- Covid-19 FAQs
28 July 2020
This information is being frequently updated to reflect the latest advice from the Government and Public Health England (PHE). If the Covid-19 situation changes then these arrangements may of course need to alter in accordance with UK government guidance. However, the RAU will keep students and offer holders updated and will be in direct contact in coming weeks with further details.
If you are displaying symptoms call the 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Questions from applicants for September 2020
The RAU plans to open its campus fully to new and returning students in time for the start of the new academic year in September 2020. The University continues to follow government advice and will have a range of robust protective measures in place for the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider local community. We aim to provide students with the best possible experience in a safe and enjoyable environment.
RAU students and offer holders will be updated directly as soon as plans are finalised.
If the Covid-19 situation changes then these arrangements may of course need to alter in accordance with UK government guidance. However, the RAU will keep students and offer holders updated and will be in direct contact in coming weeks with further details.
Teaching arrangements are expected to comprise a blend of large group sessions and lectures delivered online, with small group seminars, tutorials and practical sessions delivered face to face in suitably adapted spaces. Students and offer holders will be updated directly as soon as plans are finalised.
The University is very fortunate to have a spacious campus in a rural location. Facilities including the library, study areas, catering outlets and sports pitches will be available with a range of robust protective measures in place for the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider local community.
The University is offering on-site accommodation to all new students who wish to reside in halls, this includes an option for international students to carry out any required quarantine on campus before the term starts.
We are putting in place robust procedures for isolation and track and trace on campus.
We are preparing for a range of different scenarios depending on government guidelines and advice in the event of a second wave, with the priority being as little disruption as possible to the student experience and in particular learning outcomes.
Questions from overseas applicants (International / Tier 4)
The University is offering on-site accommodation to all new students who wish to reside in halls. This includes an option for international students to carry out any required quarantine on campus before the term starts.
Please email email@example.com to discuss your circumstances.
Some of our overseas Education Consultants have encouraged their staff to work from home which means some branches will remain closed until further notice.
Before visiting a branch please call to check that they are open and remember that although some offices will be closed, the Education Consultants will be contactable via other means; email, social media and by phone. Check their respective websites for further information and please do contact them by the means they suggest.
To find out the nearest branch to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be pleased to advise you.
Our advice is to continue your preparations whether these are related to immigration, finances, exams or otherwise with a view to commencing your studies as planned in September 2020.
The RAU will continue to monitor and follow the latest Government guidelines. Please visit the UKVI website for the most up to date information from the UK Government on Tier 4 Visas: UKVI updates.
English language is a required condition for study at the RAU. For some studying at Foundation degree level this is also a condition for their Tier 4 Visa.
According to IELTS and other English Language Test providers, in centres where English language tests are suspended due to official current requirements, IELTS and other providers are working to put in place provisions so that applicants can take their English language test as soon as possible.
Whilst many English Language Centres remain closed during the Covid-19 the University will accept some further English Language Tests. Please visit our English Language Requirements page. Scroll to the bottom of the table to view the additional tests.
Please continue to monitor the latest information from these providers. We are also closely monitoring the situation and will update these pages with more details as soon as we can.
Please visit the UKVI website for the most up to date information from the UK Government on Tier 4 Visas and IELTS tests.
For Visa updates and advice, please visit:
You can find more information about changes to the IELTS tests here:
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also provides regular up-to-date information: www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Studying--living-in-the-UK/Coronavirus-Covid-19-info-for-international-students#layer-6716