Coronavirus guidance for students and applicants

Key University messages:

2019/20 academic year

The University will be taking a 'no-detriment' approach to the 2019/20 academic year. This means that as long as you qualify to progress or graduate based on the marks obtained this academic year, we will ensure that your final academic year average is the same as, or higher than, the average you attained up to Wednesday 18 March 2020 (the day teaching moved online). Please refer to the new Alternative Academic Regulations for more information.

Alternative Academic Regulations 2019/20

We have also applied personal circumstances to all students, covering all assessments submitted between Wednesday 18 March 2020 and the end of the 19/20 academic year. No evidence will be required. You don't need to do anything.

The resit period has been moved and will now take place from Monday 3 August until Friday 21 August 2020. The resit coursework deadline is Monday 3 August 2020. Resits will be completed as an online assessment, details of which will appear on your module Blackboard page.

2020/21 academic year

The University has now published the 2020/21 term dates. This confirms that our undergraduate courses will start, as expected in the Autumn 2020 and most of our postgraduate taught courses will start in January 2021.

There are three, 11 week long, teaching blocks throughout the 20/21 academic year. Your course will be taught during two of them, either Autumn/Spring or Spring/Summer.

Once per academic year you will also take part in Block 0, an online-only teaching block, providing you with personalised support, making sure you’re ready for the academic year. When you will take Block 0 will depend on whether your course begins its teaching in the Autumn or the Spring. Both new starters and returning students will take part in Block 0.

We plan for all our campuses to be open and we are working out how to ensure all students get access to facilities and services, study space, specialist labs and studios. We are putting actions in place to ensure these facilities can be accessed safely and respecting social distance requirements.

Study and assessment

Will all my lectures/seminars be online?

Our expectation is that there will be no face-to-face lectures to limit the number of students on campus and to ensure that we follow the government’s social distancing rules. All our course teams are taking this opportunity to re-design their modules with a digital-first approach.

We are planning that all students will have face-to-face teaching over the course of the academic year, for small group learning, seminars, tutorials and practice-based learning. These may be timetabled in blocks to limit the number of students on campus at any one time, and to make sure that you are not being asked to come on to a campus for very short periods. We are particularly mindful that many of our students do not live on campus or are commuting to study.

Can you explain what you mean by online lectures and face-to-face teaching?

Online lectures will take place where it involves large groups of students or we're unable to ensure that we follow the government’s social distancing rules. For example: we've made the decision for all lectures to happen online for Teaching Block 1: Autumn term, due to their size and it being extremely hard to manage social distancing with large groups of students.

Lectures will be enabled through the use of technology so that we can share content with a large group without the need for social distancing. It means that you will be able to view the content more than once and learn at your own pace having the resources available to go throughout your course.

Face-to-face teaching will be activities such as seminars, small group sessions and practical elements of courses. We hope that these will take place face-to-face on campus to allow for discussion and interaction with your academics as long as government guidance allows for this.

If lectures are online, how will we be able to question what is learned - will there be classes to discuss the lectures?

All online lectures will be followed by seminars and/or practical sessions where topics can be explored in further depth with the tutors.

How many hours of face-to-face

We are currently putting the timetables together. The number of contact hours and face to face hours will differ depending on the course as they have always done, but you will be provided with the learning and support you need for your full course experience.

Am I going to have to come on to campus every day?

We are revising our course timetables to reduce the number of times you have to come on to campus for very short periods. This is also aimed at reducing the strain on public transport and not overloading the campus during social distancing measures.

I need to access specialist equipment or studio space, what will I do?

We are putting actions in place to ensure you engage in practice-based learning, and can access labs, studios and other specialist spaces safely, and respecting social distance requirements.

Will I have access to PC’s/PC labs?

We are currently in the process of working through how access to our PC labs will be facilitated. We will also be providing students with an IT equipment list which will ensure they are able to connect with their learning should we need to enter into lock down again.

I don’t have a suitable space to study at home, will there be somewhere on campus for me to study?

We are working to ensure there are safe study spaces on campus, for students whose domestic circumstances make it difficult to engage with online learning at home.

What health and other safety measures will be put in place - and what additional health facilities will be provided on campus?

Ensuring the health and safety of all our staff and students is our top priority and as such the University is following all the necessary health and safety requirements to ensure we are able to operate effectively.

All of our buildings will be COVID secure and will have gone through strict health and safety checks before they are open to students and staff.

We will be increasing the frequency of cleaning across the campus throughout the day and more hand sanitising stations will be available around campus. The University health centre will also be open.

More details will be made available as appropriate.

Will all my assessments be online?

We are adjusting assessment and moving away from controlled conditions examinations, unless required by a Professional or Statutory Body (PSRB). Instead assessments will be online and digitally enabled where possible. Exceptions will be practice based assessment where we will adopt a blended approach. We will ensure that you will have appropriate opportunities to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and understanding, and will receive timely and useful feedback on your work.

Will I still have access to student support services

All our student support services will continue to be fully operational next academic session, ensuring that all our students have access to support and help when they need it. We will continue to use a mixture of online and face to face delivery to ensure we are responsive to all our students.

I have questions about fees, who can I ask?

For guidance on fees and funding, please visit our fees and funding page.

Information for new students and applicants

When will I start in September?

