Friday 8th January 2021

We are writing to provide further information on our plans for semester 2 in light of this week’s national lockdown announcement. Further details for students can be found here.

ACADEMIC DELIVERY

Students should remain where they are wherever possible, and academic delivery for this semester will be online until Monday 22nd February at the earliest in line with the government’s national lockdown guidance for higher education.

As throughout this academic year, all academic content will be available online for the duration of the semester. However we also aim to be able to make as many of our classes as possible available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment in semester 2 as per semester 1, if and when government guidelines allow this.

NO DETRIMENT POLICY

Bucks New University have extended the use of No Detriment: Emergency Measures into semester 2 from February to June 2021.

SPORT

In line with government and national sports bodies’ advice, all Athletic Union sport and UCFB Academy training and fixtures are suspended during the national lockdown period.

ACCOMMODATION

Our partner accommodation with Unite Students at 1st Way in Wembley and Mill Point in Manchester remain open for those that need it. For all accommodation enquiries, please contact your provider. Alternatively you can contact our team at:

 

More information, including key dates and further detail on our plans for semester 2, will be communicated to all students in the coming weeks once we receive further updates from the government about the national lockdown and guidance for higher education beyond mid-February.

Please read our COVID-19 FAQs below.

If you have any queries regarding your programme then please contact your Programme Leader or Module Leaders via the usual channels. Alternatively, you can also contact the Academic Administration team at:

If you are in need of any emotional or wellbeing support, or would just like to chat to someone, our Pastoral Team is on hand to help. We can arrange a 1:1 virtual meeting, which can be done via telephone or video Teams meetings. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can support you via email. We will work with you to meet your individual needs. For all Pastoral and Wellbeing needs, you can contact us at:

UCFB Wembley students: studentserviceswembley@ucfb.com

UCFB Etihad Campus students: studentservicesetihad@ucfb.com

Online students: studentservicesonline@ucfb.com

 

Tuesday 15th December 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).

Our plan is based on the government’s guidance for higher education institutions, which take account of local tier restrictions that may affect our campuses. This will determine our approach to define what student life and studying will be like throughout 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 academic year, subject to changes to the government alert level 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.

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UCFB and GIS plans for 2020/2021

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

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-secure environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual. 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 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

All students will receive an email detailing exactly which of their modules will be available to study on campus, which will be completely virtual and which will be a blended combination of both for Semester 2 in the week commencing 14th December 2020.

We have moved some modules for the 2020/21 academic year from Semester 1 to Semester 2 and vice versa 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:

  • Student LFT COVID testing available on return to campus
  • 1-metre+ social distancing with increased COVID safety measures
  • Face coverings compulsory in campus buildings, subject to exemptions
  • Enhanced cleaning measures including disinfectant fogging and deep cleaning programmes
  • Safe circulation systems around campus facilities, including capacity restrictions in lifts
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout campus facilities
  • COVID secure campus signage to promote mask wearing, hand washing and good hygiene
  • Reduced capacities in teaching, study and social spaces enabling social distancing guidelines to be met
  • Temperature checks available on request at receptions
  • Detailed facilities risk assessments
  • Self-assessment health risk assessments for students prior to returning to campus
  • 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.

Our partner accommodation with Unite Students at 1st Way in Wembley and Mill Point in Manchester remain open for those that need it.

Unite want all our students to feel as safe as possible when coming to campus and they have put in place many measures to reduce risk to students when on campus. At the accommodation, all students 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 see Unite’s FAQs for further information.

EMPLOYABILITY & ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Our unique Award in Football & Sports Leadership will continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year. We will be providing a mixture of on campus and online Employability & Enrichment activities throughout the academic year. 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 throughout the academic year.

Also, don’t forget the exclusive access you get as a UCFB or GIS 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 in-person work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the upcoming academic year, subject to government guidance and the ability of our partners to offer these. In addition, we will offer a number of virtual work placements opportunities.

We are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: Melbourne in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, and the brand new Miami summit in the summer of 2021. The Melbourne Global Sports Summit will be delivered virtually in January, due to ongoing travel restrictions and government advice. The feasibility of hosting the other Global Sports Summits in-country is currently under review, and 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. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

Brand new for this year, we also hosted a virtual LaLiga Summit in September, exclusive for Master’s degree students.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE EVENTS

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.

Throughout the academic year, 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.

We will also host a series of guest speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions with our network from across the global sports industry. Tailored sessions will be available for undergraduate and Master’s students, including GIS Global Sports Summits available to all students, and GIS Master’s Summits, exclusively for GIS students.

