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COVID-19 – Latest MDX updates and FAQs
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COVID-19 – Latest MDX updates and FAQs

18/01/2022

Find the latest updates around COVID-19 and how we're responding to the pandemic

  • COVID-19 info & FAQs

Face coverings

Given the increased risk of transmitting COVID-19, you are required to wear a face covering in all teaching settings. We expect you to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces in order to help prevent the spread of the virus. You are required to wear a face covering at all student events, which will be checked upon entry and during the event.

You may be exempt from wearing a face covering due to health reasons and if so, we ask that you make your Programme Leader aware of this. Please be respectful of students who are less able to wear face coverings. The reasons for this may not always be visible. We expect everyone to adhere to the behaviours outlined in the Community Agreement.

Updates to teaching

You'll have received information from your programme team about what your teaching and learning looks like. It's very important you continue to engage with your learning activities and assessments, and in turn we'll keep doing everything we can to support you. As always, you can find the details and links for all of your teaching sessions within MDXapp or myUniHub.

  • Before you come to campus

    At MDX we strongly recommend that all staff and students get both COVID-19 vaccines. If you haven't yet you can book it on the NHS website.

    We also encourage you to keep regularly doing Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) and recording your test online via the NHS website. If you have been unable to test before coming to campus, you can pick up test kits from the Security Office in the Quad, reception desk in Sheppard Library or Kit Hub in in the Grove.

    You can also use BG01 in building 9 as a private space to use a test kit (Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm). You will need your student ID card to enter.

    If you do test positive or need to isolate for any reason, please inform us so that we can support you

    For on-campus events, you may need to show a COVID-pass (either need to be double vaccinated, or recorded a negative LFT) so it's good practice to be testing yourself regularly.

  • When you get to campus

    Do wear your face covering and wash your hands regularly.  (In some spaces, wearing a face-covering will be mandatory unless exempt.)

    Be mindful of other people’s space. Be courteous and respectful of others.

    Test yourself twice weekly, at home if possible.

    Keep in mind the community principles to keep #TeamMDX safe.

  • PCR/hotel quarantine (isolation) reimbursement

    Current guidance may mean that if you are arriving internationally to England, you'll need to take private tests for Covid-19, and may need to quarantine. MDX will refund up to a maximum of £210 to cover the costs of your tests, or towards the cost of your quarantine where required. You should also inform us that you will be arriving and isolating using this short form ahead of your arrival so that we can best support you.

    If you have arrived in England from another country, you may request up to a maximum of £210 payment to reimburse you for this cost. Fill in the form online and ensure you include the following evidence:

    - Receipt for Covid test - up to a maximum of £210, and/or evidence of hotel isolation due to red list country e.g. hotel receipt for £1750

    -Recent bank statement (UK bank account only) – double check against name and bank details

    If you are not enrolled, this may delay the process.

  • Our community agreement - keeping #TeamMDX safe

We all have a responsibility to help keep everyone safe on campus and in our local area.

We're working hard to make sure the campus is safe for you to return to your classes, and there's lots you can do to help keep it as safe as possible. Our community agreement is about how we can respect and support each other for the benefit of everyone on Team MDX and beyond.

By showing your support for this agreement you're doing your part to protect our student and staff community and the local community around us.

Part of the community agreement is respecting the personal space of your friends, staff, and all others. To help with this, we've introduced coloured wristbands to show what you're comfortable with while on-campus.

For students who would like to wear them, red, yellow and green wristbands will be available at the entrance to the Quad for people to display what level of contact they are comfortable with. A wristband can indicate that you are fine with hugs, only elbow bumps or that you wish to avoid close contact .

  • Details about coronavirus

    • Get latest key advice

      Check the NHS and Government websites for the latest information and advice about COVID-19. These are trusted sources and will provide up-to-date and correct information and advice for you and your family.

      For our international students, you can find the latest NHS guidance translated into 48 languages.

