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COVID-19: Your September start at Hull

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The warmest welcome in the safest way

How are you feeling about starting uni: excited, nervous, unsure? That’s okay. Actually, it’s more than okay.

It’s completely normal to feel how you’re feeling right now. Especially given the situation at the moment.

But we’re going to make sure your first taste of the university experience is as rich, fun and safe as it can be.

Our brilliant staff, gifted academics and student ambassadors are here for you whenever you need us. And that starts now.

Let’s get you settled in.

11 things to remember about your September start

  1. Full e-Induction before you arrive
  2. University starts on 14 September
  3. Accommodation opens 12 September
  4. Combination of online and face-to-face learning
  5. Regular one-to-one academic support
  6. Timetable spread over extended hours
  7. Access to the Library and specialist facilities
  8. Social spaces and catering available
  9. Sports centre opens on 14 September
  10. Student support services are here to help
  11. Health and safety measures in-place across campus

You’ll learn through a blend of online and in-person teaching, as appropriate to local and national guidelines at the time.

You’ll have the freedom to learn at your own pace, and to review material when you want to. Some in-person teaching will take place in small groups, where you can apply what you’ve learned in discussion with your tutors and fellow students. You’ll also have access to your department’s specialist facilities.

So you get the same high quality teaching and support you’d expect from us – just delivered in a new way.

You can find out more about our plans for teaching in September here:

COVID-19: Changes to courses

Are all students expected to be on campus in September?

We are looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students onto campus in September. It is the expectation that students should be available, in Hull, to be able to start or recommence their studies from the appropriate date when induction and teaching starts.

We do appreciate that this may not be possible for some students, for example, those who are shielding, and we are here to support you in undertaking your studies and enjoying a wider student experience whatever your circumstances.

If you have any concerns, you can reach us on 01482 466100, Monday to Friday, or send us a message on our messenger chat.

Learning online – what will I need?

As classes will be delivered through a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, it’s

important you have:

  • A laptop with webcam and audio functions
  • An internet connection (either WiFi or cable)
  • A comfortable place to study and take part in online lessons

You can borrow a laptop, or pre-book use of an open-access PC or study spaces in the Brynmor Jones Library. And you can find lots of tips on which laptop to buy on our website at hull.ac.uk/buying-a-laptop.

Will there be an induction?

You'll have a full e-Induction before you arrive, giving you a little extra time to settle in, make friends, meet the tutors and students on your course, and familiarise yourself with our campus, services and support structures.

What will my timetable be like?

To allow as much on-campus teaching as possible while adhering to the latest physical distancing measures, your timetable will be spread over extended hours.

Your Wednesday afternoons and weekends will be kept free for you to take part in extracurricular activities, including sports, clubs and societies.

We understand that for some students, this extended timetable may present challenges with family or other commitments. If you are concerned about this, you should talk to your Academic Support Tutor.

How will my course be delivered?

You can find out more information about your specific course and details of any changes here. We will send you your timetable on 7 September. This will include more specific information on each of your classes and how they will be taught.

In general, teaching over the 2020/21 academic year will be delivered through a blend of online and face-to-face learning, where you will join a supportive and inspirational learning community of leading academics and fellow students.

You will have both timetabled activity with your class, and directed learning in your own time, on a weekly basis through Canvas, our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Blended learning offers you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, to review material when you want to and to personalise your learning to some extent.

What facilities will be available?

The Brynmor Jones Library will be open and accessible. It is a superb learning space with collaborative study spaces, open-access PCs, over a million books, and panoramic views of the city from the seventh floor observatory.

You will also have access to your department's specialist learning facilities, such as labs and studios.

What support will be available?

Academic Support Tutors will be your key point of contact, whether studying online or on campus.

Academic Support tutorials will take place on campus where possible. You will also have access to one-to-one weekly support with our academic staff, either in person or online.