Our priority is that you stay healthy and that we provide an excellent student experience, despite the current global situation.

It’s vital that you have as full a university experience as possible and as such, we are planning for new students to be on campus from the week commencing 19 October 2020.

In preparation for welcoming you, all of our programme teams are developing ways to deliver teaching, which will combine online lectures and small group face-to-face learning. We are also working to ensure our campuses will be safe for you in the autumn. We will be encouraging social distancing and making sure your teaching is not interrupted if government advice changes.

For more information on the 2020/21 term dates please visit our page. (Please note: some courses in healthcare and education have earlier start dates and your programme team will contact you about those when more detail is known).

I have an application for a course starting in January, is there any specific information for me?

We will aim to correspond with all our January applicants as soon as we have an update on our January start of year.

Are you still accepting applications for September 2020?

We continue to welcome applications from students and endeavour to support our applicants as far as possible. However, we are aware of the difficulties that some of our applicants may face as a result of challenging circumstances in their home countries.

We are monitoring the situation very closely and we are working with sector organisations to identify what actions may be required to support affected applicants and will communicate any changes to applicants in due course.

Will the University accept our predicted grades?

We advise you to upload your predicted grades for now, although an official decision cannot be made just yet. This is a complex and evolving situation so please bear with us.

Will there be any exam equivalent to GSCEs that will be accepted and will it affect my application if I am unable to submit it on time?

We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to be informed by government advice and information. Where final grades will not be awarded, we will use all information given to us to determine a form of offer on applications.

Is it worth me applying late with everything being on hold around the country?

We are still accepting applications and any courses still showing as ‘Open’ on the website will be possible to apply for. This is a complex and evolving situation and whilst we will try to make decisions as soon as possible, please bear with us.

I am concerned that I will be awarded lower grades than I would have done if I had sat an exam. How will you consider my application?

First of all, don't worry. We will consider your application on more than just your grades. We will take into consideration your personal statement, reference and course you have applied for. If we cannot confirm your offer for the course you currently hold an offer for, we will offer you an alternative, such as different course or foundation year.

When will I know if my place at university is confirmed?

A level results in England will be released on 13 August and GCSE results to follow on 20 August.

IB results will be published on 5th July.

Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers to be published on 4 August (based entirely on predicted grades).

In Northern Ireland, CCEA has also confirmed that they intend to work to the same timeline.

BTECs – grades will be calculated for student who are planning to complete a BTEC National this summer. However full details are yet to be fully confirmed by awarding bodies and Ofqual.

As a university we will be running the Confirmation and Clearing schedule in line with previous years. When you receive your results, we will be able to confirm your place or to offer you help and guidance on securing a Clearing place with us.

When do I need to accept my offer?

UCAS has put in a single, extended, date (18 June) for applicants to reply to their offers.

Will I be able to defer if the situation doesn’t improve by the start of the course?

We do allow deferrals. Some courses (due to placements) might not be able to defer. We will assess deferral requests on case-by-case basis. Please get in touch with us and we will assist you. Try not to rush your decision – you can defer up to beginning of term.

I hold offer with you, but want to change my course, what do I do?

Please contact our Applicant Experience team and they will assist you on next steps. You can reach them on 0117 328 3333.

When will I be able to apply for my accommodation?

For applicants holding a firm offer, applications for accommodation are now open. Please see our accommodation page for further details.

I am a private candidate, what do I do?

Ofqual has included some information for private candidates. please contact your assessment centre to explore your options but we advise you to be prepared that you may not receive your results this summer and will have to sit an examination as soon as it becomes possible to do so. if you hold conditional offer, please get in touch with our admissions team to discuss your case. we will review applications on case-by-case basis.

I don’t know if I’ll be ready for University as I am not as prepared as I would have been if I had sat exams

When you start in September you will take part in Teaching Block 0, an online-only. 4 week teaching block, providing you with personalised support, making sure you’re ready for the academic year. During this time, you will learn what it’s like to study at university, be able to practise and develop new skills, as well as get to know your course mates and new community.

When will applications for 2021 be open? (undergraduate and postgraduate)

The applications for next academic year open at the end of September. This applies to both UG and PG courses. Our webpages will be updated as soon as the new cycle opens.

Accommodation deadlines

There is currently no deadline for applications, but we will allocate accommodation based on submission date.

However, we do guarantee University halls if you apply by 25 June, so we strongly advise that you submit your application by that date. You can still submit applications after this date, but you may also need to consider other options, such as private providers and landlords.

How can I apply for accommodation?

The applications for accommodation opened on 1 May. If you firmly accepted our offer, you will receive an invite to apply for accommodation. If not, please get in touch with our Applicant Experience team, who will be able to assist you.

How much accommodation is there in Bristol?

Bristol is very popular city for students so there are lots of accommodation options available. This year we have taken on additional accommodation to ensure we can support as many of you as possible and ensure you have as much choice as possible.

When will I be able to move into accommodation?

This will depend on when the University opens and when it is safe for you to start your academic studies on campus. We will keep you updated.

Who can I speak to about accommodation?

Contact our Accommodation Team directly. Please be aware they are very busy at the moment as our accommodation applications have just opened and they are also supporting students on campus.

You can also find out more information on our accommodation pages, so please check there.

Will I still have to pay for accommodation if there is late start date?

