Updated 26 August 2021

On 19 July, the Prime Minister announced updated guidance around coronavirus restrictions for England. You can find full details on the government’s website.

 

Advice for new applicants and offer holders

What will teaching at UEA look like in September 2021?

 

For students commencing studies in September, it is our intention to provide as much face-to-face teaching as possible, making the most of our campus for physical learning and using virtual activity to support this. The exact balance of physical and virtual learning study will depend upon your subject, but everyone will attend classes in person if Government regulation allows.  

Our priority is to create a teaching environment that is:   

  • Safe
  • Academically Effective
  • Flexible
  • Engaging
     

We will continue to monitor what is a constantly evolving situation and will provide further updates accordingly. 

Will all campus facilities be open in September 2021?

 

Government guidance allowing, we expect the campus to be fully functional ahead of your arrival in September. Current students are returning to campus ahead of the resumption of face-to-face teaching last month.  Our campus facilities are opening up with COVID safe measures in place, and the safety of both our staff and our students remain our priority.

Will there be a Welcome Week in September 2021?

 

Yes! We’re looking forward to welcoming you in September, and we’re busy planning your Welcome Week with our colleagues in the Students’ Union. Welcome Week will start on Monday 20 September for undergraduate students, and there’ll be plenty of opportunities for you to make friends, settle into life at UEA and see everything that our vibrant campus and city has to offer.

Check out the events on offer and start planning your Welcome Week on My UEA (login required).

I’m an applicant/offer holder for September 2021 entry and my exams have been cancelled due to the pandemic – will this affect my application?

 

We are in regular contact with the Government, UCAS and the exam boards, and we will continue to provide applicants and offer holders with updates. The Education Secretary announced on 06.01.21 that teacher assessed grades will be used to replace cancelled GCSEs and A-Levels in England. For all vocational qualifications (e.g. BTECs, Cambridge Technicals) – where exams have not taken place, there will also be teacher assessed grades.

Please be reassured that we will be taking a flexible approach to our decision making. We know every student has more to offer than just their exam grades. Everyone has interests, skills and ambitions that are not always reflected in subject results. It is for this reason we have always looked beyond results to what each student brings to the wonderful UEA community. We will always take a holistic approach to your application, including your personal statement, previous academic achievements and interviews/auditions for relevant courses. Interviews and auditions will continue virtually.

We are committed to providing a stable admissions process that protects your interests, and we will continue to follow the UCAS deadlines so you can continue to think about the best course choice for you.

We understand that these are difficult circumstances for you, and the UEA Admissions Service is here to help.

When will I be able to view my timetable?

 

Your timetable will be available shortly and we will email to inform you when it has been published. You will also need to have registered with UEA before you can access your timetable – once you have your UEA login details and your timetable has been published, you can log into my.uea.ac.uk and access your timetable via your personal dashboard.

What support will be available to me if self-isolation/quarantine rules are still in place in September 2021?

 

UEA has been supporting students that have needed to self-isolate or quarantine throughout the pandemic, and will continue to do so if quarantine restrictions are still in place in September 2021.

We currently provide support with:

Food/shopping – There a number of options available. Campus Kitchen are currently offering a meal delivery service for students living on campus – which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner – and the supermarket on campus is offering same-day deliveries through their Snappy Shopper service. Students can also find a list of supermarkets in Norwich offering grocery delivery services through our Self-Isolation Guide (UEA login required). If students are having difficulty getting delivery slots or ordering food whilst in self-isolation, we can provide support. Students may also be eligible for support under the Norfolk Assistance Scheme.

Cleaning – We’ll provide a range of cleaning materials to those isolating/quarantining on campus so students can keep their flats as clean as possible.

Wellbeing – We have a wide range of wellbeing and mental health support available for students, including Student Services and 24/7 professional health and wellbeing advice from Health Assured. Student Services will contact students at the beginning of their self-isolation period to check in and make sure they have all the information they need – students have the opportunity to discuss any specific circumstances or support they may require during self-isolation. They will also arrange follow-up calls both during and after your self-isolation period.

What are your English Language requirements for international students?

 

Please read our international language requirements for September 2021 on our webpages.

Are there any pre-sessional courses for international students that I can take?

