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Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice and updates

Latest information from the University.

This page has been set up to provide information for students with questions or concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). It will be updated on a regular basis.

LATEST NEWS

(Last reviewed 10 January 2022)

  • Our UK campuses are now open. Following recent updated UK Government guidance we have implemented a number of measures to ensure your safety whilst on campus. You can find more information here.
  • Timetabled classes in our UK campuses continue to be delivered face to face, with the option of live streamed sessions available via our Study Guarantee in certain circumstances.
  • Applicants for intakes from August ’21 onwards can find updated details regarding our Study Guarantee. This enables you to start your programme virtually and return to campus at a later date.
  • All ULaw campuses have home testing kits available for students and staff to collect and use independently. We recommend that all staff and students undertake lateral flow testing twice per week while on campus.
  • COVID VACCINATIONS – All students 18 and above are now eligible to be fully vaccinated. The NHS is also offering a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. If you will turn 18 within 3 months, you can also get a 2nd dose. We strongly advise students to take up the vaccine when offered, as this will help protect against COVID 19 . For further information, please follow this link to FAQ’s below. This includes how to register for your vaccine.
    https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/covid-19-vaccination-faqs-students-in-higher-education-institutions/. Please remember to keep testing even after you are vaccinated.
  • If you display any of the COVID-19 symptoms as listed on the NHS website, then you should not come onto campus, and immediately notify us as detailed below. If you are unsure as to whether you are displaying COVID symptoms then you should ring 111 for further advice.
  • We will continue to follow Government guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Full information on all the measures ULaw is taking can be found on Study Guarantee.
  • Please note that the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory at all our campuses, although some exemptions apply. Students are asked to read the university policy in this regard.
  • Detailed information on forthcoming assessments and exams will be circulated by all Programme Directors and will also be available through your Course Information on ELITE. Please check ELITE and your university email account regularly.
  • Existing Visa Sponsored Students (Student Route and Tier 4) will continue to be sponsored by the University during this period. Please note that it is a Home Office requirement that all Visa Sponsored students must attend any online learning sessions for their course.
  • We know that many of our students will be feeling anxious at this time and our Wellbeing Team will continue to provide our services remotely. You can find more information on how to access support in the section below. The health and welfare of our students is our paramount concern and we will be doing everything we can to support you during this challenging period.
  • In recognition of the continued disruption that COVID-19 is having on student assessment, the University has reviewed and amended its No Detriment Policy. This is to ensure that students’ final awards are not adversely affected due to the pandemic. The measures implemented in this Policy will apply to all assessments sat up to and including 31 July 2021.

 

How we will communicate with students

The general health advice is constantly changing. Please refer to your local health authority for the most up-to-date advice. For those in the UK, this will be the NHS’s page on Coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Students who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) or living with someone who is CEV are advised to follow the practical steps set out on the Government CEV guidance page to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus. Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

It is recommended that students residing in student accommodation check with their accommodation provider what COVID secure measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID 19.

It is recommended that students who are pregnant or breast feeding read the following guidance COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

Travel and transport for students arriving from within the UK

Students and staff should use private vehicles, walk or cycle wherever possible.

Students using private vehicles should:

  • avoid car sharing with anyone outside their household or support bubble
  • rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers to reduce the risk of transmission to others where this is not possible.

You can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by:

  • following the Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
  • wearing a face covering unless exempt
  • keeping your distance from people from other households when you travel, where possible
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
  • downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible and checking in where your see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters

If you are travelling from areas which are undergoing surge testing, different public health guidance applies and you should ensure you get tested before you travel. If you test positive, your polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test will be sent to a laboratory for genomic sequencing and you must not travel. You must isolate with your household immediately and follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infections. Public Health England will carry out enhanced tracing of close contacts of confirmed cases of the variants.

Wellbeing Team

We know that many of our students will be feeling anxious at this time and our Wellbeing Team will continue to provide our services remotely. All students can access support from a Welfare Officer at their campus and telephone / Skype appointments can be pre-booked via email: welfare-(CAMPUS)@law.ac.uk

We also work in partnership with Together All (www.togetherall.com) a digital mental health support service available 24/7. This is a free completely anonymous service that allows you to access peer support and tailored self-help programmes.

Student Space (www.studentspace.org.uk) is a project by Student Minds, the Student Mental Health charity to provide additional support during the pandemic. Their website has a range of support and advice for students over the Christmas break including mental health and wellbeing support. They also have a 24/7 email and text service (Text “STUDENT” to 85258), a webchat service available from 4pm – 11pm each day and a telephone service from 3pm – midnight available free on 0808 189 5260.

You can also download the free ULaw Wellbeing app from the App Store or Google Play for lots of help and advice on wellbeing and mindfulness techniques as well as contact details for ULaw’s wellbeing and support services.

Support for Students who are self-isolating

We have in place welfare arrangements for students who need to self-isolate during this time. You can find full information here on ELITE.