If you are in University managed accommodation you will only be charged from date accommodation is taken up.

Information for new international students and applicants

When will I receive my CAS?

We are hoping to start issuing CAS from 17 July – three months before face-to-face teaching on campus. We will contact all applicants shortly with further guidance. Please note that this only applies for September courses.

Where can I get information on my visa centre being open?

Some UK Visa Application Centres (VACs) are resuming services, where local restrictions allow. For updates to the status of VACs, students can contact:

Please be aware, ongoing global restrictions mean some UKVI services will remain closed. Individual’s should contact their local VAC to find out the latest status. Where services are resuming, existing customers will be contacted.

Will there be a welcome programme/ induction?

Yes. In the lead up to Teaching Block 0, you will have the opportunity to meet new and current students as part of our online social programme including UWE’s Global Café and Language Exchange. As the start of the year will be slightly different this year, we will be welcoming students to Bristol virtually. alongside University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and Bristol International Student Centre (BISC) on 10 August.

During Teaching Block 0 there will be several activities that students will be able to attend delivered by Global Student Support, the Students Union, Centre for Sport and UWE’s Feel Good Team to help get to know UWE and other students. There will also be sessions about for preparing for life at UWE and in the UK which will complement face to face support when students arrive.

Will there be an airport pickup?

UWE Bristol will support all international and EU students arriving in the UK and their onward travel to UWE’s campuses. We are working with Heathrow Airport, Megabus and National Express to determine the best way to do this in line with social distancing measures which are likely to be place.

Will International students be able to arrive late?

Yes. If you currently hold an offer with us the majority of courses start the week commencing 19 October and you can continue to join until the 9 November.

If I pay my deposit and then am unable to travel will I get a refund?

We’ve amended our refund policy to include coronavirus under ‘exceptional circumstances’. This means you’ll receive a full refund if you’re not able to start your course due to coronavirus.

What if I can’t travel for the start of my course?

This page will be updated with the most recent information and advice. As the start of term approaches we recommend you check back for updates. We will continue to follow government guidance and will notify any affected applicants should alternative arrangements apply.

If I pay for my accommodation deposit and am unable to travel to the UK will I get a refund?

Your accommodation deposit is fully refundable if you inform us you’re unable to take up your offer of accommodation. Please notify us before the start date of your accommodation contract.

I am an EU student, and want to defer. Will I need a visa and will I pay international fees?

As it stands now, if you decide to defer to the 2021/22 academic year, you will be subject to new immigration rule that comes into effect from 1st Jan 2021. That is very important information and you need to take this into your consideration.. You will also pay international tuition fees. But again, this is current situation. We will have more detailed information closer to the time, so please keep checking the relevant webpages.

My institution is closed, what should I do?

We’re aware that a number of countries are facing institutional closures and cancelled or delayed examinations. We’re continually monitoring this situation and are receiving updates from the British Council, examination awarding bodies, our regional offices and agents.

Information can be found below for some exams:

UCAS are also providing regular updates.

How are International Foundation courses affected?

If you’re a Kaplan student studying at UWE BIC (UWE Bristol’s International College) or are interested in joining UWE BIC, please check the Kaplan website for details. We’re working closely with all the foundation providers to agree new forms of assessment where required.

I need to study a pre-sessional English course, will this be possible?

Due to the current travel restrictions our pre-sessional English course will now be run online. Please visit our course page for more information or complete our online form and one of our advisers will reply with more information.

I’m not able to do the English test can you accept alternatives?

We appreciate that with the closure of English testing centres around the world, you may be feeling uncertain about your conditional offer with UWE Bristol. In light of this, we are pleased to announce that UWE Bristol will be running free online English Language tests for offer holders.

The test will follow the same format and scoring system as the IELTS test, testing; listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Please note: the UWE Bristol Online English Language Test provides entry onto UWE Bristol courses only and cannot be used for applications to other institutions.

Eligibility

 Students need to hold a conditional offer to study at UWE Bristol.

Cost

The UWE Bristol Online English Language Test is free.

How to apply

For further information, please email international@uwe.ac.uk referencing your UWE ID number.

We have now added LanguageCert, IELTS indicator and Duolingo to our list of accepted English language tests. You can find out more about on our English language requirements page.

Can I defer my September 2020 start date to January 2021?

We’ll try our best to accommodate your request for a deferral, however, it’s not possible for all courses and you may be asked to reapply the following year.

If you’d like to defer, email our Admissions team. Please include your UWE Bristol Welcome ID number and write ‘Deferral request’ in the subject line.

Will I be able to apply for a visa?

This situation is constantly evolving and we are continuing to monitor the status of UK visa centres across the world. Whilst we do not know how long this situation will last, please remember that for students starting their studies in September, the earliest you can apply for your visa is three months before your official start date.

Where can I find up-to-date information about studying in the UK?

UKCISA has information and advice for International Applicants and Students, including a COVID-19 FAQ section which is regularly updated.

You can also contact your local British Council who may be able to provide updates.

I have further questions – how can I find out more information?

If you have specific questions which aren’t addressed in these FAQs, please complete our Enquiry form or get in touch via Live chat.