 

We have a range of pre-sessional English courses available leading into September 2021. They are designed specifically for our entry-level standard and are available either online or in-person on campus.

For more information on Foundation, Diploma and Pre-Sessional English courses please go to our general English language and academic preparation course webpage.

UEA has international overseas support staff in China, India, Nigeria, the US, Malaysia and Vietnam, to help with any specific enquiries you might have. You can also contact the UEA International Office.

My course has a Study Abroad year or a semester abroad – what will happen with that?

 

We expect that any travel restrictions will be relaxed by the time you start to prepare to study abroad during your second or third year. You will be enrolled on to a Study Abroad module, and will be provided with timely updates and timetabled briefing sessions to ensure you’re fully prepared, right from the outset, for your study abroad journey with UEA. For more information, please see our Study Abroad FAQs.

What about extra-curricular activities outside of my studies?

 

Your UEA student experience also supports your personal development and wellbeing, ensuring you are well prepared for life beyond graduation.

Alongside teaching and private study, there will be time for you to develop your professional and personal skills. You'll be able to choose from a range of different opportunities, such as becoming a student rep; attending study skills, wellbeing, or careers workshops; doing work experience or volunteering; running a student society or sports club; becoming a peer learning mentor. You can even gain recognition for your skills and achievements through the UEA Award scheme.

Uea(su) run a wide range of events and activities for students, and you can find the current list of clubs and societies on their website. There’s also the Do Something Different programme, delivered by uea(su) with support from UEA, to enhance your time at university.

What support is available to students at UEA?

 

UEA is committed to supporting all students to help them succeed in their studies. We provide a wide range of support, including:

  • Mental health/wellbeing – in combination with the Wellbeing team in Student Services and access to Health Assured, all students have health and wellbeing support 24/7, 365 days a year  
  • Finances – students can get help with budgeting, financial support and impartial advice from our experienced Student Life Advisers
  • Residential life – 24/7 support for students in UEA Accommodation from our Residential Life Team
  • Disability – support for all students with a disability (physical, mental or Specific Learning Difficulty), long and short term and acute medical conditions
  • Study support – Our Learning Enhancement Team can help students study more effectively and improve their work
  • International student support – help with settling into life in the UK, visa and immigration advice, and general advice (such as how to open a UK bank account)

For more information on support available at UEA, please see our Student Support pages.

I might need support at UEA because of a disability/medical condition – do I need to let the University know before I arrive?

 

Yes – it’s important to let us know as soon as possible to ensure that any support needs or other necessary arrangements can be discussed and organised in advance. Please complete this form and a member of Student Services will get in touch in due course.   

I’m still deciding on my firm and insurance choices. Is UEA Accommodation on a first come, first served basis?

 

Here at UEA we understand the challenges of making decisions about your next steps in the current circumstances. That’s why we guarantee accommodation for our applicants, as long as they meet the conditions outlined here.

We don’t operate a first come, first serve policy and consider all accommodation applicants once the deadline has passed. In the last couple of years, we have managed to offer around 63% their first choice of accommodation and 93% of students received a room choice from their top three. We never ask for a deposit and have a 7 day 'cooling off' period from the start of your licence. 

Where can I find more information on UEA Accommodation?

 

Please visit our Accommodation pages to find out more about the range of accommodation we offer and how to apply. The Accommodation Team have also put together a list of FAQs to help students understand more about living on campus and the application process.

 

Where can I find more information on student finance, scholarships and bursaries?

 

At UEA, we believe that everyone should have access to a quality education, regardless of their financial circumstances.

You can find funding options, including information on student finance for UK students and fees and scholarships for international students, on our website. You can also watch a webinar on student finance and scholarships, covering the different types of loan available, how to apply, how the repayment process works and what extra financial support is on offer at UEA.

UEA also offers a bursary scheme to support students in their studies – find out more on our Bursaries page.

Is the expectation that students will be at University in September?

 

Yes. Returning to a more consistent and regular in-person learning experience will help everyone reconnect with each other and re-build student communities inside the classroom and out. This is of course dependent on Government guidelines and restrictions at the time, but if restrictions are lifted as predicted, UEA will be able to provide a campus experience which includes face-to-face teaching combined with digital interaction.

