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Update on Coronavirus for PG students

last modified Mar 18, 2020 01:09 PM
The vice-chancellor has recently sent an email to all students and staff to announce that the University has now moved into the Red phase of its response to Coronavirus. This means that all but essential University work will happen remotely.
Students (including research students) who have the option of leaving Cambridge to return home are being asked to. There will be no teaching or assessment in Cambridge next term. Students who do not have other stable living arrangements (which might include some international students, estranged students, care leavers, some postgraduate students, or those who are self-isolating) should be accommodated by their college, and you should receive a further update about this soon.
 
We know that some students not currently in Cambridge will have left to temporary or insecure accommodation situations believing they would be able to return, and these students should be able to return when they need to. We encourage you to get in touch with your college or senior tutor if this is the case to make your situation known to them as soon as possible.
 
We are aware that many students, especially those who are dependent on funding bodies, still do not have clarity about what their funding situation will if they are unable to continue with their work. Together with Cambridge UCU, we are continuing to push for more information, and are hopeful that there will be clarity within the next few days.
 
Students with any visa-related query should contact the International Students Office directly so they can provide detailed information. Tier 4 sponsorship will continue for students who are working away, and in these exceptional circumstances will also continue during intermission for up to 4 months with the possibility of extension.
 
Assessments due to take place in Cambridge next term will now take place remotely or online. How this will work for your course will be communicated by the end of March by your faculty or department. The closure of libraries from today will also be disruptive to many students undertaking research work or assessed coursework, as well as preparation for assessment of those who have exams, and there should be further clarity soon on what this will mean for students whose submission is delayed.
 
We will continue to be here for you as your students’ union through this time. You can always reach out to GU on , and we’ll continue to provide personal support and advice via the Students’ Unions’ Advice Service (SUAS).
 
The statement from the VC is available in full here.