UPDATE: Tuesday 25th August

We have been working hard with Unite Students and the developer throughout this period to ensure we can get the 1st Way accommodation ready as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the developer has advised Unite Students and UCFB that unsurprisingly there have been some unavoidable delays to the build project of our brand new accommodation building meaning it will not be open in September. However, we are now pleased to confirm that it will be ready for a phased check-in from 17th October 2020.

If you already have a booking at 1st Way, Unite Students has secured alternative accommodation for you to move into, at no additional cost to yourself. You may also choose start your tenancy on 17th October 2020 and move straight into 1st Way. In this case you would only pay for accommodation from your move in date.

If you have not yet booked your accommodation at 1st Way, you can find more information in our FAQs below. We are currently unable to take additional bookings at 1st Way, however we are reviewing this on a regular basis with Unite and are pleased to confirm that 1st Way will definitely be ready for students to book for Semester 2, and we are still working with Unite and the developer to also make rooms available for booking in Semester 1. If you need to secure accommodation, then please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com who will be able to help you sort accommodation for Semester 1, so that you will still be able to book and move in to 1st Way in Semester 2.

Please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com who will be able to advise on alternative accommodation options.

All students that have booked accommodation with 1st Way or are on the waiting list will receive an email from our Accommodation team on 25th August. If you have not received any information, please contact our accommodation team.

 

Thursday 6th August 2020

The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance, whilst also ensuring that we continue to deliver a first-class experience throughout your time as an undergraduate student with University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) or a Master’s student at our Global Institute of Sport (GIS).

We have implemented a five-stage plan based on the government’s five-stage alert level, including any local lockdowns that affect our campuses. This will determine our approach to define what student life and studying will be like for the 2020/21 academic year. We know that things could change over the coming months and therefore the stage we are at will determine which facilities and services are available.

Please read below for details on each aspect of your student life with us in this upcoming academic year based on our operational level 3 status.

More information on each stage, along with further detail on our COVID secure campuses can be found in our COVID Secure Campus Guidelines document.

UCFB and GIS plans for 2020/2021

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

We have made good progress on our plans for the upcoming academic year.

We have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible will be available to study on campus in a COVID-safe environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual for Semester 1. After a very successful final few months of the last semester, we have developed our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

If you are unable to attend classes that are being delivered on campus, all academic content for Semester 1 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

You will receive a follow-up email this week detailing exactly which of your modules will be available to study on campus, which will be completely online and which will be a blended combination of both for Semester 1.

All exams for Semester 1 will either be taken virtually or changed to an alternative assessment. You will be able to complete all assessments virtually.

For Semester 2, we will review the current pandemic alert level status and our operational delivery level, however we are aiming for on campus delivery if possible.

We have moved the timings of some modules for the 2020/21 academic year to accommodate for social distancing measures. These are listed in full on our FAQs below.

CAMPUS FACILITIES

We know that our unique access to Wembley and Etihad campuses is a key part of your learning experience and your safety is our priority. As a result, we are working hard with our campus partners, including Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium, and have developed a set of COVID-19 guidelines in line with government guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and students whilst they enjoy the campus experience.

In order to provide a safe and inclusive campus which empowers and supports our students and staff towards achieving a rewarding experience for all during these challenging times, we have set in place the following safety measures for Semester 1:

  • 1-metre plus social distancing with increased COVID safety measures
  • Face coverings compulsory in campus buildings
  • Temperature checks available on request at receptions
  • Enhanced cleaning measures including disinfectant and deep cleaning programmes
  • Safe circulation systems around campus facilities, including one-way systems
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout campus facilities
  • COVID secure campus signage to promote hand washing and good hygiene
  • Reduced capacities in teaching, study and social spaces enabling social distancing guidelines to be met
  • Detailed facilities risk assessments
  • Self-assessment health risk assessments
  • COVID Secure Campus guidelines inductions for all students and staff

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

We have been working closely with Unite Students, our accommodation partner for both campuses to ensure that we can provide a safe environment for our students to live in.