What support will UWE provide for helping to find a job after graduation

Students at UWE benefit from our award-winning careers service, that can help you to apply for jobs in the UK and overseas – as well as providing advice on starting your own business. The University offers a unique range of tailored careers support for international students. This includes GradLink, our award-winning careers site, which connects international students with a global network of over 700 employers. GradLink also includes jobs, a CV-builder, in-depth advice and latest news. We also have the International Talent Internship Scheme is specifically for international students at UWE. This scheme provides internship and work experience opportunities for international students, as well as key careers training and events.

I’m in the UK and have finished my course. I’m now going to do a postgraduate course. What will the visa situation be, given that the course will start in January?

Under current UKVI guidelines you cannot make an application to extend your Tier 4 visa from inside the UK if there is a gap of more than 28 days between the expiry date of your visa and the start date of your new course. Students Kelly/Immigration FG Yes in this situation ordinarily need to return home to make their visa application. We are monitoring UKVI guidance for any updates for students in this situation.

Do you have any information on the post study work graduate route?

An update from UKCISA can be found here.

So far, the following details about the Graduate route have been provided by the Home Office:

  • Any international student who will complete their course in or after the summer of 2021 will be eligible to apply for the new two-year Graduate route.
  • Unfortunately, the Graduate route will not be open to those who have completed their studies or are due to complete them in the summer of 2020.

We are still waiting on further details about implementation, but the Home Office has announced key features of the route:

  • It will be open to international students who have successfully completed a course of study at undergraduate (RQF 6) level or above at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance, and who have a valid and extant student visa at the time of application;
  • The application process will be simple. There will be an application fee and applicants will pay the Immigration Health Surcharge;
  • Applicants will be subject to identity, criminality and security checks;
  • The leave period granted will be two years and will be non-extendable. Settlement rights will not be accrued;
  • Individuals will be able to work, or look for work in any sector, at any level;
  • Individuals will be able to switch into the skilled work route if they meet the requirements.

Information for international students

How should be recording my attendance now I’m not on campus?

The Home Office has lifted the restriction on reporting non-attendance of more than 60 days and UWE Bristol will continue to sponsor you as a Tier 4 student.

I’m staying in the UK. Now we’ve moved to online teaching, am I able to work for more than 20 hours a week with a Tier 4 visa?

No, this guidance has not changed.

I've already travelled home

If you have a Tier 4 visa and have returned to your home country, or have moved off campus, please let the University know by completing the Tier 4 absence form online.

My visa is about to expire. What should I do?

Please contact the Immigration Advice Service by emailing immigrationadvice@uwe.ac.uk or telephoning +44 117 328 3871 for advice on your situation.

I have left the UK but still studying. Will my visa be curtailed/will this have a negative impact on my visa?

Now that teaching has moved fully online, you will able to continue your studies remotely. This will not affect your Tier 4 visa.

This means that your leave will continue until the expiry date shown on your BRP or vignette. You will be able to return to the UK at any point up to that date providing you are still registered on your programme, and sponsorship has not been withdrawn for some other reason.

I have an outstanding application and don’t have my BRP. what should I do?

As the University buildings are now closed there will be no new deliveries of BRPs. Check the guidance for your particular scenario:

If you have been contacted to advise you that your BRP has already been delivered to the University but you have not yet collected it, and you are in the UK:

Your BRP will be kept securely until university buildings are re-opened and you are able to come in and collect it.

If you have been contacted to advise you that your BRP has already been delivered to the University but you have not yet collected it, and you have left the UK:

Please ensure that you have reported your absence from the UK via the online form.

If you wish to return the UK at a later date before your visa has expired, you will need to apply for a replacement BRP vignette before travelling. This should be done online.

Your BRP will be kept securely until university buildings are re-opened and you are able to come in and collect it.

If you wish to return to the UK at a later date after your visa has expired, please contact the Immigration Advice Service at UWE for further advice and guidance.

If you have applied for a new BRP – either by making an application to extend your Tier 4 leave or by making an application for a replacement BRP following loss or theft – and have not yet heard the outcome of your application:

If you are in the UK –

If you have requested delivery of your new BRP to the University this will be put on hold until the University buildings are re-open. We will contact you when it is available for delivery.

If you would like your BRP to be delivered to a different UK address (BRPs cannot be delivered outside of the UK) please use the online form to update your address with UKVI.

If you have left, or intend to leave, the UK –

Please contact the Immigration Advice Service by emailing immigrationadvice@uwe.ac.uk or telephoning +44 117 328 3871 for advice on your situation.

If your BRP has been lost or stolen and you have not yet applied for a replacement:

Please see the government website for advice on how to report and request a replacement.

Please ensure that you do not use the University address for delivery of your new BRP.

Information for work or study abroad students

I'm working or studying abroad

The FCO COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory notice has been updated, and the UK Government is now advising all UK nationals travelling abroad to come home while commercial flights are still available.

If you have not yet returned home please contact the 24/7 Global Response team on +44(0)2920662425 immediately to make the necessary arrangements to return to the UK.

If it is no longer currently possible for you to return to the UK, please continue to seek the advice of the 24/7 Global Response team on +44(0)2920662425 to agree appropriate arrangements while you remain in your current host country.

We appreciate that some of you may have already indicated your intention to remain overseas but given the above advice we wanted to update you so that you can make an informed decision.

If you have already returned to the UK please email us ASAP to confirm.

Should you need urgent funds, or wish to apply for reimbursement of funds, please contact the Student Money Service on sms@uwe.ac.uk.

