Protecting the health and wellbeing of the entire King’s community is a priority for the university. For our latest updates and guidance, please refer to the Keeping King's safe together webpage.

This article will help you to identify whether your circumstances put you at high risk and as such, whether you might benefit from doing an online individual risk assessment and/or meeting with a member of your faculty before you return to campus.

Risk Factors

  • Gender: male 
  • Ethnicity: Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Group
  • Lung condition
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson’s disease)
  • Condition meaning you have a high risk of getting infections
  • Taking medicine that can affect your immune system
  • Very obese (BMI of 40 or above)
  • Pregnancy


These factors combined with your age help us to identify your risk level.

You’re High Risk if you are:

  • clinically extremely vulnerable (the UK Government has previously been asked to shield); or
  • any age and have three or more individual risk factors; or
  • more than 50 years of age and have two or more individual risk factors; or
  • more than 55 years of age and have one or more individual risk factors; or
  • more than 60 years of age.


You’re Medium/High Risk if you are:

  • more than 40 years of age; or    
  • have any two individual risk factors; or
  • live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable.


What you should do if you identify yourself as high or medium/high risk and are planning to come to campus
If you are planning to come to campus, you should complete our online risk assessment tool. You will need to use your King’s account to complete the form. The form will explain the measures that we have put in place to support you and identify if any further steps are required.

Important to know:  

  • You do not need to complete this form if you have already carried out a clinical risk assessment with your Faculty or in your Trust.
  • If you complete an individual risk assessment then we won’t expect you to share the specific factors that make you high risk unless you’re comfortable to do so.
  • Once you’ve completed the risk assessment tool, we’d encourage you to discuss the outcome with your personal tutor.


What you should do if you identify yourself as high risk and are not planning to come to campus
If you are not planning to come to campus, then you do not need to take any further action on risk assessments.


Support for long-term health conditions & disabilities
If you have a long-term health condition or a disability, there are a range of articles in our Disability support section that explain how our services can support you during your time at King's.