This page outlines the latest information from Bournemouth University and was last updated at 4.10pm on 6 August.
Our primary objective is to support the wellbeing of our students and staff and all decisions will be made subject to national guidance to ensure the health & safety of our community. There are a range of wellbeing services available for staff and students, and can be used if you feel worried. If you are unwell, see information on the NHS website. NHS treatment for Covid-19 is free of charge for everyone, including international students.
- We are reopening our campuses in a phased approach and many university services continue to operate online. Please do not come to campus for work or study purposes unless you have received permission to do so.
- We are committed to a safe on-campus experience for the autumn term with as much on-campus activity as we are able to provide from 21 September.
- The majority of education activities this autumn will take place online with some on-campus elements, especially for those courses that require specialist equipment or spaces. See our course pages for specific information about semester one.
- Our SportBU, ResLifeBU and Student Support teams are working hard alongside our Students' Union (SUBU) to ensure your university experience is still full of opportunities.
- We expect student accommodation to be open from September for students as normal, with our ResLifeBU welcome programme too. Our student accommodation partners are working carefully to ensure every building is safe whilst still feeling like your home from home.
- Subject to national guidance, we’re currently planning to offer a full range of on-campus activities from semester two.
- We have moved our Graduation ceremonies from November to Monday 1 - Friday 5 March 2021 to give you the opportunity to celebrate this event together.
- Please read our campus experience statement.
New and returning students – September 2020
How will I be taught in Semester One?
I am on placement during 2020/21 academic year – what do I need to know?
I’m an international student, what about my immigration/Tier 4 status?
Does BU have a 'no detriment' policy?
Should I apply for student finance?
I am a student experiencing financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic, what should I do?
Is there any change to fees and funding arrangements?
How will BU ensure the campuses are safe?
Do I need to wear a face covering when on campus?
Do I have to attend the university during the first semester?
When can I move into my student accommodation?
What services and activities will be available on-campus?
Where can I see what events and activities are taking place?
How will the students’ union be operating in autumn term?
Applicants & Future Students (September 2020 entry)
Can I still apply to BU, for example through Clearing, and how can I attend an Open Day?
I’ve applied to study this September, how is my application affected?
How is BU considering exams cancellations and assessment changes?
Will BU consider personal circumstances if they have impacted my studies?
What happens if I don’t meet the conditions of my offer?
What should I do if I can’t provide an official document, reference, transcript or certificate (e.g. Occupational Health checks, DBS checks, or exam transcripts)?
Additional applications questions for International students
Will I still need a Tier 4 visa if I am studying from home at the beginning of my course?
Will you accept alternative English language tests to the IELTS?
When I arrive into the UK will I need to self-isolate (quarantine) for 14 days?
Do I still need to pay a deposit?
Should I secure my student accommodation?
Will I be able to move to Bournemouth later or cancel my contract if I change my mind?
How will the government guidance be followed in student accommodation?
Can I arrive early if I will need to enter a 14-day period of self-isolation prior to study?
Specific FAQs for staff
Following Government advice to stay at home, both of our campuses are fully closed, including all staff buildings. Staff should not come to campus for work purposes and should work from home.
A series of Staff FAQs have been created in support of questions associated with working in this situation.
Specific FAQs for postgraduate researchers
A dedicated FAQs page has been set up for current postgraduate researchers at Bournemouth University.