Academic Year 2020/21 - Information for Applicants
Information related to the Academic Year 2020/21 for Applicants to Ulster University.
We know that this may not be the start to University life that you or we would have anticipated, but you are joining a vibrant University community and will be fully supported to settle in.
Despite the challenges presented by the continued restrictions, we will make it possible for you to engage in your programme of study in the most meaningful and effective ways.
Our track record in digital learning means that you can continue to receive a high-quality learning and student experience. We will be providing early opportunities for you to experience our extensive and innovative online platforms, as we support you to get your University journey and studies off to the best possible start.
We know that you will be looking forward to meeting new friends, and so we’re also working closely with our Students’ Union to explore ways to enable you to participate in other aspects of University life. Check these pages, your emails and our social media channels regularly for updates on arrangements for pre-arrival and welcome week.
As we re-imagine University life alongside this pandemic, you can look forward to vibrant, inspiring and productive time, and we look forward to welcoming you to Ulster University.
What support will be available on Results Day?
Our Admissions, Student Administration and support staff will be available to support you from Results Day through to Enrolment.
Although the current restrictions mean that we are not able to hold our traditional on-campus Options Day, further details of our Results Day support and opportunities will be available on these pages shortly.
I have already made my firm choice elsewhere but now want to apply to Ulster University, what do I do now?
You can apply to Ulster University through the Clearing process.
Our Clearing website will be available on 6th July, where you will find which courses are available and how to contact our teams to discuss the range of options open to you.
- I am currently studying at another university and want to transfer to Ulster University, what are my options?
How will I know how to get started at University if I am not on campus?
You can be assured of a warm and fully supported welcome to Ulster University, despite these challenging circumstances, and we look forward to welcoming you in September.
We will make it straightforward for you to access everything you need to get started, from pre-arrival to welcome week and as teaching gets underway.
As well as supporting you to begin your studies, we are working with our Students’ Union to ensure that you will experience as much as possible of what we offer, and to enable you to get to know your campus online; so that when it is possible for us to offer more face to face activities, you will feel right at home.
How much teaching will be on campus in September?
Our first term will commence as planned on 21 September and we will be prepared to deliver lectures and other teaching online for Semester One.
Some on-campus activities will take place, based on a robust local risk assessment and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.
How can I be sure of the quality of the teaching if lectures will be delivered online?
We have an established history of much of our content being online, and extensive experience of quality online delivery.
This enabled us to successfully and promptly transition to online provision when the lockdown measures were introduced in March.
These arrangements have been carefully considered, reviewed and refined, with feedback from our current students.
In the time available before next semester, we continue to work closely with our Students’ Union to deliver a high quality and rewarding experience for our students.
Should I consider deferring for a year?
We understand that this may not be the start to University life that you had envisaged, but our online platforms mean that you can continue to receive a high-quality learning and student experience.
As we cannot at this stage predict the availability and demand for places in the 2021/22 academic year, our commitment to maintaining a high-quality learning experience this year enables you to take up the offer of a place for 20/21 with confidence.
We will support you to settle in to a productive and rewarding semester, and by getting your degree underway this year you can keep your future career plans firmly on track.
Can I delay starting my degree to Semester 2?
In line with the design of our curricula and the learning outcomes for programmes, we can only take in full-time undergraduate students at the start of each academic year annually in September.
This is in order to ensure that any pre-requisite learning is covered in Semester 1 before progression to Semester 2.
We are working to ensure that Semester 1 will deliver a rewarding and productive start to all programmes.
What facilities will be available on campus?
The University is looking to open facilities on campus as soon as it is safe to do so, in line with the appropriate public health guidance and restrictions.
Our popular online programs and classes will continue to be available for sports members.
For more information visit https://www.ulster.ac.uk/sport
We are also working closely with our catering operators, and the availability of facilities will be based on a careful risk assessment, with solutions to address any risks identified.
How will I get to know my lecturers and tutors remotely?
Getting to know our staff is an important part of the University experience, and one of the most enjoyable parts of many lecturers’ work.
Many on-line activities will still be highly interactive and sometimes offer even greater opportunities for contact with your teaching staff.
We are exploring how we can offer face to face interaction with staff, and your fellow students, in a way which is safe and enriches your wellbeing and learning journey.
What can I do if I don’t have access to the right technology to participate fully in my programme?
Technology recommendations for accessing Ulster systems to support your study in a blended learning environment are available from ISD.
If you are eligible for our Widening Access cash bursary, you may wish to put this towards technology resources.
The University acknowledges that some students may not have the technology to engage in education by digital channels - and we keep this under review.
Once registered as an Ulster University student, you may be able to get financial support from the Student Support Fund (NI/UK students) or the Hardship Fund (ROI/International students). Or if you are eligible for our Widening Access cash bursary, you may wish to put this towards technology resources.
Can I book University student accommodation on campus for 20/21?
Applications are now open for our student accommodation on each campus.
There are many benefits of living in Ulster University student accommodation.
To talk you through your accommodation options, the University will be running a virtual accommodation open day on 12 June 2020 at 2pm.
