Coronavirus up to date information

Coronavirus outbreak -  information for students from China

 

Update – 25.02.2020  

GCU students currently studying in Italy

Students who are currently studying in Italy are asked to pay close attention to the advice being given on the coronavirus outbreak. The Italian authorities have introduced ‘extraordinary measures’ in Lombardy and five other regions.

We are conscious that many of our students currently studying in Italy maybe worried about this outbreak, if you have any concerns regarding this then please feel free to contact our Wellbeing Service, studentwellbeing@gcu.ac.uk for advice and support.

We would advise any student who develops respiratory symptoms while studying in Italy to seek medical attention.

Italian students studying at GCU

We are also aware that our Italian students based at GCU may have family and friends in Italy and our thoughts are with anyone who may have been affected. If you are worried about friends or family in Italy, then please feel free to contact our Wellbeing Service, studentwellbeing@gcu.ac.uk for advice and support.

We would suggest that anyone contemplating travel to Italy should consult the following websites for updates and information on what precautions might be taken: Foreign Office , Drum-cussac, Travel Health Pro, GCU Travel Clinic.

We would advise any student who develops respiratory symptoms  while returning from Italy to seek medical attention (please inform your GP or health service you intend to visit before your arrival, about your recent travel to Italy).

 

 

Update – 21.02.2020 

If you are a Tier 4 sponsored student with GCU, and unable to enter the UK to commence or continue your studies, please read the following - absences due to coronavirus:

As a  Tier 4 student in a specific part of the world at this present time, you may be prevented from attending your studies due to illness or the need to serve a period of quarantine or the inability to travel due to travel restrictions caused by coronavirus.

As your Tier 4 Sponsor, we do not need to report your absence to the UKVI due to this being related to coronavirus.

We will NOT withdraw your Tier 4 sponsorship as long as we continue to consider that there are exceptional circumstances when:

  • a student will be unable to attend for more than 60 days.

Decisions on whether to withdraw you from your studies will be our decision and will only take place if you decide not to return to your studies.  The Home Office recognises the current situation is exceptional and will not take any compliance action against you if you are unable to attend your studies due to the coronavirus outbreak, or against GCU as your sponsor as we have authorised your absence and will continue to sponsor you and monitor the situation closely.

The Home Office will keep this under review, especially if the length of absences could mean a potential repeat of period of studies become necessary.

*This information is as accurate as of the latest Home Office release dated 17/2/2020

Other immigration queries

For any other immigration queries related to coronavirus, you can contact the coronavirus immigration helpline.

Coronavirus Immigration Helpline

Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Coronavirus Update – 31.01.2020 

Following a meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) the UK has taken the decision to upgrade the risk level of the Coronavirus from low to moderate. However the assessment that UK cases are highly likely remains the same.

The WHO Risk Assessment unchanged from yesterday at 10:00: China – Very High, Regional Level High, Global Level, High

 FCO Travel advisory remains in place for all Mainland China ( excludes Hong Kong and Macau) – advice against all but essential travel. Repatriation of British Nationals from Wuhan.

Results of cases tested in the UK published here at 14:00 daily

Update -  29.01.2020 

Background

The health and well-being of our students and staff is paramount so we are constantly monitoring government advice and national and international news services in relation to the recent coronavirus situation, that at present has been centred around Wuhan, in the Hubei province of China.

We appreciate that this may be an unsettling time, especially for some of our Chinese students from Wuhan/ Hubei province who may be concerned about their own health and the welfare of family and friends. It is of course Chinese New Year which should be a time of celebration and not one of concern.

Keeping up to date

The situation regarding the containment or spread of the virus continues to evolve. At present, in the UK the risk to the population has been assessed as low and there are, as of yet, no confirmed cases of this new infection. 

We urge you to keep up to date with updates and statements from the following:

•               Health Protection Scotland

This website will keep you informed with advice about travel and what precautions you should be taking.

If you are concerned

At GCU, all classes will continue to run as normal, but, if anyone is concerned about their own health or the health and wellbeing of any friends, Health Protection Scotland’s advice is that they should call ahead to their GP/doctor before attending the surgery. As the symptoms of coronavirus are similar to that of many other seasonal illnesses (e.g. cold and flu symptoms) you should advise your GP/doctor of the above when you speak with them. Please also please feel free to contact our Wellbeing Service, studentwellbeing@gcu.ac.uk for further advice and support.

Symptoms and prevention

You can download a document in English and Chinese listing the common coronavirus symptoms.

There is also some useful information from the World Health Organization (WHO) on their standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices. This can be found here - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public .

Existing students who have travelled to China and have recently returned

If you have travelled to China and have recently returned and are experiencing respiratory symptoms within 14 days of returning we would advise you to seek medical attention.  

Existing students who have travelled to China and are unable to leave the country

If you are currently in China and unable to leave to return to the UK, firstly please don’t worry about this issue affecting your visa. We intend to continue to sponsor you as a Tier 4 student, with a view to you returning to the UK.  Please download the Permission to Leave form which we need you to fill in and send back to visa@gcu.ac.uk.  If you can input the date in which you left the UK and the date which you expect to re-enter the UK.  When we receive your form we will get in touch with  you to discuss how we can support your studies at a distance pending your return to Glasgow/London.  

We realise that the entry to the UK date might be hard to guess, but if you could try and assess this the best you can, by engaging with the relevant authorities re permitted travel, this would be helpful.  The form is an extension of our duty of care to you, so that you are not stopped and questioned by the Border Agency upon re-entry to the UK. 

On a final note, if you are studying a full time taught course, and you have not entered the UK before the 10th of February 2020, your school may want you to re-engage with the course at a much later date, as you may have missed too much of your course for Trimester B.  This is done on a case by case basis, based on both your course and your progression on that course. 

New students arriving from China

If you have travelled from to China to the UK and are experiencing respiratory symptoms within 14 days of travelling we would advise you to seek medical attention. If you haven’t registered with a GP then please click on the following link, registering with a GP for information on how to do this;

If you are a new student and are unable to leave China, then please contact our Admission Team, postgraduate@gcu.ac.uk for further information on your latest possible start date.

For further updates please check the following webpage; https://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/coronavirusuptodateinformation/

British Airways have now cancelled all flights scheduled to go to China.

 

Update - 24.01.2020

Students who are planning to travel to China are asked to pay close attention to the advice being given on the coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese authorities have advised people not to travel into and out of Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak.  We are conscious that our students may have family and friends in the locality and our thoughts are with anyone who may have been affected. If you are worried about friends or family in China, then please feel free to contact our Wellbeing Service, studentwellbeing@gcu.ac.uk for advice and support.

We would advise any student who develops respiratory symptoms within 14 days of returning from Wuhan to seek medical attention (please inform your GP or health service you intend to visit before your arrival, about your recent travel to Wuhan).

We would suggest that anyone contemplating travel to China should consult the following websites for updates and information on what precautions might be taken: Foreign Office , Drum-cussac, Travel Health Pro, GCU Travel Clinic.