SASiety is reopening Student Spaces

Last week, president of SASiety, Elena Zolotariov (IES,  PhD Candidate) met with Gerardina Zeccola (Head of Health and Safety) and Bartlomiej Michalski (Space Planning Manager) to discuss the ways that SASiety‘s social and study spaces can be used safely and responsibly under governmental guidelines. Our rooms can be found on the basement floor of Stewart House (32 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5DN). One of the rooms is used for social purposes (capacity max. 6 people) and another for study purposes (capacity max. 10 people). The ‘study sessions’ room has been configured to allow for single study, group study, and pairs. Social distancing must be maintained in both spaces at all times. 

Some of the committee members will be meeting this Wednesday, March 31 2021 to discuss the way we will handle room maintenance and decoration. We envision this room to be a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, but we also want to invest in things that can be there for students to come. To that end we will be creating an inventory with items in the room, though we are sure you will look after the facility as if it’s your own. You can also have a say in the decoration of the space and you are more than welcomed to join us on the day — just make sure you write down your name here.

Requirements and Guidelines

At all times, the university COVID-19 requirements for all staff, students and visitors are:

  • Maintain 2-meter social distancing. 
  • Wear masks in all communal areas such as lift lobbies, corridors, bathrooms, etc. You don’t have to wear your mask in the study space, but do make sure you social distance. 
  • Good hand hygiene by washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or using hand sanitizer before and after using the room (s).
  • Respect of room and desk capacity at all time.
  • Wipe desks before and after use with wipes provided.
  • Do not attend site if you are feeling ill or are showing COVID symptoms.
  • Report any incidents to
  • Reminder to all users to bring additional coat/jumpers to keep warm because we will need to turn on the ventilation to reduce risk of transmission.

To make sure that room capacity is maintained, you will always need to book your space with us here.

Free COVID-19 Testing on Site

We’d also like to remind you and encourage you to take a test prior to attending the SAS Study Spaces. This is possible by visiting the Student Central location (Malet St/Byng Place). It is free, quick and gives an additional safety measure. 

Making Use of the Spaces

Once we return from our Easter break, we intend to hold our first Biweekly Study Session at the space on Friday 23rd April 2021 (though you should feel free to use it whenever upon booking). We hope this will give you the opportunity to meet other SAS students in person in a safe way and to study as well as to socialise in a safe and secure manner. We do, as always, need to make sure the room capacity is observed, so you do need to book your slot prior to attending. 

As always, if you have any questions, do let us know by emailing us at

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