Advice for parents

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.

Arrangements for September 2020

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.

Support for parents

+ What study support is available at home?

+ Will graduation ceremonies still take place?

+ Are there any health and well-being services available?

+ What financial support is available?

Latest updates from Government

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.

Letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, 26 March 2020