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COVID-19: supporting international students

By Adrian 29 Feb 2020

The University of London's member institutions are proud to be UK universities of choice for very many international students. So we recognise that some members of our University community will be worried about family and friends who might be in areas where COVID-19 has had the greatest impact.

We also know from media reports that people who are ethnically east Asian in appearance have been facing inappropriate and hostile reactions in public places. Within the University, this kind of behaviour may be grounds for a complaint of harassment or discrimination. We will not tolerate racism in any form, and we encourage students and staff to report any incident of racial harassment.

We ask that students and staff support their fellow friends and colleagues in solidarity with the whole of the international higher education community.

In our halls of residence, if you are worried about family and friends, or if you are concerned about inappropriate reactions from others, please speak in confidence to your Hall Warden or a Resident Advisor (RA).

For more general support and information, you can contact your institution's wellbeing support services, or contact one of the following helplines:


In line with UK government instructions, students should not be travelling for Easter.

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Adrian is a medical doctor and a Member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine; Student Health & Wellbeing Manager at the University of London; and Warden of Connaught Hall. He is a Mental Health First Aid instructor and a trainer for Student Minds. Adrian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA); a Member of the Association of University Administrators; and an Associate Member of the Academy of Medical Educators. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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