Following the Government’s announcement last night (Wednesday 18 March) of new measures to tackle the rapidly escalating Covid19 pandemic and in light of the increasing constraints on travel, we are updating previous updates with the following additional advice and information:
- All ARUL buildings will close from 5:30pm on Friday 20th March until further notice.
- We have (as previously announced) moved fully to online teaching, support and assessment.
All students (UG and PG) will be able to complete their courses and earn their awards. We will fully support all our students’ wellbeing, engagement and progress through online resources and communications.
Please engage fully with your VLE module content and chat rooms, following the guidance of your lecturers.
Contact us on email if you need our help:
We are aware that some students are in need of short-term employment to avoid hardship during this period and our Employability Team have a host of opportunities, so if you need urgent employment please email Employability@london.aru.ac.uk.
All students will be receiving detailed and continuous guidance and support from their course teams and others across ARUL as we implement our online arrangements. Please stay closely updated through your email and VLE pages.
Please be assured that we will be doing everything we can to help you overcome the challenges ahead, ensuring you can continue your studies and complete your courses. You are our absolute priority, and we will do everything possible to support you over the coming weeks.
Message to students from Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities - 27/03/20
I am very aware that many of you will be worried about what this means for final exams. The Office for Students will produce guidance shortly on practical you can complete your studies whilst ensuring quality and standards are maintained. This will cover teaching, continued learning and assessment during this difficult time. It is important that providers support you and enable you to leave with qualifications that have real value and that reflects your hard work and allow you to progress. I can assure you that we are working closely with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) to ensure this happens.
I would like to assure you that the Student Loans Company (SLC) is planning to make Term 3 tuition fee payments as scheduled and that you will continue to receive maintenance payments on the scheduled dates, whether or not campuses are closed or learning has moved online.
We expect that providers will communicate clearly with residential students on rents for this period and administer accommodation provision in a fair manner.
I am also aware that some students are facing financial difficulties as a result of the current COVID19 outbreak. The Government is working closely with the HE sector on a wide range of issues, and student wellbeing is at the heart of those discussions. It will be a matter for universities themselves to deal with individual students’ situations.
We understand that most universities maintain hardship funds, which can be deployed where necessary. You should also be aware that if you are on a PAYE contract (e.g. part time student work), you may still get 80% of normal income.
I hope that you find this helpful and informative. We will continue to work with the sector and with student representatives (Student Unions and the NUS).
Michelle Donelan MP
Minister of State for Universities