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Coronavirus: information for prospective students and applicants

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The nature of the COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented event for our University community and the globe. We have been listening to the concerns of our applicants and their supporters and we understand how apprehensive many of you are for your wellbeing and that of your family and friends. The wellbeing of students, staff and our wider community is our absolute priority, so we want to provide you with regular updates to help keep you informed of how we are dealing with these challenges. We have gathered answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

In addition to the guidance on this page, we will continue to keep in touch with you through a number of other channels:

  • If you have already applied to the University of Reading, we will send regular messages to you directly via your email address provided on your application, and you can access advice and information via Me@Reading Applicant.
  • If you are thinking of applying to Reading, by asking us a question and opting in to receive emails from us, you will ensure that you are sent updates about our programmes, life at Reading and opportunities to learn more about us.
  • We have sent regular communications to our current students and also published guidance for them. Although you are not currently one of our students, you are welcome to take a look at the things we have put in place to support the student community during the outbreak.

We are making every effort to manage the impact of coronavirus on the University, putting in place contingency plans and seeking to ensure that disruption is minimised. We hope these pages answer the key questions you have but if you require any further information please do contact us. Based on Government guidance, many staff across the University are now working remotely, but you will not see any change for you in the support we provide.

I am a UK/EU student and have applied for entry this September (2020)

I am an International/overseas student and have applied for undergraduate or postgraduate entry this September (2020) or Pre-sessional English entry this summer (April/August 2020)

I am interested in applying for entry this September (2020) but have not yet done so

Is the University still receiving and considering applications for study?

    Yes, we are! A small number of courses are now closed for 2020 enrolments due to high demand but the vast majority of programmes are still able to receive applications and these are being assessed as normal. Our online application processes continue to be open and you can access these by following the links:

  • Degree courses - Undergraduate, Masters and PhD
  • Pre-sessional English
  • International Foundation Programme
  • Do you have opportunities for me to experience campus before I apply for September 2020 entry?

    Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events. However, we are providing a range of online resources and virtual events in place of these. If you haven't already done so, Register your interest and we'll send you more information about your subject areas of interest as well as opportunities to 'see' our campus and engage with us virtually. You can also book on to our virtual June Open Days on 19th and 20th June by registering your interest to attend an Open Day. Finally, you can chat to a student - which is a great way to get first-hand information about what it's like to be a student at Reading. 

    What will happen to my application?

    Your application is important to us and our staff are well equipped to work remotely, so we do not anticipate any significant disruption in assessing your application. However, please bear with us if considering your application takes slightly longer. You can follow progress in considering your application on Me@Reading Applicant.

    Will the University still be open for Clearing applications?

      Yes, the University will be open for Clearing applications. We are working closely with UCAS to ensure that any changes to Clearing 2020 are reflected in our approach to Clearing this year; we're still working on this but we'll be updating our Clearing pages as we receive more detailed information. If you would like to receive Clearing-specific information from the University of Reading, please register your interest and we will be in touch.  

      I am interested in applying for September 2020. How will classes be taught and what can I expect teaching to look like?

      We will be offering a flexible, blended model of face-to-face and online teaching and learning to ensure that any offer-holder can start their programme in the autumn, whether they are able to come to Reading or whether they study with us remotely. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students who are able join us on campus in September. In order to create a safe and supportive study environment, we will be adapting our teaching, facilities and services to comply with the UK government's social distancing and safety requirements. While we intend that welcome activities and teaching will take place on campus, we are also taking into consideration the needs of our students who may not be able to travel to campus in September by making all lecture and core course content available online, providing regular interactive sessions both face-to-face and online and providing academic support from your lecturers and Academic Tutor in-person and online. We've also outlined our commitment to our specialist support services and student life; and if you intend to join us on campus, some information about accommodation. Do continue to check Me@Reading Applicant for further information about your programme and as it is announced.

I am interested in applying for entry in September 2021 or beyond

I'm thinking of applying to Reading for September 2021 (or in future years). How can I attend an Open Day or learn more about the University?

