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Information for students regarding Remote Study in 2021/22 - last updated 12 August 2021

Studying Remotely for Term 1 in 2021/2022 

The UK has one of the most advanced vaccination programmes in the world, and we are planning a high-quality campus-based experience for the academic year 2021/22, supplemented by excellent digital resources to enhance your educational experience. The majority of our degree programmes are designed on the basis of in-person attendance on our campuses, so if you are able to travel we would love to welcome you in September, to get the best university experience possible for you.

Our remote study application process for Term 1 is now open to those students who meet the criteria. Please see the FAQs below for further information on these and how to apply.

If you have any other queries about remote study which are not addressed in the FAQs below, please email remotestudy@exeter.ac.uk.
 
Deadline for submission is 15th October 2021.

If you are not able to travel to the UK to take up your place in person due to national or government travel restrictions, either in your own country or in the UK, please be assured that we will provide you with an appropriate form of high-quality remote study until you are able to arrive on campus during Term 1 (Monday 20 September - Friday 10 December 2021). 

Examples of travel restrictions delaying or preventing you from taking up your place in person might include:

  • Being unable to travel because of visa processing delays
  • Being unable to travel because visa application centres are closed
  • Inbound and OUtbound Study Abroad students being unable to travel because their institution or country prohibits this
  • Being unable to access flights because routes have been shut down

However, remote study will not be possible for some programmes which have in-person only teaching requirements, such as some lab-based/practical programmes. If you are a student on one of the following degrees, it will not be possible to study remotely:

  • 3rd and 4th year UG Engineering programmes
  • PG Engineering programmes
  • Natural Sciences
  • PGCE
  • LLB Graduate Law
  • Year 4 (MSci) and PGT students in Biosciences (Streatham)
  • Drama
  • BMBS
  • Nursing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Independent Prescribing
  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Extreme Medicine
  • MA Theatre Practice
  • MRes Advanced Biological Sciences
  • MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology        

Postgraduate Research students should speak to their supervisors about opportunities for remote study.

If you wish to apply for remote study due to national or government travel restrictions, either in your own country or in the UK, you will need to complete our remote study application form.

Examples of travel restrictions preventing you from taking up your place in person might include:

  • Being unable to travel because of visa processing delays
  • Being unable to travel because visa application centres are closed
  • Inbound and Outbound Study Abroad students being unable to travel because their institution or country prohibits this
  • Being unable to access flights because routes have been shut down

Remote study will not be possible for some programmes which have in-person only teaching requirements, such as some lab-based/practical programmes.

If you are a student on one of the following degrees, it will not be possible to study remotely:

  • 3rd and 4th year UG and PG Engineering programmes
  • Natural Sciences
  • PGCE
  • LLB Graduate Law
  • Year 4 (MSci) and PGT students in Biosciences (Streatham)
  • Drama
  • BMBS
  • Nursing
  • Medical Imaging
  • Independent Prescribing
  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Extreme Medicine
  • MA Theatre Practice
  • MRes Advanced Biological Sciences
  • MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology

Please apply for remote study via this linkbearing in mind the above information.

Please note, if you are approved for remote study, you are still expected to return to campus before the end of Term 1 (Monday 20 September - Friday 10 December 2021), once travel restrictions have eased. 

You do not need to apply for remote study if you are able to return to on-campus teaching by Friday 8th October 2021.   

In the meantime, you will be able to access some learning content through your ELE pages and you should ensure that you are keeping up with this and associated work whilst in quarantine.   

Please attend the on-campus teaching in your timetable as soon as your quarantine ends and seek any clarification about content of sessions missed. 

 

At the moment, we’re only taking applications for Term 1 because of national or government travel restrictions, either in your own country or in the UKIf you are approved for remote study on an eligible programme, it will be on the basis that you will attempt to return to campus before the end of Term 1 (10 December 2021).

The UK has one of the most advanced vaccination programmes in the world and the majority of our degree programmes are designed on the basis of in-person attendance on our campuses. With this in mind, we have assessed remote study and our ability to deliver for Term 1 only. It may be that the position in Term 2 differs. If that is the case, our process and your individual circumstances will be re-assessed. However, it is the University’s sincere hope that all students will be on campus for studies in Term 2.

We want to reassure you that our campuses have been reopened safely and in accordance with government regulations. The on-campus experience is vital for you to engage with your peers, as well as academic staff, and to be part of the student learning community. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully and when you arrive at one of our campuses, we’ll make sure that whatever the situation, you are kept informed and looked after. 