      If you are concerned about your health,  call your GP for expert advice. To find out more about health services, read our health and wellbeing pages.

    • What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

      If you are feeling unwell with any of the symptoms of COVID-19, stay at home and follow the NHS guidance by ordering a free Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Everybody you live with should also stay home and you shouldn't have any visitors until you receive your test result when you'll receive more guidance. If you are unwell with any symptoms (even if these are not COVID-19 symptoms) stay away from campus.

      If you test positive for COVID-19 or are self-isolating for other reasons, please let us know as soon as possible by completing this short form (and read this privacy notice) or ask someone else to let us know providing that you respond to our request for more information. This is so that we can best support you with anything you may need through your isolation period, but also so that we can work with Public Health England to ensure that we are keeping the rest of the community safe.

      If you have tested positive and we do not hear back from you within a 24 hour period, and reasonable contact attempts have been made, we may contact your listed emergency contact to advise that we have been able to confirm your health and safety.

      If you tell us that you have tested positive or that you are isolating we will try to check in with you to ensure that you are safe and well and have everything you need for your period of isolation.

      Please respond to these check ins. If we are unable to establish contact with you throughout your period of isolation we may try to contact your listed next of kin/emergency contact to ensure that you are safe and well.

      When registering a positive test with the NHS you should receive instructions from the NHS about how long you need to self-isolate (usually for 10 days). It is very important that you follow self-isolation guidance immediately.

      If you receive negative Lateral Flow Test results on day 6 and day 7 of your self-isolation period (with tests taken 24 hours apart) you do not need to self-isolate for the full 10 days. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period. However, if you end your self-isolation on or after day 7, the University requires you to stay off campus for the full 10 days and continue to study or work online. This is because those who qualify to end their self-isolation on day 7 are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people, avoid crowded spaces and stay away from vulnerable people. Therefore continue to study or work from home to protect others and reduce risk.

      Please note that if you are on placement there may be exceptions to these requirements, so please be sure to check with your placement provider.

    • What is the University doing to keep me safe from the virus on campus?

      It is very important that you continue to follow all COVID secure measures on campus to keep yourself and the rest of the #TeamMDX community safe

      • Enhanced hygiene with more regular cleaning
      • In communal spaces, face coverings won't be required but are strongly encouraged
      • In teaching and learning spaces and meeting rooms, face masks are strongly encouraged but are not a requirement
      • There might be additional PPE required in specialist areas like labs and workshops.

      We ask all members of the community to also do their bit and use any sanitiser gel, spray or wipes provided to clean surfaces and equipment and keep surfaces clear.

    • Preparing for scenarios relating to coronavirus outbreaks

      We will always keep you updated and informed of any changes that you need to be aware of – so please continue to read your student emails regularly as this will be how we directly be communicating with you.

    • Will I be expected to wear a face covering/ mask?

      While face coverings are strongly recommended across campus, there may be areas where, in line with specific risk assessments, face coverings and other additional safety measures are mandatory to keep #TeamMDX safe due to close proximity to others, shared equipment and other factors.

      If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please have a conversation with your academic team who will support you to continue to engage in your studies.

      We ask members of the #TeamMDX community to be socially responsible.

      Face coverings are not a substitute for other hygiene and safety measures, such as being tested when displaying symptoms, self-isolating when unwell or advised to, enhanced cleaning regimes, and regular hand-washing. These primary mitigation measures should always be followed.

      We also encourage #TeamMDX to be mindful that some members of our community will be unable to wear face coverings.

      In line with Government guidance, some students are exempt from wearing a face covering. This includes those who:

      • Cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
      • Would experience extreme distress by putting on, wearing or removing a face covering
      • Speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate

      Tips for putting on and taking off your face covering

      When wearing a face covering you should:

      • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
      • avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
      • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
      • change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
      • avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)

      When removing a face covering you should:

      • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
      • only handle the straps, ties or clips
      • do not give it to someone else to use
      • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
      • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
      • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed
      • Visors

      • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting on the visor
      • avoid touching your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
      • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing the visor
      • place in a plastic bag when removed and cleaned as per the manufacturer’s instructions
      • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once the visor is removed/stored or cleaned
    • How to consider your own risks when deciding whether to come onto campus

      We understand that you may be concerned about your own risks in relation to attending campus based activities. We strongly encourage you to take this Covid-age self-assessment which will help you to make a decision based on your personal circumstances.