Counselling Service

Our Counselling Service is also offering appointments online and students based at a ULaw Campus in the UK can access this support in the usual way via email: counselling-(CAMPUS)@law.ac.uk. Further details on the Counselling Service, including contact details for counselling services for students studying at Norwich, Reading, Exeter, Chester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool can be found on ELITE, in the Counselling section of the Student Support Services area on the main Institution page.

To maintain safe and ethical practices, we are currently only able to offer counselling appointments to students based in the UK. If you are living outside the UK and need support, download the free MySSP app or visit https://myssp.app for access to wellbeing advice and support in your home country.

Above all, please follow government health advice and be compassionate, supportive and considerate to those around you.

Disability Support and Inclusion Service

Our Disability Support and Inclusion Service is continuing to work as normal remotely and students can contact us by email or phone. With teaching moving online, we are keen to make sure that you get the support your need with any issues accessing Panopto or Collaborate via ELITE due to your disability, condition or illness. Please get in touch as you usually would – we are here to support you.

Email: disabilitysupportservice@law.ac.uk

Study Skills Support

All ULaw students can also access Study Skills Support during the campus closures. We are offering one to one support and group workshops online alongside our usual e-resources, including Skills for Study and a wealth of content on ELITE (within the ‘My Study Skills’ pages). To contact your local Study Skills Advisor, please email studyskills-(CAMPUS)@law.ac.uk

Student Welfare Comment

ULaw are aware of reports in the media of racial abuse in relation to Coronavirus. We are a diverse, international community and we welcome students, staff and visitors from across the globe. ULaw does not tolerate abuse of any kind within our community and we take all allegations of bullying, harassment and discrimination very seriously. Students are encouraged to view our Dignity at Work and Study Policy if you have any concerns.

If you have been a victim of harassment and abuse or have witnessed it taking place, please report this directly to the police on 999 if an emergency or 101 to report an incident. For medical help, please also dial 999 in an emergency or 111 if you need advice or medical treatment quickly, and you cannot wait for an appointment to see your doctor. Students are also encouraged to use our Report and Support tool at https://reportandsupport.law.ac.uk/ where they can anonymously report any concerns they have in relation to themselves or others. This will be picked up by our Welfare Team.

COVID Reporting

If you display any of the COVID-19 symptoms as listed on the NHS website, then you should not come onto campus, and immediately notify us as detailed below. If you are unsure as to whether you are displaying COVID symptoms then you should ring 11 for further advice.

Positive Cases
If you are reporting a positive case, please notify us via the COVID-19 – Positive Case Reporting Form.

Self-Isolation
If you need to self-isolate, please notify us via the COVID-19 -Self Isolation Reporting Form.

Changes to Teaching Delivery

We have put in place a number of measures to ensure we can safely welcome students into campus when we are allowed, such as social distancing, hand sanitisers, mandatory face coverings and one way systems. We also have alternative options for students not able to return to campus. Further information can be found by watching the video on the home page of Blackboard ELITE which also details our Study Guarantee.

Specific information regarding access is as follows:

Study Spaces Booking System

All available study spaces on campus are now part of our study space booking system, if you wish to study in the library or elsewhere it is now a requirement, for health and safety reasons, to book a study space.

Please book via the link on the Library portal page before you come into campus.

If you have any queries, please direct these to your Campus library via email. Additionally, if you are unable or having difficulty booking, please contact either your campus library team or student information team.

Assessments

Students should assume that assessments on all programmes, including exams, oral skills and courseworks, will be delivered online subject to any requirements from our programme external regulators, e.g. Bar Standards Board, Solicitors Regulation Authority, ACCA etc.

Each programme team will provide assessment guidance and instructions for you in due course before each assessment sitting.

We will continue to ensure that students with additional requirements have the appropriate adjustments made in relation to their needs.

My financial situation has been affected by COVID and I am unable to pay my everyday living expenses. Is there any financial support available?

We are committed to supporting our students to continue their studies during the pandemic. The University operates a number of funds to support students experiencing financial hardship. For more information visit the Financial Support Funding section in ELITE or download the University’s Wellbeing App from the App Store or Google Play. Applications for financial support are made online via www.blackbullion.com where you will also find various tools to help manage your budget and personal finances. If your financial situation is affecting your wellbeing please contact the Welfare team at your campus for advice and support by emailing: welfare-(CAMPUS)@law.ac.uk

Thank you for your patience whilst we have been closely monitoring the Government guidelines in relation to the pandemic and liaising with the venue and suppliers involved in our graduation.

We are pleased to confirm we will be proceeding with a face-to-face graduation ceremony at the Barbican Centre, London for our 2020 and 2021 Undergraduate Graduands on Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 November 2021.

2020 and 2021 Postgraduate Graduands will be invited to a face-to-face ceremony in April and May 2022.

