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Lockdown learning

Covid-19 continues to change the world in 2021. Schools and colleges remain closed to all but key workers, exams are out the window, and everything seeming a bit uncertain. So, what should you do?

In short – stay home, keep calm and carry on. Not sure where to start? We’ve got some ideas on how you can use your time to stay sane, improve your skills and contribute to society. 

Guide to lockdown learning

Spoken word poetry competition

At University of East London, we are empowering students to shape the future. The events of 2020 will lead to drastic changes to society, and we want to support our students to create positive change at all levels. We want to show case your voices and perspectives by creating a series of video-visual poetry.

We are looking for poems and spoken word on the theme of ‘change’ from within our community. That’s you – whether you’re a student, academic or member of staff. Now is your chance to get creative with words and put pen to paper or fingers on keyboards on the theme of ‘change’.

Any poems used in marketing collateral will receive a £100 prize.

Send your submissions in written format to our Marketing team.

The winners will be announced on World Poetry Day: Sunday 24th of March 2021.

Should you need some inspiration:

Docklands campus

London is on lockdown 3.0. Education, our social lives, and communication have all moved to the digital sphere. We’ve all been left to our devices. So, if screen time has left you craving some fresh air, we have rounded up some of the best walks around University of East London campuses.

East London may be a stone throw away from central London but there are lots of green spaces on your doorstep where you can make the most out of your government-approved unlimited exercise time in your local area.

Here are our top 8 places where you can enjoy a socially distant stroll and feel connected with the wider University of East London community.

Feel connected to the Royal Docks through this interactive walk where you can listen to five stories to change the way we see our world. Follow five human tales across the water as they make and remake the history of the Royal Docks. Get lost in the mazes at Thames Barrier Park and listen to the five human stories including University of East London alum Asif Shakoor and his search for his grandfather’s war medal. If you unable to make it in person you can also follow the trail online.

More information via

walking trail

 Connected by Light brings a splash of light and colour to the Canary Wharf estate through nine light installations created by some of the UK’s most renowned light artists. Get your Zen on as you feel the sound travel through you with pieces like Murmuration from SquidSoup which features several hundred networked orbs, each containing lights and speakers. Or up your selfie game in CrossrailPlace Roof Gardens where artists Baker & Borowski have turned the space into an Alice in Wonderland inspired magical neon wonderland that combines bright colours with lighting to magically playful effects.
Connected by Light is on until 27 February daily with installations switching off at 10pm.

More info via their website.

connected by light

Love music? Love architecture? MSCTY has combined the two with this series of commissioned soundtracks which highlight the architectural and cultural heritage of the Royal Docks through the creative imagination of local artists. In addition, sound artist and academic Debbie Kent has created an audio walk connecting the locations across the area so you can explore, and experience sounds as you walk, cycle or exercise. Moreinformation via their website here.

You can also enjoy the music through this musical journey in Woolwich Foot Tunnel.


docklands people

University of East London collaborated with Trinity Arts Gallery on this community-based project which celebrates the diverse characters, architectural structures, and heritage within the Royal Docks.
Docklands People is available to view online now and an offline window exhibition is taking place behind glass at Lower Dock Walk until 31 January.

Spot some rare wildlife on your weekend stroll at Bow Creek Ecology Park and the East India Dock Basin. East India Dock Basin is all that remains of the docks of the East India Company, famous for shipping spices in the late 19th century. All budding birdwatchers can spot kingfishers, black redstarts and nesting common terns. More info via the website here.

Bow Creek Ecology Park  East India Dock


London is on lockdown number three. While it’s recommended to avoid busy streets, work and learn from home and practice social distancing as much as possible, it’s also beneficial for our mental health to head outside into the fresh air and get some socially distanced exercise.

To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up three of our favourite East London walks around University of East London’s Stratford and USS campuses.

Running from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Greenwich Peninsula, The Line is London’s first contemporary art walk combining inspiring artworks alongside nature and heritage. Uncover a variety of sculptures and installations on the walk including the recent addition by Thomas J Price, ‘Reaching Out’, which is one of very few public sculptures of a black woman in the UK.

More information as well as an interactive map can befound on

line public art walk

Wanstead Park was once a sculpted landscape and deer park surrounding the great Wanstead House. Though the house is gone but the park remains. You can go on a socially distanced stroll and enjoy spotting the wildlife including a variety of birds and small mammals. Wanstead Park is a perfect spot to enjoy the first signs of spring, take in some fresh air and relax away from the urban sprawl.

More information can be found via their website.

Hackney Wick is London’s outdoor gallery. In this trendy part of East London art spills out from gallery walls into an everchanging display of murals and sculptures. Brighten any day of the week with a walk along the canal towpath, around Here East, Fish Island and all around the Crate Brewery.

hackney wick