Our student support services team is here to help. They'll be offering online appointments in areas including mental health support, general welfare, specific learning difference and disability inclusion, with a range of online tools and resources also available.

We understand that there will be circumstances where face-to-face appointments will be necessary, and these will be available depending on individual need.

How will you ensure the campus is clean?

All the latest safety measures are already in place across campus:

  • Regular, thorough cleaning in all high-touch points, teaching and social areas
  • Specific guidance on how to keep safe in our accommodation
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Physical distancing
  • One-way systems
Will there be any changes to my course?

The way we learn and come together may have changed. But one thing will always be the same. Our promise to give you the best teaching and learning, the best experiences and the best opportunities – as best we can, while keeping you safe in these extraordinary times.

Find out more about changes to your specific course.

If you’re living on campus, you join a ‘household’ of 8 people or more. A household is a cluster flat of 8 or more rooms that share a kitchen and bathroom. You don’t need to wear a face covering or follow social distancing in your household if you don’t want to, but please do follow the latest health and safety measures outside of your household.

For the safety of all our students, and in keeping with Government guidelines, you won’t be allowed overnight guests into your household until 1 November. But your family and friends are welcome to stay in our guest accommodation when they visit.

If you or a member of your household is coming from a city or country in full or partial lockdown, we can provide self-isolation facilities.

Tell me more about move-in day

When can I move in to my accommodation?

For those students choosing to live with us next year, we are pleased to say that our on-campus accommodation will be ready for your arrival from the 12 September.

What health and safety measures are in place?

Living in our on-campus accommodation, you will be part of a safe and welcoming community, with all the latest health measures in place including physical distancing and hand sanitiser in high footfall areas.

We’re starting a week earlier this year. Welcome Week is now Welcome Fortnight, and it’s packed full with all sorts of virtual and outdoor events. So you’ll have more time to settle in, make friends, meet your tutors, join clubs and know your way around campus.

What's on at WelcomeFest

Can I still participate in sports, clubs and societies?

Our sports centre will be open from 14 September, and you will be able to take part in some on-campus sport and activities. You will also be able to join a wide range of sports clubs, societies and activities through Hull University Students’ Union.

What social spaces are available on-campus?

Some indoor spaces will be open, including our canteen in Canham Turner, coffee bars, Sanctuary (bar, snacks and pub food), Eats (pizzeria, deli and snack bar) and Spar mini-supermarket in the Student Central building, plus even more outdoor social spaces and eateries.

What is open elsewhere in the city?

There are lots of bars, cafes and restaurants open nearby and in the city centre.

All have increased safety and 1m+ physical distancing measures in line with Government guidance.

Are you still considering new applications?

Yes, we are still accepting and processing new applications from all countries.

Can conditional offers be issued without sight of official transcripts/certificates?

Yes, we can make conditional offers without sight of official transcripts or certificates. Copies of the originals will need to be received by Admissions before we can make your offer unconditional. Applicants will be expected to provide the originals prior to enrolment, as per our normal process.

I’ve received my unconditional offer but am worried about getting my visa in time. What should I do?

We have dedicated immigration staff who would be very happy to assist, they can be contacted on immigration@hull.ac.uk.

I have already taken my English Language test for my Tier 4 visa but I have not received the results, what should I do?

If you have taken an IELTs but have not yet received the results, please do not worry, we are still able to verify your scores with your TRF number.

I am required to take an English Language Test for admission to my degree programme. What if I can’t take the test?

We are aware that many English test centres are not able to offer testing at this time. We recommend that you view their websites for up-to-date information.

In relation to IELTS and TOEFL test, the University of Hull have added the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL online tests to its list of acceptable English language qualifications for 2020/21 entry. We are also able to accept other English Language qualifications for entry onto our degree courses, further details can be found here.

Alternatively, The University is delivering is Pre-Sessional English Language Programme online this year. Find out more here.

I need more time to decide whether I want to take up my place at Hull in September 2020. Is there a deadline for accepting my offer?