UCFB Etihad Campus

Our partner accommodation in Manchester at Mill Point is open and ready to welcome students in September. If you have already booked then we look forward to welcoming you and you will receive more information from Unite Students soon. If you have not yet booked, then you can still do so via our accommodation page.

UCFB Wembley

Note: this was updated on Wednesday 15th October 2020.

We have been working hard with Unite Students and the developer throughout this period to ensure we can get the 1st Way accommodation ready as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the developer has advised Unite Students and UCFB that unsurprisingly there have been some unavoidable delays to the build project of our brand new accommodation building. However, we are now pleased to confirm that it will be ready for a phased check-in from 24th October 2020.

The move in dates for 1st Way have been communicated by Unite directly for all individual room types. Please contact Unite directly for the most up to date information on OWReception@unitestudents.com or 0117 302 7453.

If you have not yet booked your accommodation at 1st Way, you can find more information in our FAQs below. We are currently unable to take additional bookings at 1st Way, however we are reviewing this on a regular basis with Unite and are pleased to confirm that 1st Way will definitely be ready for students to book for Semester 2, and we are still working with Unite and the developer to also make rooms available for booking in Semester 1. If you need to secure accommodation, then please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com who will be able to help you sort accommodation for Semester 1, so that you will still be able to book and move in to 1st Way in Semester 2.

Please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com who will be able to advise on alternative accommodation options.

All students that have booked accommodation with 1st Way or are on the waiting list will receive an email from our Accommodation team on 25th August. If you have not received any information, please contact our accommodation team.

EMPLOYABILITY & ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Our unique Award in Football & Sports Leadership will continue for the 2020/21 academic year. We will be providing a mixture of on campus and online Employability & Enrichment activities throughout Semester 1. Wherever possible, and following government guidelines at the time, guest speakers, enrichment sessions and your careers service will be available on campus in order to provide you with an immersive learning experience.

We will also be utilising the lessons learned in lockdown and, listening to our students’ positive feedback, we will continue to deliver some of your Employability & Enrichment content online to enhance your experience and bring you further ways to develop yourself and be industry ready. This ensures that the opportunities that we are able to provide for you are not restricted by locality or availability, further enhancing our Employability & Enrichment provision.

As always, we will be working with leading names and organisations in the global football and sports industry to enhance your industry knowledge, expertise and network. We have some exciting sessions planned for Semester 1, including representatives from the NFL, The FA, LMA, F1, UEFA, Premier League clubs, Beswicks Sports and the USL. We are also planning a Women in Sport event for this academic year.

Also, don’t forget the exclusive access you get as a UCFB student to extensive work placements at a range of sporting organisations, including our partners at the National League, The Football Association and across the sports industry. We will continue to provide work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the upcoming academic year.

We are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: Melbourne & Sydney in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, as well adding additional Summits if possible during the 2020/21 academic year. Announcements on these events will be made in due course. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, these Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students.

Brand new for this year, we are delighted to also announce that we will also have a virtual LaLiga Summit in September, exclusive for Master’s degree students.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE EVENTS

In Freshers’ and orientation weeks, and throughout Semester 1, we are planning a number of virtual and in-person events to ensure that you can form and build the relationships with your fellow students that we know are key to your time with us.

Our orientation week has been designed to allow you to explore your city and get to know your classmates whether you choose to study on campus or not in Semester 1. Specific timetables will be sent out once you complete enrolment. Please keep an eye on your emails and the Student Experience social media accounts for further information.

In late September, we will also be hosting a series of guest speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions with our network from across the UK sports industry. Tailored sessions will be available for undergraduate or Master’s students, including a Public Speaking & Presentation Skills class with the BBC’s Mark Clemmit exclusive for GIS students.

All Freshers’ Week activities will be free for students, so there is no need to buy a Season Ticket this year.

STUDENT SUPPORT

The Student Services Team is here to support you across a wide range of areas throughout your studies. Our priority is to ensure that you enjoy student life and feel supported to succeed both academically and personally. Support will be available online, via email and telephone. Face-to-face on campus support will also be available upon request and following social distancing guidelines.