Your Students’ Union will continue to organise online activities for all students to take part in. These will be advertised through the Students’ Union social media accounts as well as the Online Hub so keep an eye out for updates on these.

If you would like to contact your Students’ Union Executive Team with any ideas or feedback, please contact:

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. Dependent on government guidance, urgent face-to-face on campus support may also be available upon request and following social distancing guidelines.

Our Study Hubs at both campuses are currently closed following the government’s national lockdown. This will be reviewed ahead of 25th January. We will continue to provide a wide range of online resources for all students and library support will be available virtually.

SPORT

In line with government and national sports bodies’ advice, all Athletic Union sport and UCFB Academy training and fixtures are suspended during the national lockdown period.

Our sports teams returned to training from September wherever sporting governing bodies allowed this. Trials also began early in Semester 1. Training and further trials will also take place in Semester 2.

Our teams will compete in the BUCS fixtures once the leagues return in line with governing body guidance and any national or local restrictions. We will also aim to arrange non-competitive fixtures where it is safe to do so and will confirm these once we are able to do so.

In addition to the sports teams, we will continue to support students who wish to compete and participate in other individual sports.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester started as planned in September. Whilst there were no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we have been running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. This will continue in Semester 2, and where possible competitive fixtures will also be arranged. Trials for the academies took 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.

Following the UK Government announcement that indoor sport will no longer be exempt from the rule of 6, we have unfortunately had to suspend all indoor sport until further notice. However, we are working on alternative options, such as outdoor venues and alternative sports provisions.

Sport in particular is an ever-changing situation and we will keep you updated throughout the academic year.

Please contact our Athletic Union for more information on your sport:

Frequently asked questions

2020/21 Delivery FAQs
How will delivery be affected by the latest national lockdown?

Students should remain where they are wherever possible, and academic delivery for this semester will be online until Monday 22nd February at the earliest in line with the government’s national lockdown guidance for higher education.

As throughout this academic year, all academic content will be available online for the duration of the semester. However we also aim to be able to make as many of our classes as possible available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment in semester 2 as per semester 1, if and when government guidelines allow this.

Bucks New University have extended the use of No Detriment: Emergency Measures into semester 2 from February to June 2021.

In line with government and national sports bodies’ advice, all Athletic Union sport and UCFB Academy training and fixtures are suspended during the national lockdown period.

Our partner accommodation with Unite Students at 1st Way in Wembley and Mill Point in Manchester remain open for those that need it. For all accommodation enquiries, please contact your provider. Alternatively you can contact our team at:

More information, including key dates and further detail on our plans for semester 2, will be communicated to all students in the coming weeks once we receive further updates from the government about the national lockdown and guidance for higher education beyond mid-February.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

How will academic content be delivered in the 2020/21 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-secure environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual. 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 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that some classes need to be temporarily moved to virtual delivery during the year whilst staff and students alike complete compulsory self-isolations.

We will continue to update you on any changes to academic delivery. Our aspiration is to provide as much on campus as is possible. We remain in constant contact with Public Health England and our COVID Outbreak Management Plan allows for all eventualities, including the imposition of further national lockdowns from which education may not be exempt.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

How will online content be delivered?

Some classes will need to remain virtual. After a successful first semester, we continue to develop 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 will be available online to ensure that you do not miss out on your academic delivery.

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that some classes need to be temporarily moved to virtual delivery during the year whilst staff and students alike complete necessary self-isolations.

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 8th January 2021.

Do UCFB and GIS have a “No Detriment Policy”?

No Detriment Policy – Emergency Measures:

UCFB operate in accordance with our Academic Partner Bucks New University and as such, the following information is supplied under their guidance.
If you have any queries please contact:

What is the No Detriment Policy – Emergency Measures?

This policy provides additional measures to support you at times when circumstances beyond Bucks New University and UCFB’s control may impact on your studies and your academic performance.

What happens if I need to request an Extension or claim for Mitigating Circumstances?

Bucks New University together with UCFB are relaxing the requirement for you to provide evidence as part of a request for an Extension or a claim for Mitigating Circumstances. You may self-certify rather than seek independent evidence which should make the process of applying quicker and easier. Details of the measures in place for semester 1 can be seen below.

In order to apply for an extension please email:

In order to apply for Mitigating Circumstances please email: quality@ucfb.com

Further information on Extensions and Mitigating Circumstances can be found on the Bucks New University website: https://bucks.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessment-and-examination/exceptional-circumstances

I am self-isolating due to Coronavirus – can I ask for an Extension or claim Mitigating Circumstances?

Yes you can: Bucks New University together with UCFB are relaxing the requirement for you to provide evidence as part of a request for an Extension or a claim for Mitigating Circumstances.

