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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 5 August 2020)

Following the updated Government health and safety guidance we are pleased to announce the following phased opening of our campuses.

  • Our ULaw UK campuses will open for limited access to current student and those starting in July to study space only. All face to face assessments and teaching will remain online on a temporary basis until further notice. Please see Current Students section below for more information.
  • We are pleased to confirm our ULaw UK campuses will be back open in September when we look forward to welcoming our current and new students. We will be following Government guidelines to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Full information on all the measures we are taking can be found here.
  • Our Hong Kong campus building is currently closed and all face to face teaching suspended temporarily. We will be providing online high quality teaching and support services until the campus can re-open.
  • The University has published its No Detriment Policy which is being implemented to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student assessment. The Policy can be accessed by current students here
  • Detailed information on forthcoming assessments and exams will be circulated by all Programme Directors by the end of the week and will also be available through your Course Information on ELITE. Please check ELITE and your university email account regularly
  • Students on a Tier 4 visa will continue to be sponsored by the university during this period and should 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

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/

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 appointments can be pre-booked via email: welfare-(CAMPUS)@law.ac.uk. We also work in partnership with Big White Wall (www.bigwhitewall.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.

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, please contact us and we will provide advice and guidance and assist you in locating external support.

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

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.

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

Changes to Teaching Delivery

In line with Government instructions, we have ceased all face to face teaching at our UK campuses (including partner UK universities) until further notice.

Please be assured that during this challenging period we will endeavour to continue to provide online high quality equivalent learning, teaching and support services to all our students.

Access to ULaw UK Campuses from July

In line with the new guidance issued by the Government we will be allowing limited access to study spaces at our ULaw UK campuses from July. Strict safety measures are being put in place to comply with Government guidelines and to protect our staff and students. These include enhanced cleaning of desks, PCs and study spaces, limiting the number of people within campus at any one time, and the reconfiguration of seating to ensure social distancing rules can be applied.

Specific information regarding access is as follows:

Study Spaces - Booking now available

We’re pleased to inform UK students that you can now book access to study spaces from 1st July within your ULaw campus.

  • You can make your booking via our library portal https://library.law.ac.uk after which you will receive an e-mail confirmation.
  • Please only attend site once you have this confirmation allowing you entry.
  • Each booking is for one 3 hour slot and needs to have been made by 5pm on the previous day.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Access to hard copy books 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.

We hope these measures will provide support to those students who have found the current restrictions difficult.

Access to ULaw UK Campuses from September

We are currently planning to open our ULaw UK campuses from September. We will be complying strictly with all the Government guidelines.

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

Assessments/Exams

We ceased all face to face assessments at our UK campuses (including partner UK universities) from 17.30 Tuesday 17 March.

We are reviewing how and when assessments will be undertaken to the end of the academic year to ensure that, wherever possible, you will be able to complete your current year of studies. Please refer to the update for your programme circulated by the Programme Director to your university email account and available on ELITE.

In light of the decision to cancel any face to face assessments due to take place on Campuses, the University will automatically apply a concession application for you and you do not need to take any action. Students will be granted an additional attempt at the assessment. Details of the next additional attempt opportunities will be published on a course by course basis. We will update you on a regular basis so please check our website, Elite and your university email account regularly.

Graduation

Due to the continuing uncertainty we are facing due to the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all our graduation ceremonies scheduled to take place in 2020.

Your new ceremony details, information & FAQs can be found on our Graduation page.

FAQs for current UK students

Are the campuses open?

In line with Government guidance, all our campuses are currently closed. We are offering limited access to study areas at our ULaw UK campuses from July. Please see Access to ULaw UK Campuses from July above for more information. Based on current guidance, we are also planning to re-open our campuses in September. Please see our September Study Guarantee page for more information.

How will face to face teaching be replaced?

Until further notice, and with the exception of the Business School, International Foundation Year and AMIL, face to face teaching will be replaced by:

  • A Panopto recording for each large group and workshop where an allocated tutor will take students through the learning materials and activities as if the tutor was delivering the session in the classroom. The date release will be removed for all category 2 materials to facilitate this so all activities will be accessible to students.
    This will result in a single Panopto recording for each session which will effectively form part of the students’ preparation
  • A Collaborate session hosted at campus by tutors for their workshop groups which will effectively be a Q&A session enabling tutors to reinforce the key learning points and outcomes for the session. It must be emphasized to students that attendance is expected in the same way as for the F2F sessions and attendance will be monitored

Please check ELITE for full information about these sessions.