Our Study Hubs at both campuses will be open. We will continue to provide a wide range of online resources for all students, and will be implementing a new click and collect service for our libraries to allow you to remotely select the books you need for your course and collect them from the Study Hub at a time that is safe and convenient for you. Library support will be available virtually, with face-to-face support available upon request following social distancing guidelines.

SPORT

We are planning for our sports teams to return to training from September wherever sporting governing bodies allow this. Trials will also begin early in Semester 1. In addition to the sports teams, we will continue to support students who wish to compete and participate in other individual sports.

Whilst it has now been confirmed that there will be no BUCS fixtures until Semester 2, we aim to arrange non-competitive fixtures in Semester 1 for sports where it is safe to do so and will confirm these once we are able to do so.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester will start as planned in September. Whilst there will be no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we will be running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. Trials for the academies will also take place in September.

We are following the government’s return to recreational team sport framework and the guidance from each sport’s governing body. More information can be found on the government website. Further details on each individual sport will be provided during your induction and orientation.

25th September 2020 Update:

Following the UK Government announcement on Wednesday 23rd September that indoor sport will no longer be exempt from the rule of 6, we have been liaising with our venue partners to assess the impact on our recreational sports provision.

We will unfortunately need to temporarily suspend all indoor sport until further notice. However, we are working on alternative options, such as outdoor venues and alternative sports provisions. We understand that this will be disappointing, and we will continue to update you as soon as we have more information.

Please contact our Athletic Union for more information on how this will affect your sport:

NEXT STEPS

Enrolment for 2020/21 will be online and is planned to take place virtually in August for all returning and incoming students. You will be sent a link via email with instructions on how to enrol so please keep a close eye on your emails for this.

Once you have completed your online enrolment form, you will be sent information on your induction and orientation. Induction will include a combination of live and recorded sessions covering everything from IT systems through to stadium security and academic welcomes to ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running in your studies for this academic year. Your orientation week will involve a combination of exciting virtual and in-person events for you to network with our leading sports industry partners and your fellow classmates as well as explore London and Manchester if you’re studying on campus.

Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates from our Academic Administration and Accommodation teams and your invitation to enrol. You can also find our latest Frequently Asked Questions, including our contact details for any enquiries below.

We look forward to welcoming you in September.

Frequently asked questions

2020/21 Delivery FAQs
How will academic content be delivered from September 2020?

We have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible will be available to study on campus in a COVID-safe environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual for Semester 1. After a very successful final few months of the last semester, we have developed our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

If you are unable to attend classes that are being delivered on campus, all academic content for Semester 1 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

All students will receive an email in the week commencing 3rd August 2020 detailing exactly which modules will be available to study on campus, which will be completely online and which will be a blended combination of both for Semester 1.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

How will online content be delivered?

Some classes will need to remain virtual for Semester 1. After a very successful final few months of the last semester, we have developed our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

If you are unable to attend classes that are being delivered on campus, all academic content for Semester 1 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

Our Academic team will be using Microsoft Teams as well as live and recorded presentations. Students will also have access to academic staff for support and questions during the usual hours.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

How will my practical modules be delivered?

We’re planning for practical modules to take place in Semester 2. All academic content will be available online in Semester 1. However as many of our classes as possible will also be available to study on campus in a COVID-safe environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

All students will receive an email in the week commencing 3rd August 2020 detailing exactly which of your modules will be available to study on campus, which will be completely online and which will be a blended combination of both for Semester 1.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will the delivery of any of my modules change for the 2020/21 academic year?

We have moved the timing of some modules for the 2020/21 academic year to accommodate for social distancing measures. These are listed below for each degree affected.

BA (Hons) Football Business & Media

  • Year 3: Professional Practice Portfolio – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)
  • Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Sports Media – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Talent Development

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Coaching in the Foundation Phase – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1
  • Year 3: Coaching in the Professional Development Phase – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 3: Match Analysis – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Management

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Coaching in the Community – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Coaching

  • Year 1: Fundamentals of Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Coaching in the Community – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Physical Education

  • Year 1: Games and Athletic Activities – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 1: Assessment and Curriculum Design – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1
  • Year 2: Gymnastics and Dance – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 2: Contemporary Issues in PE – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1
  • Year 3: Swimming and Outdoor Education – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Year 3: Youth Physical Activity and Health – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

