The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving rapidly and we're monitoring the situation on a daily basis and following the advice provided by Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Government.
We continue to support the NHS campaign and are providing regular updates to our students and staff.
We understand that this a difficult and challenging time, but we want you to know that we are taking all necessary steps to support our students as much as we can and for as long as needed. We’re proud to be a supportive and inclusive community and it is in times like these when our community spirit comes through most.
We know that you and your family have been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent lockdown, and that many of you have questions and concerns. We want to reassure you that we are actively working to put plans in place to return to face-to-face tuition, supported by online technologies, in September 2020.
The wellbeing of our community of students and staff is at the heart of everything we do, and we’ll continue to follow the guidance from Public Health England (PHE). The situation we are in is unprecedented, but our principal objective is to ensure all students can progress their education and realise their ambitions despite all the challenges they face.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back on campus safe and well in September. However, we are aware that our students will have all been affected in different ways by the pandemic, and the circumstances they find themselves in will vary from person to person. We understand that coming onto campus might not be possible for everyone. Therefore, if a student wishes to do so, or their circumstances do not allow them to join us on campus, they will be able to complete the first semester (September–December 2020) online, before returning to study on campus in January 2021.
We are committed to provide an outstanding educational experience and excellent support for all our students, regardless of how they join us in September. The full details of what September will look like are currently being worked through. As you’d expect, we are planning our return to campus in close consultation with the Students' Union. We are working through solutions to provide the appropriate social distancing measures needed on campus, as well as solutions for courses that are practice-based and/or have significant placements. We are also consulting with Professional Statutory Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) about our proposals.
We will email applicants and current students further details on our plans in due course, and ask them to let us know whether they will be joining us on campus or whether they need to undertake the first semester online.
We know how important it is to be part of a learning community with other students and staff. We are in an excellent position to provide an outstanding learning environment for all our students, however they choose to engage with us, and are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture so they can be successful in all they wish to do.
The situation we are all in, due to the global pandemic, is unprecedented. Our principal aim is to minimise the impact on our students, whilst maintaining academic standards and the integrity of the credit and awards you achieve.
On 30 April we launched our No Detriment policy in recognition of the current global public health situation. This policy will apply for assessment in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 (if students have assessments). Students can access more information and FAQs on the Student News blog.
Our ‘No Detriment' policy will be applied to all students who complete their assessments for their modules and who pass.
What is No Detriment?
We understand the changes in teaching, learning and assessment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can and will affect our students.
Our No Detriment policy seeks to ensure that, if students pass their module(s), the current circumstances will not disadvantage them by leading to a lower mark than they deserve. The policy strives to ensure that any assessment completed for the remainder of this academic year can only have a positive impact on module outcomes.
This policy is in addition to the changes we have already made to our mitigation process, and the additional ten working days we have given to assessment deadlines since 19 March 2020.
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to help our students continue their studies and complete their courses. Our students are our absolute priority, and we will do everything possible to support them.
Following the Prime Minister’s press conference on Monday 23 March telling the UK public that we all ‘must stay at home’, we have taken the decision to deliver Trimester 3 (starting 11 May 2020) teaching, support and assessment online.
Students will be able to complete their studies and (where relevant) earn their award. We will continue to fully support their wellbeing, engagement and progress through online resources and communications.
To support students for the remainder of the academic year we have put in place a number of services.
Our library and student services are still available, and we encourage students to keep connected and engaged, so they can complete your studies.
Students can contact the following teams for online and remote support, and follow updates on our Student News blog for further information.
Students who are staying in ARU accommodation, there's support on hand and are welcome to stay as long as needed.
Our Security and Estates and Facilities teams are on hand to make sure students are safe and, if they are self-isolating due to showing symptoms, have the provisions they need.
We’re also introducing a new Staff Buddy scheme for those staying in our accommodation. If students would like to check in with a member of staff who can support them with general advice and signposting, they can email email@example.com.
We know that the last few weeks have been difficult for our students, so we're pleased to announce that we will be implementing a No Detriment Policy that will safeguard the contribution of their academic performance this academic year.
The situation we are in is unprecedented, but our principal objective is to minimise the impact on our students while maintaining academic standards and the integrity of the credit and awards they achieve.
Under the No Detriment Policy, the marks that students achieve for their Trimester 2 and (where relevant) Trimester 3 modules will not be impacted adversely as a consequence of the current conditions caused by COVID-19.
To support our students for the remainder of the academic year we have also:
We are currently working through the details of the No Detriment Policy, including discussion with the Students’ Union, and further details will be published and shared on 30 April. We've been in touch with students about this, and they can check our Student News blog for full details.
As always, your health and well-being is paramount. Students are able to contact their Faculty or Counselling and Wellbeing team and use the information shared on our Health and Wellbeing pages. Please make sure you talk to your loved ones on a regular basis.
There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as Every Mind Matters.
Finally, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has written an excellent blog full of great hints and tips on how to manage anxiety around the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
We have increased our hardship fund provision, in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation, to include a new laptop bursary, hardship grants and provision of emergency loans. Students can contact our Money Advice team on firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can visit the bursary and hardship grants pages on My.Anglia for further information.
The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, issued a letter to students on 26 March. This sets out the latest advice and arrangements from Government, in particular around visa arrangements for international students, and university accommodation.