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Coronavirus frequently asked questions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Current advice for prospective students who have applied to the University of Gloucestershire

​Last updated: 2 March 2022


Your application and aspirations are important to us, and we have outlined some FAQs for prospective students covering:

  1. Common Questions​
  2. Accommodation
  3. International applicants

1. Common Questions

Is my course ex​​​​pected to start as advertised?

Yes. We intend to deliver our courses as planned for 2022 entry. Term dates can be found in the academic calendar.

Students who have already accepted a place for their course should check their emails regarding issues like your offer, open days, accommodation, scholarships and finance. You will also be able to with our MyGlos student app from July – all updates are also via that site. We have also published an admissions statement and guidance on interviews for students who are due to attend an interview or audition at Gloucestershire. We continue to welcome applications. If a course is full we will make this clear on UCAS.com and on our own website.

Wh​​​​​​​​​​​at will my course look like? 

We are making plans for the new academic year based on the Government’s latest advice. This includes students being on campus to take part in face to face teaching and learning activities, using our extensive specialist facilities, accessing support and wellbeing services in person, and enjoying social activities with classmates and housemates. All of that in full accordance with whatever rules may be in force at the time to prevent further transmission of the Coronavirus.

Because of what we have learned in the pandemic, and the need to remain flexible, our plans include making continuing use of some of the online tools we’ve developed. The University has a very good technology platform, and our staff have developed tools and techniques to use this to provide our students with the best learning experience we possibly can.

The vast majority of our scheduled teaching and learning activities will be in person on campus.

We are planning to provide lots of campus-based face to face activities, because we know that our students learn best, and enjoy it more, when they can be together and with their tutors. We pride ourselves on having a strong sense of community and belonging here at UOG

On average, 94% of teaching will be face to face in the first semester. Any scheduled online learning activities will be specifically those where technology improves the experience, or where we can provide students with exciting opportunities such as guest speakers or demonstrations.

We are also working with the Students’ Union to put on a full programme of social and community activities to mark your arrival in September, subject to any ongoing Government lockdown requirements. Our wide range of clubs and societies will be running, including our many sports teams.

As you prepare to move to University, we are doing everything we can as we plan for your arrival to ensure that you have an enjoyable, high quality, and rewarding experience here at the University of Gloucestershire. Our goal is to support our students to settle in, enjoy yourselves, learn well, achieve lots, develop your potential, make friends, have great new experiences, and gain a qualification that enables you to achieve your ambitions for whatever you want to go on to do in your life.

Applicants and entrants will be updated regularly via email and on MyGlos  

Are you teaching ​lectures online?

We are planning to provide as much on campus teaching as possible, because we know that our students learn best, and enjoy it more, when they can be together and with their tutors. We pride ourselves on having a strong sense of community and belonging here at UOG.

However, as with many industries, we have learnt a lot about working online during the pandemic, and we will continue to use some of the tools we have developed over the last 18 months. Any online teaching will be designed to enhance your learning opportunities, not to replace in person activities.

On average, 94% of teaching will be face to face in the first semester. Any scheduled online learning activities will be specifically those where technology improves the experience, or where we can provide students with exciting opportunities such as guest speakers or demonstrations.

With that said, we are ready to change our delivery methods should we be required to do so by Government, and should that become necessary, we will explain what that will mean for you and your course via MyGlos.

How will you​​​​ make sure it is safe?

We will continue to follow Government and Public Health guidance at every stage. All our facilities are currently considered Covid-secure, thanks to extra cleaning regimes, safe room capacities, and the provision of hand sanitisers and cleaning stations for staff and students to use. Should the guidance change, in either direction, we will ensure we meet the required standards to help keep our community safe.

My course includes a placem​ent. How will that work?

Most of our courses include compulsory and optional placement opportunities. We are working with our placement partners including local education organisations and the NHS to ensure a range of placement and experiential learning opportunities take place. These opportunities will vary and adapt particularly in line with government advice on social distancing requirements. The details of what is feasible will vary from case to case, depending particularly on how each placement provider needs to adapt to social distancing requirements.