We will be in touch closer to the date you have either indicated you are returning in Term 1, or will be in touch closer to the end of the term, or when travel restrictions are lifted. We will continue to monitor the travel situation globally and will re-examine your position in light of the latest information. 

If your programme is not eligible for remote study, you will need to arrive on campus by the date listed below. You must also register on your programme, by completing our online registration process, by 8th October 2021:

  • 3rd and 4th year UG Engineering programmes – 8th October 
  • PG Engineering programmes – 8th October 

  • Natural Sciences – 8th October 

  • PGCE – 27th September  

  • LLB Graduate Law – 27th September* 

  • Year 4 (MSci) and PGT students in Biosciences (Streatham) - 8th October 

  • Drama – 8th October 

  • BMBS – 8th October (year 1), 23rd September (year 2), 1st September (years 3 & 4), 24th August (year 5)* 

  • Nursing – 4th October* 

  • Medical Imaging – 11th October* 

  • Independent Prescribing - 20th September

  • Advanced Clinical Practice - 8th October

  • MA Theatre Practice – 8th October  

  • MRes Advanced Biological Sciences – 8th October 

  • MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology – 29th October 

*  If you are studying on one of these programmes you will need to have completed your period of self-isolation (if required) and be ready to attend in-person teaching by this date. 

If you cannot arrive at the University in time for your latest programme arrival dateplease contact your College Hubto discuss your options. 

Yes, you can return to campus and face-to-face teaching before the return date you initially provided on your remote study application form. In fact, we would actively welcome it.

Please just let us know your new date of return as soon as possible so we can ensure your timetable reflects your study status in time for your arrival.

Please email remotestudy@exeter.ac.uk with your new date of return to campus and face-to-face teaching. Please DO NOT reapply.

We understand that the added costs to travel from ‘red list’ countries to the UK will be a worry for many students. As a result, we will have a dedicated fund which will provide support towards the costs of quarantine for those students entering the UK from countries on the UK Government's 'Red List' in September 2021.

Red-listed countries' support
The University of Exeter will support students to travel to the UK and will assist with the full cost of quarantine. If you're travelling from a Red list country or territory (as defined by the UK Government up to 30 September) and are required to enter a managed quarantine in a hotel, we will reimburse you the full cost charge for hotel quarantine. This will be paid via a deduction on your tuition fee after you arrive on campus.
 
Amber-listed countries' support
The University of Exeter will be offering free accommodation for students who are travelling from an Amber list country and are required to self-isolate. Accommodation will be provided  for the ten days prior to the normal arrivals weekend of the 10-12 September. We will also be supplying you with a “get you in pack” including cleaning products and 2 day essential grocery packs at your accommodation.

We know self-isolation can feel daunting, we have therefore created dedicated online social and welfare services to support you, much of which can be accessed virtually. You can find full details on our dedicated self-isolation support pages.

For more information please refer to our student travel FAQs.

If you hold a Tier 4 or Student visa you can study remotely during Term 1 with no impact on your visa status.

It is a visa requirement that you continue to engage with your studies even while you are studying remotely, so it is important that you continue to use online learning materials, submit assessments and (if possible) attend virtual teaching sessions.

New Students:

If you are a new student and are going to study remotely then you do not need to apply for your visa until approximately 6-8 weeks before the date that you intend to travel to the UK. We recommend that you do wait until you know your travel date to ensure that you are able to enter the UK within the validity of your 90 day entry vignette. For information on applying for your visa, please visit our International Student Support site.

The UK government has also recently announced that any students starting programmes of one year or less in September 2021, or January 2022, who start their studies remotely, will be eligible to apply for a Graduate Route visa if they enter the UK by 6th April 2022 and remain here to complete their studies.

Continuing Students:

If you started a Masters programme in October 2020 or January 2021 and have not yet travelled to the UK, you will need to arrive in the UK by 27th September 2021 to be eligible to apply for a Graduate Route visa. You will need to arrive before the expiry date of your current visa if are on a longer programme or have previously travelled to the UK.

Please note – this guidance is based on current rules, which are subject to change. Please check this information regularly for further updates.

 

We are aware that some students may wish to start or continue their studies remotely for a variety of different reasons. In some circumstances, it may be feasible for students to work remotely (i.e. not attending your normal place of study, whether that is our campuses or an off-campus research site) without impacting progress in their studies.    

