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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 11 January 2021)

  • The current Government guidance is that on campus teaching for our subject areas cannot resume until at least the middle of February. 
  • This means that timetabled classes will continue to be delivered via streamed sessions until at least the middle of February.
  • Online Streaming moves your mode of study to a virtual classroom where you will follow a regular timetable of live online sessions. The sessions will be scheduled between 9am – 5pm UK time. PG programmes will host live sessions on Collaborate, our virtual real time classroom. Panopto recordings will be available for those unable to attend live sessions. UG programmes will also host live sessions on Collaborate. Panopto recordings will be available to support your preparation and consolidation for workshops. Recordings will also be made available for those unable to attend live sessions. IFP, LLM and ULBS programmes are available via Online Streaming and recordings are made available for those unable to attend.
  • Campuses will be open for testing, library, study spaces from 4 January with bookings available via our library portal. Students are expected to participate in the testing arrangements universities have in place prior to resuming on campus activities. Testing will re-commence in our campuses from 5 January and will continue until at least 21st February to allow for the staggered returns of students across all our programmes. Each student should undertake 2 tests 3 days apart. You should follow Government Guidelines at all times and in particular in relation that relating to essential travel.
  • Students will retain the option to opt-in to online streaming for the duration of the second semester of studies. More information can be found on our dedicated Study Guarantee page.
  • We will continue to follow Government guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Full information on all the measures we are taking can be found here.
  • 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.
  • The University has published its No Detriment Policy which is being implemented to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student assessment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • UK ULaw students can now book study spaces at our campuses. See Current UK Students section below for full information.
  • A comprehensive list of online events have been created for prospective students to attend.
  • 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.

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/

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 in the UK can access this support in the usual way via email: counselling-(CAMPUS)@law.ac.uk. Further details on the Counselling Service can be found here and on ELITE, in the Health and Wellbeing section of the Student Hub.

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 (available in USA, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong) or visit https://us.myissp.com 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.

Our 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.

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 Macmillan 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 Bullying and Harassment 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 Report2Support service on the My ELITE homepage where they can anonymously report any concerns they have in relation to themselves or others. This will be picked up by the Welfare Officer at your campus.

Changes to Teaching Delivery

There will be no on campus at our ULaw UK campuses until at least the middle of February. This means that timetabled classes will continue to be delivered via streamed sessions until at least the middle of February. Students will be informed of when they should return to campus via their university email.

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.

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.

Exeter University

Please follow the clear signage on site, use the hand sanitiser and follow the social distancing measures in place. All colleagues and students are expected to wear a face covering while on campus, unless exempt. This includes inside all buildings, marquees and outside areas where you’re likely to come into contact with people outside of your household. Please ensure that you do not come to campus should you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

You should only come onto campus when you have scheduled face to face teaching sessions in your timetable, or when you have pre-booked a study space.

Catering facilities will either be closed or operating a takeaway service only. Libraries and study spaces will remain open. You can book study spaces on campus in advance. For safety reasons there are now a significantly smaller number of PCs available so please bring your own device or book a space with a PC only if urgently required.

There are enhanced cleaning in place as part of COVID-19 measures. This includes overnight cleaning and cleaning of touch-points throughout the day. There are also some measures you will need to take to promote good hygiene including regularly washing or sanitising your hands. When you use a space on campus for studying or when you attend an in person taught session you will need to clean the space before you use it with equipment provided and before you leave. This is a good practice to get into when you visit catering facilities or when you use other spaces and you will find cleaning stations available. There are some high frequency touchpoints where you should sanitise your hands before and after. These include printers (due to sensitivity the machines cannot be directly sprayed with cleaning fluid after every use) and water coolers.

Norwich: University of East Anglia (UEA)

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is now open for the 2020-21 academic year and welcoming students on site. If you cannot travel to the campus in September, due to health concerns or travel restrictions, you’ll be able to continue with one of our online options via the Study Guarantee.

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is a priority for the University of Law and the University of East Anglia (UEA). UEA have carried out enhanced cleaning and introduced detailed safety arrangements for the campus environment, including increased hygiene facilities and hand sanitising stations installed across key locations. One-way systems and marked areas have also been introduced throughout Campus.

In addition, students and staff are being asked to wear face coverings while moving around in University buildings, in all teaching spaces and in any crowded external areas. In line with government advice, face coverings should also be worn inside any shops on campus – shop(su), Barclays or Waterstones – and when visiting the Sainsbury Centre and Sportspark*. 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 is currently open to users from 09:00-17:00, Monday to Friday only. Study space bookings are not mandatory and walk-in spaces are available. Silent reading rooms are open, including the PGT and PGR study rooms on Floor 2. However, students will need a valid UEA Campus Card to access these rooms. To ensure social distancing, the Library have spaced out study spaces carefully, which means most spaces are for individual study only. Where required, you are permitted to sit in pairs (for instance if you require support with a disability) but otherwise please only use spaces with a green tick. Group study is not permitted.