Will examinations and assessments be impacted?

Due to the current circumstances, we have ceased all face to face assessments at our UK campuses (including partner UK universities). Detailed information on how we will be managing assessments and exams will be updated soon. In the meantime, please continue to check our website, ELITE and your university email account regularly.

In light of the decision to cancel any face to face assessments due to take place on Campuses, the University will automatically apply a concession application for you and you do not need to take any action. Students will be granted an additional attempt at the assessment. Details of the next additional attempt opportunities will be published on a course by course basis. We will update you on a regular basis so please check our website, Elite and your university email account regularly.

Coursework assessments will proceed as scheduled, unless you are specifically advised otherwise. You should submit these via Turnitin.

If assessments are delayed, does this mean students on the LPC and the Bar course will not be able to qualify this year?

The University will do everything it can to avoid delay to students in starting the next stage of their training (training contract or pupillage).

We are liaising closely with the SRA and BSB and detailed information on how we will be managing assessments and exams will be updated soon. In the meantime, please continue to check our website, ELITE and your university email account regularly.

BSB centralised assessments – August 2020 sittings

All information from the BSB about these assessments can be found here.

The BSB continue to update this information so please do check it regularly. We will also continue to email you any updates that the BSB send to us.

Is there any change to my tuition fee as a result of my course moving online?

ULaw successfully switched its teaching to online delivery on 23 March to safeguard our students and ensure continuity of study. We continue to deliver the courses that students enrolled onto and to provide the usual support services including Student Welfare Services, Employability Support and Library access remotely. Accordingly there is no adjustment to fee schedules as a result of this change.

I am experiencing financial difficulties due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic or am unable to access my online learning, what should I do?

We are committed to supporting our students to continue their studies during the pandemic. The University maintains an Emergency Assistance Fund for students experiencing financial hardship and has also launched a new Covid-19 Short Term Assistance Fund for students specifically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This fund is limited and intended to support students with short-term financial problems resulting from the pandemic. If you are struggling financially or cannot otherwise access your online learning resources, Student Services at your local campus can tell you more, or you can visit the finance section in the Student Hub on ELITE for further information.

If I defer my exams will the Employment Promise still be valid?

The University will be understanding of examination deferrals and this would not jeopardise the requirement under the Employment Promise to pass your exams at the first attempt.

I am an existing online student having issues, who can I contact?

LL.B Online (i-LL.B) – i-llb@law.ac.uk 

GDL Online (i-GDL) – i-administrator@law.ac.uk / Assessment enquiries to i-gdl.assessments@law.ac.uk 

MA Law Online (i-MA Law) – i-malaw@law.ac.uk / Assessment enquiries to i-ma.assessments@law.ac.uk  

LPC Online (i-LL.M LPC) – i-administrator@law.ac.uk / Assessment enquiries to lpcsmode-assessments@law.ac.uk 

LLM / Academic MAs Online – management-llm@law.ac.uk 

Exam resits

We appreciate the uncertainty that the current situation is causing any students with resits outstanding. We are currently reviewing our arrangements for resitters on a programme by programme basis and will provide further information on ELITE as soon as we are able to update. In the meantime, registration for resitters has been paused

With the exception of the 2-hour workshops which will be delivered online using Collaborate, the Business School programmes are running as usual to the same timetable when possible. Students can expect the same interaction and practical activities they are accustomed to in their face to face sessions. Participation is highly encouraged. For those students who cannot attend for technical or any other reasons, the sessions will be recorded and be made available to them.

Exeter University

The University of Exeter Streatham campus is not currently open to students for study on site. Students are advised to continue with their studies and examinations remotely.

Exeter University is committed to doing everything possible to enable new and returning students to return to campus for the autumn term. Buildings have been assessed and given a COVID-19 secure certificate. Hand sanitiser will be available at approved entrances / exits to buildings, and clear signage will set out how to use each building safely. Enhanced cleaning arrangements will also be in place.

