- Covid-19 FAQs for Applicants 2021
This information is for new students coming to the RAU in September 2021.
The RAU is continuing to follow Covid-19 guidance from the UK Government and we are looking forward to welcoming you onto campus for a full and memorable university experience in a safe and enjoyable environment. As our plans continue to develop in-line with the guidance we will continue to keep all offer holders updated via email and in these FAQs.
We know and understand the concerns of students at this difficult time, including what your final grades will be after so much disruption to your education throughout the pandemic. We want to reassure you that we will consider your whole application as an individual to give you the best chance of joining the RAU; you’re more than just your grades to us. We will be receiving results as normal, but we will have as much flexibility as possible in processing these results and confirming student places.
If your offer includes conditions, these will remain as outlined in your offer letter (and in your UCAS Track for undergraduate applicants). You should continue to reply to your offers in the usual way.
Your place at the RAU will be confirmed once you have met the conditions of your offer. For undergraduate students awaiting exam results, this will be on or shortly after results day (Tuesday 10 August for A-levels and equivalent, Thursday 12 August for GCSEs and equivalent). We will automatically receive the results for most undergraduate students, and will be in touch if we need any further information from you.
Postgraduate applicants should inform the RAU once they have met the conditions of their offer, as per the information outlined in your offer letter.
Once your place is confirmed the RAU will be in touch with you to confirm this and inform you about next steps, including online registration. If you deferred from last year and your place is already confirmed, we will also be in touch after results day to inform you about next steps, including online registration.
Yes, the RAU is still accepting applications for 2021 entry in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
New undergraduate students should apply via UCAS. If you have already used all five choices on your UCAS application and not received any offers, you may still find a place at RAU via UCAS Extra. If you’d like to apply after 30 June, this will be through the UCAS Clearing process.
Postgraduate applications can be made directly through the RAU’s website. Simply select your course of interest and then follow the instructions under the ‘Apply now’ section.
Yes, we are excited to be introducing more on-campus events to welcome prospective students onto our campus. We know how important it is for you to see the campus for yourself. Information on upcoming events can be found here, and will be updated regularly.
If you can’t find an event that works for you or you’d like to visit at a different time, you can arrange an individual tour using our campus tour request form. Alternatively, if you would prefer not to visit campus at this time you may be interested in our online events or our day in the life of a student video.
Life on campus
The RAU currently plans to open its campus fully to new and returning students in time for the start of the new academic year in September 2021. 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.
Our first consideration is always the safety and wellbeing of students and staff in our RAU community whilst ensuring you have the fullest possible learning experience according to the government guidance of the time. Our plans are also built around our experiences in the 2020-21 academic year and the feedback we have received directly from students.
Our current plan for the 2021-22 academic year is based on a blended learning approach, encompassing a range of online and in-class activities. In most cases we are expecting that guided learning time will have an online to face-to-face split of 1:2, i.e. for one hour of online activities there will also be two hours of face-to-face interaction. Further details will be shared closer to the start of the academic year as our plans evolve alongside government guidance.
The University is very fortunate to have a spacious campus in a rural location. We are expecting that 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 in line with government guidelines.
Working with our Student Union, we want to make sure that there are plenty of fun and engaging activities taking place on site for all students, with appropriate safety measures in place. The RAUSU and University are eager to ensure that the freshers’ experience is safe and enjoyed by all!
Our Student Support Team continues to offer Wellbeing, Counselling, Disability, Inclusive Learning and International Student support as well as general advice for our students. They can be contacted on [email protected].
During most of the 2020/21 academic year the RAU delivered a blended curriculum, with large group sessions and lectures delivered online, and small group seminars and practical sessions delivered face to face with suitable safety measures in place. We have received excellent feedback from students through the year on their teaching experience at RAU.
Outside of the classroom, our spacious campus has allowed our students to enjoy a range of face to face social and extra-curricular activities throughout the year, as well as a variety of virtual activities. In Welcome Week this included our unique ‘bubble village’, where students were able to get to know each other outdoors in a safe environment. Each student household bubble had their own marquee, centred around a giant screen and a range of organised activities.
The RAU is prepared for a range of different scenarios depending on government guidelines and advice in the event of another wave of Covid-19, with the priority being as little disruption as possible to the student experience and in particular learning outcomes. We are ready to use our experiences from the last year to continue to offer the best possible experience for our students, whatever the circumstances.
All students arriving into the UK will need to follow the latest requirements as set by the UK government on entering the UK. Currently, all countries and territories are classified as red, amber or green, with different testing and quarantining conditions for people travelling to the UK from or through those categories. You can check your category and associated conditions on the government website. Students travelling from or through a country or territory on the amber list have the option of the UK government’s Test to Release scheme, which needs to be arranged before you travel.
The RAU can provide advice and support to help you navigate these requirements, please email [email protected] to discuss your circumstances.
In a situation where students want to start their course but travel restrictions mean they are not able to come to the UK, the RAU is planning to offer remote learning as a back-up. Once restrictions are lifted, we would then expect you to come to the RAU to continue your course on campus.
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 2021.
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 Student Route Visas: UKVI updates.
English language remains a required condition for study at the RAU. For some studying at Foundation degree level this is also a condition for their Student Visa. According to IELTS, English Language testing is going ahead in many locations with additional health and safety precautions in place.
In centres where English language tests are suspended due to current official 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. Alternative English language tests can be accepted if agreed in advance with the RAU; students should contact [email protected] to discuss this possibility and requests will be considered on an individual basis.
Visa guidance: For Visa updates and advice, please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents
IELTS tests: You can find more information about changes to the IELTS tests here:
UKCISA advice: 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
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 [email protected] and we will be pleased to advise you.
Our friendly teams are happy to help, and can be contacted as follows:
General queries / Admissions: [email protected]
Visiting campus: [email protected]
Accommodation: [email protected]
Covid-19 information: [email protected]
Chat to a current student: RAU website
Student support services: [email protected]
You’re welcome to join the RAU Applicants 2021 Facebook group, exclusively for new students coming to the RAU this year. It’s a great way to start meeting your future classmates!