It is important that you discuss your plans with your supervisory team – even if this will be a temporary arrangement and not a permanent change to your mode of attendance – in order to assess whether studying remotely will impact upon your ability to make progress with your research and ensure you are appropriately supported.  This is especially important where your research requires you to undertake e.g. lab or field work, or access physical resources, such as archives, or where there is training you need to access that is not available remotely, or where there are professional, statutory or regulatory requirements on certain programmes.    

Students may also need to discuss the implication of studying remotely on their funding or visa status. Students who receive support from Wellbeing Services (e.g. those who have an ILP in place) may need to discuss with Wellbeing Services their support needs and what adjustments might be needed if studying remotely.    

If you are unable to attend your normal place of study and it isn't feasible to start or continue with your studies whilst working remotely, you may need to consider applying to defer your start date, or for an interruption to your programme of studies. The implications of deferring or interrupting will vary depending upon each student’s individual circumstances. As such, students should be advised to carefully consider their circumstances. This may include reviewing any terms and conditions attached to any studentship funding, and any visa implications. Please contact your PGR Support Team to discuss this.    

We are aware that, whilst many students have already returned to our campuses, others may have concerns about this. If you are experiencing anxiety about returning to on-campus working, then you should discuss this with your supervisor or pastoral tutor. They will be able to provide support and – depending on the nature of your research project –may be able to offer flexibility of work times, or other reasonable adjustments to your study arrangements. You can also get further advice from the PGR Support Team and the University Wellbeing Service.   

The decision to study remotely for any part of the Academic Year is an individual one taken by a student which the University has agreed to support given the exceptional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the University’s desire to support each student’s engagement with their programme, regardless of individual circumstances. 

Supporting a student who has decided to study remotely requires the University to put additional adjustments and support in place in order to maintain the standards and quality of our degree provision. 

It is important to clarify that no reduction in fees will be made for students whose decision to study remotely has been supported by the University. This is on the basis that whichever mode of study undertaken by a student (on-campus, online or blended) we will be delivering a high quality education to give students every opportunity to complete their degree. As noted above, a student’s decision to study remotely is a personal decision made by the individual. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have made any necessary arrangements regarding your accommodation, either University or private.

Please read the FAQs numbered 10-13 regarding accommodation and remote study here

Anybody in the UK is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status, therefore international students in England can receive the COVID-19 vaccine when their age or clinical risk group becomes eligible.

Please see the vaccinations webpage for further information

Applying for Remote Study with the University is not applicable to INTO students. INTO Students have separate arrangements with regards to their formal online study options. As an INTO student please contact into@exeter.ac.uk with your remote study requests.

Please note, as an INTO student, registered on an individual University of Exeter module, you will have study options the same as all Exeter students.

We know this is a challenging time for everyone and you may be feeling anxious, particularly if you are currently self-isolating. We have a lot of support available to you, with welfare teams available to talk to you in a confidential and non-judgemental space about any issues issue you need support with.

For students in Exeter, please visit our Wellbeing Services website details on how to access these services.

In Exeter our Residence Life Team also has an in-depth knowledge of the support and wellbeing services on offer at the University, and can provide support to students living in University accommodation. They can answer questions, help with any problems, and keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the University and city. The Residence Life Team will offer a variety of support, events, and opportunities for students to ask questions while they are in self-isolation. Please visit their webpage for more information.

Residence Life also run an instant chat seven days a week from 6pm – 9pm where you can speak to a Residence Life Support officer instantly. Go to the Residence Life webpages for more information and to access the chat.

For students in Cornwall, our Living Support and Wellbeing team offer a wide range of support including self-help, online resources, advice and information, and referrals where needed.

All students can also access our on line self-help tool SilverCloud for support with changing negative thought processes that lead to anxiety, depression and stress.

 

If you need IT support, including while studying remotelycheck out the Digital Hub which is packed with guidance, help and advice on using technology with your studies.  

If you experience technical difficulties while studying remotely contact SID by logging an enquiry online. If your enquiry is urgent, you can talk to one of our IT support analysts by telephoning SID on: 

Your remote study status will need time to update in our student records systems - please expect it to take up to 7 working days.

If you are still experiencing issues at the end of this period of time, please contact your College Hub for support. Details on how to do that can be found here.

It can take up to 5 working days for the team to process your application. Please feel free to contact us to enquire about your application AFTER this period of time has passed: remotestudy@exeter.ac.uk.