Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the latest guidance we have put in place several changes to ensure a safe, healthy, and welcoming campus environment, whether you are a student, visitor, or member of staff. We are operating on a principal of the same as or better than national guidelines. This ensures that West Dean and the KLC School of Design are Covid secure. Although nationally measures to reduce the spread of the virus are being relaxed, we want to provide an environment where you feel safe and comfortable. 

Face coverings - These can reduce the risk of transmission particularly in areas where you are mixing with those you would not normally meet with such as corridors and communal areas. All West Dean and KLC staff have been given this advice and we strongly recommend that students do this too. Unless you have an exemption, we strongly recommend you wear a face covering or mask:

• When entering any College building 
• Whilst traversing corridors where other students and staff may be present 
• In communal areas unless eating or drinking 
• When using the Craft Shop  
• There is no requirement for face coverings when in the open air 

We would recommend that you bring with face coverings that you are comfortable wearing. 

Degree and Diploma courses

Face-to-face teaching has resumed for all practical workshop sessions, following the principles for ensuring a safe campus set out below. 
Short courses

Health and safety protocols are in place to ensure a safe campus, so that you can relax and get back to making and creating. Read more about these measures below and in our short course FAQs here.

For those not ready to return to the College yet, new live and self-paced online courses continue to be available with more subject options to be released soon.

Campus safety

The College aims to follow best practice in terms of restricting transmission of Covid-19. Our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health And Safety Management Policy sets out the framework for how we are intending to ensure a safe environment on campus. We will keep this policy under review in line with changing Government advice and guidelines and update our policy accordingly.

We ask that all students respect each other’s space when using communal areas and strongly recommend face masks to be worn when inside the College.

The College has appropriate policies, risk assessments and guidance to make it Covid-secure.  All students attending courses will receive prior information and guidance.  All our teaching spaces have been risk assessed and suitable measures put in place where required. Once at the College further information will be given to you by our staff and your course tutor.

Entering and exiting the site

We ask that all students and staff enter the House (main College building) via the main front door. Other doors and gates are only to be used to exit the building in an emergency.

All students and staff should complete a temperature check and Covid Declaration at Student Welcome once a day when they enter the building.

Cleaning and hygiene

Access to good hygiene facilities has been increased and sanitising stations installed where required. Our staff have received extra training and the frequency of washroom checks and cleaning has also increased. Workshop and studio spaces are subject to a thorough clean in-between courses. College tools will be quarantined, cleaned, and sanitised and hard surfaces cleaned and sanitised.

We ask that all students wash their hands regularly and use the hand sanitising stations when entering and leaving common areas.

Workshops, studios and teaching facilities

To ensure social distancing the layout and use of some workshops and studios have been changed. New cleaning regimes have been introduced for shared tools and machinery. Workshops and studios might also have to be closed out of teaching hours for regular thorough cleaning. 

Induction, shared units and lectures

General College inductions are being delivered through the VLE, Canvas whilst programme and workshop/studio inductions will be delivered face-to-face in the workshop or studio. Some visiting lecturers will also be delivering lectures and seminars/tutorials digitally. It is our aim that practice based delivery and demonstrations will be delivered face to face.

Trips and visits

The College continues to monitor travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with regards to any international travel. At this time, and in line with the College’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health And Safety Management Policy, all international travel which includes study trips will be subject to agreement by the College. 

Work-based learning

Where students are required to undertake work-based learning or placements as part of their programme, we will work closely with providers to ensure a safe working environment. Where work-based learning is not feasible, alternative arrangements for College based activities will be made. International placements will be subject to agreement by the College and dependant on local and national situations.

Access to resources

The Library is open to all students on full and block delivery courses. Students also have access to the digital collection. There are social distancing measures and regular cleaning and sanitising of the Reading Room in place. 

IT Suite: There will be regular cleaning and sanitising of the room and equipment.


All students must adhere to the current advice on the promotion of a safe environment. More information on the changes to accommodation arrangements can be found in the Accommodation Handbook and on notice boards within each Student Annex. Students will be sent regular updates.


Our catering facilities have been risk assessed and adapted for our students’ safety. We have changed how we prepare and serve meals as well as manage access to shared facilities such as the cafeteria. In re-shaping our food services delivery, we have set ourselves the target of maintaining the quality of our food even though how we deliver this has changed. We will endeavour to deliver as wide and as varied a choice as possible whilst still catering for dietary needs and allergies.

Other facilities

The Gardens Shop and Restaurant are open.  West Dean Stores and Tearoom are open.  We strongly recommend you wear a mask or face covering accordingly.  There will be clear signage and information where needed.

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