07 Oct 2020
1- When are we starting classes at UR ?
The exact dates will be communicated by Colleges but will be before the end of October and we will give you notice.
In the meantime, you should get everything in order so that your study materials and notes are organized, and ensure that all your registration data, bank details and contact numbers are in order.
2- Has the academic calendar been revised and released ?
The academic calendar was agreed by University Senate with the inputs of student representatives. The calendar does not give dates but numbers the weeks e.g. ‘week 1’.
3- (a) Will first year new students start on the same date as continuing students, will they give us our bursary, and is the list for new students already published ?
No, they won’t as the start of the next academic year will be managed once we progress with continuing students. All times and dates that we have got used to will shift because of the pandemic. We will make up some time though.
(b) What about living allowances before reopening ; unlike usual practice, shall we receive it before joining back ?
Indeed, and for UR students there are always a number of additional pieces to line up before we start back. Nobody expects you to start back without your much-needed support. However, you must never stop learning wherever you are and whatever your circumstance ; you can always better yourself by reading, observing the world and reflecting.
4- How safe are we from Covid-19 when we get back on campus ?
5- (a) Will there be compulsory screening before we are allowed back on campus ?
(b) Are students free to leave campus anytime ?
6- What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 ?
7- I’m starting my studies at UR as a first year, will orientation/induction sessions go ahead ?
8- How about students’ association activities - will they be allowed to take place ?
9- Will students be able to attend classes in person ?
10- What about classes that can only be taught through practical hands-on methods ?
11- What will the face-to-face instruction experience be like ?
12- Will the social distancing rule also apply in all UR campuses ?
13- If I fall into an at-risk group for COVID-19, will I skip classes ?
14- When will all these new arrangements be in place and ready to be applied ?
15- Are students allowed to go to the campus and use facilities such as libraries, or gather in small groups, like for a practical exam ?
16- Am I allowed to delay my tuition fee payment ? (Privately sponsored students)
17- If a student suspects they might be infected, should all their hostel mates stay at home ?
18- Will sports facilities be used by students for training and competition ?
19- Will the university update and install a strong internet in the campuses
20- Does reopening concern those who are in clinical clerkships ?
21- It is said that we will have a blended learning. True or false ?
22- It was made known that we'll be back in batches ; what about those who will stay home
without capacity to access e-learning ?
23- Will all students get accommodation in the University hostels – do the numbers of available hostel rooms and returning students match ?
For the majority of campuses this will work. Again, your Colleges will communicate about the arrangements for your return to studying.
28- What will happen to students from countries still in total lockdown where flights are not yet allowed ?
A small number of you will be affected in different ways. The University does not wish to cause detriment to those of you who for legitimate reasons cannot return physically. Again, you must communicate with your College if you live overseas.
29- When will the academic year end ?
Please see the calendar. The awards of degrees will not happen until you have completed all credits.
30- Shall we study all the modules of semester two and semester three in 3 months when we reopen ?
This depends on the needs of different programs but essentially, yes.
31- When will the next graduation take place ?
It is anticipated that the next graduation will be virtual and will take place as soon after you complete your degrees as is possible. We do not plan to wait for an annual ceremony in November of each year.
33- We used to have big classes for some modules, how are we going to respect physical distancing in classrooms ?
To respect physical distancing in classes, big classes will be divided into small classes and where possible some learning activities will be done online. Also, classes will be organized in shifts to allow a safe number of students in class.
However, we will not return to old ways of teaching.
32- When will school attachments resume, and when will they finish ?
School attachments will resume when secondary schools are in a position to support you. Students who were on school attachment before the outbreak of the pandemic will cover the time that was remaining for them to complete school attachment.
34- Some or many of us had paid for accommodation before the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. If social distancing is going to be applied in hostels, what is the plan of catering for those who will find themselves surplus ?
Those who have already paid the total amount of accommodation fee will not pay again. Those who did not pay at all and those who paid part shall be required to pay.
The management of people’s personal finances and who owes who what amount is always a sensitive and fraught issue. At this time, we all have to exercise supreme patience.
35- Travelling from home to the campus is one way that the virus can come to the campus ; how will the transport of students be managed ?
Transport will be well organized for safe travelling of students to the campus working with service providers.
36- Will male and female students share the same hostel blocks ; on what criteria will rooms be allocated ?
Gender specific allocation will always be in place.
37- What about students with exams to re-take and are in final year
There is provision for all students. Universities around the world will not disadvantage students whose academic trajectories were interrupted by the pandemic. Your Colleges will guide you.
38- What is UR planning for postgraduate students ?
Our postgraduate students learn in a very different way and many are on self-directed learning journeys that involve research and scholarship. Many of our postgraduates have continued to learn and are in contact with Colleges.
39- How will student restaurants serve food while observing physical and social distancing rules ?
The Guild Councils have been working with the UR management and restaurant providers to manage this. However, you need to exercise caution and reasonable behavior when using these facilities.
40- Will borrowing books from the library be accepted, as we minimize physical contact
Books can be used and again we minimize risk by handwashing and using face masks in the libraries.