For further information, FAQs and the latest updates, please visit the graduation page.

While the current situation persists, in most cases students can choose between face to face attendance or studying online. In both cases, students can expect the same live interaction and practical activities, so participation is highly encouraged. Students can switch between formats with a two-week notification period.

The University of Chester

Both Chester and the University of Law will continue to work within the guidance provided by the Government with the safety of all our staff and students being the priority.

The following information applies for September start. It is anticipated to remain in place for the Autumn Term. We will communicate further information on a regular basis.

September 2021

Teaching on our September 2021 start programmes will be delivered face-to-face on Campus. Under ULaw’s Study Guarantee, students also have the opportunity to begin their programme via ‘Live Streaming’ in instances where face-to-face teaching may not yet be appropriate. See our Study Guarantee webpage for further information.

Covid-19 Testing

At present, in line with government guidance, students and staff attending Campus regularly should undertake twice weekly testing.

You can:

  • collect home testing kits from a local community collect site - locations are here.
  • collect home testing kits from a testing site - locations are here.
  • order home testing kits to be delivered to your home here.

Covid-19 Safety and Face Coverings

The University of Chester will continue to carry out enhanced cleaning across campus, with sanitisation points widely available. One-way systems are in place in certain areas.

Classroom activity will be in line with classroom provision for our students studying at ULaw based campuses, up to date details can be found on this page.

Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in campus buildings (unless medically exempt). When seated at a table in a catering outlet or licensed premises face-coverings may be removed.

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for age, health or disability reasons – find out more about exemptions on the Government’s website.

Chester Library

Book a Study Space

You will need your University of Chester student reference number which as a new student you will receive prior to Induction.

Opening times:

  • Queen Park Library – 09:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday
  • Seabourne Library, Parkgate Road – 09:00-17:30

Study space can be booked through the University of Chester’s student portal which new students will have access after induction.

Opening hours are subject to change in response to any changes in circumstances or new guidance that we receive.

  • You must book a study space before you visit. Group study is not permitted, even with members of your household or bubble.

Printing

Printing services are available in both libraries. No booking is required as long as it is only printing that is required.

The University of Exeter

Both the University of Exeter and the University of Law will continue to work within the guidance provided by the Government with the safety of all our staff and students being the priority.

The following information applies for September start. It is anticipated to remain in place for the Autumn Term. We will communicate further information on a regular basis.

September 2021

Teaching on our September 2021 start programmes will be delivered face-to-face on Campus. Under ULaw’s Study Guarantee, students also have the opportunity to begin their programme via ‘Live Streaming’ in instances where face-to-face teaching may not yet be appropriate due to COVID. See our Study Guarantee webpage for further information.

Covid-19 Testing

At present, in line with government guidance, students and staff attending Campus regularly should undertake twice weekly testing.

Further information can be found here: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/testing/

You can also:

  • collect home testing kits from a local community collect site - locations are here.
  • collect home testing kits from a testing site - locations are here.
  • order home testing kits to be delivered to your home here.

Covid-19 Safety and Face Coverings

The University of Exeter will continue to carry out enhanced cleaning across campus, with sanitisation points widely available.

Classroom activity will be in line with classroom provision for our students studying at ULaw based campuses, up-to-date details can be found on this page.

Face coverings will continue to be expected in campus buildings (unless medically exempt).

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for age, health or disability reasons – find out more about exemptions on the Government’s website.

If you display any of the COVID-19 symptoms as listed on the NHS website, then you should not come onto campus, and immediately notify us as detailed below. If you are unsure as to whether you are displaying COVID symptoms then you should ring 111 for further advice.

Positive Cases

If you are reporting a positive case, please notify us via the COVID-19 – Positive Case Reporting Form.

Self-Isolation

If you need to self-isolate, please notify us via the COVID-19 -Self Isolation Reporting Form.

We will direct you to also complete the University of Exeter Rapid Response Hub reporting form https://www.exeter.ac.uk/coronavirus/rapid-response/

The University of Liverpool

Both Liverpool and the University of Law will continue to work within the guidance provided by the Government with the safety of all our staff and students being the priority.

The following information applies for September start. It is anticipated to remain in place for the Autumn Term. We will communicate further information on a regular basis.

September 2021

Teaching on our September 2021 start programmes will be delivered face-to-face on Campus. Under ULaw’s Study Guarantee, students also have the opportunity to begin their programme via ‘Live Streaming’ in instances where face-to-face teaching may not yet be appropriate. See our Study Guarantee webpage for further information.

Covid-19 Testing

ULaw staff and students at the Liverpool Campus have access to the University of Liverpool testing facilities: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/coronavirus-safety/book-a-covid-test. At present, in line with government guidance, students and staff attending Campus regularly should undertake twice weekly testing.

Current University of Law students are advised to visit: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/coronavirus-safety

Covid-19 Safety and Face Coverings

The University of Liverpool will continue to carry out enhanced cleaning across campus, with sanitisation points widely available. One-way systems are in place in certain areas and a 1 metre distance rule is in place in classrooms.

