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This content was last updated on 14 May 2020 at 09:09 (GMT)

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Travel restrictions

The University remains open to support current students who are unable to return home, though we cannot accommodate visitors or new students at this time. 

The situation is changing quickly and we recommend that you check government advice in your country before making any travel arrangements.

Courses starting from September 2020

We understand that you may be worried about starting your course in September 2020. The University is working hard to ensure that no student is educationally disadvantaged by the current situation.

We are preparing contingency plans, including options for studying remotely. We will confirm these arrangements with students if they become necessary.

Courses starting from April to August 2020

We continue to monitor the situation and support our applicants and new students as they join the University. Updates about any changes to your course will be sent to you via email.

Presessional English courses

Due to travel restrictions, our spring/summer courses will be delivered online. Our tutors are working hard to make sure that all students can access their English language and academic skills course.

If you have an offer to start a presessional course in April, July or August, we have emailed details to you. This change means that you will not need a Tier 4 CAS for your presessional course.

PGCEi courses

Teaching weekends have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020. There will be alternative online induction, with information provided on our pre-course webpages. If you have an offer for these courses, we will email details to you.

Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine students starting on 1 April 2020 will begin their studies online. If you have an offer for this course, we have emailed details to you.

Postgraduate research programmes

The University has moved to online teaching for all students. For research students with a start date before 1 October 2020, academic supervisors will confirm on a case-by-case basis whether you can start your programme remotely.

If you have an offer to start a research programme in April, we have emailed details to you. Offer holders for start dates in May and July will be contacted soon.

If your supervisor confirms that you are able to start your research programme remotely, we will provide information on how to register as a new student.

Depending on your research project, you may need to use resources or facilities which cannot be accessed remotely. This could mean that you are unable to start your research at this time. In this situation, we will try to offer you the opportunity to defer to a later start date and will explain how this process works.

Visas and immigration

Visa centres are currently closed around the world and we are aware that students may be worried about visa processing for future course start dates.

Our specialist Visas and Immigration team continue to monitor the situation. We are following the latest UK immigration guidance and government advice to ensure the health and safety of our students. We will provide an updated response on future CAS issuing here as soon as we are able to.

Tier 4 CAS

The University has paused on the issuing of Tier 4 CAS. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will update applicants about CAS issuing as soon as details are available.

If you have already received a Tier 4 CAS, please follow our guidance below. 

Presessional courses

If you have not yet used your CAS to make a visa application, you do not need to take any action. The entire course will be delivered online as detailed on our CELE webpages. You do not need the Tier 4 CAS that was issued.

If you have already used your CAS to make a visa application (and secured a Tier 4 visa), the expectation is that you will not travel to the UK. Your course will be delivered online and travel at this time would be against worldwide government advice. You will be asked for a copy of your visa for our records when you register as a new student.

Postgraduate research programmes

If you have not yet used your CAS to make a visa application, please bear in mind that any unused Tier 4 CAS is only valid for six months from the date of issue. This applies whether you are able to start your studies remotely or will defer to a later start date – see detail above.

Once your new arrival date is confirmed, you will need us to either edit your existing CAS with new arrival dates or issue a new Tier 4 CAS if it has expired. Please keep in touch with our visa and immigration team at immigration-support@nottingham.ac.uk. They can help once your plans for travelling to the UK in the near future are confirmed.

If you have already used your CAS to make a visa application (and secured a Tier 4 visa), the expectation is that you will not travel to the UK. If you are able to start your research programme, this work will be completed remotely and travel at this time would be against worldwide government advice. You will be asked for a copy of your visa for our records when you register as a new student.

If your entry clearance was granted for longer than six months and you were issued with a 30-day vignette (sticker) which has expired, Home Office advice for UK visa applicants and UK temporary UK residents states that you can request a replacement entry clearance with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of 2020. 

Where you wish to – or are required to – defer your start date, deferrals of more than three months will require a new ATAS clearance (where applicable) and a new Tier 4 visa application may need to be made. If this applies to you, email our visa and immigration team for advice at immigration-support@nottingham.ac.uk. 

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