Covid-19: what you need to know

Here's a summary of key information and support for students during the pandemic.

Living with Covid

Following the recent Government announcements on ‘Living with Covid’, all legal Covid-19 restrictions in England have now ended.

However, this does not mean that Covid has gone away, and we all still need to keep the safety of others in mind while we are on campus – particularly for those who are vulnerable or who have close friends or relatives who may be.

What this means at Kent
We are asking all of our students and staff to:

  • Stay at home if you have Covid-19 symptoms 

Vaccinations

Getting vaccinated is an important part of protecting ourselves, our friends, family and community from Covid-19. Current programmes have already shown that it prevents hospitalisation and saves lives. 

Remote study - applying and considerations

Remote study is for students who are significantly impacted by the pandemic, and it is not possible for them to return to campus (e.g. travel restrictions or health concerns). 

We fully understand that for some students remote study is the only option and whatever your decision we will continue to support you - we are committed to supporting remote study through to the end of the 2021/22 academic year. However there are important factors you must consider before deciding how you want to study with us. Take the time to consider the following FAQs.

Please note: If you are an international student studying in your home country and have been granted a Visa, then you must travel to the UK by 30 June 2022 at the latest.

Remote study FAQs

Updated 21 March 2022Should you wish to return to campus study, you should contact your Division who can process your request and provide guidance to support you with your studies for the remainder of the academic year.

Updated 21 March 2022: If you are an international student studying in your home country and have been granted a Visa, then you must travel to the UK by 30 June 2022 at the latest.

Remote study remains available to non-Visa students for the remainder of the current academic year (where permitted by course delivery).

Updated 21 March 2022: Sponsored students are those who:

  • have had a CAS issued for the purpose of a Student visa application
  • have immigration permission as a Student
  • have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (General) Student

The current Home Office regulations are still under constant review but are summarised as follows:

Remote study approval is required for sponsored students who have commenced their studies in Autumn 2021 by distance learning from overseas. This is permitted until the students can transition to in-person learning but they must arrive in the UK before 30 June 2022. 

Should you have any queries about your sponsored visa status and circumstances, please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team on visacompliance@kent.ac.uk.

Updated 21 March 2022The University will not be reclassifying any student who wishes to continue with remote study as a distance learning student for the remainder of the 2021/22 academic session.

This will mean that in any discussions that you have with the Student Loans Company (SLC) you can say that you are studying an on-campus course but that, as a consequence of the pandemic, you are studying remotely.

Under these circumstances, any maintenance loans that you receive from the SLC should remain unaffected.   

Updated 21 March 2022: Sponsored postgraduate taught students who commenced a course of 12 months or less in Autumn 2021 remotely from overseas, must enter the UK no later than 30 June 2022.

They must complete their course of study in the UK with immigration permission as a student to remain eligible to apply for the Graduate Route upon successful completion of their programme

Students sponsored for a course lasting longer than 12 months will remain eligible for the Graduate Route provided they arrive in the UK by 30 June 2022. If a student’s current immigration permission expires prior to 30 June 2022, they must enter the UK prior to the expiry of their student permission.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team on visacompliance@kent.ac.uk.

Updated 21 March 2022Yes on-campus accommodation is available for the Spring and Summer terms.

If you’d like on-campus accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Office as soon as possible. 

Updated 21 March 2022: As things stand (and depending on any future Government guidance) we don’t intend to offer remote study as an option for the 2022/23 academic year. 

Finance

We have emergency short-term loans and other hardship funds available if you do find yourself in financial difficulty. You can find out more by visiting our financial support page.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for easily, please contact financialaid@kent.ac.uk and a member of our Student Finance Team will help you.  

      

Covid contingency planning

Contingency plans are in place to ensure that the Divisions can adjust their teaching appropriately in response to staff illness or localised outbreaks of Covid-19.

To ensure that the quality of the student learning experience is maintained and that all learning outcomes and public, statutory and regulatory (PSRB) requirements can still be met, this may involve reassigning a teacher, rescheduling a session or placing certain teaching activities back to online delivery.

In the case of a widespread outbreak, advice will be sought from the local Health Protection Team and Directors of Public Health.

An example of possible outcomes is that practical activities may have to be postponed and re-scheduled. Any changes to teaching delivery will be communicated by your subject, Division or University depending on the level of the disruption.


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