BA (Hons) Multimedia Sports Journalism

  • Year 3: Professional Practice Portfolio – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)
  • Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Sports Media – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)

BA (Hons) Sports Business & Sports Broadcasting

  • Year 3: Professional Practice Portfolio – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)
  • Year 3: Contemporary Issues in Sports Media – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1 (changed at UCFB Wembley only)

MSc Football Coaching & Analysis

  • The Football Coaching Process – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Analysis of Football Coaching Practice – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 3
  • Consultancy Project – moved from Semester 2 to All Semesters
  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc Football Business

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc Football Communications & Digital Marketing

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc International Sport Management

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

MSc Sport Management

  • Dissertation and Research Methods – moved from Semester 3 to All Semesters

Foundation Year

  • Managing Football Operations and People – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Foundations of Media Practice – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Principles of Sports Coaching – moved from Semester 1 to Semester 2
  • Inquiry Based Learning – moved from Semester 2 to Semester 1

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Does this mean that if I am unable to attend class I will be able to study online in Semester 1, and will I miss out on activities if I do so?

We have worked hard with our venue partners and within government guidelines to ensure that as many of our classes as possible will be available to study on campus in a COVID-safe environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual for Semester 1. After a very successful final few months of the last semester, we have developed our virtual delivery with student feedback to ensure that we can offer you the best possible experience.

If you are unable to attend classes that are being delivered on campus, all academic content for Semester 1 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

We will endeavour to also make other activities delivered face-to-face available to students online.

For Semester 2, we will review the current pandemic alert level status and our operational delivery level, however we are aiming for on campus delivery if possible.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will face to face activities also be available online for those unable to attend class?

If you are unable to attend classes that are being delivered on campus, all academic content for Semester 1 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

We will endeavour to also make other activities delivered face-to-face available to students online.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will Semester 1 assessments including the January exams be online?

All exams for Semester 1 will either be taken virtually or changed to an alternative assessment. You will be able to complete all assessments virtually.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

How will degree content be delivered in Semester 2?

For Semester 2, we will review the current pandemic alert level status and our operational delivery level, however we are aiming for on campus delivery if possible.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

What safety measures are in place for all on campus activities?

We know that our unique access to Wembley and Etihad campuses is a key part of your learning experience and your safety is our priority. As a result, we are working hard with our campus partners, including Wembley Stadium and Etihad Stadium, and have developed a set of COVID-19 guidelines in line with government guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and students whilst they enjoy the campus experience.

In order to provide a safe and inclusive campus which empowers and supports our students and staff towards achieving a rewarding experience for all during these challenging times, we have set in place the following safety measures for Semester 1:

  • 1-metre plus social distancing with increased COVID safety measures
  • Face coverings compulsory in campus buildings
  • Temperature checks available on request at receptions
  • Enhanced cleaning measures including disinfectant and deep cleaning programmes
  • Safe circulation systems around campus facilities, including one-way systems
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout campus facilities
  • COVID secure campus signage to promote hand washing and good hygiene
  • Reduced capacities in teaching, study and social spaces enabling social distancing guidelines to be met
  • Detailed facilities risk assessments
  • Self-assessment health risk assessments
  • COVID Secure Campus guidelines inductions for all students and staff

More information on our COVID secure campuses can be found in our COVID Secure Campus Guidelines document.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 23rd September 2020.

What happens if the local area gets put into a local lockdown?

We have implemented a five-stage plan based on the government’s five-stage alert level, including any local lockdowns that affect our campuses. This will determine our approach to define what student life and studying will be like for the 2020/21 academic year. We know that things could change over the coming months and therefore the stage we are at will determine which facilities and services are available.

More information on each stage, along with further detail on our COVID secure campuses can be found in our COVID Secure Campus Guidelines document.

You will be informed if any changes take place that impact on your academic delivery or student experience.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will I be able to access the library?

Our Study Hubs at both campuses will be open. We will continue to provide a wide range of online resources for all students, and will be implementing a new click and collect service for our libraries to allow you to remotely select the books you need for your course and collect them from the Study Hub at a time that is safe and convenient for you. Library support will be available virtually, with face-to-face support available upon request following social distancing guidelines.