Face coverings will continue to be mandatory in campus buildings (unless medically exempt). When seated at a table in a catering outlet or licensed premises face-coverings may be removed.

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for age, health or disability reasons – find out more about exemptions on the Government’s website.

Liverpool Library

Book a Study Space

You will need your University of Liverpool student reference number which as a new student you will receive prior to Induction.

Opening times:

  • Harold Cohen Library - 8.30am – 9.30pm, 7 days a week
  • Sydney Jones Library - 8.30am - 6pm (Mon - Fri), 8.30am - 9.30pm (Sat & Sun)

View all locations and book your space ➔

Opening hours are subject to change in response to any changes in circumstances or new guidance that we receive.

  • You must book a study space before you visit. Group study is not permitted, even with members of your household or bubble.
  • Spaces can be booked up to 48 hours in advance and will only be made available on the booking system 48 hours before.

Printing

Printing services are available in both libraries. You must book a space in advance before visiting to use printing services. You can also use Print Anywhere to send your documents to print from your personal laptop or PC, even if you are off campus before you visit the library to reduce length of your visit.

Norwich: University of East Anglia (UEA)

The University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Law continue to work within the Covid-19 guidance provided by the Government with the safety of all our staff and students being the priority.

The following information applies to arrangements in place on Campus from January 2022.

Legal Practice Course - 2022 Programmes

Teaching on our September 2022 start LPC programmes will be delivered face-to-face on Campus.

Covid-19 Testing

At present, in line with government guidance, students and staff attending UEA Campus regularly should undertake twice weekly rapid COVID lateral flow (LF) testing.

Students can pick up lateral flow tests from a number of key sites across Campus:

  • Registry reception
  • Library reception
  • School of Environmental Sciences reception
  • Campus shop on The Street
  • Post room
  • The Student Information Zone on The Street
  • Student Union reception
  • Edith Cavell reception

Current University of Law students are advised to visit the My UEA Portal for further information. Log-in with your UEA account details.

Covid-19 Safety and Face Coverings

UEA will continue to carry out enhanced cleaning across campus, with sanitisation points widely available. All one-way systems will be removed, and a “KEEP LEFT” approach will be introduced across the campus (both inside buildings, on walkways and on staircases).

Face coverings are required (unless medically exempt) to be worn in any internal setting across the University of East Anglia (UEA). When seated at a table in a catering outlet or licensed premises face-coverings may be removed whilst eating and drinking.

For students studying on our September 2021 LPC programmes, face coverings are required to be worn at all times within ULaw classrooms as per the University’s current face covering policy. For students studying on our 2022 start programmes, face covering requirements in classrooms will be communicated to you prior to your course start date as part of your welcome information.

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for age, health or disability reasons – find out more about exemptions on the Government’s website.

UEA Library

Library borrowing and study spaces remain open 24/7 for all users with a current campus card.

Face coverings are required at all times within the Library.

Helpdesk services are available remotely from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday via email lib.helpdesk@uea.ac.uk or chat live from my.uea.ac.uk/library. Students can also call and leave a voicemail on 01603 592993.

Current University of Law students are advised to visit the Library website (log-in with UEA details) for further information.

The University of Reading

The University of Law is delivering all GDL, MA Law, PgDL, MA Law SQE, MA Law Conversion and LPC workshops face to face at the University of Reading’s London Road campus. The University of Reading’s full range of facilities and services across both the Whiteknights and London Road campuses are open and available for University of Reading and University of Law students alike. These include the Library, cafes and bars, and the Sports Park. The University of Reading Students’ Union, (RUSU) is offering their usual full programme of social activities and the University of Law is delivering many careers events and other extra-curricular events face to face on campus. The University of Law joins with the University of Reading in encouraging all students to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and to take a lateral flow test twice a week. The University of Reading and the University of Law require face coverings to be worn in all indoor spaces (including teaching rooms, the Library and communal areas of halls) when moving around and where social distancing cannot be maintained. In line with the new government rules, you should also wear face coverings in all the University of Reading’s on-site retail facilities.

The University of Reading is regularly reviewing its health and safety arrangements, alongside updated government advice.

The University of Sheffield

The University's top priority is always the health and safety of students, staff and our University community. In response to national Covid-19 guidelines, the University is regularly reviewing and adapting its facilities and support for students to ensure that students are safe when on campus. Please refer to the following web page for up-to-date information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/autumn-term-2020

Hong Kong

From Monday 12th April 2021 we will resume face to face teaching at our Hong Kong campus for all courses.