      This form will help you decide whether it's safe for you to come onto campus.

    • What if I fall ill on campus?

      If you aren't feeling well, you should not come on to campus. If you do fall ill in class, you should leave with someone who can call a first aider in a convenient place. The first aider will then take over and explain next steps.

      To contact a first aider, call security on 0208 411 6200

    • What is considered an acceptable face covering/ mask?

      A face covering needs to cover mouth and nose. There should be no gaps, holes or vents and it can’t be open at the bottom.  Please note that you shouldn't where visors unless otherwise required to - for example in lab work - and this will be communicated to you by your academics.

      We are providing accepted #TeamMDX washable face coverings, along with hygiene keys free of charge to all students and staff. You can pick these up from a staffed table close to the security office in the Quad.

    • Testing on campus

      Asymptomatic testing– home kits now available as on-site testing facility reduces

      Anyone coming to the London campus is expected to have had an Asymptomatic COVID test at home first, to help ensure that they do not unknowingly have COVID. About 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 do not have any symptoms which is why regular testing is so important. Without testing, you could be unknowingly passing the virus to somebody else.

      Tests are expected before a first visit and subsequently every three days for the remainder of further regular visits. There are different ways you can do this at the moment:

      Home-kits available from the Quad and online:

      Regular asymptomatic self-testing is encouraged by government and helps to ensure we can all prevent any unknown spread of COVID across our families and communities.  Anyone can now order free home kits to their house via the government website here, or attend a testing site local in their community here.

      Anyone already coming to campus can also collect home testing kits from the security desk in the Quad, opposite the main reception, reception desk in Sheppard Library or Kit Hub in in the Grove. We recommend that anyone who has a need to be on campus utilises the opportunity to take home-testing kits away to self-test at home before coming back to campus again.

      You can use BG01 in building 9 as a private space to use a test kit (Monday – Friday, 8am - 5pm). You will need your student/staff ID card to enter.

      REPORT YOUR TEST OUTCOME Remember to report your result on the Government website – whatever the outcome.

      If you test positive using a LFD test kit, you need to isolate immediately and book a free confirmation Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Remember to report all positive results to us using this short form so that we can best support you.

      TEST REGULARLY Keep getting tested twice a week, and always before coming onto campus. We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated, wear a face covering in indoor or crowded places, and keep safe.

      Do not come to campus just to collect testing kits. You can order kits from home or in the local community via the above links.

    • Food parcels/voucher support

      We can support the needs of some students who live in the local area and are unable to access food due to a) self-isolation or b) genuine financial difficulty. This support comes in the form of food parcel deliveries and food vouchers.

      You will be eligible for a food parcel delivery, for up to seven days in the first instance, only if you are:

      • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and so are required to quarantine/self-isolate OR
      • Living with others who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and so are required to quarantine/self-isolate AND so
      • Are unable to get out of your house to reach the shops OR
      • Have no one else, either in your house or nearby who can reach the shops for you OR
      • Can reach the shops independently but can evidence that you have no available funds to purchase food

      You will be eligible for a food voucher, for up to seven days in the first instance, if you:

      • Can provide sufficient evidence that you have no financial means of funding your own food, and
      • Can reach the Costcutter shop in the Burroughs with the voucher provided.

      For parcel or delivery enquiries, please go to https://unihelp.mdx.ac.uk/enquiry/ (use the subject Student Welfare Advice in the enquiry). Please note that we can only make deliveries to addresses within five miles of Middlesex University (The Burroughs).