We are making efforts to be as flexible as possible for students who are applying to the University. We are not imposing any deadlines for students to accept offers, although students should take into consideration the time required to apply for and be issued a visa to study in the UK. For guidance on Undergraduate courses, please refer to the UCAS website.

What’s the latest date I can start my course?

We are planning to start the next academic year on 13 September 2020. Our normal latest start date policy remains unchanged. This is 26 days after the start date of your programme. If you are not going to able to arrive in time for your programme start in September, please email tier4_applicants@hull.ac.uk

Will I have to quarantine on arrival?

The Government guidance regarding quarantine is available here.

The University is currently reviewing how this will be managed for those students in University accommodation.

Will my scholarship be carried over to next year if I can't attend in September?

The University offers a number of financial awards to international students each year. Students should check the University website to find out what scholarships and fee discounts are available in the year they wish to enrol at the University.

No scholarships will be awarded where an applicant indicates that he/she wishes to defer entry beyond the 2020/21 academic year.

Will I need an ATAS certificate if my course is being delivered online?

A valid ATAS certificate remains a requirement for UK Tier 4 Visa application purposes in line with UKVI requirements for those students intending to study in the UK. If you are required to start your course remotely, and will not be entering the UK to do so, then you should not submit an ATAS application until it is required.

I am unable to obtain an academic reference from my University - will you still consider my application without one?

Normally, we ask all our applicants to provide an academic reference in support of their application to study with the University. If undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate taught (PGT) applicants are struggling to do so at this time due to COVID-19 related reasons, they should include evidence of this in their personal statement and the University will be happy to waive this. Please note that this does not apply to UG students who have applied through UCAS or Postgraduate Research (PGR) applicants.

I am unable to obtain a transcript to demonstrate prior academic achievement - will you still consider my application without one?

If you are a Postgraduate Masters student, we will accept an academic reference instead of your transcript, as long as it includes details of your academic achievement (result). Please note that the University reserves the right to contact your referee directly should any further verification be required. For all other students, a transcript must be provided with your application before it's submitted. For applicants applying from overseas, this also remains a requirement to be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

Will I be eligible to apply for a Post Study Work Visa is I start my course online?

The UK government has confirmed that students studying by distance/blended learning will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided they are in the UK by 6 April 2021. The decision is part of the temporary measures taken by the UK government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

All the latest safety measures are already in place across campus:

• Regular, thorough cleaning in all high-touch points, teaching and social areas

• Specific guidance on how to keep safe in our accommodation

• Hand sanitiser stations

• Physical distancing

• One-way systems 

Watch: your September start

Come in, we’re open

You’ll find some of our indoor spaces open, like our canteen in Canham Turner, coffee bars, Sanctuary (bar, snacks and pub food), Eats (pizzeria, deli and snack bar) and Spar mini-supermarket in the Student Central building.

Plus, you’ll have even more outdoor social spaces and places to eat on campus. And there are also lots of bars, cafes and restaurants open in our nearby student quarter and in the city centre.

Watch a day in Hull

Let’s get you up and running

You can still get involved in some of our on-campus sports at our new Sports Centre, as well as clubs, societies and activities through Hull University Students’ Union.

Need help? We’re here for you

Whether you need support with your health, your studies or your finances, you only have to ask. You can now book an online appointment with one of our student support advisers, and access a range of online tools and resources.

Prefer to talk face-to-face? Let us know what you need help with, and we’ll do our best to arrange an in-person appointment for you.

Help is here

Learning online – what you’ll need

As classes will be delivered through a blend of online and face-to-face teaching, it’s

important you have:

  • A laptop with webcam and audio functions
  • An internet connection (either WiFi or cable)
  • A comfortable place to study and take part in online lessons

You can borrow a laptop, or pre-book use of an open-access PC or study spaces in the Brynmor Jones Library. And you can find lots of tips on which laptop to buy on our website at hull.ac.uk/buying-a-laptop.

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