In light of the coronavirus pandemic the university has made a number of contingency plans in order to continue to support students. This includes offering pre-sessional English courses online in the summer. The university intends to commence teaching and learning in September 2020 so that students can start their studies. This will be through blended learning, a mixture of online learning with some smaller face to face tutorials alongside. Students are encouraged to check the university website on a regular basis for updates and information.
Should the UK Government still require overseas visitors to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, the university promises to support its students by offering free accommodation for the 14-day quarantine period.
The university has been working with government and accreditation bodies to ensure that the application process is as easy as possible for students and reflects the unique circumstances that they may find themselves in. This includes greater flexibility around the provision of application information, such as transcripts or certificates. Students are advised to speak directly to the university if they are facing challenges in obtaining such documentation and about their unique circumstances. The university has also developed a coronavirus FAQ resource in order to assist students’ queries.
For 2020 entry, the institution has recognised additional English language tests outside of the traditional IELTS test, and now accepts the IELTS Indicator and DuoLingo test as proof of English proficiency. In addition, pre-sessional and foundation English language courses are available online at the university, including: