Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19: Information and Queries

We are monitoring the unfolding situation of the Coronavirus carefully and are adhering to Public Health England guidance. It’s important to remember the risk to the UK population is currently low. We are aware that students may be worried or have concerns about a whole range of issues related to the virus. Many students have sent in their queries and we have collated the questions are responses below in our FAQ section.
 
We would highly recommend your keep an eye on your student emails at this time and follow the Anglia Ruskin University on social media. ARU are also regularly updating the ARU Student News blog with the latest updates.

FAQ's

Accomodation

I would like to terminate my student accommodation contract, but I’ve already paid my fees. Will I get a refund?
Yes, once you terminate your contract any accommodation charges already paid will be refunded as soon as possible. Refunds will be paid to you via the mechanism which you made the payment in the first place – card payment or bank transfer. The Residential Services hold this information already and, if they have any queries, they will contact individuals directly.

Please do not respond to any other queries about your rental payments. You should be absolutely sure that you are speaking to someone working for ARU, as you will no doubt have seen reports in the media about scams operating during the coronavirus pandemic. If you have any doubts, end the conversation and phone Residential Services for further advice.

For information on other Accommodation queries, please visit the Accomodation FAQ on https://arustudentnews.blog/2020/03/20/faqs-accommodation/

I live in CB1/Railyard. What should I do about my rent? Who should I speak to?

For students living in CB1 or the Railyard in Cambridge, your rental payments are due to the owners of those properties, and not to ARU.  We anticipate these owners being in touch with you if they have not done so already to explain their position on refunds and future charges.  Residential Services will be contacting them as well, to do what they can to ensure consistency of treatment with ARU owned accommodation.

I've left my student accommodation, do I still have to pay rent?
All students who left their ARU owned and managed accommodation are allowed to terminate their tenancy agreement with effect from 31 March, so that they are not charged rent thereafter.

If you would like to terminate your agreement, please email either cambaccom@anglia.ac.uk (Cambridge) or essexaccom@anglia.ac.uk (Chelmsford) before 23:59 on 29 March.

The second contract release date is 30 April, you will need to confirm it with Residential Services Team by 23:50 on 28 April.

For information on other Accommodation queries, please visit the Accomodation FAQ on https://arustudentnews.blog/2020/03/20/faqs-accommodation/

I live in private rented accommodation.  What should I do?
Your tenancy is between you and the landlord of the property you live in, and you should contact them in the first instance to see what arrangements they have in place for charging when the property is empty.  ARU will be working with local landlords, to see what help and support they can provide to you, although they are under no legal obligation to break tenancies, refund monies and/or waive future charges.  That is a decision for them.
I have had to travel home and left my possessions in university accommodation. Do I have to clear my room of possessions?
If possible, students should clear their room of possessions as soon as possible, and before 31 March. However, under the current government guidance, Residential Services acknowledge that this is now highly unlikely.

Residential Services are therefore making arrangements to ensure that students’ possessions are properly secured so that they can be collected later in the year (before the summer break) when we hope that the current lockdown arrangements will have passed.

If, at the end of the summer term those lockdown arrangements continue to be in force, Residential Services will make sure possessions are properly secured so that they can be collected at some point after that.’

I've left my accommodation and surrounded the tenancy, do I have to return the keys?
Ideally, your keys should be returned to the Residential Services offices in Cambridge or Chelmsford, or in Chelmsford you can post your key in the blue key box which is on the wall of the car park pay station building (by 41 Ransomes Way).

However, we realise that this is not possible for most students, and, therefore, you should email either cambaccom@anglia.ac.uk (Cambridge-based students) or essexaccom@anglia.ac.uk for Chelmsford based students by 29 March indicating that you want to surrender your tenancy.  

Please also tell us whether you have left any belongings in your room.  Please post your keys to us at the relevant address shown below.  If you email us by 29 March, you will not be charged beyond 31 March.  If you email us after 29 March, you will be charged for April as well.

The addresses to mail your keys to are either:

Residential Services,
Eastings Building,
East Road,
Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Or:

Residential Services,
Chelmer Building,
Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ

For tenants of Peter Taylor House in Cambridge, once you have notified us of your intention to surrender your tenancy, we will disable access to your room via your Ruskin Card.

For information on other Accommodation queries, please visit the Accomodation FAQ on https://arustudentnews.blog/2020/03/20/faqs-accommodation/

Campus

Will the campus remain open?
All our campuses and facilities are now closed. All students will be notified as soon as the university will undertake a decision to re-open the facilities.

Fees & Funding

Will the University be refunding tuition fees?
The University has not closed, but in line with government advice has moved to online teaching, support and assessment. The university staff are working hard to ensure all students are supported to complete their course.

As the University remains open, the teaching is being delivered and all students are able to complete their courses and earn their awards the tuition fee refunds will not be offered to students. The university will continue to confirm students’ attendance on their courses during this time to the Student Loans Company. This means you will still receive your tuition fee loan and maintenance loan.

If you struggle financially or need advice on your student finance please contact the Money Advice Service team on moneyadvice@anglia.ac.uk and read the blog about possible bursaries that can support you. 

What support is available to students struggling financially due to COVID-19?
The university has increased their hardship fund provision, in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation, to include a new laptop bursary hardship grants and provision of emergency loans. You can find more information about the hardship fund provision here: https://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/student_services/money/aru_support_funds/index.phtml

Graduation

Will the graduation in July 2020 take place?
Graduation scheduled for July will not go ahead as planned, and will be rearranged as soon as practicable.

Health & Wellbeing

I'm feeling worried and anxious, what should I do?
If you feel anxious or are worried about the situation you can visit ARU's Health and Wellbeing pages. Your health and wellbeing is important to us so it’s important to utilise everything we have to offer during difficult times. You can also contact your Faculty as well as our Counselling and Wellbeing team. Please make sure you talk to them about any worries you may have and take the time to support your friends.
What support is provided to support students’ mental health?
As always, your health and wellbeing is paramount. You can contact your Faculty or Counselling and Wellbeing team and use the information shared on our Health and Wellbeing web pages. Please make sure you talk to your loved ones on a regular basis.

Counselling is on offer by phone or video call; register online for an appointment.

There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as Every Mind Matters.

Finally, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has written an excellent blog full of great hints and tips on how to manage anxiety around the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

I have flu-like symptons, what should I do?
If you have flu-like symptoms (fever above 37.8C or a new and persistent cough) you should self-isolate (stay at home, away from other people) for 14 days. If you are being tested for the Coronavirus, or have already been diagnosed, please complete this form. This will automatically notify your Faculty. If you have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus COVID-19 contact NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you are instructed to self-isolate please complete this form. This will automatically notify your Faculty.

Library & IT

How can I access library and IT services from home?
The library team is offering support online, you can access online resources, speak to Subject Librarians and book a virtual appointment. There's more information and resources on the ARU Library website. You can use the remote desktop software VMware Horizon: https://desktop.anglia.ac.uk/portal/webclient/index.html#/launchitems to access all resources available on library computers.

 

The IT services are available for extended hours from 9:00am until 00.00am each night. The number to call is 01245 68 4357.

Major Projects

What support is there for students doing their major projects and what happens if they aren't able to conduct their research?
All students will be supported online to complete all modules currently underway including their major projects. Students conducting major projects will be allocated a supervisor who will support them throughout the project. Your supervisor may decide to conduct one-to-one meetings using video conferencing software, but this is to be discussed with them directly. If you are not able to conduct your research as planned please speak to your supervisor or your module leader and discuss alternatives.

No Detriment Policy

Will the No Detriment Policy effect my final degree calculation?
No. The No Detriment Policy only effects your module results in trimester 2 and trimester 3 (the time effected by the pandemic). Degree calculations will remain unchanged but will make use of the module marks you receive as a result of the No Detriment Policy.
If you have a specific question related to your degree classification calculation please contact ‘Ask ARU’ https://arul.ink/ask-aru For more information on the No Detriment Policy, please read the FAQ here https://arustudentnews.blog/2020/04/08/faqs-no-detriment-policy/

Students' Union

Will Students’ Union run online activities to students
Yes! We are planning to run a weekly online quiz and regular skills workshops. Societies have already started organising different online activities. Please check the SU what’s on calendar for all online events: https://www.angliastudent.com/whatson/

Do you know about any exciting online events? Let us know on sucomms@angliastudent.com

I have purchased a ticket for SU Awards, what should I do?
The SU Awards are back...virtually! We will be live streaming the awards on Friday 15th May straight to your living room. Just because you're at home, doesn't mean you can't dress up and celebrate. The event starts from 7pm and following the awards, we have an exclusive DJ set. The event starts from 7pm and following the awards, we have an exclusive DJ set. If you want to attend the event click here.
My society/group have organised events that are coming up. Should we cancel?
We recommend that your groups cease running activities and events where possible and hold committee meetings online/via group chats instead. If you have guest speaker events scheduled in for next week onwards, these should not go ahead – please speak to your coordinator about postponing these events. If your group has an event or activity coming up that has a financial cost implication (e.g. you have paid for tickets or venue hire or members have paid a fee), please speak to the Activities team before cancelling or postponing your event. Please do not cancel or postpone anything that will mean you have to issue refunds or pay a cancellation fee without approval from the Activities team first.

Teaching

How will the university ensure that our marks are not affected by the current situation?
The University have introduced a 'No Detriment Policy' which effects your trimester 2 and trimester 3 modules. To read the 'No Detriment Policy' and understand how this effects you please click here https://arustudentnews477704219.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/no-detriment-policy-final-version.pdf 
What happens if staff become sick and are no longer able to conduct our modules?
The faculty, as was previously the case, will find a replacement if a member of staff is sick. This will be communicated to you if it is the case. All deadlines have automatically been extended by 10 days, but if you believe your studies have been impacted by a change of staff or there was a delay to your module content delivery, you can:
1) Request an extension through Student Advice Services: https://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/student_services/student_advisers/index.phtml
2) Book an appointment with one of Students' Union Advisors: https://www.angliastudent.com/advice/appointment/.
All extension requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. 
How are we going to prove our course attendance?
You will be able to see your engagement on the Dashboard which shows your library and CANVAS access. If module leaders are worried about a student who has not been engaging by submitting work, responding to emails or by the data through the Dashboard, they will be in contact with you.
How will group assignments be marked given the lack of ability to coordinate?
All CW/Coursework type assessments for Trimester 2 have been given a 2 week extended deadline. PR/Practical assessments vary in delivery and submission type, these will either be given a revised task and date or a 10 day extra revised deadline on an individual task basis. Group work could fall under either assessment type.  If you have a query about a particular piece of work, please raise this with your module leader in the first instance. Extension and mitigation requests will still be possible if you have further difficulties despite any task and deadline revisions.
Will the face-to-face teaching resume in Trimester 3?
No, the university have taken the decision to deliver Trimester 3 (starting 11 May 2020) teaching, support and assessment online. All students will be able to complete their courses and earn their awards. The university will fully support all students’ wellbeing, engagement and progress through online resources and communications.
Can we get an extension for our assignments?
All deadlines have been automatically extended by 10 days. If you require any further extensions please contact the Student Advice Service: https://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/student_services/student_advisers/index.phtml  

or book an appointment with one of Students’ Union Advisors: https://www.angliastudent.com/advice/appointment/

Tier 4 Visas

Will students in their final year of study be granted Tier 4 visa extensions to find UK graduate employment?

Anyone whose leave expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation will have their visas extended to 31 May 2020. Individuals must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team email to advise of their situation on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk or phone 0800 678 1767 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – calls are free of charge if made from within the UK) and to check gov.uk first as that is the central source of information.

If you complete your studies before your Tier 4 visa expires you will not be able to extend your Tier 4 visa. If you would like to remain in the UK to work, you can check to see if you meet the requirements to switch to Tier 2: https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-general

You will need sponsorship by a Licensed Employer: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-workers

You can also find information about other categories, the process and requirements here: https://web.anglia.ac.uk/internatsupport/working.after.phtml

For more information in regards to Tier 4 visas, please see information here:https://myaru.sharepoint.com/sites/i-home/SitePages/Message-to-students-from-Minister.aspx

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