The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve rapidly. We're monitoring the situation on a daily basis and following the advice provided by Public Health England and the UK Government.
We continue to provide regular updates to our students.
We understand that this a difficult and challenging time, but we want you to know that we're taking all necessary steps to support our students as much as we can and for as long as needed.
We know that you and your family have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and that many of you have questions and concerns. We want to reassure you that the wellbeing of our students is at the heart of everything we do, and we’ll continue to follow guidance from Public Health England (PHE).
As you’d expect, we planned our return to campus in close consultation with the Students' Union. We explored solutions for courses that are practice-based and/or have significant placements. We also consulted Professional Statutory Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) about our proposals.
Following the introduction of a national lockdown in England, the Government has asked universities to restrict the number of students returning to campus for face to face teaching in January.
In January, students in the following subject areas can start to return to campus (exact start dates will vary depending on the course):
The Government has asked universities to pause the return of all other students. We will therefore be teaching all other courses online only until mid-February. You'll find full details on our information page for students.
We will continue to follow guidance from the Government and local public health authorities, and update our University community as their advice changes.
We're strongly encouraging our students to take two asymptomatic COVID-19 lateral flow tests before they re-start face to face teaching. We will provide this service from our testing centres in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
If students travel to university, we'd expect them to either:
Students won't have to be tested twice before attending face to face teaching. They should have been tested once in the community before leaving home to return to university, or once at ARU. They can attend Covid-secure teaching sessions between tests.
You'll find full details on our information page for students.
Our main objective is to ensure all students can progress their education and realise their ambitions.
When permitted, students can continue to attend university, including those who travel to campus. We'll continue to teach and carry out research in a COVID-secure way.
Our student support services are still available, and students can continue to live in University accommodation.
However, we know that our students 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 whole of Trimester 2 (January–May 2021) online, before returning to study on campus.
We're committed to provide an outstanding educational experience and excellent support for all our students, regardless of how they study.
We know how important it's to be part of a learning community with other students and staff. We're committed to providing a supportive and inclusive culture so that our students can be successful in all they wish to do.
Our students are our absolute priority, and we will do everything we can to support them.
Students can contact the following teams for support, and follow our Student News blog for up-to-the-minute information.
We have increased our hardship fund provision in response to the coronavirus situation, to include a new laptop bursary, hardship grants and provision of emergency loans. Students can contact our Money Advice team on email@example.com or visit My.Anglia for more information.
We've also introduced a COVID-19 Response Education Policy.