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 ULaw Study Guarantee.

Liverpool University

The Law and Social Justice Building at Liverpool University is currently closed. If you wish to book study space in July and August you are welcome to do so at The University of Law Chester campus.

The University of Liverpool plans to be open for students from September and ULaw will be delivering face-to-face sessions at the Liverpool campus from September 2020.

Teaching will take place in a campus environment that continues to offer safe access to the University grounds and buildings, supported by new arrangements to ensure safe, socially distant study space is available in the libraries, a teaching schedule that reduces the volume of students moving around the campus at any one time, one-way walking routes, adapted catering facilities and, where possible and in line with government guidance, sports and leisure opportunities. This is in addition to a rigorous cleaning regime throughout university buildings and hand sanitiser points widely available across campus.

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 ULaw Study Guarantee.

Norwich: University of East Anglia (UEA)

The University of East Anglia Campus is not currently open to students for study on site. Students are advised to continue with their studies and examinations remotely. In June, UEA Library have introduced a ‘click and collect service’ for hardcopy study materials. Students are advised to contact studentservices-norwich@law.ac.uk (soon to be studentinfo-norwich@law.ac.uk) for further information regarding this scheme.

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 ULaw Study Guarantee.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) plans to be open in September 2020. Therefore, you will be able to begin your LPC studies with us in September on Campus. We look forward to welcoming you.

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. UEA have created new learning spaces, and adapted teaching rooms and communal areas to make social distancing possible. One-way systems and marked areas have also been introduced throughout Campus.

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 ULaw Study Guarantee.

The University of Reading

The London Road campus is currently closed will reopen for UoR teaching on 1 September. At that point, the catering facility (The Dairy) will reopen.

Neither the Whiteknights nor London Road campuses are currently open to students for study on site. Socially distanced study spaces are not anticipated to be available until September.

ULaw teaching is scheduled to start face to face at London Road in line with ULaw’s advertised start dates on our website

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 ULaw Study Guarantee.

  • Hong Kong Campus - From Monday 13th July 2020 - Status: Campus building closed until further notice. All face-to-face teaching is suspended temporarily. We will be providing online high quality teaching and support services that are equivalent to the face-to-face provision. Login details for workshops and lectures have been sent to students’ university email addresses. Students are advised to refer to the HKSAR Government website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html for general advice about health and travel during this time.
  • Berlin (GISMA) Status: Campus building closed until further notice. Updates can be found here: https://www.gisma.com/media/2223/coronavirus-information_gisma-updated-18-mar-2020.pdf
  • Madrid (IE Law School) Status: 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 the coronavirus, what should I do?

Please follow the advice above for all students who may have the coronavirus.

The Home Office has confirmed that any students who cannot attend their course due to the coronavirus will have their absences classed as authorised. This means your Tier 4 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 the coronavirus, am I entitled to receive treatment from the National Health Service (NHS)?

If you are sponsored by the University on a Tier 4 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 Tier 4 visa application.  We recommend that you bring your Biometric Residence Permit with you when accessing the NHS, in order to prove you are a Tier 4 Student.

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 Tier 4 Student visa. What will happen to my attendance during the suspension of face-to-face teaching?

The Home Office has confirmed that due to the current exceptional circumstances, Tier 4 Students can continue their current studies via distance learning. Therefore, the University will continue your Tier 4 sponsorship during the suspension of face-to-face teaching. Tier 4 Students should continue to engage with their course by attending any learning sessions that are delivered online.

Please note that the Home Office requires students to resume face-to-face learning, as soon as it is safe for them to do so.

Will my Tier 4 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 Tier 4 sponsorship as normal. Therefore, your Tier 4 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 the coronavirus. What will happen to my Tier 4 Student visa?

If you decide to return to your home country, the Home Office has confirmed we can continue your Tier 4 sponsorship during your period of absence. In order for us to do this, please follow this link and complete the form with your return travel information:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=8eZDEXRsh0Sw-0hOVesskNtEII3FQW9IpxSyadWSHxdUQ0VNVjRIQ1JMUURRSFFFODY5SlNIOEVNTS4u

Please note that you will need to enter your University of Law email address and password to access the form. Our Visa Compliance Team will collate your information and maintain a record for the Home Office.

