What’s happening at Richmond
Advice for students starting in January 2021 and current students
Following the announcement by the UK Government on 4 January 2021 to enter into a national lockdown from 5 January until mid-February 2021 due to the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching will be delivered online only from 18 January until after our planned reading week, 8-12 March.
More information about the national lockdown restrictions is available here.
Travel advice for new and returning international students
Based on government guidance, we strongly encourage international students who are were planning to arrive in the UK for Spring 2021 semester NOT to travel due to the current health-related risks associated with international travel.
If any students who are taking university accommodation have already paid housing fees and decided not to move in this semester, your housing fees will be refunded. If you wish to move in later in the semester, you can pay for just that specific period of residence. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
If you do intend to travel please be aware that because of the national lockdown restrictions:
- All teaching will be online until March 2021
- We are limited in the offer we have for student life on campus, but are dedicated to supporting you with your academic studies and mental health and wellbeing
- In residing in the UK, you will be required to adhere to all national lockdown rules and regulations and we encourage you to take part in our asymptomatic testing scheme to protect yourself and the other members of your community.
Residential students requiring quarantine need to allow for 10 days of isolation. This service is being offered only to residential students who have signed a housing contract to live in University halls of residence for the Spring 2021 term. Housing and meals during the quarantining period are being offered free of charge to all residents.
During the 10-day period, residents receive daily food deliveries, are offered essential services like post/package deliveries, health and wellbeing support and access to all of the University's remote services. Residents, who can go outdoors within the walled campus, are housed in zones where they share a common space as well as toilets and showers. This allows residents the benefits of living with others as within a household (some social interaction to protect mental health and wellness), but mitigates the risk of living amongst a larger population.
During the Fall 2020 isolation period, almost 40 residents were quarantined and no cases of Covid-19 were reported.
Advice for international students who remained on campus/in the UK during winter break
Similarly, we encourage international students who remained on campus/in the UK for the holiday period NOT to travel home due to the current health-related risks associated with international travel. Our Richmond campus will remain open and we will support you through your online studies.
We promise you an excellent quality of teaching, even if we adjust the way we teach. We remain committed to providing the best possible online learning experience for our students, which will include digital resources such as videos, podcasts and interactive content, personal teaching support, plus engagement with fellow students from around the world. Any student who chooses to study online for the rest of the academic year will not be negatively impacted by this decision.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) undoubtedly presents universities across the globe with challenges. Please be assured we are working hard to maintain continuity for you and are fully committed to providing the best possible academic experience in 2020/21. We are closely monitoring the wider Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will continue to update you.
Thank you for your understanding and patience in these unprecedented circumstances.