  • Information on Covid-19 vaccinations

    • Information on COVID-19 vaccinations

      Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects (long COVID). The COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others.

      Research has shown the vaccines:

      ·         significantly reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19

      ·         reduce your risk of getting symptoms of COVID-19

      ·         will help reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19

      The 1st dose should give you good protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you've had it. You need 2 doses for most vaccine types for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

      There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it's important to continue to follow all social distancing guidance and the University’s community agreement.

      Vaccination information in other languages

      The Royal Free have produced informative videos on the COVID-19 vaccination in a number of languages. The videos explain These new videos explain how the vaccine is given, and give clear evidence that the vaccines work and are safe.

    • How can I get my COVID-19 vaccination?

      The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs (doctors) or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

      If you are registered with a GP, you can book your vaccine in a number of ways, including through this website or by phoning 119. You may also be contacted by your GP.

    • Can I book a COVID-19 vaccine if I am not registered with a GP?

      Yes you can, by attending a local walk in-centre.

      We do encourage you to register with a GP as soon as possible. You can register online in just a few minutes from abroad with The Uni Doctor who are based in Wembley and take Middlesex students across London, however you can decide to register with whichever GP you choose and who are accepting registrations. You can find more on registering with a GP on this page.

      If you experience a delay in registering with a GP and receiving your NHS number, you can request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

    • Do I need to pay for my COVID-19 vaccination?

      Anybody eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination can receive it for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status. Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination.

      If you receive any requests for payment, you should report this immediately to wellbeing@mdx.ac.uk and to Action Fraud.

    • Are my dependents (children, spouse etc) also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

      Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria. Ensure that your dependents are registered with a GP and they will be contacted about their vaccine.

    • When should I get a COVID-19 vaccination?

      Get your COVID-19 vaccination(s) as soon as possible.

    • What should I do if I’ve received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

      If the same vaccine is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative will be offered. If possible, you should take photographic evidence of your first COVID-19 vaccine to support your GP in receiving the appropriate second dose. 

      You should contact your GP or talk to the health care provider to ensure that you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second dose.

      For any other questions on COVID-19 and vaccinations, contact covid19mdx@mdx.ac.uk

  • Support and wellbeing

    • Your health and wellbeing

      Wellbeing and mental health support

      It is as important to look after your health and wellbeing proactively, and to ask for support if you find yourself experiencing challenges to your wellbeing. If you have a diagnosed mental ill-health condition, speak to the Disability and Dyslexia Service.

      If you are residing in the UK and need support with your mental health, you can book a one-time virtual consultation with a member of the MDX Counselling and Mental Health service. Longer-term support is also available from the Counselling and Mental Health service by completing the confidential referral form. You can find a summary of Student Support and Wellbeing teams and how to contact them on UniHub.

      If you are a student currently residing abroad, you can find out about dedicated support available to you on this UniHub page.

      Free apps

      Use these wellbeing platforms to keep you well including Fika, togetherall and UNIHEADS which all provide specific support around COVID-19. You may also want to enrol for this free course from the University of Toronto called Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 which takes about three hours to complete.

      Speak with your GP (Doctor)

      Your General Practitioner (GP) or doctor is your main point of contact for your health - both physical and mental. All MDX students living in London can register with The Uni Doctor in a few minutes online, though you can choose to register with a different practice if you wish. Once you are registered with a GP, make sure that your vaccinations for Meningitis, and for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) are up to date.

      If you are an international student, find out more about international healthcare on this dedicated UniHub page

      Domestic Violence

      For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you.

    • What should I do if I am concerned for a peer, if I am experiencing any kind of abuse (including domestic abuse) or if I would like to report any other inappropriate behaviours?

      Our Care and Concern team can support you with wellbeing emergencies; if somebody is at risk of or is experiencing significant harm and abuse such as domestic violence, honour-based violence, forced marriage, hate crime; for misconduct such as bullying, harassment and intimidation; for safeguarding; and fitness to study and fitness for practice concerns.