Useful information:

  • You can access a wide range of resources to support your studies. Publishers are regularly updating remote access in response to the global crisis.
  • Links to all UCFB library online resources can be found on the library page on the Online Hub at: https://my.ucfb.com/course/view.php?id=1536
  • The library page includes detailed instructions on accessing your OpenAthens account (access eBooks, Cite Them Right and journals databases), passwords for specialist online resources such as SportBusiness and LawInSport, and online library tutorials to help you make effective use of these resources.
  • Your librarians are still able to support you via email at library@ucfb.com and on social media. We will be available 8:30am-5pm Monday to Friday and we can arrange to help you remotely through Skype if you require in-depth assistance with referencing or accessing and searching our online resources.
  • If you are unable to access a specific resource, please contact your library team at library@ucfb.com for further advice.
  • If you require IT support, please follow the usual process of contacting it@ucfb.com.
  • Please follow the library on Twitter @UCFB_Library and on Instagram @UCFB_Library for dissertation guidance, tips on staying motivated and more library content.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

What support will be available?

A combination of online and face-to-face support will be available for all students. This includes but is not limited to academic support, library support, learning support and pastoral support.

The Student Services Team is here to support you across a wide range of areas throughout your studies. Our priority is to ensure that you enjoy student life and feel supported to succeed both academically and personally. Support will be available online, via email and telephone. Face-to-face on campus support will also be available upon request and following social distancing guidelines.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will there be a Freshers’ Week and other student experience events and opportunities to meet fellow students and staff?

We want you to be able to take advantage of our fantastic campus facilities, foster lifelong relationships with your fellow students and the UCFB team, and have a positive student and social experience in 2020/21. We believe this is an important aspect of your life at UCFB.

In Freshers’ and orientation week, and throughout Semester 1, we are planning a number of virtual and in-person events to ensure that you can form and build the relationships with your fellow students that we know are key to your time with us.

Our orientation week has been designed to allow you to explore your city and get to know your classmates whether you choose to study on campus or not in Semester 1. Specific timetables will be sent out once you complete enrolment. Please keep an eye on your emails and the Student Experience social media accounts for further information.

This year we will also be hosting a UK mini-series for all students in late September. This will include guest speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions with our network from across the UK sports industry. Tailored sessions will be available for undergraduate or Master’s students, including a Public Speaking & Presentation Skills class with the BBC’s Mark Clemmit exclusive for GIS students.

All Freshers’ week activities will be free for students, so there is no need to buy a Season Ticket this year.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will sport, including the academies, be running?

We are planning for our sports teams to return to training from September wherever sporting governing bodies allow this. Trials will also begin early in Semester 1. In addition to the sports teams, we will continue to support students who wish to compete and participate in other individual sports. Whilst it has now been confirmed that there will be no BUCS fixtures until Semester 2, we aim to arrange non-competitive fixtures in Semester 1 for sports in which that is permitted and will confirm these once we are able to do so.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester will start as planned in September. Whilst there will be no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we will be running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. Trials for the academies will also take place in September.

We are following the government’s return to recreational team sport framework and the guidance from each sport’s governing body. More information can be found on the government website. Further details on each individual sport will be provided during your induction and orientation.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

When will the trials for the academies be?

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester will start as planned in September. Whilst there will be no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we will be running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. Trials for the academies will also take place in September.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will I still be able to take part in the Employability & Enrichment activities, including the Award in Football & Sports Leadership?

The Award in Football & Sports Leadership will still take place for the 2020/21 academic year. We will be providing a mixture of on campus and online Employability & Enrichment activities throughout Semester 1. Wherever possible, and following government guidelines at the time, guest speakers, enrichment sessions and you careers service will be available on campus in order to provide you with an immersive learning experience.

However, we will also be utilising the lessons learned in lockdown and, listening to our students’ positive feedback, we will continue to deliver some of your Employability & Enrichment content online to enhance your experience and bring you further ways to develop yourself and be industry ready. This ensures that the opportunities that we are able to provide for you are not restricted by locality or availability, further enhancing our Employability & Enrichment provision.