What should I do if I want to start my course remotely?

 

Although we encourage students to arrive to UEA for the start of their course. We understand that circumstances may mean that this will not be possible for some of our students.

For courses starting in September 2021 we need to confirm if the learning outcomes of your course can be achieved with remote study.  This may not be the case for all courses, and we will advise you if this is the case.

If the course can offer remote study, our UEA remote study team will work with you to understand if you are eligible for a concession.    Remote study is only available for Semester 1 (September – December).

Remote study applications will only be considered under very limited circumstances:

  • Physical health issues which puts you at greater risk from a Covid-19 infection.  
  • Acting as a carer for someone who is at a greater risk from a Covid-19 infection. 
  • Mental health issues exacerbated by anxiety around travelling to and from/or being on campus.
  • Being a parent or guardian for someone who is at a greater risk from a Covid-19 infection.
  • Covid-19 restrictions on travel, including no transport links and the risk to health posed by travel.
  • Strict restrictions barring entry or departure (other than the requirement to isolate or similar on arrival or departure).
  • Delay to qualifications, if you are using these to enter the University.

To help us consider your case we would require a medical certificate in English (or with an accompanying official translation) from a health care professional OR details of why your travel to the UK is restricted.

Please note that if you are holding a Tier 4 or Student Visa we will also need to make some eligibility checks to ensure that you continue to meet the conditions of your visa.  The UK government have confirmed that universities can continue to act as the immigration sponsor for a student who is studying remotely, outside of the UK. This concession to the immigration rules will apply until 6 April 2022

How do I apply for remote study?

 

If you wish to be considered please contact the following email addresses, depending on your circumstances.

All new students to UEA –  newstudents.remotestudyneed@uea.ac.uk

Requests will be considered from August 2021 until the end of October 2021.

What is the remote study concession?

 

If it is possible for you to study remotely we will make you a formal offer of a concession to do this.  By receiving the concession you will be accepting the conditions of studying remotely.

It is important to consider the financial aspects of remote study carefully. Please be aware that full tuition fees will be payable even if you are away from campus and you will be responsible for any costs you have committed to or incurred, even if the university enables a request to study remotely including impact on student loans, bursaries, sponsorships and/or scholarships.  

If you are considering you will need access to a device and internet.

Activities are scheduled for UK time and, whilst the University will endeavor to support students studying within different time zones, there is no expectation that any staff members would provide support outside of normal UK hours of work (that is, the timetabled teaching times).

What should I do if my course does not offer remote study or my concession is not granted?

 

Deferral of your place – If you are a new student, we can defer your place to the following year.

Other adjustments – Student Services and our Wellbeing team (login required) may be able to identify some simple changes that enable you to study at UEA and we can highlight campus initiatives and services which can support you.

I’ve not had my COVID-19 vaccine yet, but I’d like to before arriving at UEA – how do I do this?

 

You can book a COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website or calling 119, or there are various walk-in clinics across the country offering the vaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS website.

Over two thirds of 18-30 year olds have already had their first COVID jab - it’s the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from serious infection. 

I’ve already had my first COVID-19 vaccine – will I be able to get my second dose once I’ve arrived?

 

Yes – there are plenty of walk-in clinics in Norwich where you’ll be able to get your second dose, and you can find your nearest clinic on the NHS website. If you prefer, you can also book an appointment for your second dose online or by calling 119. Please note that you need to wait 8 weeks after your first vaccine before having your second dose.

COVID-19 vaccination jabs will be available on campus at Union House on 20, 21, 23 and 25 September, midday to 8pm. No booking required and you do not need to be registered at a doctor’s surgery to use this free service. The Pfizer vaccinations are for students and staff aged 16+ and NHS clinicians will be on hand to talk through the process and any questions you may have.

By getting both doses of the vaccine, you’re helping to keep yourself and your friends safe from the virus and helping to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Will I need to be registered with a GP to get a COVID vaccine?

 

You don’t need to be registered with a GP to get a COVID vaccine – you can go to a walk-in clinic. However, all students are required to register with a GP during their time at university, and will be sent details on how to register with the UEA Medical Centre upon arrival.

Do I need to take a COVID test before coming to UEA in September?

