The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is evolving rapidly and we're monitoring the situation on a daily basis, following the advice provided by Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Government.
We're also providing regular updates to our students. You can visit our dedicated pages on the Student News blog for information and advice, and your course or faculty team will also be in touch.
The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, also 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.
We understand that this a difficult and challenging time, but we want you to know that we are taking all necessary steps to support you 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.
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.
You will be able to complete your studies and (where relevant) earn your award. We will continue to fully support your wellbeing, engagement and progress through online resources and communications.
To support you 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 you to keep connected and engaged, so you can complete your studies.
You can contact the following teams for online and remote support, and follow updates on our Student News blog for further information.
If you're staying in ARU accommodation, there's support on hand and you're welcome to stay as long as you need to.
Our Security and Estates and Facilities teams are here to make sure you're safe. If you're self-isolating due to showing symptoms, we'll make sure you have the provisions you need.
We’re also introducing a new Staff Buddy scheme. If you'd like to check in with a member of staff who can support you with general advice and signposting, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we've decided to postpone our graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 2020.
We'll publish more advice on our graduation web page soon.
We appreciate this is a difficult time and recognise that many of you are understandably anxious. If you have any immediate concerns please contact us on email@example.com.
As always, your health and wellbeing is paramount. You can contact your Faculty or Counselling and Wellbeing team and use the information shared on our Health and Wellbeing web pages. Please make sure you talk to your loved ones on a regular basis.
Counselling is on offer by phone or video call; register online for an appointment.
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.
Once again, please be assured that we will be doing everything we can to help you continue your studies and complete your courses. Our students are our absolute priority, and we will do everything possible to support you over the coming weeks.