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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 15 April 2021)

  • Recent Government guidance states that we can expect a return to face to face teaching no earlier than 17 May. This is dependent on a further review of the data against the four tests outlined in the Government roadmap for easing lockdown.
  • Timetabled classes will continue to be delivered via streamed sessions until at least 17 May and will continue thereafter until 30 June for any student who opts into the Study Guarantee.
  • Students will be given at least 14 days’ notice before their course is due to resume on campus.
  • In the meantime our Ulaw campuses remain open for access to study and printing facilities for those students who need to make use of these.
  • 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.
  • We also now operate a campus-based testing facility at all of our UK ULaw locations, and all students are strongly encouraged to make use of this facility prior to return to campus, with repeat testing available thereafter. To book a test please use the link for your campus:  Guildford, Bristol, Birmingham, Chester, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, London Bloomsbury, London Moorgate.
  • Students who have opted into Online Streaming under the Study Guarantee can continue to undertake Online Streaming until 30 June 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 operates a number of funds to support students experiencing financial hardship, including a Covid-19 Hardship Fund for students specifically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information visit the Financial Support Funding section in ELITE for further information.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around large scale events, venue and travel restrictions caused by the pandemic and looking at the Government roadmap, regretfully we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2021 (May 2021) graduation ceremonies.

We understand this will be disappointing news for you, however, as always, the safety of you our students, your families and friends, and University staff continues to be our primary concern.

We will host a virtual celebration to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements and success, which will be free-of-charge for you and your family and friends to attend. We are also excited to share that you will be hearing from two new recipients of Honorary Doctorates at the event. This is not intended to replace your formal graduation ceremony which will be hosted as soon as it is safe to do so.

Eligible Graduands will receive an official invitation via email to their ULaw & personal email accounts approximately 4 weeks prior to your event date. If you do not receive this email and are expecting one, please contact academic.registry@law.ac.uk to confirm your eligibility.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. It is our hope that all UK residents will have received their COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021, making our events a safe environment for us all to celebrate your success in person.

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

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.

The University of Liverpool

The updated Government guidance to universities is that on campus teaching for our subject areas cannot resume until at least the middle of February. This means that your timetabled classes will continue to be delivered via streamed sessions until at least the middle of February.

We aim to bring all our students back onto campus as quickly as possible and will update you as soon as we can about the resumption of on campus teaching for your course. We aim to give you two weeks’ notice of this.

In the meantime we will continue to provide access to study spaces on our campus for those who do not have access to a suitable study environment at home. You should book your study space in advance via https://libcal.liverpool.ac.uk/r. For those students who have special arrangements in place to sit assessments on campus these will continue as planned for the time being. Please ensure that you follow Government advice regarding travel.

Norwich: University of East Anglia (UEA)

Under the current lockdown restrictions, UEA are delivering all (non-essential) postgraduate teaching online. Essential campus facilities, including the UEA Library, campus shop(SU), Students’ Union, and café’s (takeaway only) remain open. During this period, teaching on the Legal Practice Course is being delivered via Online Streaming under ULaw’s Study Guarantee.

The University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Law 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.

ULaw aim to bring all of our students who have elected for face-to-face teaching back onto campus as quickly as possible. We will update you as soon as we can about the resumption of on campus teaching for your course, and we aim to give you two weeks’ notice of this.

Covid-19 Testing

ULaw staff and students at the Norwich Campus have access to the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) rapid COVID lateral flow (LF) testing scheme. At present, testing is available for staff or students who are permitted/required to attend Campus. New guidance from UEA encourages students/staff who are required to use Campus to undertake twice weekly testing following concerns about the spread of the disease and the new variants. Testing is open 6 days a week.

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

Covid-19 Safety

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is a priority for the University of Law and the University of East Anglia (UEA). UEA are carrying out enhanced cleaning and have 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 required to wear face coverings within 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

In line with new government guidance issued 7th January 2021, UEA Library borrowing and study spaces remain open 24/7 for all users with a current campus card but for essential use only.
Students are advised to only visit the UEA Library building:

  • if you need access to study space or PCs to access online learning (for example because you do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in your usual accommodation).
  • if you need to access the building for wellbeing or mental health reasons.

Students must keep 2 metres from all other people when using the Library. Study spaces are for individual use only, and group study spaces are currently closed. 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.

To ensure the safety of all students and staff, face coverings must be worn at all times in the Library, even when seated. This is in line with the government’s legal requirement for them to be worn in all libraries and public spaces.

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

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 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 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

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.

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?

From 15th February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England must:

  • Provide journey and contact details prior to arrival by submitting a passenger location form.
  • Have proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You must take the test within 3 days before you travel and may be fined £500 if you arrive in England without proof of a negative test.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. You must book and pay for a travel test package before you travel.
  • Follow the national lockdown rules.

You should follow separate guidance if you’ve been in a country where travel to the UK is Banned. These countries are called ‘Red list Countries’.

If you have been in or through any of the countries listed on Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

If you want to reduce the self-isolation period (from 10 days to 5) you can book a private test before you come to the UK, https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/ending-self-isolation-early-through-test-to-release (you would need to pay for this, costs range from £100-250); you will need to state on your passenger locator form that you have booked the test. Please note that even if you take this test, you will still need to take the ULaw test on arrival on campus when on campus teaching resumes.

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 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 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?

From 15th February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England must:

  • Provide journey and contact details prior to arrival by submitting a passenger location form.
  • Have proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You must take the test within 3 days before you travel and may be fined £500 if you arrive in England without proof of a negative test.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. You must book and pay for a travel test package before you travel.
  • Follow the national lockdown rules.

You should follow separate guidance if you’ve been in a country where travel to the UK is Banned. These countries are called ‘Red list Countries’.

