research

Student-teacher interaction is a key part of our learning model. We will offer an authentic university experience through Connected Learning, which means that you will receive a blend of face-to-face teaching and virtual learning.

You'll talk to your lecturers and fellow students regularly, undertake group work and receive the world-class teaching and guidance you would expect.

Your Learning Experience Your Research Experience

Access to safe accommodation

Supportive quarantine measures, rota systems and capacity restrictions will allow all shared living, study and social spaces within our accommodation to remain open

Quarantine accommodation will be provided free of charge if you are staying in Queen’s accommodation for the year.

Accommodation

Active student life

We'll provide a range of activities during the induction period and throughout your study to make you feel welcome. Our Students' Union will remain open, along with our 200+ clubs and societies.   

You'll have plenty of opportunities to make friends and to engage with student life on campus and in the city of Belfast, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Active Student Life

Safest Part of the UK - Northern Ireland

Our low population density and our early adoption of contact tracing compared to other UK countries means Northern Ireland currently has the lowest rate of infection in the UK.*

  • The least populated country in the UK (1.8 million)
  • First UK nation to reintroduce contact tracing
  • Telephone tracing to be in place for the long term (1-3 years)
  • All students have full access to National Health Service and will be treated for COVID-19, including in hospital if required

*252 cases per 100k population – lowest of all nations in UK, Data from UK Government, correct as of 31 May 2020

Your new home

Guidance at every step

Our student support and accommodation teams are on hand to help and support you with life at Queen's.


Given the changing nature of the pandemic, these commitments are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time. For example, if restrictions are increased/eased in the future then facilities and services may not be delivered as described.