COVID-19 Contingency Plans: UK Universities Respond

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In the past few weeks, we’ve been running a series of virtual showcases, giving students from all over the world a chance to put their most frequently asked questions to UK universities.

We know a lot of students are worried about university’s COVID-19 contingency plans for September, how they will be taught and, perhaps most importantly, what it will mean for their social life on campus.

In our second showcase, admission reps from universities in Bristol, York, Nottingham and Liverpool were among those answering questions about their university’s COVID-19 contingency plans, as well as the usual insights on entry requirements & life as an international student.

Once again, we’ve collated the highlights from our Q&A session with these 6 reps. We hope you’ll find their insights as useful as we did!

Take a look at their key takeaways below or Read the post and watch all the presentations here.

“There’ll be lots of one on one time then when the student is counselled and guided by the academic but of course there are opportunities throughout the year anyway to have regular sessions with your tutor”

– University of Liverpool

Key Takeaway from Liverpool’s Presentation:

COVID-19 Contingency Measures

They still plan on welcoming students to campus in September, combining face-to-face teaching in smaller groups with virtual teaching sessions. They are also working on socially distanced study spaces and ways to reduce foot traffic.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“In terms of work experience opportunities, we’re one of the most prolific universities in terms of the number of students we have on work placements”

 – Nottingham Trent University

Key Takeaway from Nottingham Trent’s Presentation:

The range of IB scores that are accepted

They would typically be looking at between 14 and 16 points for your three Higher Level scores. So scores of perhaps 555 or 556 for your Higher Levels if you held the full diploma including CAS, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay. If you just had the certificates, they’d use the UCAS Tariff system to check your total scores.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“We’re a very diverse UK university. We have students from a wide range of backgrounds, in terms of socio-economic and ethnic background… we have students from over 150 countries around the world.”

 – University of York

Key Takeaway from York’s Presentation:

Advice to students who are missing out on work experience opportunities

York will read applications knowing students haven’t been able to access some of these opportunities. They recommend you make up that gap by reading and watching as much as you can about that particular profession.
Read the post and watch the presentation.

“We actually had one of our Residential Life advisers have someone’s mum phone them up and say “I’m booking flights now, I need my son to confirm he’s available and he won’t answer his phone.” So we knocked on his door and asked the student if they could pick up the phone to their mum”

 – University of Bristol

Key Takeaway from Bristol’s Presentation:

Whether scholarships are merit-based or needs-based

They are merit based, but it’s not academic merit. They are really looking for students who have made a contribution through school, national or international community, strong leadership skills or a plan for how their degree will help them make a difference in the future.
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“Probably the easiest opportunity is Student Ambassador work. It’s very flexible. In terms of internships, the opportunities will vary year on year.”

 – SOAS, University of London

Key Takeaway from SOAS’s Presentation:

Study abroad programmes on offer

If you’re looking to study for a term or one year at SOAS, they have a flexible scheme where you can pick four modules from across the different departments. You don’t have to specialise – you can pick something from Japanese to Economics!
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“I watched a gig in a tiny room and then got to hang out with the band afterwards. I couldn’t have had any of those experiences in London! That day highlighted the advantages of a small town versus a big city”

 – Lancaster University

Key Takeaway from Lancaster’s Presentation:

The welfare provision available for students on campus

Within each college, they have staff who are there to support students who are members of that college and that’s someone you can get to know on first name terms! there’s also a building called the Base and that covers employability and student support services.
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