    We're thrilled you're considering Reading! Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events. However, we are providing a range of online resources and virtual events in place of these. We understand that one of the most important things is to get a 'feel' for campus and to interact with us as much as possible, so we're making sure we have lots of information for you to virtually experience campus and meet our academics and student support staff. If you're interested in attending an Open Day, please register your interest in attending an Open Day and you'll receive information about our Virtual Open Days on Friday, 19th June and Saturday, 20th June, and we'll keep you informed about opportunities to attend on-campus Open Days in the future. If you haven't already done so, Register Your Interest and we'll send you more information about your subject area(s) of interest as well as opportunities to 'see' our campus and engage with us virtually, such as an online subject taster sessions. You can also chat to a student - which is a great way to get first-hand information about what it's like to be a student at Reading.

What will happen to my application?

Your application is important to us and our staff are well equipped to work remotely, so we do not anticipate any significant disruption in assessing your application. However, please bear with us if considering your application takes slightly longer. You can follow progress in considering your application on Me@Reading Applicant.


Is the University still receiving and considering applications for study?

Yes, we are! A small number of courses are now closed for 2020 enrolments due to high demand but the vast majority of programmes are still able to receive applications and these are being assessed as normal. Our online application processes continue to be open and you can access these by following the links beneath:

I'm still waiting on a decision on my undergraduate application; when can I expect to receive it?

UCAS has made the decision to extend the deadline by which universities need to have let UCAS applicants know whether they are able to make them an offer. If you submitted your UCAS application by the 15 January, universities now have until 19 May to respond to you (the original deadline was 5 May). UCAS will be emailing any applicants affected by this extension with their new decision deadline and you can also view this on UCAS Track.


I've been offered a place on an undergraduate course; how long do I have to decide to accept my place at Reading?

UCAS applicants also will be given an extension to respond to their offer due to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • If you receive your last decision on or before 4 June 2020, your reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if you're using Extra to find a place).
  • If you receive your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, your reply date is 20 July 2020 (including Extra choices).

You can read more about deciding on your university choice and the revised deadlines on the UCAS website.


My exams have been cancelled and I'm worried I won't be able to start my course in September. How is the University of Reading handling this situation?

In light of the Ofqual, UUK, UCAS, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International updates on the cancellation of A-level, IB exams and Cambridge exams, we have already started work on how we can ensure that our admissions process takes these decisions into consideration. We are working with Education in England, the UK government, Universities UK and other organisations such as UCAS to ensure that we will be able to assess your final results fairly whilst also taking into account the wider situation.

Our admissions policy has been, and will continue to be, that we look at every application individually, and we will always consider applicants who may achieve lower than their predicted grades. In many cases, we are still able to offer applicants a place at Reading by taking into account their entire application and not just confirming an offer only based on final achieved grades. It might also help relieve some concern to know that if you have chosen or intend to choose Reading as your firm choice, we are able to guarantee you a one-grade drop on your offer across a majority of our programmes.

Hopefully we've been able to reassure you that we're working hard on all of this in the background so you don't have to worry about your application. If you have been invited to interview as part of your application, please do not worry; you will be contacted by the Admissions team with information on alternatives we are putting in place to proceed with your application.

We would encourage you to continue studying and working on any assignments or lessons your school will provide during the school closure period, and to focus on your and your family's health and wellbeing. We'll continue to keep our offer holders informed on Me@Reading Applicant and via email.


I have a 'conditional' offer requiring successful completion of my present programme of study. What will happen if I am unable to take my school or university exams or there is a delay in receiving my final results?

Most countries are working on solutions to ensure students can complete their school or university studies with minimal delay and we are monitoring developments around the world. If school or university closures in your country mean that you are unable to take exams, or there is delay in receiving your transcript/certificates, we will see what we can do to help you with the problem. If you have concerns you can contact us for advice. For undergraduate applications including the International Foundation Programme please email ugadmissions@reading.ac.uk. For postgraduate admissions including Pre-Sessional programmes, please email pgadmissions@reading.ac.uk.

 

 I am an EU or International student and need to demonstrate proficiency in English. What can I do if I can't meet my English Language conditions?

Whilst you might not have currently met the English conditions, you may be eligible to study on a Pre-sessional programme with us. Further details can be found here. Due to the closure of test centres we are pleased to confirm that we are now accepting some additional online language tests; the tests are Duolingo (for online pre-sessional English only), TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition and LanguageCert International ESOL C1 Expert.

Details and all acceptable English language tests are available here.


As an offer-holder, do I still need to pay a deposit to accept my offer?

