Coronavirus (Covid-19): advice and updates
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 information from the University
All Blended Learning teaching in the UK will remain online until the end of the February teaching block (Friday 2nd April).
All inductions for our new February 2021 new starters will be online via Zoom.
All UK Study Centres will remain closed until 21st February 2021. However, we are still here to help via email, phone and live chat.
From the beginning of the February study block (22nd February), our Study Centres will be open to provide space for students that are unable to study from home. To use the Study Centre facilities, students will be required to book a Covid 19 lateral flow test and receive a negative test result prior to being permitted access to facilities. Booking information and links to book your test have been sent to all students via email.
We will ensure that we continue to follow government guidance and keep students updated on any developments.
Last reviewed 2nd March 2021
What is the current risk from coronavirus?
There is still a risk of catching and spreading Coronavirus in the UK. The UK remains in a lockdown where only essential travel is permitted, otherwise everyone should stay home.
The Government has recently announced their planned Roadmap out of lockdown which will entail 4 steps. For details please visit: COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
What is the University doing about coronavirus?
The University continues to act on advice from sources including the NHS, Public Health England and the Department for Education. We have taken proactive steps to contact our students to ensure that everyone has access to the latest advice.
As soon as any changes are confirmed, we will ensure our students are notified.
As a trusted University specialising in online and blended learning, we are confident in our ability to support students with their studies, now and in the future, in order to minimise any potential disruption. As a result, we have taken the decision to move all teaching to fully online until 2nd April 2021. Our Study Centres will remain open during this time allowing you the option to have a face to face meeting with Student Support or use the facilities on site.
Additionally, our Student Support office will continue to provide support by phone, email and Skype and our Live Chat function within iLearn.
Where can I find the latest guidance about coronavirus?
Students are asked to continue to visit and regularly check the following website for the latest updates and guidance:
Do I need to take any precautionary measures?
Yes. Only travel when it is essential, otherwise, stay at home and follow the Government advice.
I’m planning to travel, or I have recently travelled to a different country, what should I do?"
International travel is restricted, please check the up to date Coronavirus Travel Advice here:
As a precautionary measure, we are asking any student who has overseas travel plans to inform Student Support by phone or email and advise: the country to which you are travelling, the date of departure and return to the UK. Students are advised to check entry requirements and quarantine requirements before travel at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office
How do I know if I have got coronavirus?
The following symptoms may develop, after exposure to someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19):
- A new continuous cough
- High Temperature
- A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. If you have any of the above symptoms you should get a test to check if you have Coronavirus as soon as possible. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result. You can book a test here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you test positive please ensure you notify your Student Support Officer immediately, whether you have been in the Study Centre or not.
How will teaching be impacted?
- For our distance learning students: you won’t experience any disruption to your normal studies.
- For our blended learning students: we will be arranging to hold online classes through Zoom in place of face-to-face sessions, at your usual lesson time. This means you will still be in touch with your lecturer and your classmates to study together, just not physically in the same room. We will provide instructions on how to access these sessions via the module page on ilearn, but you should attend these sessions at the same time as you would normally attend your face-to-face classes and your attendance will be recorded in the same way as if you were physically in the study centre. You will also still be completing all the usual online part of your studies via ilearn; using the lessons, forums, libraries and everything else you usually access.
Financial Support Fund
The financial support fund is now available to support students who may be unable to study from home effectively. Further details along with the application form and guidance notes is located on the A-Z pages of iLearn here
Will examinations and assessments be impacted?
We will continue to ensure your study progress continues without disruption. We know you must be feeling distracted for many reasons be it health, employment or general concerns about the overall situation at the moment. In this context we want to do all we can to minimise disruption and change.
Please read the following advice carefully!
If you have a Face2Face Exam: These will be changed to a 24-hour time constrained assessment (TCA). Please visit the assessment page of your module for further guidance. If you want to know more about what a TCA is, you can find out here: https://vimeo.com/398870288/2283356462
Existing 24 hour Time Constrained Assessments (UK and Berlin): If you are directly affected by Coronavirus through illness, employment difficulties or childcare and will be unable to submit by this deadline, you can use the usual mitigation or leave of absence processes.
Students are advised to check their module pages in ilearn where instructions and guidance will be provided. If you have any queries, please liaise with either your module tutor or Student Support.
I have been struggling with my assignment due to classes being delivered online, what support is available for me?
Please ensure you speak to your Student Support Coordinator. They will be able to advise you on all the support mechanisms that are available to you including Study Skills, Coaching, Extensions, Mitigation or Leave of Absence.
Will my student loan be affected?
For the latest updates on Student Finance in relation to Covid-19, please see the link below:
Why have you postponed the UK Graduation ceremony?
Arden University has been busy working behind the scenes to make sure our graduates’ achievements do not go unnoticed during these uncertain times. We are regrettably unable to hold a traditional graduation ceremony in 2020, however, we look forward to hosing this event in 2021. In the meantime, we have recently held an online Recognition of Achievement celebration on Saturday 5th December to ensure the achievements of our students is recognised in the absence of a formal graduation ceremony this year.
When will a new date be scheduled?
We hope to be able to publish more information about rescheduled graduation ceremonies for 2021 at the beginning of the year.
I’ve already hired a gown/ticket/ photography package, what should I do?
If you have hired full academic dress, purchased guest tickets or ordered a photography package for your ceremony you will receive a full refund. You can cancel your order by logging back into your Ede and Ravenscroft account.
If you are unable to cancel the order online, please call Ede and Ravenscroft on 01223 861854 or email them at email@example.com with your order details and they will process the refund on your behalf.
Will I be reimbursed for any travel costs?
We recognise that postponing our graduation may have affected your travel arrangements and we advise you to contact your travel provider for information on cancelling or delaying your travel. Similarly, if you have travel insurance, please contact your provider for information regarding the extent of your cover in these circumstances.
We have also decided to reimburse any graduates who are unable to be reimbursed by their insurance company or travel provider. If this affects you, please send evidence of your booked travel and confirmation that your insurance and travel provider will not provide a refund to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I receive my official certificate and transcript?
You will receive your certificate and transcript via post approximately six weeks after the relevant Awards Board. If you haven’t received your award after this period, please contact email@example.com
My visa will have expired; will I need a new one to attend graduation?
Graduates and their families travelling to the UK for the purposes of attending a ceremony after their visa has expired will need to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa; information about these can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor-visa
I still have questions about graduation?
If you still have questions about graduation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org