Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for prospective students

We will continue to update this page with guidance for you if you have already applied or are thinking of applying to Lancaster University.

Last reviewed: 13 October 2020

Important information

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  • When will the 2020-21 academic year begin?

    Our autumn term begins on Friday 2 October, with the majority of our teaching commencing from Monday 5 October. We have extended our normal arrival times to ensure students can start the term on time, and have made provisions for students who are unable to join us on campus straight away.

    Read more about Lancaster's flexible approach to teaching in the year ahead.

  • What will the new UK government restrictions mean for me?

    The UK government has announced new regional restrictions from Tuesday 22 September that cover the Lancashire area, where Lancaster University is situated.

    We have been working hard to reconfigure our campus and activities to allow for social distancing, and our plans for a blended approach to teaching and learning are unaffected by these new measures.

    Whether you are a new or continuing student, you can carry on with your plans to travel to campus to join us for the new term.

    Read more about what to expect as a Lancaster student in the year ahead.

  • Will the teaching be delivered online, on campus or a mixture?

    With social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of our campus community, we will deliver teaching, learning and research differently.

    Read more about Lancaster's flexible approach to teaching in the year ahead.

  • Will accommodation be available in the autumn?

    Yes. Once you accept an offer of a place at Lancaster you will receive an email from our accommodation team with further information.

    Read more about our accommodation frequently asked questions.

  • Will I be safe at Lancaster?

    Based on the UK government's guidelines, we have put in place a range of measures on campus to ensure your health is our top priority.

    Coronavirus in the United Kingdom

    As of the 19th June, the UK's coronavirus alert level has been downgraded from four to three. This means that transmission is no longer high or rising exponentially, and the UK can now start to consider gradual relaxation of restrictions. However, the government continues to monitor the situation, with health and safety remaining a priority.

    www.gov.uk/government/news/update-from-the-uk-chief-medical-officers-on-the-uk-alert-level

    As the situation in the UK has improved, the government has released guidance so that people from different houses can see one another, while protecting themselves and others from coronavirus. Groups of six people who do not live together can meet outdoors, provided they observe social distancing guidelines.

    www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-people-from-outside-your-household

    Our National Health Service (NHS) operates a ‘test and trace’ service. This ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can quickly be tested, and helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus.

    www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

    For more UK government support and guidance, please visit their website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

  • Will fees change for 2020-21?

    Details of all our fees for 2020-21 are available on each of our course pages. You can also find information about our range of scholarships and bursaries.

    We are absolutely committed to offering a high-quality experience that students should expect from us and there will be no change to the fees for 2020.

  • Will you refund tuition fee deposits if I choose not to come?

    In light of the ongoing and complex situation with the coronavirus pandemic, we are reviewing our deposit refund policy. We will continue to monitor the situation and will contact applicants directly when more information is available.

    Our current policy is outlined on our Terms of Offers page.

  • What should I do if I can’t provide my official documents?

    Where possible we will extend deadlines for the receipt of transcripts and other documents. If you do not receive your results in time for 2020 entry, in most cases we will honour the conditions of your offer for a place in 2021.

    Contact the Admissions team and we will do our best to help.

  • What will happen to my forthcoming study abroad/placement year?

    We are currently experiencing ongoing disruption to some of our Study Abroad, ERASMUS+ and industry placements. Our primary concern remains student safety - that means we will only permit your year abroad/placement to proceed when we are confident that it meets our safety criteria, including compliance with UK Government regulations and any relevant international guidance.

    We will continue to do all we can to support you in progressing your year abroad/placement and, where necessary, we will consider with you any viable alternatives or variations that may be available. Where a year abroad or placement is not a compulsory component of your degree programme or a requirement for professional accreditation, the option of completing your studies on a non-year abroad/placement variant will remain open.

  • I am due to start my PhD studies, what should I do?

    You can find information on our dedicated Doctoral Academy COVID-19 page. This includes advice for applicants due to start in 2020.

Important information for anyone arriving from outside of the UK

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Contact the admissions team

If you need any further information, please contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions
ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone us on +44 (0)1524 592028

Postgraduate Admissions
pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk or telephone us on +44 (0) 1524 592032

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  • Can I still apply for study at Lancaster University?