I’m planning to work or study abroad from September 2020, what’s the latest guidance for me?

 Following UK government advice against all but essential international travel, we have suspended all international business and study-related travel until further notice.

However, in the meantime please continue to contact the relevant UWE team to confirm your intended activity for future UWE approval.

Please note that until UWE lifts the travel suspension, no overseas activities are currently being approved by UWE and should therefore not commence. 

Information for Allied Health Profession (AHP) students

I am an Allied Health Professions (AHP) student. What is the latest guidance for me?

Please read the joint statement produced by the four health nations in the UK in conjunction with the Council of Deans of Health and the HCPC.

Is there specific advice for Allied Health Profession students on or about to go on professional placements?

This advice is only for Nursing and Midwifery and Allied Health Profession students.

Due to the escalating situation with COVID-19 and the resulting strain that it is placing on healthcare services, clinical staff and students, the University has made the decision to suspend placements for all year 1, year 2 and year 3 students with six months or more remaining on their programme. We will be working with clinical and practice partners to review this. Students who are currently on placement, should make arrangements to finish their placement in an orderly manner by 17:00 Friday 27 March 2020, students can arrange to finish sooner in discussion with their placement area. This excludes all year 3 September cohorts for nursing and midwifery and year 2 physicians associates.

Currently our intention is to try and maintain year 3 nursing and midwifery students with less than six months remaining on their programmes and year 2 MSc Physician Associate students in placements in order to facilitate your completion and subsequent registration. However, many of you won’t be able to continue with your placement due to their own needs to social distance or self-isolate in line with Public Health England guidelines. We continue to encourage you to prioritise your own health and wellbeing and step off your placement in order to return home and manage your own health and worries during this time.

We understand that you will be concerned about the impact that this will have on your programmes and practice hours and we are working with the relevant professional body to understand the impact that these decisions will have on your student journey and potential implications for the future workforce. For students who do not undertake a placement currently or who have hours to make up, there will be further opportunities to do so and you will be supported to do this in the future once the situation becomes more stable and normal business is able to resume.

Specific guidance will be communicated to you via Blackboard, so please continue to check it.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Education England websites also have useful guidance for you.

Information for nursing students

Is the temporary register open yet?

The register is not yet open – we will notify you when it is. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) are reviewing this after Easter so we will not hear any more on this until then.

You may opt to take the opportunity to be placed on an ‘extended placement’ (which is a separate process) and you will have received communication from us, please respond as soon as possible so we can process this.

Who is eligible to join the temporary register?

You must be within the last six months of an undergraduate nursing programme and:

  • not be currently involved in any local fitness to practise procedures
  • have no outstanding failed assessments
  • be able to be signed off as being of good health and character.

If I submitted personal circumstances for the first sit or did not pass the first sit of a module which remains outstanding to pass, does this preclude me from the joining temporary register?

In order to join the temporary register you need to have passed all submitted modules to date to meet the NMC requirement of ‘those who have no outstanding failed assessments’.

Do hours count while on extended placement?

Whilst on the extended placement your hours will count and you will need to submit time sheets and, while we acknowledge this may be challenging, when possible please continue to achieve sign off for skills and competencies within your OAR. Any outstanding programme outcomes will need completing once the extended placement is completed.

Do hours count while on temporary register?

The NMC have indicated that while on the temporary register the individual is then employed and, while not being intermitted from the programme, they are not in practice as a student. We are, therefore, expecting the hours not to count, and for skills and competencies to be outstanding and require completion once the register closes.

Can I submit during extended placement or temporary register?

You can submit while on extended placement, however, you cannot submit while on the temporary register.

If I join the temporary register where do I get support from?

Your university will continue to provide pastoral support to you when in clinical placement and if you move into clinical practice on the temporary register you will have a line manager who will provide support.

To support student nurses who opt to join the temporary register you will be offered a bespoke package of support enabling you to practice. This will include:

  • an induction including all key mandatory training requirements to ensure you are supported to practise safely
  • support to develop skills ordinarily reserved for preceptorship
  • more specific guidance, for example, on the management of coronavirus and how to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

What are we doing about grading in practice?

Following the changes to the NMC emergency standards we are currently reviewing options in order not to disadvantage, and these will be communicated once finalised.

Will I be paid?

The NMC letter (from Thursday 26 March 2020) states that you would be paid an NHS Agenda for Change Band 4 salary. Nursing students may later be able to choose to join the NMC's new Emergency COVID-19 Temporary Register and as part of a transition move to a Band 5 salary.

You will still have to complete your education, including final assessments, when the pandemic abates.

Will I still get my next student finance payment?

SLC have confirmed that students will receive their scheduled or next instalment of their maintenance loan at the planned start of their summer term, regardless of whether their university or provider has made alternative arrangements for teaching.

Up-to-date student finance information can be found online.

What if I cannot go into practice due to self-isolation requirements including but not limited to pregnancy and comorbidities?

The University is applying personal circumstances to all assessments where students have been unable to submit; you do not need to do anything. Please keep your programme leader/APT informed.

I have my teaching and learning module left to complete, how will this work if I finish my programme in practice?

We are working to review if we can complete these Learning Outcomes with some online work.

I have my dissertation module to complete, how will this work if I finish my programme in practice?