*the Sportspark is currently closed to students, except those using it for educational reasons.

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

UEA and UoL continue to work within the guidance provided by the Government and Universities Minister Michelle Donelan with the safety of all our staff and students being the priority.

The University of Reading

In accordance with Government guidance the London Road campus is closed for face to face teaching until at least the middle of February 2021. All teaching for LPC and GDL students is currently being delivered online. We aim to bring all our students back onto campus as quickly as possible and we will provide an update as soon as we can about the resumption of on campus teaching at Reading. We aim to give our students two weeks’ notice of this.

In the meantime study spaces remain available in the library at the Whiteknights Campus.

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 1st December we have suspended face to face teaching and we will be teaching online.

Berlin (GISMA)

The Government of Berlin has decreed that all higher education teaching in Berlin is to be conducted fully online from 2 November 2020 onwards until at least 31 March 2021. This is due to quickly rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Berlin. No academic teaching will be therefore taking place on the GISMA Berlin campus from 2 November 2020 until further notice. For the corresponding press release, please visit: https://www.berlin.de/sen/wissenschaft/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/2020/pressemitteilung.1030140.php

Madrid (IE Law School)

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.

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 are 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 confirm whether you can continue your studies through online study on a temporary basis in your home country. Please do not make any plans to leave the UK until you have received confirmation from the Visa Compliance Team.

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.

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 31 January 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. It does not grant you leave to remain in the UK. 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?

The information that we received from the Home Office previously is that this is not permitted. However, the Home Office has recently announced 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?

Due to COVID-19, visitors and residents entering the UK may need to self-isolate.

Please check here if you need to do a quarantine upon arrival.

If you do then you must:

You can find the full details of how to self-isolate on the following webpage:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

It is very important that you comply with these new rules when you come to the UK. You can be fined £100 for failing to provide your contact details and £1,000 if you fail to self-isolate. The Home Office also may take further action against you.

The UK Government will be reviewing these regulations every three weeks and we will publish any updates on this webpage. You can attend your course by Online Streaming while you are self-isolating. 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 face-to-face 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 now 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:

IELTS Academic:
https://www.ielts.org/news/2020/covid19-information-for-our-global-test-taker-community

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?

Due to COVID-19, visitors and residents entering the UK may need to self-isolate.

Please check here if you need to do a quarantine upon arrival.

If you do then you must:

You can find the full details of how to self-isolate on the following webpage:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

It is very important that you comply with these new rules when you come to the UK. You can be fined £100 for failing to provide your contact details and £1,000 if you fail to self-isolate. The Home Office also may take further action against you.

The UK Government will be reviewing these regulations every three weeks and we will publish any updates on this webpage. You can attend your course by Online Streaming while you are self-isolating. 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 self-isolating?

Due to the current situation, you can collect your biometric residence permit after you have finished self-isolating. 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.

We understand you may have concerns about planning your travel during this coronavirus situation. We have put together some helpful travel from the airport information to help you plan your travel from your arrival airport.

Arrival in the UK

From 15 January, to travel to England or Scotland, you must also provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

As part of the government guidelines to tackle the spread of Covid-19 there are countries and territories with 10 days quarantine requirements. You will need to self-isolate if you have come from or made a transit stop in a country that is not on the exempt list.

Please use the below link to find out if you are required to self-isolate:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

Provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

All passengers arriving to the UK are required to complete a passenger locator form online. This includes if you’re travelling from a country or territory where you do not have to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK. You must complete this form even if you’ve already completed a different form to enter another country.

If you do not complete the form before you arrive in the UK, it might take you longer to enter the UK. You cannot submit the form until 48 hours before you’re due to arrive in the UK.

https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form

Planning your journey

If you are arriving from a country where you are required to self-isolate for 10 days, The University of Law will reimburse you with up to £50 towards your taxi fare.

In order to benefit from this services you must meet the below requirements.

  • You must be a new international student enrolling in January/February 2021
  • You must be arriving from a country that is on the 10 day self-isolation list on the day of your travel.
  • You must be able to provide a taxi fare receipt that proves the funds were used for the taxi journey from the airport to your accommodation.
  • You must email your completed BACS form, your taxi receipt and your flight details/confirmation to international@law.ac.uk within 4 weeks of your arrival to the UK.