If you are a UCFB student who is self-isolating due to Coronavirus, the fact that you have informed UCFB (via Wembley students: absencewembley@ucfb.com or Etihad Campus students: absenceetihad@ucfb.com) will be enough evidence for your claim/request.

Further information on Extensions and Mitigating Circumstances can be found on the Bucks New University website: https://bucks.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessment-and-examination/exceptional-circumstances

How does the No Detriment Policy help with late submission for Semester 1?

Under standard regulations you may normally submit assignments up to 10 working days later than the original submission date, and they will be marked and given a capped mark – a maximum of 40%. Under the No Detriment Policy in place for Semester 1, the measure will waive this penalty, so assignments submitted for the first time in the late submission period will be given the full mark. Pass/fail assessments will also be given a late submission opportunity.

What happens if I don’t pass modules completed in Semester 1?

Assessment Boards will normally allow you to undertake reassessment. Under normal circumstances this is usually capped at a maximum of 40%. However with the No Detriment Policy in place until 29 January 2021, any reassessment from Semester 1 modules will be given the full mark, so you’ll not be disadvantaged.

What about No Detriment in Semester 2?

Bucks New University together with UCFB have extended the use of No Detriment: Emergency Measures into Semester 2 from February to June 2021 and we’ll share the exact details in the new year. We just want to reassure you now that we’ll continue to act in your best interests by supporting your studies to ensure you reach your full potential.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 14th January 2021.

How will my practical modules be delivered?

As we made you aware in August 2020 our intention is for practical modules to take place in Semester 2, and we continue to work towards delivering this if government guidance allows and with appropriate COVID mitigation measures in place. All academic content will be available online. However as many of our classes as possible will also be available to study on campus in a COVID-secure environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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

We have moved some modules for the 2020/21 academic year from Semester 1 to Semester 2 and vice versa 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 run across Semester 2 and 3 to allow practical delivery
  • 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 8th January 2021.

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-secure environment. This ensures that you have the opportunity to experience our iconic campus locations.

However, some classes will need to remain virtual. After a very successful few months, 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 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 8th January 2021.

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 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 8th January 2021.

Will assessments including the May exams be online?

If COVID-19 restrictions continue then all examinations will either be taken virtually or changed to an alternative assessment. This will be confirmed to you before Easter 2021.

You will be able to complete the majority of all other assessments virtually. Some practical orientated assessments will remain under constant review in line with government guidelines.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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. These guidelines are reviewed periodically and in line with any changes in guidance from Government.

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:

  • Student LFT COVID testing available on return to campus
  • 1-metre+ social distancing with increased COVID safety measures
  • Face coverings compulsory in campus buildings, subject to exemptions
  • Enhanced cleaning measures including disinfectant fogging and deep cleaning programmes
  • Safe circulation systems around campus facilities, including capacity restrictions in lifts
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout campus facilities
  • COVID secure campus signage to promote mask wearing, hand washing and good hygiene
  • Reduced capacities in teaching, study and social spaces enabling social distancing guidelines to be met
  • Temperature checks available on request at receptions
  • Detailed facilities risk assessments
  • Self-assessment health risk assessments for students prior to returning to campus
  • 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 8th January 2021.

What happens if the local area gets put into a local lockdown or changes are made to the local COVID alert levels?

Our plan is based on the government’s guidance for higher education institutions, which take account of local tier restrictions that may affect our campuses. This will determine our approach to define what student life and studying will be like throughout 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 8th January 2021.

Will I be able to access the library?

Our Study Hubs at both campuses are currently closed following the government's national lockdown. This will be reviewed ahead of 25th January. We will continue to provide a wide range of online resources for all students and library support will be available virtually.

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 MS Teams 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.
  • Should guidance change then we will adapt accordingly and there may be temporary closures of Study Hubs but we will do all we can to ensure these are minimised.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

What support will be available?

During periods of national lockdown, all support is delivered virtually. Dependent on government guidance, a combination of virtual 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.

If you are in need of any emotional or wellbeing support, or would just like to chat to someone, our Pastoral Team is on hand to help. We can arrange a 1:1 virtual meeting, which can be done via telephone or video Teams meetings. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can support you via email. We will work with you to meet your individual needs. For all Pastoral and Wellbeing needs, you can contact us at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will there be student experience events?

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.

Throughout the academic year, 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.

We will also host a series of guest speakers, masterclasses and panel discussions with our network from across the global sports industry. Tailored sessions will be available for undergraduate and Master’s students, including GIS Global Sports Summits available to all students, and GIS Master’s Summits, exclusively for GIS students.