If you feel unable to submit your dissertation by the deadline of Thursday 23 April 2020 at 14:00 then you would get an uncapped resit with a resubmission deadline of Tuesday 14 July 2020 at 14:00.

Your programme requires you to pass all modules with the exception of the dissertation to be eligible to register with the NMC.

Once you have passed all other modules you can claim a non-honours nursing degree which makes you eligible to register with the NMC.

If you have not passed your dissertation at the sit/resit then please email your programme leader advising if you plan to claim the non-honours degree or if you wish to have a further opportunity to submit a dissertation.

If I want to undertake paid or voluntary clinical work, can I do this?

You would defer from the programme and we would not expect the hours to count unless they met the Accredited Experiential Learning requirements.

If I want to intermit, to spend time with family for example, can I do this?

Yes. The most important thing is that our students are supported and should you wish to do this then you would need to defer following the usual process.

I have hours outstanding. What option would include hours?

Either completing in practice or staying on programme would be included in your practice hours requirement.

If I undertake to complete in practice will I still be supported by UWE Bristol?

Yes, we will support you but this will be virtual support due to current government guidance.

While I am on placement will I be supernumerary?

The NMC has acknowledged that maintaining supernumerary during the state of emergency is challenging. However, to ensure students still get the support and supervision they need to learn, you will have protected learning time.

If I finish in practice will my degree be seen as different in the future?

You will complete the course validated by the NMC, including all learning outcomes, theory and practice hours, EU requirements (for Adult Nursing) and Good Health, Good Character.

Your degree will be the same as if you chose not to finish in practice.

Is there specific advice for nursing students on or about to go on professional placements?

Due to the escalating situation with COVID-19 and the resulting strain that it is placing on healthcare services, clinical staff and students, the University has made the decision to suspend placements for all year 1, year 2 and year 3 students with six months or more remaining on their programme. We will be working with clinical and practice partners to review this. Students who are currently on placement, should make arrangements to finish their placement in an orderly manner by 17:00 Friday 27 March 2020, students can arrange to finish sooner in discussion with their placement area. This excludes all year 3 September cohorts for nursing and midwifery and year 2 physicians associates.

Currently our intention is to try and maintain year 3 nursing and midwifery students with less than six months remaining on their programmes and year 2 MSc Physician Associate students in placements in order to facilitate your completion and subsequent registration. However, many of you won’t be able to continue with your placement due to their own needs to social distance or self-isolate in line with Public Health England guidelines. We continue to encourage you to prioritise your own health and wellbeing and step off your placement in order to return home and manage your own health and worries during this time.

We understand that you will be concerned about the impact that this will have on your programmes and practice hours and we are working with the relevant professional body to understand the impact that these decisions will have on your student journey and potential implications for the future workforce. For students who do not undertake a placement currently or who have hours to make up, there will be further opportunities to do so and you will be supported to do this in the future once the situation becomes more stable and normal business is able to resume.

Specific guidance will be communicated to you via Blackboard, so please continue to check it.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Education England websites also have useful guidance for you.

Information for placement students

I'm a trainee teacher, is there specific advice for students on placements?

If you have been added to your school’s rota and are currently essential to enable the school to provide face-to-face provision for children who need it, then you should continue to attend. If this is not the case then do not attend school. If you are unsure about this then please do check with your school and get in touch with us if you need support with this. If you can support distance learning from home then please do that. If your school does not need you at the moment, and/or if you are unable to work at the moment because of your own circumstances then this is obviously completely understandable. In our previous message we emphasised the importance of looking after your own wellbeing and those of your loved ones – please do and continue to look out for your colleagues in schools and each other at this difficult time.

I’m on a sandwich or short-term placement, is there any specific advice?

UWE Bristol is committed to supporting our students to access placements and other work opportunities where safe to do so during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The UK Government have provided guidance to help employers and employees work safely during this outbreak, including information on whether certain types of business must remain closed. The guidance stipulates that employers must make reasonable efforts to help people to work from home where possible as this will help limit the spread of the virus. However there will be some circumstances where this may be impossible and further sector specific guidance sets out different scenarios as examples of how social distancing and other measures might be implemented by employers to help protect their workforce and customers.

For all students, whether just starting your new role or reaching the end of your placement, you should follow the advice of your employer, discussing any concerns you might have with them in the first instance and referring to relevant government advice and guidance. Please think carefully about your individual circumstances and how you and your employer will be managing the risks that you might encounter; you should ensure you’re comfortable with the level of risk, the training and support you’re given and highlight any ongoing concerns to UWE’s Placements team. Please also make yourself aware of processes for notifying your organisation if you aren’t well enough to work, need to self-isolate or need to shield if you or those you live with are in a high-risk group. As restrictions ease and relevant government advice is updated you should expect to have further discussions with your employer on what will mean for you and your role.

If your placement finishes earlier than planned or you wish to leave your placement, please notify us at Placements@uwe.ac.uk in the first instance.

If you have concerns about the financial impact that any change in circumstances will have on you please contact the Student Money Service at sms@uwe.ac.uk for further advice.

In addition to the safety precautions your employer will have in place, it is crucial that you continue to look after yourself both mentally and physically. You are likely to experience some ongoing disruption and may find your situation challenging so make sure you talk to your employer if you’re finding the work is having a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. Employers have a moral and statutory duty of care to protect their employee’s health and safety and provide a safe environment to work in. You can also access UWE’s Health and Wellbeing services throughout your time on placement which includes both remote and online support.

