Coronavirus: Will British universities open in September?


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Students must decide by mid-next week whether or not to accept academic offers for the new academic year.

It’s a big decision – even more so this year, with many online conferences and very difficult socializing.

Will universities open in September?

Universities are currently considering how they will operate from September and many have already decided to change their normal hours.

The plans include:

You should contact individual universities or check their websites to find out what they have decided.

Should i go there?

The deadlines for deciding whether to accept offers have been extended to June 18.

You make two choices – a top-notch firm university and insurance, or backup, and then decline any other offer. If you meet the conditions of the first choice offer, you are there – otherwise the backup alternative comes into play.

Even then, you are not determined to go if you choose not to do so.

Places at specific universities can be canceled online, and if you decide not to go to university at all, you must phone those holding you a place to request that your application be withdrawn.

None of this will leave you behind.

Will universities charge the full tuition fees?

The government says university students in England will still have to pay the full tuition fees even if their courses are taught online in the fall.

However, some students are unhappy with this.

One of them launched a petition, requesting reimbursement for the loss of his education after the early end of the school year in March. He collected more than 330,000 signatures, enough for a parliamentary debate.

University tuition fees in the UK are £ 9,250 per year, which is fully covered by a student loan, although international students can pay more.

Scottish and European students do not pay tuition fees to attend a university in Scotland.

What about accommodation costs?

Hosting costs may vary, but generally run into several thousand pounds.

Maintenance loans for living expenses are means-tested, so you have to tell the difference, which often means resorting to parents.

Claire Sosienski-Smith, an official with the National Students Union (NUS), told the BBC: “We recommend that students think carefully before signing any binding contracts or agreements for next year, especially in the rental contracts. ”

Some students have had their accommodation costs waived for the summer term canceled, but others have had to pay, even if they were unable to stay at university due to the lockout.

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Students in the UK in numbers (2018-19)

  • 2.38 millionhigher education students in the UK

  • 1.8 millionof them are undergraduate students

  • 480,000students from outside the UK

  • 541,240became undergraduate in 2019

Source: Agency for Higher Education Statistics

Can I postpone my place?

The number of students at UK universities could be much lower than usual from September.

A survey by the University and College Union found that more than one in five students could delay entering university this year.

Universities and colleges have varied approaches to the issue.

Some will not allow deferred entry for subjects like medicine, but will consider it for other courses. However, you should verify that the same course is offered the following year.

You may also be asked why you want to postpone the review of your application.

Will international students always come to the UK?

A recent study found that two-thirds of international students still plan to take advantage of their offers abroad, including in the UK.

IDP Connect, which works in global marketing for students, interviewed nearly 6,900 students and found that 69% of them did not change their plans.

However, according to a study by the British Council, future postgraduate students from East Asia are largely in favor of a face-to-face start in January for an online start in the fall.

The survey of more than 15,000 students, carried out in April and May, also showed that British universities are expected to have almost 14,000 fewer new enrollments in 2020-21 compared to 2018-19. This would lead to a £ 463m drop in education and living expenses.

Is the government helping universities?

A call from universities in England for a £ 2 billion government bailout has been rejected.

However, to help with cash flow, £ 2.6 billion in tuition and £ 100 million in research funding will be advanced.

Universities can also access Treasury support for companies disrupted by a coronavirus, worth an additional £ 700 million.

The number of new students in the UK and the EU will be controlled by the government, which may add additional numbers in some cases. Half of any additional capacity would go to people studying courses like nursing.