 

The Government is expecting students to test using home lateral flow tests before they travel to university. For more information on how to take a lateral flow test, please check the Government website.

Will I need to get tested for COVID regularly once I’m at university?

 

You can make a real difference to help prevent the spread of COVID within our community simply by getting tested twice a week. Getting tested helps to reduce the spread of the virus. Students should test twice a week, even if you have had the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can either test at home or at the rapid testing site in the ZICER building on Chancellor’s Drive, which is open every Monday and Thursday between 10am-2.45pm. The centre is a drop-in, so you don’t need to book ahead, and UEA staff and student helpers will be on site to assist. You can find out more about testing on My UEA (login required).

These tests are only for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have any of the symptoms – a high temperature, a new, persistent cough or loss of taste/smell – you must self-isolate and book an NHS PCR test.

Whether you take your test at home or at the rapid testing centre in the ZICER building, if your result is positive, you must complete our COVID-19 Notification Form as soon as possible and self-isolate.

Where can I get home testing kits?

 

Lateral flow testing kits can be ordered online or picked up from your local pharmacy now or from a number of key sites across campus from Monday 13 September. These are located at:

  • Registry reception
  • Library reception
  • School of Environmental Sciences reception
  • Campus shop on The Street
  • Post room
  • The Student Information Zone on The Street
  • Student Union reception
  • COVID rapid testing centre in ZICER (during Monday and Thursday opening times)
  • Edith Cavell reception

 

Any time you take a home test, whether it’s positive or negative, you must register your result on the government website and select ‘University of East Anglia’ as your university.

For specific queries please contact admissions@uea.ac.uk.

International Applicants and Offer Holders FAQs

International students arriving to study at UEA from outside the UK are encouraged to complete our International Student Arrivals Form.

This form will enable us to ensure a smooth transition during your arrival to UEA.  It can also be used to book our airport collection service detailed below
 

I’m A Prospective International Student – Where Can I Find More Information On Visas And Immigration?

 

UEA can provide international students with all the information and guidance you will need for your time studying abroad, including how to navigate the visa application process, when to apply and the different types of visa – you can find this all on our Visa Advice page

I'm Travelling to UEA from a Country on the UK Governments 'Red List' - What Do I Need To Do?

 

If you are travelling from or passing through a country or territory on the UK Government’s ‘red list’, you must:

  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel. You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

  • Book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine

  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package booking reference number to complete your passenger locator form

You can find the full guidance on the UK Government’s website. It is important that you understand these new restrictions as there are penalties for breaking quarantine. 

I'm Travelling to UEA from a Country on the UK Governments 'Red List' - How Will UEA Support Me?

 

UEA will refund the cost of any UK government related quarantine to new students arriving in September 2021 to commence the first semester of their course.  The value of this refund will be up to the amount of £2,285.

The final amount of refund will be determined by the amount charged to the named student on the hotel invoice.

The refund will be applied to your UEA invoice which will be issued no later than 30 days after you have fully enrolled.  You should also be able to provide receipt of quarantine booking in your name and complete our refund form (available shortly).

Once the hotel quarantine period is complete you may be able to use UEA’s airport collection service to travel to campus, please see details below. 

UEA will only refund government quarantine costs if the country you are travelling from is on the Red List on the date of your travel. If the country you are travelling from changes to the Amber List, you must request a refund directly from the hotel booking company.

Terms and Conditions

  • The refund will only be open to new students commencing their studies at UEA in September 2021, not their relatives or dependants.

  • The refund will only be granted to students funding their studies themselves. Fully sponsored students and students in receipt of full scholarships will not be eligible for the refund where their sponsor has already agreed to cover quarantine costs. Postgraduate research students funded by UEA or UK Research Council studentships (and those with other sponsors who cannot pay the quarantine costs) will need to pay the quarantine costs themselves but will then be eligible for this refund.

  • The refund will only be open to UEA students arriving to the UK for the first semester of their course in September or October 2021.

  • In order to qualify for a refund, eligible students should fill out our refund form (to be online shortly) no later 31 October 2021

  • Qualifying students should provide receipt of quarantine booking and flight in their own name

  • The refund will only be applied once you have arrived and enrolled at UEA.  As such, it will not reflect on your CAS statement and cannot be used as evidence of funds during your visa application

  • Students originating in a ‘Amber List’ country and transferring through a ‘Red List’ country will still have to quarantine but will not be eligible for this refund.

