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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, issued a letter to international students on 9 April. This sets out the latest advice and arrangements from Government, in particular around visa arrangements and university accommodation. You can also visit the UKVI website for the latest information about student visas.
Dear International Students,
As Universities Minister, I wanted to write to you to provide reassurances that we have taken action to keep you safe and to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19 on you and your education.
The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented situation and poses significant challenges to higher education, its students and staff in virtually every country around the world. Government is adhering closely to the most up-to-date scientific advice, which is available publicly online. As this changes, our advice will change to match the level of the threat. Using this scientific advice, as well as Public Health England guidance, we are working closely with the higher education sector on a wide range of issues and your wellbeing is, and will remain, at the heart of those discussions.
I want to emphasise to you that our Government not only recognises, but also appreciates, the positive contribution that you and all international students provide to the UK – socially, culturally and economically. You enrich the university experience for all students, bringing greater diversity to university and college campuses, as well as fresh ideas and new perspectives. This cultural exchange helps build life-long friendships, as well as laying the foundations for future networks, and important business, political and diplomatic bridges. 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.
We want you to enjoy your time in the UK and to get the most out of studying at our world-class universities. To mitigate the worst effects of the virus on your student experience, we are working closely with universities and I am pleased to see that the sector is making every effort to enable you to continue your studies – including moving learning online either in the UK or in your home country – so that your teaching and assessment can proceed.
Our first priority, however, is your health, safety and wellbeing. I have been discussing with universities the additional support that they can give to both domestic and international students. I wrote to universities in England on 20 and 26 March, urging them to prioritise the needs of all students who remain at their university accommodation. This includes the large number of international students who have decided to stay in the UK or cannot travel home. They have a duty of care to you, which they recognise and will carry out. This includes continuing to provide accommodation if you cannot travel home or have no alternative residence. Universities will also offer a range of support services to students, including support for catering and cleaning, and providing support for mental health which is a key consideration for me.
Many providers are bolstering their existing mental health services, and adapting delivery to means other than face-to-face. I would encourage you to stay in touch with your provider’s student support and welfare teams, as these services are likely to be an important source of support during this period of social distancing. If you are struggling with your mental health at this time, you can also access online resources from Public Health England, along with online support from the NHS and mental health charity Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/student-life/about-student-mental-health. The Government recently announced a £5m-grant for mental health, to be administered by Mind, to support those people, including students, who require this support.
In addition to support from your university, the UK emergency services are also here for you. They are here for you as much as they are for other UK residents. Our National Health Service can provide you with specific COVID-19 advice through a new COVID-19 online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or, if you cannot get online, by calling 111. The police are also here to keep you safe, with new public health regulations that will support officers in enforcing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I also want to be underline that both the UK Government and the higher education sector are clear that you must feel welcome and safe here – on and off campus. There is no place in our society – including within higher education – for harassment, discrimination or racism. You have a right to access education and be in this country without fear of harassment and discrimination. We want to ensure that everyone with the talent and potential to succeed in higher education has the opportunity to do so, regardless of nationality, or ethnic or national origins, and we will not tolerate xenophobia of any kind.
I recognise that some of you will be concerned about your visa status. That is why the Government will be applying discretion under current circumstances to ensure you are not negatively impacted if you find yourself in a position where you cannot comply with certain visa rules. Full guidance for those affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-immigration-and-borders. This guidance includes the latest information for those of you who might have questions around visa expiry, switching visa category within the UK, distance learning and working-hour restrictions for student doctors and nurses. If you have concerns about your visa status you should email the Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Immigration Help Centre at CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk
The latest Government advice is that you should only leave your home or accommodation in the UK for very limited purposes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance. If you live in university-owned, or privately-owned, university accommodation, universities will do all they can to ensure that you have access to support, food and other provisions. To protect yourself and others you should adhere to Government advice while in the UK. However, if you are considering returning to your home country, please seek advice from your country’s embassy or consulate in the UK. You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 yourself, or if you are self-isolating for 14 days because someone else in your household / shared accommodation has had COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
Whether you have already travelled home, have decided to remain in the UK, or cannot travel home, I understand that you will be concerned about what you should do now. I have therefore included as an annex to this letter all the Government’s latest guidance, as well as a list of resources and contacts available should you have questions or concerns.
Our world-leading universities, which thrive on being global institutions, will always be open to international students. Both Government and the higher education sector are working together to ensure existing rules and processes are as flexible as possible under the current unprecedented circumstances to ensure that those of you planning to study in the UK from Autumn 2020 can do so. We will continue to work with the sector and with student representatives and do all we can to keep you safe.
Michelle Donelan MP
Minister of State for Universities
We understand that you may not be able to travel. If you are staying in the UK, or in University accommodation, we’ll do all we can to support you. Please see the information on this page about study support, financial support, and health and wellbeing.
If you need to contact the NHS 111 number, you should be able to use a non-UK phone if you need to. Calls should still be free.
As classes are being delivered online, you are still considered ‘in term’ in keeping with the normal semester dates. You should continue to meet the existing conditions of your visa. This means you cannot work for longer than is stated while ‘in term’.
Although the UK has left the EU, there is a transition period until 31 December 2020. Freedom of movement continues as usual until this date, so you won’t need a visa to travel to the UK before 31 December.
As you have already been living in the UK, you will be eligible to make an application under the EU Settlement Scheme. This means you won’t need a visa to return to the UK after the end of the transition period. There's more information about applying under the Settlement Scheme on MyAnglia.
We can give you a letter for your sponsor that confirms we have advised you to return home. If you need a sponsor letter, please email email@example.com and include your name and student ID number.
You should be able to access Canvas from anywhere in the world, though please let your course leader know if you experience any difficulties.
We encourage you to use Canvas and our virtual learning environment to continue your studies. We’ll use this information to document your continued engagement with your course.
Yes, NHS treatment for Covid-19 is free if your visa is valid. EU nationals can use their EHIC cards until at least 31 December 2020 to obtain free NHS treatment.