Berlin (GISMA)

The government of Berlin is allowing teaching on campus to take place under the observance of hygiene rules and testing requirements. GISMA is conducting selected classes on campus and students are informed of the rules and obligations for attendance. For the full current Ordinance of the government, please visit:
Third Ordinance on Measures Required to Protect the Population from Infections with the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus (Third SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Measures Ordinance – 3. InfSchMV) - Berlin.de

IE Madrid Students

Campus building closed until further notice. All our sessions and assessments for the LLB CEL will be conducted online and students will be kept informed with all the information as it is released.

If I have been diagnosed or suspect that I have COVID-19, what should I do?

Please follow the advice above for all students who may have COVID-19.

The Home Office has confirmed that any students who cannot attend their course due to COVID-19 will have their absences classed as authorised. This means that your Student visa sponsorship will not be negatively affected.

Please make sure that you complete an absence form on ELITE or write to visacompliance@law.ac.uk if you have any queries.

If I have been diagnosed or suspect that I have COVID-19, am I entitled to receive treatment from the National Health Service (NHS)?

If you are sponsored by the University on a Student visa, you can receive treatment from the NHS as normal. This is included in the Immigration Health Surcharge that you had to pay when making your Student visa application. We recommend that you bring your Biometric Residence Permit with you when accessing the NHS.

If you hold any other immigration permission for the UK and you are unsure whether you can access the NHS, please write to International Student Advice at visaadvice@law.ac.uk for further guidance.

I am a student sponsored by the University on a Student visa and I cannot return to the UK to resume face-to-face teaching. What are my options?

The Home Office has confirmed that we can continue visa sponsorship for students who cannot return to the UK due to COVID-19, provided they continue to fully comply with their visa conditions. This includes the Attendance Policy for Visa Sponsored Students.

Please refer to our Study Guarantee webpage which has details of the different options for continuing your studies: https://www.law.ac.uk/study/guarantee/

Once you have made your decision, please access the Study Guarantee Form to let us know how you would like to continue your studies. Please note that our Visa Compliance Team may contact you to request additional information, so please reply to any emails from them as soon as possible.

Please note that the concessions by the Home Office are only for the academic year 2020/21. This means if you are continuing your studies with us after 31 August 2021, you must have arrived in the UK by this date in order to retain your Student visa sponsorship.

Will my Student visa sponsorship continue if need to take an intermission or withdraw from my course?

The Home Office has confirmed that in these cases, we are required to report a withdrawal of Student visa sponsorship as normal. Therefore, your Student visa will be curtailed and you will be required to leave the UK, unless you have made a new visa application.

I would like to return to my home country due to concerns about COVID-19. What will happen to my Student visa?

The latest guidance recommend that all students who are in the UK should remain here unless there is an emergency which requires them to return home. If you must travel, the Home Office allows us to continue your Student visa sponsorship while you are in your home country but you must inform the University of your plans.

To do so please follow this link and complete the form with your return travel information:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8eZDEXRsh0Sw-0hOVesskNtEII3FQW9IpxSyadWSHxdUQ0VNVjRIQ1JMUURRSFFFODY5SlNIOEVNTS4u

You will need to enter your University of Law email address and password to access the form.

Our Visa Compliance Team will check the information you have provided and contact you if they have any questions.

Please note that continuing your Student visa sponsorship while you are in your home country is dependent on you complying in full with your visa conditions, including the Attendance Policy for Visa Sponsored Students. We are required by the Home Office to withdraw sponsorship for any student who fails to comply with their conditions.

EU/EEA students who are travelling home, but who intend to apply under the EU/EEA Settlement Scheme are reminded they will need to provide evidence in that application that they were in the UK on or before 11 pm on 31 December 2020, please see guidance here.

Please note that the concessions by the Home Office are only for the academic year 2020/21. This means if you are continuing your studies with us after 31 August 2021, you must have arrived in the UK by this date in order to retain your Student visa sponsorship.

Will I have any problems returning to the UK on my current Student visa?

No, you will not have any problems, as we will continue your Student visa sponsorship while you are overseas. Please make sure that you have submitted details of your departure to the Visa Compliance Team (see above).

My current Student visa is due to expire, but I cannot leave the UK. What should I do to prevent becoming an overstayer?

If you intend to leave the UK but cannot do so and your current visa expires between 1 December 2020 and 30 June 2021, you can request additional time to stay in the UK from the Home Office called "exceptional assurance." For more information please see:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents

Please note that exceptional assurance is for those who intend to leave the UK and require short-term protection to prevent them from becoming overstayers. The Home Office will also ask you to provide evidence that you cannot leave the UK.

I have assessments / resit exams that are being delivered online. Can the University sponsor me for a visa extension to take these in the UK?

Under normal circumstances, we cannot sponsor a visa extension for assessments / resit exams, as this is not permitted under the Immigration Rules. However, the Home Office is allowing a concession that we can sponsor a visa extension for “remote assessments”. There are some exception to this so if you need further information about this, please write to the Visa Compliance Team at visacompliance@law.ac.uk

What are the regulations on self-isolating when coming to the UK?