Students that meet the above requirements will be reimbursed within four weeks.

Accommodation

Get up to £150 towards your accommodation costs.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss student applying for the EU/EEA Settlement scheme, arriving in the UK before 31st December 2020 to commence a course with the University of Law in January 2021 or February 2021, you may be eligible under this scheme for a reimbursement of up to £150 towards accommodation costs.

BACS Travel Payment Request Form ➔

If you are arriving from a country where you’re not required to self-isolate, here are some 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
Stefan.O'Gorman@law.ac.uk

General Queries
international@law.ac.uk

Immigration and Visa Queries
visaadvice@law.ac.uk

Library support

Chat service. You can 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. 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 fortnightly 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. You can see the latest list of training sessions on Collaborate on the library portal and click to register from there.

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.

Study Spaces - Booking now available

If you are coming into Campus to study, it is imperative that you book a seat in the Library. You can make your booking via the link on the Library portal or direct from this link after which you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

Please book in advance if possible, but if you are on Campus, you can use the system to book for an appropriate session. You can book up to two sessions on the system. Each session is for 3 hours 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.

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.

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, temperature monitoring is now being conducted prior to admission to our premises.

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. If you need to access your locker please book this via the retrieve and leave system as previously notified.

Library loans

All loans will be extended to 1st March 2021 and you won’t have any fees to pay. If you do receive any automated messages relating to items on loan, don’t worry but you can contact Library staff for clarification if you have any queries.

Print resources

We are continuing to expand our collection of ebooks so these are easily accessible to you. However, if you want to borrow a print text from the Library collection, you can make a request to your campus Library Team.

To find print titles you can search via UDiscover, as you search choose the option to search Libraries and then select your campus.

If you identify a title you would like to borrow, email your campus Library (contact details can be found in the Library newsletter) with the details.

The Library team will then contact you to confirm whether the title is available and make arrangements for collection.

Courses

We are currently scheduling all of the PSC Core modules and most elective modules to run remotely using Collaborate, our live online training tool.

Unfortunately, due to the increased risk of COVID infections, we have received notification from the government that all face to face teaching is to be temporarily suspended until 25 January 2021. This decision will be reviewed on 18 January 2021. Any courses that were scheduled for face to face delivery between now and 25 January 2021 will be transferred to online delivery.

We will be following Government guidelines at all times, to ensure the safety of our delegates and staff and we will resume face to face training only when we are advised it is safe to do so.

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 difficult 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. The course is delivered over three working days.

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

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 team know and arrangements will be made for delegates to sit the exam once it is safe to do so.

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.

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, please do not hesitate to contact our PD Public team on PDPublic@law.ac.uk

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.

On-Demand Course Presentations detailing information about all of our key courses, are being added to the respective course pages of our website.

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.

If campuses have to shut at any point then you can start or continue your learning through our Study Guarantee. 

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.

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

In order to manage social distancing on campus, the University has taken the decision to deliver some of its teaching through online streaming.

Online 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 this will impact your chosen programme, you should visit Study Guarantee page.

Will I receive a refund on any payments I make if I’m affected by Coronavirus?

For each intake we have a first fee liability date. If you decide to cancel your place any time up to this date then you’ll be entitled to a refund on any fees paid. You can find the fee liability date on the relevant Fee Schedule, accessible from our website.

Should we have to cancel your programme then you’ll receive a refund on your deposit and any payments made towards your tuition fees.

I am a Visa Sponsored 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), or if travel is restricted from your area providing you have not started studying the course (online or on campus). Students may also be given the option to commence their studies online if they wish.

In some instances Visa Sponsored students may start their programme via online streaming and later apply for a CAS. Please be aware that, irrespective of your visa status if you start your programme via online streaming, you will no longer be eligible to request the refund mentioned above. Therefore, if you start via online streaming and then don’t receive a CAS, you will no longer be eligible to request the above refund. Please note you will also remain liable for the portion of your course fee that you have studied. This will be calculated on a pro-rated basis.

When will I know if my programme is due to run?

There are no plans in place to cancel any courses at present but as you are aware we are dealing with unique and fast changing circumstances. Should that change then any applicants who’ve accepted a place on a given course will be updated at least 4 weeks in advance of the course start date, as per the University course cancellation policy. If we have information any earlier then we will let you know ASAP.

What will happen if I need a tier 4 visa to study in the UK?

We recommend that tier 4 applicants continue as normal with their plans for future study.

You can find specific guidance for Tier 4 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 should contact our Admissions team. Their email address is admissions@law.ac.uk.

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.