If you need help during your placement the is a range of If you need help during your placement the is a range of support available from UWE Bristol so please get in touch if you have questions or concerns. from UWE Bristol so please get in touch if you have questions or concerns.

Information for Degree Apprenticeship students

Are classes and on campus activities still going ahead?

UWE Bristol has now moved to online teaching for the rest of the academic year.

I’m on a work-based apprenticeship, how will this affect me?

Please contact your employer about changes or disruptions to your workplace activities. They will be able to advise you on any special instructions or issues regarding where, when and how you understand your job, in line with the government guidance for employees, employers and businesses.

If you aren’t feeling well, please follow your employer’s sickness absence reporting guidelines. Please keep a record of your sickness days and contact your apprenticeship training coordinator or programme lead by email or telephone.

If you are a healthcare or essential services related apprentice we understand that you might be required to support your employers to deliver essential services during this period. In line with government policy, the University is committed to supporting affected apprentices involved in essential services while minimising any negative impact on their apprenticeship programmes in the longer term. If you are one of these apprentices, please advise your apprenticeship training coordinator or programme lead by email or telephone as soon as conveniently possible.

I have a progress review coming up, how will I complete this now?

If you have a face-to-face appointment booked, this will be re-scheduled or will be conducted online via Skype or WhatsApp.

I am approaching my end point assessment, what will happen?

If this is the case, your EPA organisation may get in touch with you to discuss possible delays. If you know who your EPA organisation, please keep an eye on their website.

If you do not know who the organisation is, please contact your apprenticeship training coordinator or programme lead for further information.

Do I still need to record my off-the-job learning?

Please continue to record your off-the-job learning when you are not on campus or at work, even if it does not follow the schedule or content laid out in your training plan.

The Department for Education's guide to off-the-job learning tells you what to include.

How will this affect my breaks in learning?

Breaks in learning allow you to take time away from their studies, usually for sickness absence or parental leave.

In response to developments regarding COVID-19, The Department for Education has eased the regulations for breaks in learning. This allows the University to minimise the negative impact on you if you are forced to take a break from your studies.

If you think you will need a break in learning, please contact your apprenticeship training coordinator or programme lead by email or telephone.

My employer has a query about my apprenticeship and the impact of COVID-19. Where can they find more information?

The government have published online advice about the impact of COVID-19 on apprentices and apprenticeship programmes. View more information. If your employer has a specific query and need further advice, they can contact the UWE Bristol apprenticeship team at degreeapprenticeships@uwe.ac.uk.

I have been furloughed by my employer. How does this impact me?

The government have issued online guidance to apprentices and their employers on furlough.

If you have been furloughed, you should contact the UWE Bristol apprenticeship team by at degreeapprenticeships@uwe.ac.uk and they can provide further advice and guidance as well as more information about options and how this impacts an apprenticeship programme.

I am worried that I am not going to be able to commit to my 20% off-the-job learning requirements, due to work and/or personal commitments. What does this mean for my apprenticeship?

UWE Bristol is delivering a range of content online for all students wherever possible, including those on apprenticeships (see additional guidance under Study and Assessments section). It is important that, wherever possible, you continue to engage with those activities.

As an apprentice, where appropriate, there will be instances where you are able to record time spent on work-integrated learning activities (such as skills progression) that can be included in off-the-job learning activities. It is important that you continue to record any time you are spending on any kind of approved learning activities. These will then be discussed during your next progress review meeting.

Information for students who live in UWE Bristol accommodation

I live in UWE Bristol accommodation. What should I do?

If you are a student still living on campus, we are taking all the steps we can to protect your health and safety. The Students’ Union U Block Shop is still open for students and staff on campus, offering takeaway food, as well as being well-stocked for grocery items and other necessities. The Shop is operating on reduced hours and is open from 08:00-16:00 Monday-Friday. The Village Shop on Frenchay Campus is also open.

You must follow the government's measures on staying home and away from others. Stay inside. Do not gather in groups of more than two, unless you live together.

All buildings are now on swipe access only, and only staff who have been identified as needed to support core critical functions will be allowed on-site. Students will not be able to access any university buildings.

If you live in UWE Bristol accommodation, you must let us know if you have vacated your room. We will then be able to release you from your accommodation contract for the final term.

I have moved out of university accommodation, what do I need to do?

If you choose to leave your accommodation, either temporarily or permanently, it’s very important that you tell us by completing our absence reporting form.

Please then hand in your key/card and remove all your belongings from your room. We will then be able to release you from your accommodation contract for the final term.

I have decided to stay in my accommodation, can I invite visitors?

No, you cannot have visitors in your UWE Bristol accommodation. Every single one of us now has a part to play in this pandemic. Stay at home. Do not gather in groups of more than two, unless you live together. Everybody is instructed to comply with these new measures.

We are at a unique moment in our world’s history of public health challenges and it is important for us to follow the advice provided and do our part in preventing the spread of the virus.

I’m still living on campus, are the buses still running?

If you need to travel please check your journey in advance as some services may not be running. Please check Travel West England and First West of England, web pages and social media regularly for updated travel information.