It is very important that you provide the Visa Compliance Team with this information so that we can continue your Tier 4 sponsorship while you are outside the UK.

Will I have any problems returning to the UK on my current Tier 4 Student visa?

Provided you have submitted details of your departure to the Visa Compliance Team (see above), you should not have any problems as your Tier 4 Student visa will still be valid.

If we receive any updates from the Home Office with advice for returning Tier 4 Students, it will be published on this webpage.

My current Tier 4 Student visa is due to expire, but I cannot leave the UK due to travel restrictions. What should I do to prevent becoming an overstayer?

The Home Office has confirmed that students whose visa was due to expire between the 24 January 2020 and 31 August 2020, will be able to stay in the UK to 31 August 2020. You do not need to contact the Home Office to request leave to remain in the UK until this date.

However, on or before 31 August 2020, you must do one of the following:

  1. Leave the UK and return to your home country; or
  2. Apply for a new visa to remain in the UK. You can do this from within the UK, even if you would usually need to return to your home country to apply for your new visa.

Please note that as the Home Office now considers travel restrictions to be lifted globally, they expect students to either leave the UK or apply for a new visa as soon as possible.

What if I cannot leave the UK on or before 31 August 2020?

You will need to request additional time to stay from the Home Office. It is very important that you do this so you do not become an overstayer. You can request this additional time by writing to the Home Office at CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

Please note that the Home Office will want to see evidence that you cannot leave the UK by 31 August 2020.

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

From 8 June 2020, there will be new rules for visitors and residents entering the UK due to COVID-19. This includes those coming to the UK for the purpose of study. You will:

  • Need to provide your journey and contact details when you arrive in the UK; and
  • Not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying in the UK for the first 14 days except in very limited situations. This is known as self-isolating.

You can find full details of these new rules on the following webpage:

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

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.

What will happen if I need a Tier 4 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 Tier 4 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.

When will the visa applications centres (VACs) reopen so that students can apply for their visa?

The Home Office has now reopened the majority of visa application centres. 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/

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

Will I be quarantined or need to self-isolate when I come to the UK?

From 8 June 2020, there will be new rules for visitors and residents entering the UK due to COVID-19. This includes those coming to the UK for the purpose of study. You will:

  • Need to provide your journey and contact details when you arrive in the UK; and
  • Not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying in the UK for the first 14 days except in very limited situations. This is known as self-isolating.

You can find full details of these new rules on the following webpage:

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

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.

We recommend that all students bear in mind they will need to self-isolate for 14 days when making their arrangements to travel to the UK. You should allow enough time to complete the period of self-isolation, in order to start face-to-face teaching as scheduled.

The UK Government will be reviewing these regulations every three weeks and we will publish any updates on this webpage.

Access to ULaw UK Campuses from July

In line with the new guidance issued by the Government we will be allowing limited access to library at our ULaw UK campuses from July. Social distancing and other safety measures will be in place during this time. Specific information regarding access is as follows:

Study Space

  • We will be allowing limited access of 3 hour study slots in the library/study spaces
  • Bookings will can be made via the library portal booking system (LINK)
  • For safety reasons, we are not currently offering access to print books and resources or offering books on loan
  • Touchscreen self-service kiosks will be switched off
  • Students can search for e-books on UDiscover via library.law.ac.uk
  • Students will be able to use Ask a Librarian chat via library.law.ac.uk for assistance

Library support whilst campuses are closed

Library staff are working remotely and are available to help you with any queries regarding access to our wide range of online resources. 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:  library-(campus name)@law.ac.uk

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.

What about my library loans?

If you have books on loan, don’t worry about renewing or returning whilst Campuses are closed. All loans will be extended to the 6th of October 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.

How do I return loans?

There is no need to attempt to return loans until campuses reopen. If you are not likely to be visiting campuses when they reopen, contact your campus librarian for advice on the best options for return when campuses are open again.

Finding online resources

Our library webpage at 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)

What about print resources?

We are unlikely to be able to provide you with print copies of our library books, as Campuses will be closed, so please do make sure you check out the wide range of ebooks that we have available via UDiscover. If you have any queries about resources not accessible through UDiscover contact your Campus Library Team and we will see if we can find them or suggest alternatives to meet your needs.