      Read our dedicated page with support around domestic abuse. You may like to clear your browsing history afterwards.

      Remember, in an emergency, on-campus you should call security on 0208 411 6200. If you are in halls you can call your halls team. If you are off-campus, you should call 999.

    • What support is available if I have caring responsibilities?

      We recognise that members of #TeamMDX may have friends and family who have been or are currently unwell. If you have caring responsibilities, read about what support we and other services can help you with.

    • Bereavement support

      We have put together this bereavement support page if you are grieving the loss of a loved one  or if you are looking for support on how to support somebody else who is grieving. Grief at any time is difficult, but if you are bereaved as a result of Coronavirus you may have a potentially different experience. We want you to remember that you are not alone, and though you may be more physically isolated during this time, we at #TeamMDX are here for you if you ever would like to reach out.

    • Library and Student Support services

      Your student support services will help you stay on track with your personal and academic development. Support from your tutor and student learning assistants (SLAs), access to our library service, and online academic writing, numeracy, and wellbeing support will make sure that you continue to get a great learning experience with us. Please keep an eye on the pages below for the latest updates from your services:

    • Managing anxiety about coming out of lockdown

      As the government moves to continue slowly easing lockdown restrictions, you might be feeling worried or anxious about taking part in activities that you may not have done for some time. You might be feeling worried about being more social or about another period of change. Read these tips from the NHS about managing anxiety as we come out of lockdown, and don’t forget to ask for help from your GP (doctor) or from us if you need this.

  • Accommodation and campus facilities

    • How will you ensure I am safe in my halls of residence?

      We’re aiming to make your experience of living in halls of residence as normal and fun as possible.

      In halls, you’ll form a household with students in the flat or rooms you occupy and together you’ll share a kitchen.

      Your safety will always be our number one priority. We’ve been working hard with our halls partners to arrange additional, regular communal area cleaning, hand sanitiser at the entrances to each hall and blocks as well as one way systems where possible. Further information will be provided upon arrival at your halls.

      In terms of having visitors, check with your Halls team to see if this is allowed.

      Our Accommodation team and your friendly halls of residence teams will help you to adjust when you arrive so you’re as comfortable as possible. If you’re not sure about something or feel unsafe, speak with your halls of residence team as soon as possible.

      Food deliveries to halls

      To make sure you have access to daily meals and snacks without having to go to your local supermarket, you can now order meal packages delivered straight to your residence using the new Preoday website.

      You will be able to order 1/5/7 Day Meal plans for convenience, or meals available individually, as well as Crosstown Doughnuts and Movie Night Treat Boxes to share with your roommates. The packages are delivered straight to your accommodation reception Monday to Friday between 9:30 to 1:30pm. The meal packages are also available to collect from myCostcutter Burroughs Parade Hendon between 9am to 12pm.

      Order before 12pm for next day delivery.

      You can also arrange food deliveries with a number of supermarkets. It is a good idea to have some cupboard essentials in case you need to self-isolate at any point. Find out more about ordering food deliveries on our self-isolation support page.

      Order your delivery

    • What happens if someone in my halls develops COVID-19 symptoms?

      If you do test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate immediately and let us know as soon as possible by completing this short form (and reading this privacy notice).

      It is critical that, in order to protect yourself, our community and others, we must follow Government guidance and report your positive result to the COVID-19 Management Team

      When registering a positive test with the NHS you should receive instructions from the NHS about how long you need to self-isolate (usually for 10 days). It is very important that you follow self-isolation guidance immediately.

      If you receive negative Lateral Flow Test results on day 6 and day 7 of your self-isolation period (with tests taken 24 hours apart) you do not need to self-isolate for the full 10 days. The first test must be taken no earlier than day 6 of the self-isolation period. However, if you end your self-isolation on or after day 7, the University requires you to stay off campus for the full 10 days and continue to study or work online. This is because those who qualify to end their self-isolation on day 7 are strongly advised to limit close contact with other people, avoid crowded spaces and stay away from vulnerable people. Therefore continue to study or work from home to protect others and reduce risk.

