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We have updated our on-site rules and procedures for safe access and the mitigation of risk of Coronavirus transmission.

As throughout the pandemic, we are working with local Department of Health and following national guidelines to operate safely whilst ensuring minimal disruption to your academic experience.

The Institute continues to operate with enhanced ventilation and cleaning. While face coverings are no longer mandatory, anyone who wishes to continue to wear one will be respected and supported in doing so.

We ask that you familiarise yourself with the list of symptoms which have been published as signs of Covid-19, and that you take steps to stop the spread of illness if you feel unwell. The official guidance states:

  • adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature
  • adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious.

While we are aware that not everyone will be testing for Covid-19, if you do test positive, we ask that you follow the guidelines above and stay away from the Institute a minimum of 5 days, and only return once you feel well enough.

We also ask that if you have been exposed to Covid-19 (e.g. someone you live with tests positive) that you take extra precautions and wear a face covering if you do need to be present in the building.

Please contact our Registrar, Joanna Mills-Foy ( if you have any queries about these measures.


Travel guidance for arrival in the UK can be updated at short notice. It is essential that you check here to get the most up to date information. Arrivals to the UK from certain countries may be required to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel at their own expense (see for the latest information).

When using public transport, review guidance on the Transport for London website.


If you are concerned about your mental health and wish to talk to someone, please consider contacting our Student Support and Counseling team

The following external organizations can also offer support: 

  • The Samaritans are there to support people in distress - free to call on 116 123 for confidential emotional support all year round, anytime day or night 
  • Sotheby’s Institute subscribes to London Nightline, a telephone helpline offering confidential listening, support and information to students in London on any issue. Nightline is run by students for students, open every night of term-time from 6pm to 8am. Telephone: 020 7631 0101 
  • Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. Telephone: 0300 123 3393 
  • Student Minds
  • Students Against Depression 
  • SANE
  • Action for Happiness


If you are a student and have any queries, concerns, or require any further support, please email us:

All guidance is subject to change with or without notice in accordance with NHS recommendations.