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Update for September 2020

Thank you for your application to study with us here at University of the West of Scotland. We recognise the uncertainty you may be feeling as an applicant during the current pandemic, however, we have comprehensive plans for welcoming you to the University. We are planning to begin our next academic year on 28 September 2020, when induction will commence for new and returning students. We have been working hard to develop a new hybrid model of learning that means students will be able to access a blend of both on-campus and online delivery of learning and teaching, in line with the Scottish Government’s four-phase plan for coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Access a range of frequently asked questions for applicants and offer holders here.

Applicants and offer holders

Q: How is the University dealing with applicants who have had their results regraded?

A: We are delighted that you are keen to study with us here at UWS. Given the complexity of the current situation, we ask our applicants and offer holders to bear with us as we, like university and college partners across the sector, work as rapidly as possible to process regraded results and to issue offers to any applicants whose revised results now match our entry requirements.  

We realise that this may be a difficult and worrying time for many of you. Please be reassured that our recruitment and admissions teams are working with our applicants, taking into account their individual circumstances, to ensure that no student is treated unfairly. 

As always, we will be focused on ensuring that applicants in no way suffer detriment by the current situation and that as many students as possible benefit from the world class teaching and learning that we offer at UWS.

Q: I am a current applicant; will my application still be considered?

A: The admissions team are working remotely and are processing applications as normal. We’re aware that, as well as UK applicants, there is an impact on applicants from EU and non-EU countries and processes are in place to ensure we continue to make decisions on these applications too.

Q: Will academic session 2020/21 begin in September?

A: We are planning to begin our next academic year on 28 September 2020. Colleagues from across UWS have been working extremely hard to develop a new hybrid model of learning that means all students will be able to access a blend of both on-campus and online delivery of learning and teaching, in line with the Scottish Government’s four-phase plan for coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Q: My exams have been cancelled – what should I do?

A: We will do everything we can to be flexible with our applicants at this difficult and unsettling time. The University is already in discussion with academic colleagues, the relevant qualification authorities and the Scottish and UK Governments on how we move forward positively. Further information on this will follow when it becomes available; however, we will work to ensure that no applicant is in any way disadvantaged.

Q: I am at college, what if I don’t complete my award?

A: We’re doing everything we can to be flexible with our applicants and are working with colleges to minimise the impact on our applicants. Further detailed information for college students is available on the SQA website.

Q: How can an offer-holder find out more about UWS campuses and student life?

A: You can get a great flavour of life as a UWS student here where you can enjoy 360 tours of our campuses, hear from some of our amazing students direct and find out all sorts of useful information on what makes UWS the right University for you. We’re also holding Wednesday Webinars every week and you’d be really welcome to join anytime.

Q: Should I defer my place?

A: We are looking forward to welcoming our students in September to our new hybrid model of learning where students will be able to access blended on-campus and online delivery of learning and teaching, in-line with the Scottish Government’s four phase plan for coming out of the COVID-19 lockdown. Undergraduate deferral decisions will be considered on an individual basis, however there are some programmes such as Nursing, Midwifery and Education where requests will not be considered. If you’re thinking of deferring, please contact the admissions team at admissions@uws.ac.uk.

Q: I’m keen to apply to study at UWS under my home university’s overseas exchange programme with UWS. Should I still apply?

A: Please apply as normal for an exchange programme and, if there are any changes, applicants will be contacted, in addition to updates being made to this page.

Q: The borders of my home country have closed – should I still apply?

A: The University would encourage you to still apply as this situation may change considerably in the coming months. If you're successful in gaining an offer, we'll be in touch to advise you on the next steps you should take. In the meantime, please continue to follow public health guidance for your home country and keep up to date with advice for the UK on the Government’s coronavirus action plan and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. It is our absolute priority to support you in any way we can.

Q: What happens if I can’t get my visa?

A: We’re aware visa centres have been closed for some time in some countries and we’re monitoring the situation. Further information can be found on the UKVI website. Postgraduate research students should contact their supervisor if they're unable to apply for a visa or contact Internationaladvice@uws.ac.uk if you need assistance in applying for your visa. If you are unable to get a visa and/or travel to the UK in time for the start of term, allowing sufficient time for quarantine where required, please contact us at international@uws.ac.uk to discuss your options.

Q: Do I need to quarantine/self-isolate if I am travelling to the UK from overseas?

A: If you are entering the UK from certain countries you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days in your arranged accommodation.  This means you will not be able to leave your University or private accommodation for the first 14 days after you arrive in the UK. You will also be asked to complete a form to provide your contact details and travel information. Arrivals from certain countries will be exempt. Full information can be found online here

If you require support during your period of isolation please refer to the hub@uws.ac.uk to be put in touch with the relevant student support services, in particular if you are staying in private accommodation.

Q: What should I do if my local English language testing centre is closed due to the pandemic?

A: We’re aware English language exams have been suspended in some countries. If you can’t book an IELTS test, we may consider other English language qualifications. Please submit evidence of English language with your application and the admissions team will consider this.

Last updated: 08/10/2020