If you have been in or through any of the countries listed on Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

If you want to reduce the self-isolation period (from 10 days to 5) you can book a private test before you come to the UK, https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/ending-self-isolation-early-through-test-to-release (you would need to pay for this, costs range from £100-250); you will need to state on your passenger locator form that you have booked the test. Please note that even if you take this test, you will still need to take the ULaw test on arrival on campus when on campus teaching resumes.

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 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 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.

Arrival in the UK

From 15th February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England must:

  • Provide journey and contact details prior to arrival by submitting a passenger location form.
  • Have proof of a negative COVID-19 test on arrival. You must take the test within 3 days before you travel and may be fined £500 if you arrive in England without proof of a negative test.
  • Self-isolate for 10 days.
  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. You must book and pay for a travel test package before you travel.
  • Follow the national lockdown rules.

You should follow separate guidance if you’ve been in a country where travel to the UK is Banned. These countries are called ‘Red list Countries’.

If you have been in or through any of the countries listed on Coronavirus (COVID-19): red list travel ban countries - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK.

If you want to reduce the self-isolation period (from 10 days to 5) you can book a private test before you come to the UK, https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/ending-self-isolation-early-through-test-to-release (you would need to pay for this, costs range from £100-250); you will need to state on your passenger locator form that you have booked the test. Please note that even if you take this test, you will still need to take the ULaw test on arrival on campus when on campus teaching resumes.

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 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 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.

Planning your journey

If you are a new International student 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 service, 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 where you are required to self-isolate
  • 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.

BACS Travel Payment Request Form ➔

In addition, 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

Stefan.O'Gorman@law.ac.uk

General Queries

international@law.ac.uk

Immigration and Visa Queries

visaadvice@law.ac.uk

Library support

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. 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.

Study Spaces

Students who do not have access to appropriate study and IT facilities at home or who require additional support are able to come onto campus to study with bookings available via our library portal. Study spaces should be booked in advance of attending campus via our Library portal or direct from this link after which you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

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, 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.

Library loans

All loans will be extended to 23rd April 2021 and you won’t have any fees to pay. If you are in campus and are able to return your books prior to that date, please do. If you wish to return books before that date and will not be in Campus, please contact your Campus Librarian to discuss alternative arrangements for return of books. 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.

Specific questions

What is the University doing about coronavirus?

The University is acting on advice from sources including the NHS and Public Health England. We have taken proactive steps to contact our students to ensure that everyone has access to the latest advice.

PHE has advised that the risk to staff and students remains low. We are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, have made plans to act quickly if the situation changes and will provide further updates as necessary. Our priority will be to ensure that your studies are impacted as little as possible.

What are the changes to face-to-face teaching?

There will be no on campus teaching 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 a number of measures in place to ensure we can safely welcome students into campus, 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.

I will now be working from home and/or looking after children, so I can’t study as normal. What are my options? Please contact your campus Student Services via email (Studentservices-CAMPUS@law.ac.uk) who will be able to provide more guidance.

I want to travel back to my family outside UK/worried about being able to return.

If you are planning to travel back to your family outside of the UK we ask that you keep us informed of your plans – if you are here on a Tier 4 visa please read the information on our website and follow that advice. Whilst we cannot predict the spread of the virus or the actions to limit travel individual countries will take we can assure you that we will do our best to support your learning during this period. We will continue to post updates on a regular basis, if you could please check your e-mails regularly.

Are the campuses open?

Campuses remain open only for study spaces.

What about Library books?

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.

What about my library loans?

All loans will be extended to 23rd April 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.

How do I return loans?

If you would like to return books if you are coming into campus, there will be book return boxes available. If you are not likely to be visiting campuses when they reopen, contact your campus librarian for advice on the best options for return.

What about 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.

Is the University able to provide materials/textbooks in hard copy during the campus closure or provide printers to enable students to print from home?

Unfortunately we are currently not in a position to distribute hard copy materials and textbooks as a result of our campus closures. All of our materials are provided in e-format to every student and our revised teaching and assessment will take account of these changes. Where an individual student has additional needs in terms of adjustments for a disability, they should contact the Disability Support and Inclusion Service for additional support and advice.

Print Credits – Refund Arrangements

In light of our un-anticipated campus closures we have made arrangements for unused print credit top ups purchased by individual students to be refunded. If you are a sponsored student with different print credit arrangements these credits will be dealt with via our contractual arrangements with your firm rather than with you individually.

The University will automatically issue a refund for any unspent print credit as specified above. As with all refunds, the repayment will be refunded to the original payer using the same payment portal through which the original payment was received, whether credit / debit card or BACS payment.

If a recent payment has been made in order to top up your print account then this will be refunded, however if the top up was received after the cut-off date of 31 March 2020 and a refund is required then please contact the Student Finance team on studentfinance@law.ac.uk a request a refund.

We are currently scheduling most 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, most of the face to face teaching at our university has been suspended, until 17 May. There are however, some core modules and electives that we are delivering face to face. Most courses that were scheduled for face to face delivery between now and 17 May 2021 have therefore been transferred to online delivery. Trainees are encouraged to check out our website at https://www.law.ac.uk/events/book-professional-legal-training/. If a course has been changed to online delivery, delegates will be emailed direct by PDPublic@law.ac.uk.

We will be following Government guidelines at all times, to ensure the safety of our delegates and staff and we will resume a full programme of 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.

We are continuing to offer the Advocacy and Communication Skills Course and the Financial and Business Skills Course, both in a face to face environment and as an online course.

Financial and Business Skills Online

The Financial and Business Skills course is delivered over three working days using Collaborate, our live online training tool. 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.

As part of the Online course, 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 pd-assessments@law.ac.uk know and arrangements will be made for delegates to sit the exam in a face to face environment when there is availability and 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. 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.

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.