I'm Travelling to UEA from a Country on the UK Governments 'Amber List' - What Do I Need To Do?

 

If you are travelling from or passing through a country or territory on the UK Government’s ‘amber list’, you must:

  • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.

  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine. These tests must be booked before you leave your home country.

  • Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number.

  • Quarantine for 10 days after you arrive in the UK, during which you will take the COVID-19 tests included in your travel test package

You can find the full guidance on the UK Government’s website. It is important that you understand these rules as there are penalties for breaking quarantine. 

Travelling from the EU or USA?

You may be exempt from self isolation under UK government guidance if you are arriving from a listed country and able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated more than 14 days before your arrival into the UK with a recognised vaccine.

More information can be on the UK Gov website.

I'm Travelling to UEA from a Country on the UK Governments 'Amber List' - How Will UEA Support Me?

 

Where possible we are encouraging students from Amber List countries to arrive early and complete their self-isolation ahead of their studies.

In order to allow for this, we are offering students who have been allocated UEA accommodation a rent free period from the 7th September until the usual start of your accommodation contract:

  • For undergraduate students, this free period will be 7 – 16 September 2021

  • For postgraduate students, this free period will be 7 – 23 September 2021

During your period of self-isolation we have a number of support systems in place including a meal ordering service, safe outdoor zones and wellbeing support.

Should you wish to take advantage of this period of free accommodation, you should contact accom@uea.ac.uk letting us know when you plan to arrive.
 

I'm Travelling to UEA from a Country on the UK Governments 'Green List' - What Do I Need To Do?

 

If you are travelling from or passing through a country or territory on the UK Government's 'green list', you must:

You do not need to quarantine unless your day 2 COVID-19 test is positive. You can find the full guidance on the UK Government's website

Will UEA be running an airport collection service?

 

We will be running an airport collection service from Heathrow Airport on the following dates: 

Date 10AM Service 4PM Service
7 September Yes Yes
8 September Yes -
17 September Yes Yes
18 September Yes -
23 September Yes Yes
24 September Yes -

 

Amber List arrivals will be able to make use of this service on arrival to Heathrow, whilst Red List arrivals are able to utilise our airport collection service provided you have completed your hotel quarantine. 

The service costs £35 and will be added to your UEA tuition fee invoice.

We recommend you only book a service if your flight arrives more than two hours before the collection service departure time.

In order to book this service you should complete our International Students Arrival Form and indicate you wish to use the Airport Collection Service.
 

Can I Get Vaccinated in the UK?

 

The UK government has recently announced that anyone over the age of 18 in the UK will be eligible for free vaccination regardless of nationality or immigration status.

If you have already received your first vaccination you should try to receive your second before travelling to the UK if possible. If not then you will be offered the same manufactured vaccination, if approved by UK government for use, or the most similar alternative if not.

You can find a useful FAQ sheet from the UK government here.

Can UEA support with the cost of COVID testing?

 

The University is supporting all new starters who arrive from an Amber List country and who are required to self-isolate with the cost of the 'Test to Release' scheme. Students taking part in 'Test to Release' may be able to reduce the amount of time required to self-isolate after entering the country, by taking a voluntary Covid-19 PCR test from a Government-approved testing provider on or after their 5th day of self-isolation.

If an eligible student chooses to participate in the Test to Release scheme the University will reimburse the £44.90 cost (of the day 5 test kit) when it is booked with Eurofins who are a selected supplier. All queries regarding the tests and ordering process should be directed to EuroFins.

In this case, you will need to complete the Test and Release Reimbursement Form and send it to accounts.payable@uea.ac.uk. Additionally, if you do exit isolation early in this way, you must inform the Student Services Covid-19 Support team (login required) at sts.covidsupport@uea.ac.uk so that your isolation status can be updated. Please note that even if you do exit isolation early you must still complete the Government mandated test on your 8th day.

I will be studying at UEA for a year or a semester abroad - What will happen with that?

