Academic Performance Safety Net FAQs
We have developed the Academic Performance Safety Net to ensure that students are not academically disadvantaged by COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. The symptoms are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.
The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
Because it's a new illness, it is not known exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
The best way to help yourself stay safe, and prevent the spread of infection, is to pay close attention to following nhs guidance on effective handwashing.
In addition, the university have, in conjunction with the NHS, rolled out a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ campaign.
taken together these two measures can play a very important role in preventing the spread of the virus and keeping yourself and your communities safe.
If you think you may have the Covid-19 Coronavirus you are required by law to report this.
You must ring the NHS directly using the telephone number 111, explain to the call handler that you think you may have coronavirus and they will provide you with specialist advice. At this point, it is also necessary for you to contact the University.
It is debatable whether masks will be effective in this situation.
However, it is a recognised custom for some communities to wear face masks to protect themselves and others from the possibility of infection. It is very important that we recognise and respect this custom. We would encourage all members of our community to be inclusive and supportive of what is a personal choice.
International students wishing to travel home
Find specific answers if you're an international student and wish to travel home.
Yes. The University has suspended all face to face teaching and student support. The University remains open, but our campus and buildings have closed, and all our activities will be operated remotely (The Green remains open for accommodation). Therefore, if you wish to return home you may. Please do check the travel advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the equivalent of the country you are travelling to before you set off to ensure that your travel plans are safe.
If you are studying on a Tier 4 visa we will be able to advise you about the impact on your visa if you decide to return home or suspend your studies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and guidance. If you leave the country, you must let the Visa Support Team know about this.
The University has taken a decision to cancel all overseas travel until the end of April 2020. If you had plans to travel for study or other University business we will have contacted you in relation to this.
Yes – we are delivering all our learning, teaching and student support remotely – your programme team will have been in touch with you to advise on arrangements for your programme. We recognise that this is a difficult time, and that you may be feeling anxious, or that travel may have interrupted your studies. You will not be penalised academically for any disrupted study and we have put in place some special arrangements for Extenuating Circumstances (see our FAQs)
If you wish to you may suspend your studies, and resume studying at a later date. If you choose to suspend your studies, you may do this through filling in the form on e:vision. However, do seek advice from your Personal Academic Tutor and the Student Fees and Finance Team before doing so, as this may impact on your finances and future study plans.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
All our learning, teaching and support activities will be delivered remotely. Your programme team will have been in contact with you about how your learning and teaching activities will be delivered. You can contact all our support services online and by telephone – see the web pages of each service for information on how to do so.
If you aren’t feeling well our special arrangements for Extenuating Circumstances are in place to help you – find out more here.
All our learning, teaching and support activities will be delivered remotely. Your programme team will been in contact with you about how your learning and teaching activities will be delivered. You can contact all our support services online and by telephone – see the web pages of each service for information on how to do so.