Your Students’ Union will continue to organise online activities for all students to take part in. These will be advertised through the Students’ Union social media accounts as well as the Online Hub so keep an eye out for updates on these.

If you would like to contact your Students’ Union Executive Team with any ideas or feedback, please contact:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will sport, including the academies, be running?

In line with government and national sports bodies’ advice, all Athletic Union sport and UCFB Academy training and fixtures are suspended during the national lockdown period.

Our sports teams returned to training from September wherever sporting governing bodies allowed this. Trials also began early in Semester 1. Training and further trials will also take place in Semester 2.

Our teams will compete in the BUCS fixtures once the leagues return in line with governing body guidance and any national or local restrictions. We will also aim to arrange non-competitive fixtures where it is safe to do so and will confirm these once we are able to do so.

In addition to the sports teams, we will continue to support students who wish to compete and participate in other individual sports.

The UCFB Academies in London and Manchester started as planned in September. Whilst there were no competitive fixtures in Semester 1, we have been running training for both academies and will aim to arrange friendlies where governing body guidelines permit. This will continue in Semester 2, and where possible competitive fixtures will also be arranged. Trials for the academies took 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.

Following the UK Government announcement that indoor sport will no longer be exempt from the rule of 6, we have unfortunately had to suspend all indoor sport until further notice. However, we are working on alternative options, such as outdoor venues and alternative sports provisions.

Sport in particular is an ever-changing situation and we will keep you updated throughout the academic year.

Please contact our Athletic Union for more information on your sport:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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

Our unique Award in Football & Sports Leadership will continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year. We will be providing a mixture of on campus and online Employability & Enrichment activities throughout the academic year. 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 throughout the academic year.

Also, don’t forget the exclusive access you get as a UCFB or GIS 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 in-person work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the academic year, subject to government guidance and the ability of our partners to offer these. In addition, we will offer a number of virtual work placements opportunities.

We are also working towards delivering Global Sports Summits at the following times depending on government advice and travel restrictions: Melbourne in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, and the brand new Miami summit in the summer of 2021. The Melbourne Global Sports Summit will be delivered virtually in January, due to ongoing travel restrictions and government advice. The feasibility of hosting the other Global Sports Summits in-country is currently under review, and 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. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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 in-person work experience opportunities for you to apply for throughout the upcoming academic year, subject to government guidance and the ability of our partners to offer these. In addition, we will offer a number of virtual work placements opportunities.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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 8th January 2021.

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 in January, New York in April, Atlanta in April, Toronto in June, and the brand new Miami summit in the summer of 2021. The Melbourne Global Sports Summit will be delivered virtually in January, due to ongoing travel restrictions and government advice. The feasibility of hosting the other Global Sports Summits in-country is currently under review, and 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. We are committing to communicating a final decision on whether these events will go ahead in-person or virtually with a minimum of 2 months’ notice.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will the halls of residence at the Etihad Campus be open during 2020/21 as planned?

Yes. Our partner accommodation in Manchester at Mill Point is open. 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.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will the halls of residence at the Wembley campus be open during 2020/21 as planned?

1st Way is open for those who have already booked. If you booked another provider for semester 1 but need to move to 1st Way for semester 2, you should have been contacted to be able to book for semester 2. If you did not receive this, please email accommodationwembley@ucfb.com.

If you have stayed home and are waiting for semester 2 bookings to be reopened, we will be in touch with anyone on the waiting list as soon as the bookings reopen.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Can I book my accommodation for 2021/22?

The bookings for 2021/2022 are not yet open but we will contact students and applicants when this is made available to book online.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

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

Unite want all our students to feel as safe as possible when coming to campus and they have put in place many measures to reduce risk to students when on campus. At the accommodation, all students 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 see Unite’s FAQs for further information.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 8th January 2021.

Will I get a refund on my accommodation if I have to stay at home?

For our partner accommodation with Unite Students at Mill Point in Manchester and Arch View House, 1st Way in Wembley, please see the statement issued on 11th January by Unite here.

If you are with any other provider, as your contract is directly with them, they will be best placed to advise on this matter. Any decision to reduce fees will be communicated by your specific provider directly to students.

We are working with our partners to make sure we can still offer the best service to our students, so please contact accommodationwembley@ucfb.com or accommodationetihad@ucfb.com with any other queries.

This FAQ was last reviewed on 11th January 2021.

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 8th January 2021.