      Please note that if you are on placement there may be exceptions to these requirements, so please be sure to check with your placement provider.

      If you are living in private rented accommodation, it may be useful to inform your landlady/landlord of your positive test result for their information and so that they do not visit you. You will have been advised on what anybody you are living with should be doing in terms of isolation, too.

      If you have any concerns about paying for your rent or essentials like food, contact the Student Welfare Advice Team who can advise you on your options.

      If a student within your 'hall household has symptoms of COVID -19 they need self isolate and book a PCR Test as soon as possible and contact us by completing this short form,The rest of the household should isolate and book a PCR test as well.

      It is important that you do not return to campus until you have received a negative result.

    • I have secured accommodation but I need to delay my travel, will a place on halls still be secured?

      If you’ve got a place in halls then don't worry - we'll keep your room and you’ll only pay from when you arrive. If you want to wait to book, then we'll have rooms available throughout the term. If you have to move in now, then our team is here to support you including if you need to self-isolate.

      Make sure you keep our Accommodation team updated on any changes to your plans.

  • Finance and fees

  • Financial support

    • What support is available from MDX for financial hardship?

      If you are in need of financial support, you can apply for the Summer Emergency Fund and your case will be assessed on an individual basis by the Student Welfare Advice Team (SWAT).

      For answers to frequently asked funding and benefit questions please see our Student Welfare Advice Guides.

    • Student maintenance loans and loan repayments

      The Student Loans Company (SLC) has confirmed that students will receive the scheduled or next instalment of their maintenance loan at the planned start of summer term, regardless of whether their university or provider has made alternative arrangements for teaching and regardless of whether campuses are closed.

      Find more information on the GOV.UK website.

    • PCR / hotel quarantine (isolation) reimbursement

      Current guidance may mean that if you are arriving internationally to England, you will need to take private PCR tests for Covid-19 and may need to quarantine (isolate) either in your own accommodation or at a managed hotel. There are different rules depending on which country you arrive from or travel through so you must carefully read the Government guidance while planning your travel. To support you, we will refund up to a maximum of £210 to cover the costs of your PCR tests, or towards the cost of your hotel quarantine where required. You should also inform us that you will be arriving and isolating using this short form ahead of your arrival so that we can best support you during your period of isolation.

      You may request up to a maximum of £210 payment to reimburse you for this cost. Fill in the form here https://unihelponline.mdx.ac.uk/#/forms/PCRReimbursement and ensure you include the following evidence:

      - Receipt for Covid PCR test - up to a maximum of £210, and/or evidence of hotel isolation due to red list country e.g. hotel receipt for £1750

      - Recent bank statement (UK bank account only) – double check against name and bank details

      If you are not enrolled, this may delay the process.

  • Fees

    • UK Undergraduate students

      Where you are eligible for funding from Student Finance England and have not yet applied, please try to make your application as soon as possible to ensure your tuition fees are cleared by payment deadlines.

      For those of you that are not in receipt of government funding, such as from the Student Loan Company, we will offer flexibility on current tuition fee deadlines. The University will be issuing more detailed guidance on this next week.

      If your financial circumstances change and you are unable to meet your payment deadline, please contact the Welfare team by booking an appointment or through the UniHelp team requesting assistance from Welfare.

    • UK Postgraduate and Doctoral students

      If you are a UK/EU Postgraduate student, you can apply to Student Finance England for a loan of up to £10,906 for a Master's course. This will be paid directly to you. This is not means tested and will be paid to you in three instalments. Please see the Government website for more details.

      If you are a UK/EU student starting a Doctoral degree after August 1 2019 you can apply to Student Finance England for a loan of up to £25,700 for your whole course, to help with course fees and living costs.

      For further information on how to make your tuition fee payment, please refer to UniHub.

