Covid-19: University Building Closure

As you may have seen from our website and social media, the University has taken the difficult decision to close the University’s main administrative buildings to minimise the risks to our community from contracting the COVID-19 virus. As a result all events and research seminars scheduled to take place between now and the end of May have also had to be cancelled. Senate House is now closed and from this date onwards ICwS staff will be working from home.
The Institute is aware that working within academia and research can already feel isolating and lonely at times, and so it feels especially important that we reach out to one another now. The ICwS has always been, and will continue to be, committed to promoting and supporting academic conversations and communities within Commonwealth Studies. To that end, please do sign up to our newsletter if you would like to receive interesting news and links to articles related to our shared interests.
ICwS will continue to work for our students and colleagues in the Institute and School as well as for our partners and wider community nationally and internationally as best we can.
Please go to our events page to see which events have been postponed, and be reassured that if you have already registered for an event then we will be in touch to issue a refund for your ticket.   

The University buildings will  be closed from 20 March and continue through to at least 20 April.  Access to buildings in this period will be restricted.    

The buildings affected are      
Senate House (north and south block)     
Stewart House     
Student Central     
Warburg Institute     


Halls of Residence  

The Intercollegiate halls of residence remain open at present for those students who wish to remain in London.   


Our libraries in Senate House and other local buildings are open until 4pm on Thursday, 19 March.   



The majority of School and Institute staff are working remotely, so please do get in touch with us via email or by phone if you require assistance.   

Student Wellbeing  

We know that this is a very challenging and stressful time for our students so please contact our Student Wellbeing team at if you need additional support or counselling during this challenging time. Sessions are being held remotely.   


Information on COVID-19 for non-UK Nationals  

The Mayor of London has published some COVID-19 guidelines for non-UK nationals, this can be viewed here:   


Careers Service 

We encourage you to take advantage of the free PhD remote career coaching offered through SAS Careers. You can access this confidential service at any point of your PhD study to reflect on your career options, plan your career strategy and to hone your online profile, application and interview techniques. Sometimes dramatic world events can prompt us to rethink our personal priorities and plans. If that’s the case for you, this may be a good time to talk. Confidential, one-to-one careers appointments can be either 30 minutes or one hour long and can be held via telephone and Skype  

You can decide the length of appointment you think you need but, as a general rule, I would expect a CV/application/online profile review to be approximately 30 minutes, whilst mock interviews or career planning and decision making are likely to be one hour appointments. 

To book an appointment email  

We are developing a series of FAQs which will be posted on the home page of the VLE and on the website soon, please check back for updates.  As the situation is constantly evolving, guidance and advice may change at short notice so you are advised to check regularly for updates.


Thank you once again for your patience and do please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. 

The Registry Team