I live in shared accommodation. What should I do?

Refer to the NHS guidelines on how to keep yourself healthy. This includes washing your hands more frequently and using social distancing to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus. Every single one of us now has a part to play in this pandemic. Stay at home. Do not gather in groups of more than two, unless you live together. Everybody is instructed to comply with these new measures.

If you live in shared accommodation, you'll need to make sure that everybody is following good hygiene practices:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don't

  • Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

If you or anybody you live with starts feeling ill, NHS has developed online guidance for COVID-19 and you should familiarise yourself with it and take action as necessary.

If you are currently staying in UWE Bristol accommodation and are self-isolating, please let the University know by contacting the University's Student and Academic Services using their contact details. You do not need to tell the University that you are self-isolating unless you are currently staying in UWE Bristol accommodation.

Information for students living in UNITE accommodation

I live in UNITE accommodation. What should I do?

If you live in UNITE accommodation and are planning to move out or have moved out, please read their statement about surrendering your tenancy and what steps you need to take to make this happen.

Health and wellbeing

I'm living with someone who has symptoms, what should I do?

Please follow the NHS for up to date advice.

I'm really worried, what do I do?

We understand that this situation may be worrying. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Try to continue life as normal, remembering to follow good hygiene practices.

If you'd like to speak to somebody, visit our wellbeing support options webpage. If you have assessments or deadlines coming up that you think may be affected, please read about our support processes for assessment. You might also read Coronavirus: Looking after your mental health from the BBC.

Information and advice for Postgraduate Researchers and Professional Doctorate students

Courses timetable and signup

To sign up, please click on the activity that you're interested in. Leagues run until the end of the semester.

Courses run for six weeks and you'll need to sign up in advance. Places are limited.

Please note that booking for aerial hoop, archery, climbing and squash open at the start of each semester.

Activity

 Start date

Day Location 
Aerial hoop  28 January  Tuesday  The Students' Union at UWE
Aerial hoop   20 February  Thursday  The Students' Union at UWE
Archery  28 January  Tuesday  Centre for Sport
Climbing  28 January  Tuesday  Centre for Sport
Climbing   18 February  Tuesday  Centre for Sport
Snowsports   27 January Tuesday   Gloucester Dry Ski Slope
Squash (beginners)  30 January  Thursday   Centre for Sport
Squash (intermediates)  31 January  Friday  Centre for Sport

I have a deadline for my Progression Examination/Progress Review, what do I do?

Submit as normal to the deadlines set. You will need to do this online by emailing Graduateschool@uwe.ac.uk.

If a progression viva is required, this will take place online and you will be contacted about this.

If you are unable to meet a deadline due to personal circumstances, please inform us by emailing Graduateschool@uwe.ac.uk that you wish to suspend but no evidence will be required.

I want to submit my thesis for viva. How do I do it? Will the viva go ahead?

Please upload an online version of your thesis to the UWE Repository and notify research.degrees@uwe.ac.uk that you've done so, submitting your RD14 form.

For further information please access the information page `final viva and thesis submission'. You should also look at the Graduate School Handbook Part 13 and Part 14 on preparing for the final viva.

Vivas for the next three months initially will be held by video conference. You will need to have access to an appropriate platform, normally Skype or Bluejeans. We will also need to be satisfied that examiners and other necessary participants have appropriate means to enable a viva to go ahead in an appropriate manner. We will make every effort to enable vivas to go ahead in a timely fashion. If this is not possible, it may be that your viva will need to be postponed.

I'm doing amendments on my thesis after having my viva, will my deadline change?

No, in the absence of personal circumstances that might prevent this you should go ahead with any amendments and submit them in line with the deadline set.

If your circumstances change, you may apply for a suspension or extension. Please inform us by emailing Graduateschool@uwe.ac.uk that you wish to suspend but no evidence will be required.

Will my examiners be able to sign-off my amendments?

Yes, depending on the personal circumstances of the examiners. You should submit your amendments to the repository and notify research.degrees@uwe.ac.uk. Please follow the instructions that you were sent when you were notified of the examining board’s outcome of your viva.

Is the Award Board going to be able to award my doctorate?

Yes, the Award Board for Research Degrees and Professional Doctorates will be meeting virtually and will be able to award degrees.

I want to submit my thesis but it needs to be kept confidential. If I send it to the Repository will it be made public?

If you are submitting your initial thesis for examination or an amended version following your viva, this will be secure and confidential to the examining team and will not be made public.

If you wish for part or all of your thesis to remain confidential then you must apply to the Exam Board in the usual way. Please refer to the Graduate School Handbook Section 14 for advice and link to the relevant RD Form.

Will I be able to go to a graduation ceremony?

All July 2020 ceremonies have been postponed. Please check the Graduation page for more information.

Archive of emails sent to UWE Bristol students, relating to Coronavirus

Student support

We understand that this situation may be worrying, especially if you have family or friends affected by coronavirus.

If you'd like to speak to somebody, visit our wellbeing support options. If you have assessments or deadlines coming up that you think may be affected, please read about our support processes for assessment. For information regarding the range of activities and resources available across the University during lockdown, take a look at our university life in lockdown page.

UWE Bristol is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment to live, work and study. Please don't allow this situation to affect how we treat others. If you see or hear something that isn't right, please Speak Up using our Report and Support tool.