As always, we will be working with leading names and organisations in the global football and sports industry to enhance your industry knowledge, expertise and network. We have some exciting session planned for Semester 1, including representatives from the NFL, The FA, LMA, F1, UEFA, Premier League clubs, Beswicks Sports and USL. We are also planning a Women in Sport event for this academic year.

Also, don’t forget the exclusive access you get as a UCFB student to extensive work placements at a range of sporting organisations, including our partners at the National League, The Football Association and across the sports industry. We will continue to provide work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the upcoming academic year.

We are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: Melbourne & Sydney in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, as well adding additional Summits if possible during the 2020/21 academic year. Announcements on these events will be made in due course. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, these Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students. Brand new for this year, we are delighted to also announce that we will also have a virtual LaLiga Summit in September, exclusive for GIS students.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will you be offering new work placements?

As a UCFB or GIS student, you get exclusive access to extensive work placements at a range of sporting organisations, including our partners at the National League, The Football Association and across the sports industry. We will continue to provide work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the upcoming academic year.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

What should I do if I need careers advice?

The UCFB careers team is operating a full virtual service. To book an appointment with a careers adviser, please email: careers@ucfb.com

You can search for careers advice through our hub at: https://ucfb.jobteaser.com/en/advices

You can also follow us on Twitter at the following accounts:

We will also provide some face-to-face on campus activities, guidance and support from September, following social distancing guidelines.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will I still be able to attend the Global Sports Summits this academic year?

We are working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: Melbourne & Sydney in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, as well adding additional Summits if possible during the 2020/21 academic year. Announcements on these events will be made in due course. Where travel is not possible due to COVID-19, these Summits will be delivered virtually and made available for all UCFB and GIS students. Brand new for this year, we are delighted to also announce that we will also have a virtual LaLiga Summit in September, exclusive for GIS students.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will the halls of residence at the Etihad Campus be open from September 2020 as planned?

Our partner accommodation in Manchester at Mill Point is open and ready to welcome students in September. If you have already booked then we look forward to welcoming you and you will receive more information from Unite Students soon. If you have not yet booked, then you can still do so via our accommodation page.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will the halls of residence at the Wembley campus be open from September 2020 as planned?

We have been working with Unite Students and the developer throughout this period to ensure we can get the 1st Way accommodation ready as soon as possible. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unite Students and UCFB has been advised by the developer that there have been some unavoidable delays to the build project of our brand new accommodation building.

The building works have managed to progress as quickly as possible despite all of the restrictions and we are pleased to confirm that it will be ready for a phased check-in from 24th October 2020 for those that have already booked. If you have not yet booked, please see the relevant FAQ below.

The move in dates for 1st Way have been communicated by Unite directly for all individual room types. Please contact Unite directly for the most up to date information on OWReception@unitestudents.com or 0117 302 7453.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th October 2020.

Where will I live while the 1st Way building in Wembley is not yet ready?

Unite Students has secured alternative accommodation at their other Wembley building, Olympic Way at no additional cost, until 1st Way is ready for you to move in from 24th October. The Olympic Way building is just minutes from the Stadium and other UCFB campus facilities. Due to limited availability, rooms in Olympic Way will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you don’t want to move into alternative accommodation for the period up to 24th October, you have the option to start your tenancy on 24thh October 2020 and move straight into 1st Way. On this basis, you are free to find alternative accommodation or stay at home up until this date and will not be charged up to 24th October.

Please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com to discuss your choice by 28th August. You can also contact Unite at Olympic Way reception on 01173027453.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th October 2020.

My rent payment for 1st Way is due on Tuesday 25th August, do I need to pay this even if the building is not ready?

Yes, you will still need to make the first rent payment. If you choose to move into the alternative accommodation provided, your tenancy starts on the agreed date and the first rent payment is therefore due now. If you choose to move straight into 1st Way when ready in October, then your overall rent will be adjusted in a later payment, therefore the first rent payment is still due as normal on the 25th.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 25th August 2020.

When will I find out if I have secured a place at Olympic Way?