There are currently restrictions on travelling to England and these depend on whether you are travelling from a ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ list country. You can find the list of countries and the rules that apply here.

Visitors who have been in a ‘red list’ country in the last 10 days will be refused entry to England. However, if you hold either a valid Student visa or have been granted leave under the Student Route, you are classed as a ‘Resident’ and can enter the UK. Please make sure that you show your biometric residence permit to UK Border Control when you arrive or the letter showing you have been granted leave under the Student Route.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has also published useful information for international students travelling from ‘red list’ countries here.

If you are required to quarantine when you arrive in England, this must be in a government approved hotel for 10 days. You cannot choose where you quarantine. Please also note that if you are required to take a COVID-19 test as one of the conditions of you being allowed to enter the UK, you will still need to take the ULaw test on arrival on campus.

It is very important that you comply with these rules when you come to the UK. You could be fined up to £2,000 if you do not take the day-2 and day-8 tests. There is a penalty of up to £10,000 for failing to provide your contact and travel details and if you fail to comply with the quarantine rules. The Home Office also may take further action against you.

You can attend your course by Online Streaming while you are quarantining. Please contact the Student Information Service at your campus for further details.

What will happen if I need a Student visa to study in the UK?

We are currently processing the visa requirements for our international students as normal. We will also be issuing CAS for students who require a Student visa to attend campus teaching. You can find further details on the process to receive a CAS on our Visa Requirements webpage.

How do I apply for a visa if the visa application centre in my country is closed?

The Home Office has reopened the majority of visa application centres (VACs). You can check the status of the VACs in your country by accessing the following websites:

Students applying for their visa in the UK:
https://www.gov.uk/ukvcas

Students applying in Africa, Europe and the Middle East:
https://uk.tlscontact.com/

Students applying for their visa in other countries:
https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/

If the VAC in your country is closed, the Home Office may allow you to make your visa application at a VAC in another country. We strongly recommend that you check that you can do this before travelling to that country.

I need to take an English language test to meet my offer conditions. When will the English language test centres reopen?

Most English language test centres have now reopened. You can check the status of centres in your country on the following websites:

Pearson PTE:
https://pearsonpte.com/

Language Cert:
https://www.languagecert.org/uk-visa-exams

Can I switch from a Short-Term Study or Visitor visa from within the UK?

No, you cannot switch from a Short-Term Study or Visitor visa into the Student Route from within the UK. This is not permitted by the Immigration Rules.

I am having problems making a visa / biometric appointment in the UK. What should I do?

If you are experiencing difficulties in finding (and booking) an appointment to have your biometrics taken, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) are aware of this and are taking steps to offer an alternative. For more information please check here.

Please be rest reassured that your immigration status remains unaffected whilst your application is in progress, regardless of the time it will take for your new visa to be issued to you. You can also enrol on your new course at the University, provided you bring evidence to your campus that you have made a new application in the UK and paid the application fee.

What are the regulations on self-isolating when coming to the UK?

There are currently restrictions on travelling to England and these depend on whether you are travelling from a ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ list country. You can find the list of countries and the rules that apply here.

Visitors who have been in a ‘red list’ country in the last 10 days will be refused entry to England. However, if you hold either a valid Student visa or have been granted leave under the Student Route, you are classed as a ‘Resident’ and can enter the UK. Please make sure that you show your biometric residence permit to UK Border Control when you arrive or the letter showing you have been granted leave under the Student Route.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) has also published useful information for international students travelling from ‘red list’ countries here.

If you are required to quarantine when you arrive in England, this must be in a government approved hotel for 10 days. You cannot choose where you quarantine. Please also note that if you are required to take a COVID-19 test as one of the conditions of you being allowed to enter the UK, you will still need to take the ULaw test on arrival on campus.

It is very important that you comply with these rules when you come to the UK. You could be fined up to £2,000 if you do not take the day-2 and day-8 tests. There is a penalty of up to £10,000 for failing to provide your contact and travel details and if you fail to comply with the quarantine rules. The Home Office also may take further action against you.

You can attend your course by Online Streaming while you are quarantining. Please contact the Student Information Service at your campus for further details.

I need to collect my biometric residence permit within 10 days of my arrival in the UK. How can I do this if I am in quarantine?

Due to the current situation, you can collect your biometric residence permit after you have finished the period in quarantine. However, you should still do this as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the University of Law. We understand the impact that the current situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) could have on your plans to study in the UK as an international student. We want to reassure you that we are continually reviewing the situation and taking all necessary steps to support you and your safety.

Quarantine and testing rules may differ if you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the bodies listed on the UK Government website.

To find out more about the quarantine process and how to book your post arrival tests, please visit the UK Government website.

To support our new international students joining us, we will cover the cost of up to £100 for any Covid testing you are required to take on arrival in the UK, in line with Government guidance.