 

Please read the guidance provided above for the country you are travelling from. You will be supported by our dedicated Visiting Team, who are ready to welcome you to UEA, whether this is virtually or in person. You should also speak with your home university about adhering to guidance on travelling abroad from your home country. For more information, please see our Study Abroad FAQs.

Is the expectation that students will be at University in September?

 

Yes. Returning to a more consistent and regular in-person learning experience will help everyone reconnect with each other and re-build student communities inside the classroom and out. This is of course dependent on Government guidelines and restrictions at the time, but if restrictions are lifted as predicted, UEA will be able to provide a campus experience which includes face-to-face teaching combined with digital interaction.

What should I do if I want to start my course remotely?

 

Although we encourage students to arrive to UEA for the start of their course. We understand that circumstances may mean that this will not be possible for some of our students.

For courses starting in September 2021 we need to confirm if the learning outcomes of your course can be achieved with remote study.  This may not be the case for all courses, and we will advise you if this is the case.

If the course can offer remote study, our UEA remote study team will work with you to understand if you are eligible for a concession.    Remote study is only available for Semester 1 (September – December).

Remote study applications will only be considered under very limited circumstances:

  • Physical health issues which puts you at greater risk from a Covid-19 infection.  
  • Acting as a carer for someone who is at a greater risk from a Covid-19 infection. 
  • Mental health issues exacerbated by anxiety around travelling to and from/or being on campus.
  • Being a parent or guardian for someone who is at a greater risk from a Covid-19 infection.
  • Covid-19 restrictions on travel, including no transport links and the risk to health posed by travel.
  • Strict restrictions barring entry or departure (other than the requirement to isolate or similar on arrival or departure).
  • Delay to qualifications, if you are using these to enter the University.

To help us consider your case we would require a medical certificate in English (or with an accompanying official translation) from a health care professional OR details of why your travel to the UK is restricted.

Please note that if you are holding a Tier 4 or Student Visa we will also need to make some eligibility checks to ensure that you continue to meet the conditions of your visa.  The UK government have confirmed that universities can continue to act as the immigration sponsor for a student who is studying remotely, outside of the UK. This concession to the immigration rules will apply until 6 April 2022

How do I apply for remote study?

 

If you wish to be considered please contact the following email addresses, depending on your circumstances.

All new students to UEA –  newstudents.remotestudyneed@uea.ac.uk

Requests will be considered from August 2021 until the end of October 2021.

What is the remote study concession?

 

If it is possible for you to study remotely we will make you a formal offer of a concession to do this.  By receiving the concession you will be accepting the conditions of studying remotely.

It is important to consider the financial aspects of remote study carefully. Please be aware that full tuition fees will be payable even if you are away from campus and you will be responsible for any costs you have committed to or incurred, even if the university enables a request to study remotely including impact on student loans, bursaries, sponsorships and/or scholarships.  

If you are considering you will need access to a device and internet.

Activities are scheduled for UK time and, whilst the University will endeavor to support students studying within different time zones, there is no expectation that any staff members would provide support outside of normal UK hours of work (that is, the timetabled teaching times).

What should I do if my course does not offer remote study or my concession is not granted?

 

Deferral of your place – If you are a new student, we can defer your place to the following year.

Other adjustments – Student Services and our Wellbeing team (login required) may be able to identify some simple changes that enable you to study at UEA and we can highlight campus initiatives and services which can support you.

Postgraduate research applicants - frequently asked questions

I’m a prospective postgraduate research (PGR) student – can I still apply for 2021 entry?

 

We accept applications all year round.

International applicants need to apply at least four months before the intended start date, and Home applicants at least two months before.

Please see our research with us applicant pages for more details. 

Do I have to be present in person in Norwich from the start of my course?

 

The University normally recommends that full-time students live within 50 kilometres of the University to enable full engagement with their course.

We also expect all postgraduate research students (full-time and part-time) to meet with their supervisory team on a regular basis, normally in person. Additionally, some postgraduate researchers have further residency requirements imposed by their funder or by immigration requirements.

Given COVID-19 restrictions, in 2020-21 some postgraduate researchers may request to start their course remotely and then move to the Norwich area during 2020-21 as soon as it is possible to do so. You will need to have an individual Blended Learning Concession approved, which will require approval from your supervisor, your funder and the Academic Director of UEA Doctoral College.

