COVID-19 Information for students

in the Department of Geography and Environment

Steve Gibbons

A message from the incoming Head of Department

I hope you are all continuing to keep safe and well in these unprecedented times. I am immensely grateful and proud of all our colleagues and students for their extraordinary efforts in these changing circumstances.

LSE has now outlined its plans for the next academic session in 2020/2021.

Our campus and halls of residence will be open to welcome students for the start of term in September, with a range of enhanced safety measures in place to protect and support students and staff.

Students are expected to be in London for Michaelmas Term 2020 and to ensure an excellent educational experience continues safely, the School is taking a flexible approach to teaching and learning for the duration of the term, designed by our academic experts.

There are some key elements to flexible teaching and learning at LSE that will shape Michaelmas Term in 2020, and I encourage you to read these plans in detail.

The department is still here for you: we are open for business and continue to deliver our distinctive education. We are just doing it in a new and different way.

Our professional services team and our academic staff are on hand to assist you, and we are happy to help with any questions you may have. You can find full department contact details here.

The department and LSE continue to monitor closely, and proactively follow, healthcare and Government advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try our best to adapt and adjust to a whole new way of living. The most important thing we can do as a community is to come together and support one another.

All the best and take care,

Professor Steve Gibbons
Incoming Head of the Department of Geography and Environment


Information for new students/offer holders


Browse offer holders' frequently asked questions on LSE's undergraduate admissions webpages.

Taught postgraduate

Find the most up-to-date advice on LSE's graduate admissions webpages.

Information for returning students

Find information about teaching activity and assessments for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students on LSE's coronavirus response webpages.

Find advice for doctoral candidates on LSE's PhD Academy webpages.

How can I be online-ready?


Log in to Moodle and check you have access to all required courses.

If you require access to a Moodle course(s), contact us to request access. Please remember to provide the Moodle course code, along with your LSE email.

Consider whether you need to print or download any materials from Moodle, such as course guides and reading lists. This may be particularly useful if you are travelling or your Internet connection is inconsistent.


Key free software

Download, install and test key software (all free), including:

(video conferencing for online teaching and office hours)

For PC and Mac: download the Zoom Client for Meetings.

Mac users might find this guide helpful, if they encounter problems: How to Install on a Mac.

For Android phones: install the app.

For Apple phones: install the app


Microsoft Office 365
(Microsoft Office suite and email)

Access or download Microsoft Office 365 for free.

Note that you can still access Office applications, including webmail, through the browser. However, if your Internet connection is inconsistent, it may also be useful to have the desktop apps installed.


Microsoft Teams
(chat, video, online meetings)

Download Microsoft Teams

You can download Microsoft Teams for most devices.


Contact details for keeping in touch 

Ensure you have key contact details for classmates (for study groups, collaborative work and for keeping in touch).

You can use video calling software such as Zoom Group messaging, MS Teams, Skype or Facetime.

See Getting Started with Zoom Group Messaging


Other key services will remain available online:

IT Help Desk

Digital Skills Lab

LSE Student wellbeing

LSE Life

Where can I find immigration/visa advice?

Social media

Our social media channels remain active, please follow and engage with us there!