Department COVID information

How we're keeping you safe and supported


In Sardinia House, where the Department is located, the wellbeing of our local community is paramount and our flexible approach to teaching and learning will ensure an excellent education while student experience continues safely for all. We are committed to sustaining our openness as we shape the world in partnership with students, staff and friends of our Department in the present academic year.

Campus is currently open for study, research and work. Everyone coming to campus should continue to follow the COVID-secure measures in place around testing and mask wearing.

What you can you expect in the Department of International History and in its home at Sardinia House:

Use of masks

Masks are mandatory for everyone in lifts and in some confined spaces, as well as for students in all teaching rooms,  unless exempt.

  • In office areas, if staff or research students work in a socially distanced way sitting 2-metres or more apart from each other, they are strongly encouraged to wear masks but are not required to do so. Where work cannot take place in a socially distanced way, including meetings, mask wearing is mandatory.
  • If you have been officially exempted by LSE from wearing a mask, staff and students can apply for a sticker to help identify this.
  • There will be sanitising points at the entrance of the building.

Proof of negative test

  • LSE has its own on-campus testing facility. Testing is open for students and staff only, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not. To ensure we’re keeping students in our campus safe, anyone coming to campus, including those who have been vaccinated, must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result from the last four days to access buildings on campus. For example, you must have proof of a negative test carried out on the day of your visit or one of the three days prior.
  • Book a test online provided by LSE before you come to campus, or alternatively provide an up-to-date negative NHS test result (either from a home kit or NHS test site). Book a free test at LSE's on-campus COVID-19 Test Centre.
  • You can pick up home testing kits from the Test Centre on campus (located in the Alumni Centre) and take them when convenient for you, without the need to book a testing slot. If you prefer, you can continue to book a test online provided by LSE's testing centre where you can get tested by a nurse and results processed on-site. When completing a test at home, you will be asked to report your test result to the NHS and record that you got the test from LSE. The instructions in the home testing pack will tell you how to do this. You can choose to receive a record of your test result (via text, email or both), which you can use as evidence of a negative test result to access campus buildings.
  • If you take a rapid home test or a PCR test and you get a positive result, you need to let LSE Trace know.
  • Find out more information about how to get tested outside of LSE via the National Health Service (NHS) website
  • Checks will take place on randomly chosen individuals at the LSE Library and at pop-up points across LSE’s campus. If you don’t have a negative result, you will be asked to get tested before you can enter the building and access facilities.

Use of the Administrative Office

  • Members of our administrative team are working on campus and also from home to ensure we minimise the spread of the virus and to keep everyone safe, especially our students.
  • Programme Administrators offer office hours appointment slots via Zoom and in-person to students during term time. You can book these by email or on the Student Hub, by looking up the Programme Administrator's availability in the website.

Submission of coursework

  • No hardcopies are accepted.
  • All submissions of coursework must be emailed to class teacher and/or submitted to Turnitin via Moodle. Full details can be found on the Moodle courses.
  • All submissions of forms relating to teaching must be emailed to the Programme Administrator.

Office hours

  • Individual course teachers, your academic adviser and the Department tutor will publicise before the start of term their office hours online. You can also find them in our website. These will be held in-person and/or online.


  • Anyone coming to campus must self-monitor for symptoms and stay at home if they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or have had any symptoms over the past two weeks. Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate and get tested. For further guidance on symptoms and related matters please see this NHS page.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate as per the NHS guidance and report your symptoms to the School via its track and trace system as soon as possible.

LSE Trace

  • To keep the entire community safe, well and supported the School has developed LSE Trace. This is the School’s track, trace and isolate programme. We ask you to take a minute to read about LSE Trace which aims to prevent, protect and minimise the risk of COVID-19 across our community.
  • We ask that you utilise LSE Trace to enable the School to look after your health, safety and wellbeing, as well as that of other members of our community.
  • All members of the LSE community will be asked to complete a quick check-in once a week to let LSE know how you are and if you or anyone in your household has developed coronavirus symptoms or had a positive test.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms or if you test positive for COVID-19 in between the wellness check-ins, you’ll need to report your symptoms and/or test result to LSE.


  • We value your opinion and we always welcome  your views and comments. We look forward to hearing about your experience at the Department.
  • For general comments, resource matters or compliance issues please email ih.deptmanager@lse.ac.uk.
  • For programme related matters please email the relevant Programme Administrator.

Vaccinations and self-isolation

  • LSE will be offering many opportunities for members of our community, both students and staff, to get vaccinated for free at the campus vaccine clinics with the St Philips Medical Centre. You can also get vaccinated via the NHS vaccination programme using a local provider or walk-in clinic.
  • Students in higher education in England who have not been vaccinated in the UK and are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID will currently need to isolate for 10 days from your last contact with the individual. However, those vaccinated in the UK may not need to self-isolate.