Please contact pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk for further details. 

Can I defer my offer to a later start date?

 

If you have not deferred an offer before, we will normally consider a request to defer until the next PGR entry date, for example from 1 October 2021 to 1 February 2022.

The standard PGR entry dates are 1 February, 1 June and 1 October for most research programmes. At present, due to COVID-19 impacts, we are willing to consider any requests to defer offers for up to 12 months from the original entry date offered, for example from 1 October 2021 to 1 October 2022, provided that the request is made by the application deadline for that intake.

If you have deferred your offer previously and you wish to extend it beyond this period of 12 months then you will need to make a new application and we will need to interview you again.

All deferrals will need permission from the School or Institute before we can approve them. Where this is good reason to do so, we can consider start dates other than the standard entry dates; this needs approval from the Faculty Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research.

I hold an offer from UEA for a postgraduate research programme. However, I am worried that due to COVID-19 I won’t be able to complete required tests or that I won’t have my formal degree certificate available by my start date. What should I do?

 

We recognise that COVID-19 has disrupted exams and studies for many applicants.

Provided you have been awarded a certificate of completion for your current studies, we will accept these qualifications as long as they meet the conditions of our offer. In all cases, we will be as flexible as we can with our minimum grade requirements and will take into account any impacts of COVID-19 disruption.

What will campus be like during 2021 for postgraduate researchers?

 

We're working hard to ensure all of our postgraduate researchers are well supported through individual advice from supervisory teams and expert technical and professional support services. We’ve put plans in place so that we can adapt to changing circumstances and continue to deliver high-quality research supervision and doctoral training events.

To ensure safety, we have introduced one-way systems on campus, marked areas to maintain social distancing, and hand sanitising stations are being installed at key locations.

During 2021, we expect to operate a blended approach where some meetings and supervision will be virtual using Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate software. Supervisors will be encouraged to meet face to face with postgraduate researchers where this is safe to do so, for example to take a socially distanced walk around our campus lake, the Broad.

Key induction sessions will take place online, as will many personal and professional development sessions. We will provide detailed health and safety guidance and inductions to keep everyone safe on campus, and advice on accessing archives and other research facilities.

The UEA Library is open with social distancing, one way systems and cleaning wipes in the IT spaces so you can wipe down your keyboards and mice after use.

We will follow government advice on opening times and student numbers. We can move quickly back to a click and collect service if lockdown rules change.

Have you offered to reimburse or reduce tuition fees for postgraduate researchers?

 

UEA has remained open throughout the lockdown. Our supervisors and training coordinators, and our Careers Service, Postgraduate Research Service, and Student Services teams, have continued to provide supervision, training sessions and advice virtually throughout this period.

In line with the approach endorsed by the UK Office for Students, we have not offered any blanket reduction or reimbursement of fees. However, we are sympathetic to the challenges faced by our postgraduate researchers. We have offered fee payment flexibility and no-cost extensions to many individual postgraduate researchers affected by COVID-19 and extensions of stipend to funded researchers.

 

Will the University make allowance for the timing of probationary reviews due to COVID-19 restrictions?

 

For postgraduate researchers who were due to have a probationary review in spring 2020, we extended the deadline for all probationary reviews, allowed them to be held virtually, and were sympathetic to individual circumstances affecting progress. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will take similar actions again during 2020-21 if it seems appropriate.

 

How much time should I allow for Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance?

 

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) is relevant to international students subject to UK immigration control.

We recommend you apply as soon as possible - currently the turnaround for ATAS certificates is taking up to 8 weeks.

What accommodation and self-isolation options are available?

 

UEA extended its accommodation guarantee in 2020 to cover UK, EU and International postgraduate research students who applied by the deadline of 31 July.

If you did not apply by this date, please see the accommodation frequently asked questions to see if there are still options available.

Other information about accommodation and self-isolation is included in the Advice for New Applicants and Offer Holders section above. Current students can also read our self-isolation guide (login required) which applies to those who must self-isolate whether you are living un university or independent accommodation.

The UEA Students’ Union also has a guide to renting private accommodation in Norwich.

I am a postgraduate research applicant and have another question. Who can I speak with?

 

You can send your question to pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk. The team will be happy to help.