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


All students, faculty and staff attending site are expected to undertake twice weekly LFD COVID asymptomatic tests, three days apart, to ensure that you are not an asymptomatic carrier of Covid-19 and to help keep facilities available for everyone. The tests are free and you will have the result in around half an hour. Please be ready to show confirmation of your negative test result on entry to the building. You are asked to undertake tests twice a week because a very low viral load that may not be detected in the first test of the week is likely to develop enough to be detected three days later. For more information access the Student On-site Procedure or email us. 

If you receive a positive test result, you must inform the Institute and you will need to self-isolate. Please contact for next steps. 

You can access tests in the following ways:

  • Obtain kits from Reception at SIA.
  • Access kits to take the tests at home. Details here.


If you feel unwell and require non-urgent medical advice relating to Covid-19 or any other matter, click here or dial 111. Do not attend class with a temperature, cough or any cold-like symptoms– we can also take temperatures for reassurance should there be any concerns. In a medical emergency dial 999 and request an ambulance. 

If you test positive for Covid-19 you must self-isolate and contact

You may be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or by SIA, to take daily LFD tests if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19. You must cooperate to stop the spread of the virus.

To join lectures and seminars virtually, please do so via Canvas and the links provided by your Programme Coordinator. It is preferable to join sessions in real time wherever possible, in order that you can maintain the pace of the programme and engage and contribute via the chat function or discussion boards. Please contact your Programme Coordinator if you have any queries or concerns about this. 


For your safety and comfort, the building has undergone a deep clean and additional cleaning stations have been installed throughout the space. Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst in the building– any exemptions must be discussed with the registrar and they will issue identifying lanyard. Use the hand sanitizer provided immediately on entry to the building. Wipe clean the seating area before and after use –for your comfort we have supplied additional cleaning stations although we will also be cleaning


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 will be required to quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel at their own expense (see for 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.