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will waive the deposit requirement for all our courses where this is usually part of accepting your offer. If your course offer currently requires a deposit payment, this will no longer be necessary for you to accept your offer.

You need to accept your offer through your Applicant Portal, using the link in your offer email, but there will no longer be a step asking for payments.


I've already paid my deposit so can I have my money back?

Given the exceptional circumstances arising from COVID-19, we will refund any deposit paid to you. Please remember that, if you still want to accept your offer of a place, any deposit you paid is put towards your tuition fees, so your money is safe. If, however, you no longer wish to take up your place with us then please do let us know and your deposit will be refunded. The normal reasons for a refund outlined in the deposit terms and conditions continue to apply.


Should I still accept my place at the University of Reading?

If you have been offered a place at Reading and your intention is to study with us, then please do accept the offer of a place. Your offer letter will contain details of how to do this. By accepting your offer, you can move forward with getting ready to study here, such as applying for accommodation. If, for reasons beyond your control, you are ultimately unable to take up your place you will not be bound by any commitment and we will refund any course deposit payable.


Should I defer my place to 2021?

We can consider deferral requests, but we appreciate that many students have made firm plans to come to Reading this September and we are working on the basis that this is still going to be possible. We recommend at this time that you only request a deferral if this would have been your intention regardless of the coronavirus situation.


Can I still visit campus?

Due to current government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, we are sadly unable to run on-campus events. However, we are providing a range of online resources and virtual events in place of these which you can access via Me@Reading Applicant. You can also book on to our virtual June Open Days on 19th and 20th June by registering your interest to attend an Open Day. Finally, you can chat to a student - which is a great way to get first-hand information about what it's like to be a student at Reading. These online opportunities should also help you get a feel for the campus, your department and life at Reading. Although it's not the 'complete' experience, we hope that it will still offer you an opportunity to engage with us.


Should I still apply for University accommodation?

Yes, if you are eligible to apply for accommodation then you can continue to do so. Our usual accommodation application processes, guarantees and deadlines remain in place. Making sure you have somewhere to live is an essential element of preparing to study at Reading and it is important that you make the necessary arrangements.


What if I cannot make it to Reading for the start of my course?

We're still looking forward to and planning towards welcoming our new students arriving in September 2020 to our campuses. We appreciate that some students commence their studies earlier (for example, some PhD and Pre Sessional English students) and where this is the case, you will be contacted with details of your course start arrangements before you are due to arrive on campus. We will keep these pages updated with any important changes to when our courses are scheduled to start or how teaching will be delivered (for example, by face-to-face or online learning).

I have an offer to study at Reading in September 2020 and I am intending to study on-campus. How will classes be taught and what can I expect teaching to look like?

We will be offering a flexible, blended model of face-to-face and online teaching and learning to ensure that any offer-holder can start their programme in the autumn, whether they are able to come to Reading or whether they study with us remotely. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students who are able join us on campus in September. In order to create a safe and supportive study environment, we will be adapting our teaching, facilities and services to comply with the UK government's social distancing and safety requirements. While we intend that welcome activities and teaching will take place on campus, we are also taking into consideration the needs of our students who may not be able to travel to campus in September by making all lecture and core course content available online, providing regular interactive sessions both face-to-face and online and providing academic support from your lecturers and Academic Tutor in-person and online. We've also outlined our commitment to our specialist support services and student life; and if you intend to join us on campus, some information about accommodation. Do continue to check Me@reading Applicant for further information about your programme and as it is announced.

I have an offer to study at Reading in September 2020 but I am unable to study on campus. How will classes be taught and what can I expect teaching to look like?

We will be offering a flexible, blended model of face-to-face and online teaching and learning to ensure that any offer-holder can start their programme in the autumn, whether they are able to come to Reading or whether they study with us remotely. We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students who are able join us on campus in September. In order to create a safe and supportive study environment, we will be adapting our teaching, facilities and services to comply with the UK government's social distancing and safety requirements. While we intend that welcome activities and teaching will take place on campus, we are also taking into consideration the needs of our students who may not be able to travel to campus in September by making all lecture and core course content available online, providing regular interactive sessions both face-to-face and online and providing academic support from your lecturers and Academic Tutor in-person and online. We've also outlined our commitment to our specialist support services and student life; and if you intend to join us on campus, some information about accommodation. Do continue to check Me@Reading Applicant for further information about your programme and as it is announced.

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