Coronavirus (Covid-19) has created much uncertainty in the education sector, and SI-UK are closely monitoring local conditions and government advice in the UK, as well as all our global offices.
The wellbeing of our staff and students has always been of utmost importance, and never more so than in situations like this.
If you are a current SI-UK student and need help, advice and support throughout this difficult period, please read below for the latest information.
The global situation is obviously changing rapidly, and we are closely monitoring advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation.
Hygiene & Prevention
SI-UK are actively and repeatedly encouraging students and staff to engage in proper hygiene and prevention strategies through sanitation stations within the office and constant verbal reminders. We are regularly deep cleaning all of our offices so students can feel comfortable in a safe environment.
Following global guidelines, we are strongly requesting that any student who is sick does not attend classes or visit an SI-UK office.
In the event a student has COVID-19 symptoms (see below) they must call the local health authority, follow their directions, and self-isolate. We will support our staff and students with specific steps where self-isolation has to be carried out.
If you would like to discuss your current application with one of our consultants, or have any questions about Covid-19 and its implications for UK study we welcome one-to-one call with a UK University Specialist who will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call us on 416-998-8532.
We are fully aware that we will not yet have answers to all of your questions, but do, please let our team know if there are specific concerns or issues you would like more information about.
UK Universities Remain Open
It is important to emphasise that campuses across UK universities currently remain open, and that learning has simply moved online.
On-site services and facilities such as health and well-being, post rooms, catering outlets and shops will remain open, with social distancing measures implemented to protect members the student and staff community.
Many universities are also currently considering a number of ways study can remain as normal as possible from September. This includes:
- Extending the way Pre Sessional English offer can be accessed
- Exploring blended learning options for any students who is unable to join in September
- January starts in some key subjects
Department for Education Support
The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline as follows:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you are displaying any of the following symptoms
- Sustained fever
- Shortness of breath
Stay at home and do not visit a pharmacy, surgery or hospital.
Immigration Advice for Chinese Students
Due to travel restrictions because of coronavirus some individuals may be facing uncertainty in relation to the expiry date of their current visa or leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
Subject to guidance released by the Home Office, most people in the UK whose immigration status is affected by the coronavirus outbreak will get an automatic extension of their visa until 31 March 2020.
- Last update: 16th March, 2020.