To benefit from this scheme, you must meet the below requirements:

  • You must be a new international student entering the UK in Jan/Feb 2022
  • You must be fully enrolled at the University of Law
  • You will be required to provide supporting evidence including a copy of your passport, flight confirmation details and a valid receipt of payment for your tests with your name as the recipient of the PCR testing kits.
  • You must email your bank sort code, bank account number and account holders name along with your full name and COLID to international@law.ac.uk within 4 weeks of your arrival to the UK.

Planning your journey

Here are some other useful tips/travel advice to help you plan your journey from the airport.

London ➔

Other Campuses ➔

From sorting out a UK bank account to budgeting, we have also put together a list of the main things you need to know and think about before and after your big move.

Hints and tips guide ➔

Contact us

We are here to support you every step of the way. If you would like to have a friendly chat or have any questions, please contact one of the following teams:

Welfare

welfare-(yourcampus)@law.ac.uk

General Queries

international@law.ac.uk

Immigration and Visa Queries

visaadvice@law.ac.uk

Library support

Our libraries our open and librarians are available on site to help you with your studies. You can also contact a Librarian via our online chat service on the Library Portal: https://library.law.ac.uk – look for the chat window in the bottom right corner of your screen. If we’re not there, you can leave a message and we’ll contact you as soon as we can.

Email your Campus Library:

Research Skills support:

Visit https://library.law.ac.uk and click on the Research Skills tab – here you’ll find recorded webinars, guides on referencing your work, and much more. You’ll be able to see what live workshops are scheduled by clicking on the Workshop calendar link. If you have a specific query or would like to arrange direct support via email, phone or a Collaborate session, contact your Campus Librarian using the email addresses as above.

Library Newsletter

The Library is now sending out a regular monthly newsletter via the usual Campus Communication channels, which will update on news about services and resources. We will also post copies on the Library portal.

Finding online resources

Our library webpage at https://library.law.ac.uk is the place to start looking for help. You will find information on:

  • UDiscover library Search (UDiscover is our main Library search. It provides you with access to a large library of electronic resources. You can filter your results so it shows those items available online)
  • Legal & Research Databases (click Databases tab)
  • Research Skills (access to research tips, FAQs and recorded webinars)
  • Business Resources (links and guidance on finding Business information)

Please notify us via Ask a Librarian or the email address for your campus Library if you cannot find what you need.

Digital Literacy and Skills Support

The Digital Academy is accessible via the Library portal and is designed to support students with their digital skills. All ULaw students and staff can take a self-assessment quiz called the Discovery Tool, to check your digital capability and follow up with some appropriate next steps and training. There are bite-sized e-learning modules designed to support your digital literacy and IT skills. You can contact the Digital academy team at digital.academy@law.ac.uk. We run regular training sessions which you can book from the library workshop links on the Academy and the Library portal pages.

Study Spaces

Study spaces in libraries are available to all students on a first-come, first-served basis. This includes access to printing and IT facilities. There is no longer the need to book a study space prior to visiting.

For students who prefer to study in a socially distanced manner, an area has been set aside at each library. These study spaces also work on a first-come, first served basis. This facility is not yet available at our satellite sites (Chester, Exeter, Liverpool, UEA, Reading, Sheffield)

You must check in and check out of your seat for contact tracing purposes. This can be done using the QR code on the desk or accessing the web page via your mobile device. Each booking is for one 3 hour slot only and there is a half -hour gap for cleaning at set times of the day. You will need to vacate your slot at that time.

Access is provided to study space and printing/copier facilities only on University of Law campuses. This facility is not yet available on satellite sites (Exeter, Liverpool, UEA, Reading, Sheffield). If you are experiencing any Covid-19 related symptoms you should remain at home and not travel to site.

Please note that charging facilities are limited so we ask that any devices are fully charged prior to arrival. For safety reasons, access to hard copy books or resources will not be available, although book returns can be made, please place them in the drop off boxes provided. The Library team can answer any questions you may have via the Library Chat function, or you can email your campus library.

Access to lockers is not available via this booking system.

Print resources

Our print collection is available for browsing and borrowing via our self-service machines. Many titles are available in our expanding collection of ebooks which can be searched via UDiscover.

Alumni Services

Access to the library can be arranged for Alumni of the University of Law on request. Facilities available to Alumni are:

  • Guest wifi access (please arrange this when booking your visit)
  • Hard copy books and journals - for reference use only
  • Use of study space with or without PC

Please note access to the University’s online resources and printing facilities is restricted to current University of Law students and staff only. Staff can advise on appropriate free online resources if required. Study spaces are limited and may be restricted at busy times (e.g. exam periods).

The Library Team has prepared the following reading lists of freely available online resources which may assist you in your research:

We are currently scheduling all of the PSC Core modules and most elective modules to run both remotely using Collaborate, our live online training tool and in a face to face environment at our campuses.

We will be following Government guidelines at all times, to ensure the safety of our delegates and staff and face to face training will be conducted in accordance with government guidance.

