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.
We launched our No Detriment Policy on 30 April (details below) and are making plans for September 2020 and beyond.
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.
We look forward to welcoming everyone back on campus safe and well in September. However, we are aware that you will have all been affected in different ways by the pandemic, and the circumstances you find yourselves in will vary from person to person. We understand that coming onto campus might not be possible for everyone. Therefore, if you wish to do so, or your circumstances do not allow you to join us on campus, you will be able to complete the first semester (September–December 2020) online, before returning to study on campus in January 2021.
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 you have assessments).
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 you.
Our No Detriment policy seeks to ensure that, if you pass your module(s), the current circumstances will not disadvantage you by leading to a lower mark than you deserve. The policy strives to ensure that any assessment completed for the remainder of this academic year can only have a positive impact on your 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.
For further information please read the No Detriment Policy and FAQs on Student News.
Please be assured that we are 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.
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.
Your faculty will support you to complete your modules online. Where necessary, assessments may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment. You'll find full details on Student News.
Since 19 March 2020, we've given ten additional working days to assessment deadlines. If you can't submit work or take part in assessments for any reason, please check the assessment guidance on Student News.
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 email@example.com.
If you've left (or want to leave) ARU accommodation, please check our accommodation FAQs on Student News.
If you're living in private rented accommodation and want to make changes to your tenancy agreement, speak to your landlord in the first instance. Our Residential Service Team can offer general advice about tenancy agreements: get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like some support.
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.
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 pages. Please make sure you talk to your loved ones on a regular basis.
Our Wellbeing Advisers are offering 20-minute appointments by phone, Skype or Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
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.
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.
Our Money Advice team can can be contacted for advice and guidance on finances; email the team on email@example.com, or you can visit the bursary and hardship grants pages on My.Anglia for further information.
If you pay your tuition fees in instalments and have concerns about making payments, please email our Credit Control Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should first speak to your Course Leader or student advisers if you wish to intermit.
If you're an international student with a Tier 4 visa, your visa will be cut to 60 days, and you'll be expected to leave the UK within that 60-day period (be aware of possible travel restrictions). You will need to apply for a new visa if you have to return to the UK to complete your course. This might be a new Tier 4 visa, or a short-term student visa. Our International Student Advisers can offer advice nearer the time: email us on email@example.com.
We're committed to provide an outstanding educational experience and excellent support for all our apprentices. Following close consultation with employers, professional bodies and the Students' Union, we are planning for the majority of ARU apprentices to learn off campus from September to December. The exceptions will be Town Planner, Chartered Surveyor and Bioinformatician. For these courses further information will be shared with your employer shortly.
Our third year Social Work students say thank you and farewell to ARU.