We have a strong package of support for students looking for and on placements, and we will be running our suite of support services to all new and returning students, including workshops, group and one to one guidance sessions, mock interviews and CV advice.

What about the​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​social side of university?

We are working with the Students’ Union to put on a full programme of social and community activities to mark your arrival, subject to any ongoing Government lockdown requirements. Our wide range of clubs and societies will be running, including our many sports teams. You’ll find out more on MyGlos over the summer.

How ​​​​​​​​will I fi​​nd out if things change?

We will keep you informed as the situation develops, including any changes in guidelines that mean we need to adjust our plans. We will send updates to our applicants by email, and will keep our website FAQs up to date so you can check them at any time. ​Please download MyGlos as that is your best source of information about starting university in September. ​

Information for Parents

We know that parents and supporters or students may be worried about what life is like at University during the pandemic, but we want to reassure you that safety is our highest priority. The University has put in place a number of measures to ensure student safety around campus and within accommodation.

At any time of the year, in any year, we want to ensure that students have the best possible experience here at the University of Gloucestershire, and are able to access the support they need. We have a range of mental health services for students, including online support through TogetherAll or time-limited counselling. For students with underlying health problems or a disability, we have a dedicated Disability Services Team​. Find our more about our Student Support offer​.

If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to contact our Helpzone team on 01242 714444 or helpzones@glos.ac.uk

Specifically in relation to the pandemic, we ask any students who are displaying symptoms of who may have had a positive asymptomatic test to let us know using the reporting form they can access via MyGlos. This is so we can help keep everyone safe and ensure that any students who are self-isolating get the support they need.

For parents or supporters who need to report on behalf of a student, please call the Health and Safety team on 01242 714040 or email studentservices@glos.ac.uk​. ​

2. Accommodation

Applying for University managed accommodation

Details on how to apply can be found here . You will be required to pay a £200 advance rent payment fee when you accept your room. We have a first-year accommodation guarantee in place provided students apply by 1 December for January 2022 entry.

University managed accommodation contracts

Please pay attention to the contract start dates for your accommodation as these are fixed and cannot be adjusted to a later date.  International students should note that if you undertake a period of online study from your home country and arrive late into this room, you will be charged from the contract start date.  If you feel there is a chance of being delayed by a long period of time, we advise you do not book or confirm your accommodation until travel arrangements have been confirmed, this way you will not have to pay for any time you are not here.  Do contact the Accommodation Office if you wish to discuss this option in more detail (accommodation@glos.ac.uk).

What if I am required to self-isolate on arrival to the UK?

If UK government rules state you must self-isolate upon your arrival in the UK, and you have applied and accepted a contract within University Managed Accommodation, then you will be required to self-isolate within your reserved room for the  self-isolation period.

It is important to know that UK Government’s approach to ‘self-isolation’ is different from that of many other countries. Latest guidance can be found here

For January arrivals, we are offering free early arrival from 5th January 2022 for those who need to self-isolate (official contracts start on 15th January 2022). We will be providing e-vouchers for students to buy essentials.

Please contact the Accommodation Office (accommodation@glos.ac.uk) directly if you are required to self-isolate and plan to arrive early to University accommodation.

For all other queries please contact accommodation@glos.ac.uk​

3. International applicants

Before you travel to the UK, you should:


Other FAQs

What ​​​is the guidance for accommodation for international students?

Please refer to section 2 for information relating to: how to apply for university managed accommodation, details on contract and payment terms, and information regarding travelling to the UK and University accommodation.

Our accommodation team is on hand to support applicants with any individual questions or concerns via email accommodation@glos.ac.uk

As an international student, will I be able to get a vaccination in the UK?

International students who live in the UK and are registered with a GP (general practitioner) will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK, just as they are currently able to access healthcare. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. Find out more on the NHS website and the NHS FAQs for students.

Will I be eligible for the new Graduate Route?

The UK Home Office have confirmed that the Graduate Route will open for applications on 1 July 2021. For more information on the Graduate Route, and the various concessions in place, please see the information provided by UKCISA here