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  • Antibody test
    A medical test that can show if a person has had coronavirus and now has some immunity. The test detects antibodies in the blood, which are produced by the body to fight the disease.
  • Asymptomatic
    Someone who has an illness but has none of the symptoms it causes. Some studies suggest that some people with coronavirus are carriers of the disease, but do not have common symptoms, such as a persistent cough or high temperature.
  • Containment phase
    The first part of the UK’s strategy to fight the coronavirus, which involved quickly identifying infected people and tracking down anyone who had been in close contact with them.
  • Coronavirus
    One of a group of viruses that can cause serious or mild illness in humans and animals. The coronavirus that is currently sweeping the world is the cause of Covid-19 disease. Colds and flu (flu) are other types of coronaviruses.
  • Covid-19
    The coronavirus disease first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019. It mainly affects the lungs.
  • Delay phase
    The second part of the UK’s strategy to combat the coronavirus, in which measures such as social isolation are used to delay its spread.
  • Fixed penalty notice
    A fine designed to deal with an offense on the spot, rather than in court. These often relate to driving offenses, but now also cover anti-social behavior and violations of coronavirus locking.
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    Health experts use a line on a graph to display the number of new cases of coronavirus. If many people get the virus in a short period of time, the line may suddenly increase and look a bit like a mountain. However, taking steps to reduce infections can spread the cases over a longer period of time and means the “curve” is flatter. This makes it easier for health systems.
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    Abbreviation for influenza, a virus that regularly causes illness in humans and animals during seasonal epidemics.
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    Supports companies affected by the coronavirus by temporarily helping to pay the salaries of certain employees. It allows employees to stay on the payroll even when they are not working.
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    How the spread of a disease slows down after a sufficiently large proportion of a population has been exposed to it.
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    A person whose body can resist or fight a disease would be immune to it. Once a person has recovered from coronavirus disease, Covid-19, for example, it is thought that they cannot catch it again for a while.
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    The period of time between the detection of a disease and the onset of symptom display.
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    Hospital services that treat very sick patients. They are managed by specially trained health personnel and contain specialized equipment.
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    Restrictions on traffic or daily life, where public buildings are closed and where people must stay at home. Blockages have been imposed in several countries as part of drastic efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.
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    The third part of the UK’s strategy to combat the coronavirus, which will involve attempts to reduce the impact of a high number of cases on public services. This could mean that the NHS would stop all non-critical care and that the police would only respond to major crimes and emergencies.
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    The NHS 24-hour online and telephone service, which provides medical advice to all who need it. People in England and Wales are asked to call the service if they are concerned about their symptoms. In Scotland they should check with the NHS inform and then call their general practitioner within office hours or 111 hours. In Northern Ireland, they should call their general practitioner.
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    Several cases of disease occurring quickly, in a cluster or in different places.
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    An epidemic of serious illness spreading rapidly in many countries simultaneously.
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    It is at this point that the UK will begin to lift some of its lockout rules while trying to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
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    PPE, or personal protective equipment, is clothing and kits such as masks, aprons, gloves and protective glasses used by medical personnel, carers and others to protect themselves against infection by patients with coronavirus and other people who may be carriers.
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    The isolation of people exposed to a contagious disease to prevent its spread.
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    R0, pronounced “R-nil”, is the average number of people who will catch the disease from a single infected person. If the R0 of the coronavirus in a particular population is 2, then on average each case will create two new cases. The value therefore gives an indication of the extent of the spread of the infection.
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    This happens when there is a significant drop in income, jobs and sales in a country for two consecutive three-month periods.
  • Sars
    Severe acute respiratory syndrome, a type of coronavirus that appeared in Asia in 2003.
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    Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, to prevent the spread of disease.
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    Stay away from others, in order to slow the transmission of a disease. The government advises not to see friends or relatives other than those with whom you live, to work from home if possible, and to avoid public transportation.
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    Measures taken by a government to restrict daily life while it is facing a crisis. This may involve closing schools and workplaces, restricting the movement of people, and even deploying the armed forces to support regular emergency services.
  • Statutory instrument
    These can be used by government ministers to implement new laws or regulations, or to modify existing laws. They are an easier alternative to adopting a comprehensive federal law.
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    Any sign of disease, triggered by the body’s immune system while it is trying to fight the infection. The main symptoms of coronavirus are fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Vaccine
    A treatment that causes the body to make antibodies, which fights a disease and gives it immunity against new infections.
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    A machine that resumes breathing from the body when the disease has caused lung failure.
  • Virus
    A tiny agent that copies itself inside the living cells of any organism. Viruses can kill these cells and interrupt the body’s normal chemical processes, causing disease.

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