  • Travel and visas

  • Travel and immigration

    • Travelling abroad or away from home

      No travel is risk-free. Some countries have restrictions for UK travellers, or restrictions may apply upon your return to the UK. Any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant.

      Other countries or territories determine their own border health rules, which may include COVID-19 vaccination status. Check the entry requirements for your destination before travelling. Check the Government advice for all the countries you plan to visit or transit through.

    • For students arriving into England

      Please let us know that you will be arriving if you need to quarantine (isolate) by filling in this short form so that we can best support you.

      For students arriving in England

      What you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive. You should carefully check the latest information on the Government website.

      It is your responsibility to keep up to date with the latest regulations from your departure country and the latest UK Government guidance if you are planning on travelling to England. For anything that is unclear, please email covid19mdx@mdx.ac.uk.

    • Visa and immigration info

      The Government is working to ensure existing rules and regulations are as flexible as possible under the current unprecedented circumstances. This will be kept under regular review in case further extensions are needed. Individuals must contact the International Student Advice Team to advise of their situation.

      Full information is on GOV.UK including details of the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre.

  • Students with Student Route Visa

    • I want to go home because of the coronavirus outbreak. What is Middlesex University policy on this?

      We understand that you may be anxious and considering returning home. While we advise you not to be moving around at this time, if you decide to go back, it is important that you notify us both for visa requirements and so we can support you in continuing your studies.

      • In the first instance, you need to email our Visa Compliance team requesting an “authorisation to travel”. Please provide a copy of your flight details in your email
      • Next, you need to inform your Programme Leader about your travel plans.

      Please rest assured, you will not be disadvantaged by your decision to travel. Even if, due to your own government's measures, you are not able to return to the UK. If you are not in the UK, it is important that you engage with Middlesex University. You must follow the online learning we have put in place to assist you and comply with end of year assessments.

      However, if you wish to take a break from your academic studies or thinking of withdrawing from your course, then you will need specific advice. As this may have implications for your immigration status. It is very important that you contact us before taking any decision which will have serious implications on your ability to study in the UK in the future. Our International Student Advice Team is here to support you and can be reached via email.

      Further immigration information for students studying on a Student Route visa can be found on the UKVI website and the UKCISA website.

    • My UK visa expires while I am in the UK?

      The COVID allowance for extending a visa ends on the 30th June 2021, UKVI advises students to either return home or if able and have been granted exceptional assurance, to extend your current visa to remain in UK.

      You can find more useful information on the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website or feel free to contact our friendly International Student advice team on intadvice@mdx.ac.uk  for further clarification.

    • What happens if I have decided to study remotely from my country, will this affect my attendance record if I am not physically at the University?

      You are expected to engage with online study as advised by your Programme Leader and Tutors. It is important that you do not miss online lectures and seminars and keep on track with assignments and submission.

      Arrangements will be made to keep online attendance record but in cases where you are not able to engage due to illness or travel, please email our Visa Compliance team and seek authorised absence permission.

    • Am I allowed to work full-time now that some teaching is still online?

      Your Student Route Visa condition remains in place as we still expect all of our students to engage with the online delivery of their course. There are no current changes to the term dates. Therefore, during term-time, Student Route students will be restricted to working the number of hours their visa allows.

      If you are unsure, please contact the International Student Advice team

    • I am self-isolating or unwell and not able to join online teaching. Will my attendance be monitored?

      If you are unable to engage with studies because you are unwell, you must email Student Visa Compliance team. The team will update your attendance record to show that your absence is authorised.

      We do not anticipate visa implications for most Student Route Visa students with quarantine or travel restrictions, but you will need specific advice if you are absent from study for more than 60 days.

    • I am on work placement, how will I be affected?

      We are anticipating that students on 12 month work placements should remain on their placements, unless their employer can no longer support the placement and cannot offer alternative arrangements. If your employer informs you that they have to terminate your contract, please contact the Programme Leader and email Student Visa Compliance team.

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