Appropriate robust risk assessments will be undertaken to ensure that student accommodation is available in line with all current public health measures.
I’m worried about how I will settle, in these unusual circumstances; where can I go for support?
As always, as part of our welcome programme we will be sure to introduce you to our Student Wellbeing team who are there to support you as you join us, and throughout your time at Ulster.
You can find out more about the team and our services at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/wellbeing
If my programme is to be delivered on campus but I am unable to attend for health or family reasons related to COVID, what can I do?
Where possible, students who cannot attend campus for health or other reasons related to family or caring responsibilities will be able to engage with their learning fully online.
Will there be a reduction in fees for the first semester?
In response to these unprecedented circumstances, we have repurposed our education provision to maintain continuity of teaching through digital channels and the quality of your ultimate degree award.
Every course is continuing to provide alternatives to support learning, teaching and assessment by other means during this period. We are also taking steps to ensure that students whose studies may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are not disadvantaged at the point of assessment, whilst protecting learning outcomes and the academic integrity of their Ulster University degree.
Providing opportunities for our students to learn at home is the only option available to us whilst the current social distancing measures are in place. Moving to online provision in this way is costly, however we are fortunate to have a high quality digital infrastructure that allows us the flexibility necessary in these circumstances; and this means that you can continue to receive a rewarding learning experience. We are committed to maintaining these digital platforms to support our students to progress in their learning journey with confidence.
Ulster University’s firm commitment is to ensure that our students are not deprived of the opportunity to learn and to move forward in their studies and future career, on schedule and as planned. In this context we do not anticipate fee reduction.
Applicants for 21/22 entry
Because of the COVID restrictions I was unable to take any school placement opportunities in year 13; will this affect my future application to Ulster to study nursing or social work?
We understand that some HSC school placements and work experience opportunities will have been affected by the pressures the pandemic has placed on our heath service over recent months. We will consider alternative experiences in support of your application to join these programmes.
What will happen to Open Days this year?
We are disappointed not be able to welcome students onto our campuses for our usual open days, but we are planning alternative online opportunities that will enable us to show you what’s on offer, and let you explore our programmes and campus life.
Our ‘virtual’ Open Days will take place on-line on Saturday 5 September.
All students and parents can register at www.Ulster.ac.uk/OpenDays On our digital and social channels, you will also have plenty of opportunities to hear from our current students on a range of programmes across all faculties.
We are also keeping in touch with careers teachers and principals directly to keep them up to date with our plans.
I will be studying at Ulster University from September. When will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)?
We have begun to issue CAS for courses starting in September.
The Compliance team will email you to request any outstanding documents as soon as your application is ready for CAS assessment.
We will issue your CAS as soon as we have received and assessed any outstanding documents to ensure that they meet all Tier 4 student visa requirements.
Will I be able to receive a CAS and apply for a Tier 4 visa if I have to start my studies through distance learning or blended learning (a combination of online lectures and face-to-face classes) because of Covid-19?
The Home Office has confirmed that you may receive a CAS and apply for a Tier 4 visa to start your studies through distance learning or blended learning provided that you intend to come to the UK for face-to-face learning as soon as circumstances allow.
Will I be able to apply for the Graduate Route if I have to start my studies by distance learning from outside the UK?
The Home Office has confirmed that if you start your studies by distance/blended learning, you will be eligible to apply for the Graduate route provided you are in the UK by 6 April 2021 and complete your final semester of studies in the UK.
Are you considering applications from all countries?
We are continuing to process all applications as normal, regardless of where you are from, or living. All our staff, based in Northern Ireland and in-market, continue to be available to support you.
If I defer my offer to next entry but have paid deposit, can I have my deposit refunded?
Your deposit is refundable, unless you are refused a visa on the grounds of forged documents being presented. In this case, your deposit is non-refundable.
To request a refund please contact International Admissions
Will international scholarships still be available?
Our attractive scholarship and support package is still available to qualified international students.
Further details on scholarships available for 2020/21 are available on our Global site.
Can I pay my international tuition fee in instalments?
To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in five monthly instalments while you learn.
Can I fly via Dublin and then onwards to Northern Ireland?
Yes, you can fly via Dublin, Ireland, and transit to Northern Ireland (UK); however, as Ireland and the UK are separate countries, you must meet the immigration/visa regulations of both countries in order to enter the UK this way.
If you require a visa to enter Ireland, you must obtain a visa for Ireland and a visa for the UK before you travel.
If you do not require a visa to enter Ireland, you may request permission to enter Ireland when you arrive in Dublin.
You must obtain a visa for the UK before you travel. If you do not do this, your stay in the UK will be limited to 30 days. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visas before you travel.
Check here to see if you require a visa to enter Ireland.
Will I have to self-isolate/undertake quarantine for 14 days? If so, where will I do this?
We will be closely following the UK government’s advice with regards to any quarantine requirements for inbound travellers to the UK in order to understand any impact it may have upon our new and returning students by September 2020.
We are working hard to make sure that any appropriate arrangements will be in place to support you.