We are scheduling all of the PSC Core modules to run remotely using Collaborate. The following courses are all available online:

  • Client Care and Professional Standards
  • Advocacy and Communication Skills
  • Financial and Business Skills (including the assessment)

We are also scheduling most of our PSC elective modules to run in this way.

We are pleased to confirm that in light of proposed opening of the ULaw UK campuses, we are now also scheduling face to face PSC courses at our campuses from mid-September onwards. If there comes a need to close the campuses once again, where possible, we will transfer any scheduled face to face courses online.

We will be following Government guidelines at all times, to ensure the safety of our delegates and staff. In particular our campuses will be implementing the following safeguards:

  • Entry thermographic cameras allowing us to do temperature checks on arrival in campus
  • Social distancing with clear markers on the floors
  • Perspex screens in key areas to protect delegates and staff
  • Sanitiser stations throughout the campuses
  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the campuses using antiviral cleaning products
  • Wipes and cleaning products available at touch points on campus
  • One-way systems implemented where possible

Going forward we will also continue to schedule our PSC core and elective courses online.

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 and day 3 is now an afternoon session only, on Financial Interpretation.

The SRA have authorised the financial and business skills assessment to be taken online separately and not as part of the three-day course itself. Delegates, once they have registered for the course, are advised of the date of the assessment by email.

The course does not need to be taken immediately before the exam. Delegates will be advised in advance about how the assessment will run and what equipment delegates will need. To assist in preparing for the assessment itself, an online mock assessment is available so that delegates can be confident about the format of the assessment and the technology used.

We will run live online revision sessions which delegates can attend before the actual assessment. We also have a dedicated email hotline run by tutors to answer any questions that delegates might have on the course or the assessment.

There is no obligation for delegates to take the assessment online. If a delegate would prefer to sit the assessment in a traditional face to face environment, delegates are asked to let the PD Assessments team know.

We are currently looking at scheduling the face to face assessment at some of our campuses in August and those delegates who have elected for the face to face assessment will be advised accordingly.

Financial and Business Skills Assessment Resits

We have put together all the necessary arrangements for the resit assessment to be conducted as online assessments. Emails have been sent to all resit delegates inviting or confirming registration for the online resit assessment.

We are currently looking at scheduling the face to face assessment at some of our campuses in August. Those delegates who prefer to sit the resit examination in a face to face environment will be advised of dates and availability in due course.

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

Advice and Information for our undergraduate applicants

We understand that, following the recent announcement of the cancellation of exams this summer, you may be worried about the impact on your place at university. Here at ULaw we are actively engaging with the relevant governing bodies, including UCAS and the Department for Education. Our priority is to ensure you are able to progress your plans to start University this September.

At this point many awarding bodies globally have put in place solutions to ensure that you are still able to progress to Higher Education this autumn. If you are in a position where your awarding body has not yet confirmed how you will be awarded a final grade please let us know as we have a process in place to assist you as much as we can.

In the meantime, if you have any questions we are here to help and you can email us at study@law.ac.uk or call +44 (0)203 4354608

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 in September?

Yes, you should. We understand your concerns but would like to reassure you that we are currently planning to open our UK campuses from September. We will be complying strictly with all the Government guidelines as well as adding some enhanced measures to ensure your safety during this time.

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

We’d therefore recommend progressing with your existing plans.

In the event that because of changing government guidelines our campuses have to remain closed in September, there will be an option to start your course. You can read more information here about our Study Guarantee.

Will The University of Law be delivering lectures online in September 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 when the campuses reopen.

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 the Study Guarantee page of our website.

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

Our first fee liability date for the September intake is on 31st August 2020. 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.

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 Tier 4 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, or if travel is restricted from your area. Students may also be given the option to commence their studies online if they wish.

In some instances tier 4 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. 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

What can I do if I want to apply and can’t get references because my previous institution is shut?

Although universities are suspending face to face teaching, many will still have staff working remotely and you should still be able to access references.

Please contact your university in the first place and reach out to our Admissions team if you still find this is an issue.

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.

Can I attend a BPC Selection Event face to face?

No, all Selection Events will take place via Skype. You can book these events via the portal link sent by the Admissions team.