Coronavirus update: Travel restrictions, accommodation payment freeze and exams schedule


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As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to bring seismic changes and challenges to the UK, in particular a growing pressure on the National Health Service and restrictions on movement, we’re sharing the latest travel guidance from the government. Also, find out the latest information on accommodation and exams below.

Further restrictions on travel

The UK Government’s new advice and instruction is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel home to their permanent residences. If you are living in student halls, or private rented accommodation, you should remain there and stay indoors while current restrictions are in force. As the Prime Minister said, staying put and remaining indoors are now crucial to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed, and save the lives of fellow citizens.

To support those of you remaining in Leicester over the coming days and weeks (excluding if this is your permanent address), we have set up a Facebook Group (COVID-19 UPDATES: Students staying on campus). More than 1000 students have already joined and started to connect with us and each other. If you are one of these students, and you’ve not already done so, please complete this COVID-19 student form so that we can know who is remaining in Leicester (excluding if this is your permanent address) during this period.

The information you provide is crucial for us to know of any specific requirements you may have so that we can try to signpost appropriate support services to you in the prevailing circumstances (for example, students who have declared a disability, international students, or students who live with people in high-risk groups, such as grandparents or family members with suppressed immune systems).

Accommodation update

We know that for many of you, the idea of paying for accommodation you no longer need has been a source of anxiety in what is an unprecedented and uncertain situation.

Therefore, we have confirmed that any student in our halls of residence – Bede Hall and Waterway Gardens – will not have to pay any outstanding rent for their third university term (after Easter).

This means that whether you are leaving campus or staying here, you no longer have to worry about how you will pay for your accommodation.

All we would ask is that:

  • if you have left already please let us know ASAP on halls@dmu.ac.uk by 13 April

  • when you leave, you take with you your belongings and return your keys.

In addition, Unite Students – which operates Filbert Village, Newarke Point, St Martins, The Grange, Liberty Court, Liberty Park and Liberty Court Annex - has also agreed that any student not now staying in their Unite or Liberty Living home for their third university term (after Easter) will not have to pay outstanding rental payments.

Student Roost - which runs Upperton Road, Newarke Street, The Summit, Eastern Boulevard, Queen’s Court and Regents Court - has also written to its residents to confirm it is crediting residents’ rent payment from 1 May onwards if they have already moved out of their Student Roost accommodation.

Unlike DMU owned accommodation, these private providers will be charging normal rent fees for students who are remaining in their accommodation during the third term.

We are aware, however, that there are many other students staying in privately-run halls which have not had such assurances and we are encouraging those providers to follow these examples and help alleviate anxieties at this time.

Those providers (including DMU) which have announced these measures have written individually to all residents with full details but anyone with any questions can email: halls@dmu.ac.uk.

Exam schedule 

We know many of you still have questions and concerns around your exams and we are working to make sure you all know how things will change and how you are affected as soon as possible.  

In order to make things as clear as we can, on Monday (30 March) at 9am, the current online central exams timetable will be removed. You will then receive all exam information and updates through Blackboard.  

We are aiming to have all remaining information about your exams and deadline on Blackboard by 9am on Monday.  

Please continue to visit the Coronavirus Advice and Information website as we jointly navigate these uncertain times.

Thanks for your ongoing co-operation and understanding. And, remember to stay home and stay safe which will help to protect the NHS and save lives.

Posted on Friday 27th March 2020

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