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

In the case of students travelling from overseas, international students are required to complete a passenger locator form on arrival in the UK, and passengers travelling from a country, territory or region not on the exemption (Travel Corridor) list will need to self isolate in their accommodation for ten days from when they were last in a location not on the Travel Corridor list. There is the choice to opt in to Test to Release for International Travel where students could take a COVID-19 test from a private testing provider (at the student’s own expense) after they have self-isolated for five full days since they were last in a location not on the Travel Corridor list. A negative result releases them from the need to continue to self-isolate. Guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-torelease-for-international-travel. A list of providers of tests for Test to Release is on gov.uk.

Please note that the Travel Corridor 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 8th January 2021.

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 8th January 2021.

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 8th January 2021.

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 8th January 2021.

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

The three main COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back (temperature does not need to be measured)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing frequently for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if someone usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means not being able to smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you develop any of these symptoms, please take the following steps:

  • Self-isolate for 10 days. All of your academic content is available online. We will provide you with full support. Please email us to let us know that you are self-isolating with symptoms:
  • Seek a COVID-19 test. You can find out how here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
  • Keep up to date with the latest government stay at home guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
    • Key points from this guidance includes:
      • If you live with others, all other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days, even those who do not have any symptoms.
      • Do not go out even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise should be taken within your home.
      • The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken.
      • If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 10-day isolation period.

If you receive a positive test result, please email covidaware@ucfb.com with details, and you will be contacted as part of the UCFB Track and Trace process.

Once you have completed your self-isolation and providing you no longer have symptoms, please complete the Student Personal Risk & Symptom Status Assessment for COVID-19 here before accessing any UCFB premises: https://tinyurl.com/StudentRiskSelfAss

We understand that it can be a difficult time during self-isolation, so if you are in need of any emotional or wellbeing support, or would just like to chat to someone, our Pastoral Team is on hand to help. We can arrange a 1:1 virtual meeting, which can be done via telephone or video Teams meetings. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can support you via email. We will work with you to meet your individual needs. For all Pastoral and Wellbeing needs, you can contact us at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 2020.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, please take the following steps:

  • Self-isolate for 10 days. All of your academic content is available online. We will provide you with full support.
  • Email us at covidaware@ucfb.com with details, and you will be contacted as part of the UCFB Track and Trace process.
  • Keep up to date with the latest government stay at home guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
    • Key points from this guidance includes:
      • If you live with others, all other household members need to stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days, even those who do not have any symptoms.
      • Do not go out even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise should be taken within your home.
      • The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken.
      • If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appear, regardless of what day they are on in their original 10-day isolation period.

Once you have completed your self-isolation and providing you no longer have symptoms, please complete the Student Personal Risk & Symptom Status Assessment for COVID-19 here before accessing any UCFB premises: https://tinyurl.com/StudentRiskSelfAss

We understand that it can be a difficult time during self-isolation, so if you are in need of any emotional or wellbeing support, or would just like to chat to someone, our Pastoral Team is on hand to help. We can arrange a 1:1 virtual meeting, which can be done via telephone or video Teams meetings. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can support you via email. We will work with you to meet your individual needs. For all Pastoral and Wellbeing needs, you can contact us at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 2020.

What should I do if I am asked to self-isolate due to being in contact with a confirmed case?

If you are asked to self-isolate, please take the following steps:

  • Self-isolate for the period of time stated on the official communication. This is typically 10 days from the date of the last contact with a positive case. All of your academic content is available online. We will provide you with full support. Please email us to let us know that you are self-isolating with symptoms:
  • Get a COVID-19 test IF you develop any of the following COVID Symptoms. You can find out how here: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 
    • a high temperature – this means feeling hot to touch on the chest or back (temperature does not need to be measured)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing frequently for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if someone usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means not being able to smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
  • If you take a COVID-19 test, do not come onto campus until the outcome of the test is known.
  • Keep up to date with the latest government stay at home guidance for if you do develop symptoms or receive a positive test: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Once you have completed your self-isolation and providing you no longer have symptoms, please complete the Student Personal Risk & Symptom Status Assessment for COVID-19 here before accessing any UCFB premises: https://tinyurl.com/StudentRiskSelfAss

We understand that it can be a difficult time during self-isolation, so if you are in need of any emotional or wellbeing support, or would just like to chat to someone, our Pastoral Team is on hand to help. We can arrange a 1:1 virtual meeting, which can be done via telephone or video Teams meetings. Alternatively, if you prefer, we can support you via email. We will work with you to meet your individual needs. For all Pastoral and Wellbeing needs, you can contact us at:

This FAQ was last reviewed on 15th December 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 15th December 2020.

What should I do if I have travelled overseas recently?

Coronavirus regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 10 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 15th December 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 15th December 2020.