Coronavirus advice and updates

All Queen Mary students, staff and visitors should read and abide by our Covid Code.

Read our essential guide on what to do if someone presents with Covid-19 symptoms.

Find out more about testing for Queen Mary students and staff who do not have coronavirus symptoms, including details of take-home testing kits available around our campuses.

Confirmed Covid-19 cases at Queen Mary

Active, confirmed cases are reported on a daily basis across our UK-based staff and student population. ‘Active’ means that the individuals concerned have received a positive test result from an NHS PCR test and are either within the 10-day self-isolation period or are still showing symptoms.

Numbers will be updated every weekday by 6pm.

We currently have 2 active cases of Covid-19 among staff, and 2 active cases among students.

Queen Mary has over 23,000 students based in the UK and more than 4,600 permanent members of staff.

If further information is needed please email and we will respond as quickly as possible. 

Surge testing in some parts of Tower Hamlets

On 1 May, NHS Test and Trace, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council, began surge testing in some areas of Tower Hamlets following the identification of cases of the South African and the Brazilian variants in the borough.

Any student or member of staff who lives in Tower Hamlets, including in our student residences on or near our campuses, or regularly travels to our Mile End should take part in this surge testing.

For more information on the surge testing, visit the Tower Hamlets Council website.

Further information is available on GOV.UK.

Current coronavirus restrictions

As part of step 3 out of the national Covid-19 restrictions, all students can return for in-person teaching from Monday 17 May. Schools and Institutes will now be looking to offer in-person educational activities where possible, and we look forward to welcoming even more students back to our campuses in the coming weeks.

There will be no restrictions on the number of people who can participate in educational activities, but we will continue to ensure the facilities being used remain Covid-secure.

The most recent lifting of restrictions means we will be adding more activities to take full advantage of the new freedoms. From bungee jumping to quizzes and cinema nights, there is something for everyone.

From next Monday, students and staff will be able to sit inside to eat and drink in groups of six or fewer, or two households and the Students’ Union is now reopening Drapers Bar and Kitchen from next Monday.

In response to the impact of the latest national lockdown, we have offered all undergraduate students in University-owned accommodation a 30% reduction of the full remaining term of their residential license agreement and a comparable offer for postgraduates. Read our full statement on student accommodation.

Students attend a socially-distanced lecture

Your welfare is our top priority. Find out about changes to our teaching and the services in place to support you.

A new student at Welcome Week

We're all adjusting our ways of working – find out about the support and guidance on offer to help ease the transition.

Student/staff working

Coronavirus has implications for our research work at Queen Mary. Find out about the resources available to support research staff and PhD students.

A student talks to a Welcome Week volunteer

Community engagement is central to our work at Queen Mary. There are many ways you can support our local communities and help ease pressure on vital services.

Official health information

You can find the latest information and guidance on coronavirus from Public Health England at NHS.UK/coronavirus

Further advice and guidance from the government can be found at

To read all University email updates on coronavirus, students should visit MyQMUL and staff should visit Connected

Queen Mary's response to coronavirus

You can find all news stories relating to Queen Mary's contribution to the response effort on our coronavirus news page.


Visit our coronavirus travel page for up-to-date guidance on foreign travel.

Full details on making claims can be found on the Travel Insurance page.

Get in touch

For general questions or advice, please enquire via our contact page.

For questions around postgraduate admissions specifically, please enquire via our dedicated postgraduate contact page.