Unite Students will respond to each student as soon as possible once they confirm their choice, and will respond to all students by Friday 4th September at the very latest.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 28th August 2020.

Can I still book accommodation for the 2020/21 academic year?

UCFB Etihad Campus

If you have not yet booked, then you can still do so via our accommodation page.

UCFB Wembley

Due to all the rooms not being ready, Unite are unable to re-open the bookings at this point, but we do still have options available for all our students that require it.

1st Way will definitely be ready for students to book for Semester 2, and we are still working with Unite and the developer to also make rooms available for booking in Semester 1.

If you are in a position to wait for further announcements then please continue to wait and we will be updating regularly with further options.

If you need to secure accommodation, then please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com who will be able to help you sort accommodation in Wembley for Semester 1, so that you will still be able to book and move in to 1st Way in Semester 2. If you require further accommodation options, please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com for assistance.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 25th August 2020.

Will 1st Way reopen for bookings for Semester 1?

All parties are working very hard to enable bookings to re-open for Semester 1. We are awaiting confirmation from the developer that more rooms will be available from 17th October. If and when that is confirmed, we will contact all students straight away to announce that bookings for Semester 1 have been reopened.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 28th August 2020.

Will I be notified when the 1st Way bookings open for Semester 2?

Yes, all students will be notified via email as soon as 1st Way bookings open for Semester 2.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 28th August 2020.

Will everyone that books a semester let at Grand Felda House be able to secure a place at 1st Way in Semester 2?

All remaining 1st Way rooms will be available in January for Semester 2 lets. Students will be notified as soon as bookings open. Whilst we cannot guarantee availability, we expect there to be enough available rooms for those in Grand Felda House in Semester 1 to move to 1st Way for Semester 2 should they choose to. We encourage those that wish to do this to book as soon as possible once Semester 2 bookings open.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 28th August 2020.

I registered an interest for 1st Way but now need to stay in Grand Felda House for Semester 1, which is £34 per week more expensive. Will the difference be covered?

Yes, UCFB will pay the £34 weekly difference in rent for Semester 1 at Grand Felda House for those students that expressed an interest in 1st Way and go on to move into 1st Way in Semester 2. Please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com to confirm your decision and make us aware of your Grand Felda House booking. Grand Felda House will then only charge you £195 per week and UCFB will pay the difference directly to Grand Felda House.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th September 2020.

Will there be any removal support when moving from the temporary accommodation to 1st Way in October, or from the Semester 1 accommodation to 1st Way in Semester 2?

We unfortunately can’t help with the physical moving of belongings with COVID-19 guidelines in place. However our accommodation team as well as the team at Unite Students will be on hand during move in days to support in other means.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 28th August 2020.

I wish to defer my place to 2021/22 and have booked accommodation. Can I be released from my accommodation?

Please contact our Accommodation team:

You will be required to complete the confirmation of deferral form in order to defer your accommodation place to next year.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

What are Unite’s measures to ensure our safety in regards to COVID-19?

We want all our students to feel as safe as possible when coming to campus and are putting in many measures to reduce risk to students when on campus. At the accommodation, we have to adhere to Unite’s policies and procedures. Unite Students is the first UK Student Accommodation provider to be issued a British Safety Council (BSC) assurance certificate. Please find the link to Unite’s COVID procedure here.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will the 2020/21 start date be affected?

There is no change to the start date for September 2020. You can find our semester dates here:

On campus degrees: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/studying-at-ucfb/student-life/campus-life/semester-dates/

Online and blended degrees: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/studying-at-ucfb/student-life/online-life/online-semester-dates/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Can on campus students start in January?

We do not have a January intake for any of our on campus degrees. There is no change to the start date for September 2020. You can find our semester dates here:

On campus degrees: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/studying-at-ucfb/student-life/campus-life/semester-dates/

Online and blended degrees: https://www.ucfb.ac.uk/studying-at-ucfb/student-life/online-life/online-semester-dates/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

If I am travelling from overseas, will I need to self-isolate before beginning my studies?

Coronavirus regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK.

However, you may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories covered by the UK government’s travel corridor exemption, within the common travel area (Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) or British overseas territories.

