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Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Harper Adams University remains committed to protecting its students, staff and wider community and to following Government and NHS advice to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harper Adams University remains committed to protecting its students, staff and wider community and to following Government and NHS advice to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University continues to carefully consider each measure and communicate directly with those for whom the rules might change, explaining for what reasons they might be permitted on campus and outlining the policies and procedures they will be required to follow.

Staff and student email remains our primary means of communication and should be referred to in all instances.

Students and staff should continue to conduct all activities in line with the published Government guidance and direct guidance issued by the University.

Health care advice can be found via the NHS website.

The University is following the Government's 5 Steps to working safely. Risk Assessments can be found by following the links in the Information for staff section of this page.

Information for all students

Full guidance for students can be found on Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment (requires a student or staff log-in).

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Information for resident students

Resident students will continue to receive guidance and support from Student Services and should refer to emails for any updates. At the start of the Spring term, only certain groups of students are permitted to return to campus. These groups of students will be notified directly if they are able to return and if a notification is not received, students should remain at their winter vacation address.  The groups include:

  • Those on courses designated by the Government, who need to return for teaching in subjects “which are most important to be delivered in-person in order to support the pipeline of future key workers”. Harper Adams has reviewed the Government guidance, and its planned teaching, learning and assessment activities, and is in direct communication with students permitted to return under this derogation
  • Those on a very limited number of courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and /or other PRSB mandatory activity which is scheduled for January and which cannot be rescheduled;
  • Students unable to reliably access online learning in their vacation setting. These individuals can return to their term-time address, where they will learn online and must continue to comply with wider lockdown regulations;

  • Vulnerable students, those with no alternative address and those from overseas, who will continue to be supported by the University, while accessing online learning;

  • Those students who remained on campus over the winter break.

Students have been advised to continue to monitor University email, stay in touch with their course tutors and remain connected with student services for wellbeing support.

Information for staff

Copies of all-staff communications can be accessed on the Portal. Risk assessments are available on the publication scheme.

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Information about events

All on-campus events are postponed until further notice.

Our Undergraduate and Postgraduate open days are currently being delivered virtually. Register your place on our virtual events.

Information for visitors

Only those providing essential services to the University will be permitted to campus during the national lockdown.

All visitors to campus should expressly agree their visit to campus with University staff in advance. Visitors should also register their visit by completing the Visitor Registration form (which also registers vehicles for parking purposes). Visitors must report to Reception, Security or the Estates yard upon arrival as notified by your host where further health and safety instruction will be given.

Please refer to the websites below for the latest information as changes are made on a daily basis.

Further advice and updates are also available on these sites: GOV.UK, Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the World Health Organisation 

Information for applicants and offer holders

Admissions and entry requirements 

We are constantly monitoring the situation. around school closures and the cancellation of exams and will make any changes to our processes as required to align with Government and UCAS advice.  The Admissions Team will ensure that all applicants provided with regular updates as information becomes available. The UCAS ‘on-time’ deadline has been extended until 29th January 2021, however, the University will commit to considering applications received beyond this date where spaces are still available.

Undergraduate applicants and offer holders

The University continues to receive and assess applications and make offers in the normal way. Offer letters include additional information for applicants affected by the cancellation of exams and all applicants are encouraged to contact the Admissions Team with any questions. If you have already received an offer, we encourage you to respond in line with the UCAS guidance and deadlines via UCAS Track. Please ensure that you remain aware of your reply deadlines as these may be subject to change as UCAS make adaptations to ensure that applicants are not unfairly disadvantaged.

Applicants with any questions are welcome to contact the Admissions Team at or on 01952 815000

If you are considering or due to start university in 2021:

  • Undergraduate open days are currently being delivered virtually. Find out more about our virtual events.
  • Campus visits have all been postponed in line with Government advice and guidance.
  • Please register your interest to allow us to let you know about events later in the year and keep you informed on activities at the university.

Postgraduate applications and offer holders

Applications to study our postgraduate programmes opened on the 18th January 2021 for 2021 entry. The Admissions Team will assess these applications in the normal way and will provide applicants with advice and guidance as required.  

Postgraduate events

I am due to start my studies at the University in 2021 and I am unsure about making my travel arrangements. What should I do? 

Students who need a student visa will only receive their CAS for their visa application once all their offer conditions are met and no earlier than 3 months before the start of the course. Prior to this, applicants requiring a visa are strongly advised to ensure that they are aware of the requirements to make an application and to collate the documentation required so they can make their application immediately once their CAS has been issued.

International students (including those from the EU) are advised to monitor the COVID-19 situation in their own (home) country and ensure that they only travel where permitted to do so. The Admissions Team will ensure that international applicants are made aware of any changes to student visa guidance. If you require any advice on the visa application process, please contact the International Officer. 

Where there are delays in obtaining your travel documents or obtaining a flight, the University will assess your situation on a case by case basis, to determine whether you can start your programme a little later, although for most courses, this provision is unlikely to extend beyond two weeks from the normal start date


What if I am having difficulty making arrangements to be tested for my English language at an approved centre?

We are aware that in some countries it may be difficult to access an English Language test. Where your offer contains a test type which you are unable to access, we may be able to accept an alternative, provided it meets our equivalency standards and is accepted for Student visa applications where applicable.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding English Language tests, please contact our English Language Support team for advice.  


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