    Yes, we are still considering applications for 2020 entry. Our Admissions team are working from home and processing applications as normal.

    For information about how to apply to Lancaster University, please visit the links below:

  • When will the 2020-21 academic year begin?

    We currently plan to begin our 2020-21 academic year on time. For new students Welcome Week will start on the 28th September, and for the vast majority of students the academic term will begin on the 5th October.

    If government rules permit we will reopen the campus for teaching and research in time for the start of the new term in September. This may involve social distancing measures and we are planning accordingly. If government restrictions make it impossible to open the campus immediately then we are fully prepared to continue teaching online. We can also deliver a mixture of campus-based and online teaching if that is appropriate.

  • Will the teaching be delivered online, on campus or a mixture?

    We’re making sure we’re prepared for whatever happens. That means being ready to offer teaching, support services and access to our University community on campus, online or through a combination of both.

    What this means is that you will still be able to engage with your programme effectively, and receive a high-quality learning experience, no matter what the circumstances.

    We know that it’s not just the course content that’s important, and that your student experience is vital too. Across the University, we’re working to maximise the student experience while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.

    If social distancing affects how we can use rooms, we will prioritise the face-to-face delivery of practical work, laboratory sessions and small group tutorials and seminars over those where social distancing will be more challenging (e.g. lectures).

    We are also establishing a set of quality standards for online delivery, should it be required. And through our colleges, Students’ Union and support services, we’re making sure you have the pastoral support you need as well as ways to reach out to each other in our University community.

    We are also lucky to have a green and spacious campus. This enables us to plan and organise our space to maximise the safety of our students and staff.

  • What will happen to my forthcoming study abroad/placement year?

    We are currently experiencing ongoing disruption to some of our Study Abroad, ERASMUS+ and industry placements. Our primary concern remains student safety - that means we will only permit your year abroad/placement to proceed when we are confident that it meets our safety criteria, including compliance with UK Government regulations and any relevant international guidance.

    We will continue to do all we can to support you in progressing your year abroad/placement and, where necessary, we will consider with you any viable alternatives or variations that may be available. Where a year abroad or placement is not a compulsory component of your degree programme or a requirement for professional accreditation, the option of completing your studies on a non-year abroad/placement variant will remain open.

  • Will fees change for 2020-21?

     

    We are absolutely committed to offering a high-quality experience that students should expect from us and there will be no change to the fees for 2020.

  • Will accommodation be available in the autumn? When do we need to pay/apply?

    Once you accept an offer of a place at Lancaster you will receive an email from our accommodation team with further information about the application process. For undergraduate students, emails are sent in June. Further details are available on our accommodation pages.

  • Will you refund tuition fee deposits if I choose not to come?

    In light of the ongoing and complex situation with Covid-19, we are reviewing our deposit refund policy. We will continue to monitor the situation and will contact applicants directly when more information is available.

    Our current policy is outlined on our Terms of Offers page

  • Will my unconditional offer still stand?

    Yes, if your offer is unconditional your place at Lancaster is secure.

  • Can I get a conditional offer without providing my official documents?

    Yes, we can make decisions on your application if you provide a copy of your interim transcript showing your marks to date. Undergraduate applicants should complete as much information as possible about their qualifications on the UCAS application.

    Please note that, if you need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you will need to meet the conditions of your offer before we can issue you with a confirmation of acceptance of studies number (CAS).

  • What should I do if my exams are delayed?

    We recommend that you contact your school, college or university in your home country for further information on how this may impact your studies.

    Where possible we will extend deadlines for the receipt of transcripts and other documents. As the extent of the disruption becomes clearer, we will be in a better position to update you on our policy.

    If you do not receive your results in time for 2020 entry, in most cases we will honour the conditions of your offer for a place in 2021.

  • My academic performance has been disrupted by the closure of my school/university. Will the University take this in to account and make any adjustments?

    We recognise that most students will have experienced disruption to teaching, coursework and examinations and we are monitoring the advice and guidance from a number of awarding bodies. As the extent of the disruption becomes clearer, we will be in a better position to update you on other related policies.

    We will aim to be flexible if you narrowly miss your offer grades.