Please note that this list is being continuously updated so make sure you check the latest advice immediately before you travel. The latest information on whether you will need to self-isolate can be found on the UK government website here.

If you are required to self-isolate, Unite Students will be able to accommodate this within your tenancy at Olympic Way or 1st Way in Wembley, or Mill Point in Manchester. We are also on hand to advise you if you are staying in other accommodation in Wembley or Manchester. Please get in touch with the Accommodation team at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

How will enrolment take place?

Enrolment for 2020/21 will be online and is planned to take place in August for all for returning and incoming students. You will be sent a link via email with instructions on how to enrol so please keep a close eye on your emails for this.

Once you have completed your online enrolment form, you will be sent information on your induction and orientation. Induction will include a combination of live and recorded sessions covering everything from IT systems through to stadium security and academic welcomes to ensure that you are ready to hit the ground running in your studies for this academic year. Your orientation week will involve a combination of exciting virtual and in-person events for you to network with our leading sports industry partners and your fellow classmates as well as explore London and Manchester if you’re studying on campus.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will the current situation affect my Student Finance?

The Student Loans Company are working to minimise any impact on Student Finance applications. They have an extensive list of FAQs on the UK Government website for prospective and current students. Please follow this link for the latest guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-current-students

Student Finance England will offer in-year income reassessments, even for those that have already applied for Student Finance for this September. This means that if your household income has fallen by 15% or more within this financial year then you will be able to resubmit a Current Year Income Assessment and they will reassess the financial support that you are eligible for. For more information, please click here or contact fees@ucfb.com.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

Will there be a reduction in tuition fees?

There will be no change in tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

What if I have a question that is not covered here?

If you have a question about actions required for specific situations or if you have any questions about the 2020/21 academic year that is not covered here, please contact your Student Services Team:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 5th August 2020.

COVID-19 general guidance
What should I do if I develop symptoms of the Coronavirus?

If you have symptoms that are indicative of coronavirus (specifically a high temperature or a new continuous cough, however mild) then you should self-isolate https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection for at least seven days.

The Government says you must not call NHS 111 and should go into self-isolation. The NHS 111 online assessment tool provides guidance on what to do next. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after seven days, then contact NHS 111 online. https://111.nhs.uk/

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

I have been contacted by the NHS to advise that I am one of the 1.5m people designated as most at risk. What should I do if this impacts my studies?

Follow advice given by your GP and the NHS. If you need advice regarding your studies contact the Acadmic Administration team:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

If I need to self-isolate, who should I inform?

If your symptoms require you to self isolate you should keep your Academic Administration Team updated of your circumstances.

To report an absence, you should contact:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

I am self-isolating and I have an academic assessment due that I cannot complete. What should I do?

If you are well, you should be able to continue your studies and submit work remotely during this period using Turnitin. For Academic advice or support, please contact your Programme Leader directly.

However, if you are unwell and unable to complete an academic assessment you should inform your Academic Administration Team as soon as possible. They will advise you on your options.  

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

I am self-isolating and I am staying in student accommodation. What should I do?

If you are self-isolating and are staying in a student residence, you should inform the management of your residence so that they can advise you further.

You may also find it helpful to refer to the latest Government advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

What if I am concerned about my wellbeing, or that of family in the UK or abroad?

We understand that many staff and students will be concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus, and that this may be increased for those with additional health and wellbeing concerns. 

If you are a student with a disability, learning need or health or wellbeing need, and would like to discuss any concerns with a member of staff, please contact our Learning Support Team:  learningsupport@ucfb.com

Similarly, if your family has been affected, and you would like to access emotional or wellbeing support, please contact your Student Services Team:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

What if I have travelled overseas recently?

The Government’s original advice on the specified countries for returning travellers or visitors arriving in the UK has been withdrawn and superseded by its Stay At Home guidance’: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.

What can I do to minimise the spread of the virus in my community?

There are simple steps that can be taken to minimise the spread of any viruses, including the common cold or flu. The NHS recommends that you:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then throw away the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You might also find it helpful to watch this BBC video on how to wash your hands: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51637561/coronavirus-watch-how-germs-spread

This FAQ was last reviewed on 16th June 2020.