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.

Following updated UK government guidance to higher education providers in England, LSE has decided that for the remainder of the 2020/21 academic year, all compulsory teaching, learning and assessments, including those taking place in Summer Term 2021, will be delivered online.

At the present time, in line with the School, the department is closed and working remotely due to the national lockdown. We hope to return to campus once the School fully reopens.

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

Social distancing and use of masks

Access to campus remains limited to the Centre Building and LSE Library.

Once the School reopens:

  • We have implemented 2-metre social distancing in most spaces for safe work and study.
  • Everyone must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in Sardinia House in shared areas and communal spaces, unless they are exempt from doing so for medical or disability related reasons. The same rule applies to all indoor spaces on campus.
  • Students and staff are asked to observe one-way markings on the floor throughout Sardinia House and social distancing.
  • There will be sanitising points at the entrance of the building.

Use of the Administrative Office

  • All members of our administrative team are working from home to ensure we minimise the spread of the virus and to keep everyone safe, especially our students.
  • However, each Programme Administrator will offer daily office hours appointment slots via Zoom to students during term time. You can book these on the Student Hub, by looking up the Programme Administrator's name under "Make a Booking".

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.
  • No office hours will be held in person.


  • 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 Coronavirus. 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.

Get tested at LSE

  • 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 must obtain a negative COVID-19 test twice a week. You will need to book your test online before you come to campus, or alternatively you can provide an up-to-date negative NHS test result. Book a free test at LSE's on-campus COVID-19 Test Centre.
  • Find out more information about how to get tested outside of LSE via the National Health Service (NHS) website


  • 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.