We are mindful of the trainees need to qualify and we will continue to do all we can to support the trainee and the firms during these times. Trainees are encouraged to check out our website at https://www.law.ac.uk/events/book-professional-legal-training/ for public courses and select "Online" or the particular campus on the Location Filter. If the chosen course is showing fully booked, trainees are encouraged to contact PDPublic@law.ac.uk to register an interest. We are scheduling more and more dates according to demand.

Financial and Business Skills Online

Following approval by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we are delivering the Financial & Business Skills module as a live online course as well as a face to face course. The course is delivered over three working days.

On days 1 and 2 (which run from 9am to 6pm) tutors teach the examinable content of the course. The assessment is undertaken on the morning of day 3. The assessment is taken either online in the presence of a live proctor or if the face to face option is selected then the assessment is taken at one of our campuses. The afternoon of Day 3 is on Financial Interpretation.

If a delegate has registered for online delivery, there is no obligation for delegates to take the assessment online. If a delegate chooses to sit the assessment in a traditional face to face environment, delegates are asked to let the pd-assessments@law.ac.uk know and arrangements will be made for delegates to sit the exam in a face to face environment.

Financial and Business Skills Assessment Resits

We have put together all the necessary arrangements for the resit assessment to be conducted as an online assessment or as a face to face assessment. Trainees are asked to contact PDPublic@law.ac.uk to discuss their resit.

Furloughed Trainees

The Government has confirmed that furloughed employees (which includes trainees and apprentices) can engage in training, as long as in undertaking the training the employee does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their organisation or a linked or associated organisation.

Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training.

For any further information or enquiries, trainees should be encouraged to contact the PD Public team on PDPublic@law.ac.uk.

We have recently revised our Study Guarantee offer for intakes from August – November ‘21. Please visit our Study Guarantee page for more information about the safety measures we are taking and the re-assurances we can offer applicants that they will be able to start and continue their programme.

What events can I attend if I want to find out more about the University?

We are pleased to announce that we will be delivering a schedule of online events. These will give prospective students the opportunity to continue to benefit from the event and engage with us whilst at home. This includes Virtual Events, Live Chat and Facebook/Instagram Live Q&As. Many of these events are now live on our website and if you wish to book your place you can do so at www.law.ac.uk/events and check our Facebook and Instagram pages.

We are now running a series of on campus visits for those who would like to visit the campus in person. We are taking extra precautions to ensure we comply with government safety guidance during the visits.

The visits are currently available on an invite only basis. If you have previously submitted an enquiry form, or made an application for a future intake you should have received an invite via email. If that is not the case and you would like to attend, please reach out to us on one of the following addresses - postgrad@law.ac.uk or undergrad@law.ac.uk

I’m concerned about the impact of COVID-19, should I still study?

Yes, you should. We understand your concerns but would like to reassure you that we are complying strictly with all the Government guidelines as well as adding some enhanced measures to ensure your safety during this time.

Please see our Study Guarantee page for full information on the extensive measures we are taking.

We’d therefore recommend progressing with your existing plans.

I am a Student visa student – will I receive a refund on any payments I make if I am affected by coronavirus?

For prospective international students, we appreciate that travel guidance is being constantly updated by the Government over which you have no control. As such, international students paying a deposit towards future intakes will be able to request a refund at any point prior to the issuance of a CAS from the University providing you have not started studying the course (online or on campus).

After you have been issued a CAS, if you have to cancel your place we will also issue a full refund, as long as the reason is due to Covid-19 and you have not started your course.

Students may also be given the option to commence their studies online if they wish.

What will happen if I need a Student visa to study in the UK

We recommend that Student visa applicants continue as normal with their plans for future study.

You can find specific guidance for Student visa students in the “International Students – Prospective” tab on this page.

Can I defer my course start date?

You have and will continue to have the option to defer your place to a later start date.

If the decision is driven by health concerns then we’d recommend waiting for more clarity on whether your programme will be impacted before making a decision. We will keep applicants updated with any key information as it develops.

If you wish to defer then you can do so via the applicant portal.

My financial situation has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. How does this affect my Student Finance application?

The Student Loans Company has issued guidance for prospective students and answers to common questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak which can be found here.

Please note, guidance on this page currently applies to full-time undergraduate students only.

Will The University of Law deliver lectures online if the campus is open?

The University will deliver large group sessions online, through live streaming in the immediate future. This is subject to change as circumstances dictate.

Live streaming will only apply to lectures and the smaller workshops and tutorials will still be delivered face to face on campus. Different courses have different attendance requirements so in order to find out how many days you should be on campus for your chosen programme, you should visit the Study Guarantee page and read our Live Streaming FAQ.

If I accept a place now, can I receive a refund on my deposit?

Please note that you may be required to pay a deposit for your course. For further information please refer to the relevant Student Terms and Conditions and the respective course Fee Schedules.