Students on placement or studying abroad

The following advice applies to all students who are currently on work placement, internship, professional practice and professional experience at Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) level.

If you are currently studying or working abroad, you should have received an email from the Centre of Global Engagement (CGE) offering support to return to your home country. This is in line with recent FCO guidance. Please check your emails from CGE and take appropriate action. If you have not received an e-mail, please email cge@coventry.ac.uk.

If you are completing a work placement in the UK, you should have received an email from the university asking you to confirm if you have left your placement or are still employed and able to work safely. Please check your emails and take appropriate action. If you have not received an e-mail please contact the following appropriate team:

Faculty of Business and Law: internationalisation.fbl@coventry.ac.uk

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing: international.eec@coventry.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts and Humanities: international.fah@coventry.ac.uk

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences: international.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Coventry University London: donna.crouch@coventry.ac.uk

CU Coventry: Registry.CUC@coventry.ac.uk

CU London: Registry.CUL@coventry.ac.uk

CU Scarborough: Registry.CUS@Coventry.ac.uk

If you have been unable to complete the full term of your placement, your module leader will assess if you have completed enough placement hours and support you to complete your assessment. Please let them and placement teams know of your location and individual situation.

If you were undertaking an internship during this current semester (Jan 20 – May 20), which has been ended early due to COVID-19, you should discuss with your module leader if you have completed enough work hours and research to complete your final report.

If you are on an extended masters course or UG course which supports you to undertake a period of time out of your academic year to work, and this experience has been ended early due to COVID-19, you should discuss with your Course Director and Faculty Registry team how and when you can return to your studies (subject to Tier 4 Visa conditions).

Faculty of Business and Law: internationalisation.fbl@coventry.ac.uk

Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing: international.eec@coventry.ac.uk

Faculty of Arts and Humanities: international.fah@coventry.ac.uk

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences: international.hls@coventry.ac.uk

Coventry University London: registry.london@coventry.ac.uk

CU Coventry: Registry.CUC@coventry.ac.uk

CU London: Registry.CUL@coventry.ac.uk

CU Scarborough: Registry.CUS@Coventry.ac.uk

(*this does not apply to health and life sciences clinical practice or social work placements, see separate advice for these types of placements)

If a work placement provider or study abroad host institution is happy to accept students on placement by the final date of enrolment for the academic year, then students can continue to start their placements. Students must take account of any government[DK1] and FCO advice of any ongoing impact of the COVID-19 situation in place at this time.

If a placement provider or host institution withdraws a placement offer before the start of the next academic year or block for CU Group, students will be supported by placement teams to try and secure an alternative opportunity. This would need to be approved by the placement teams by the final week of enrolment. If a new placement cannot be secured, students will be required to either take a gap year in their studies or enrol to progress to the next stage of their course (this may have visa and cost implications).

If a placement provider or host institution withdraws a placement after the start of the academic year or block for CU Group, students will be supported by placement teams to try and secure an alternative opportunity. If this has not been possible and it is past the date for course change for that semester, then students may have to take that year as a gap year and return to the next stage of their course in the next academic year (Tier 4 students should discuss the implications of this with the with Tier 4 student support team).

There are many students who are due to start an internship opportunity to complete their dissertation/final stage project in May for the duration of the next semester. If an approved placement provider is prepared to accept students and the arrangement complies with all Government and FCO advice, which is issued at this time, then this can go ahead.

If an internship opportunity has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation and placement teams are unable to find and approve an alternative opportunity for students by the 11 May 2020, then students must decide to either temporarily withdraw from their course or enrol onto the dissertation module. The choice made may have visa and cost implications.

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health: Practice Placement Related FAQs

We understand how difficult the changing situation is for all of our students in regards to COVID-19. The university has sought the guidance of Public Health England, professional bodies and consulted with practice partners to ensure the safety and support of students and of service users and practice staff whilst you are in practice settings.

Please be aware that in light of COVID-19, placement position for each professional course within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health is regularly monitored in partnership with practice placement providers to determine if practice placements can continue, or if they may need to be paused. This may mean that placements for some professions and groups of students are paused whilst others continue as we respond to the evolving situation in practice. Where placements are paused, we will continue to work closely with partners to ensure student practice placements can resume as soon as is it is appropriate to do so.

Other universities will be working with their practice partners in the same way, which may mean they continue or pause placements at different times, according to the different course structures and differing positions of their practice placement providers.

Every effort will be made to keep disruptions to your course to a minimum. As it is an evolving situation, it is important you check your e-mails and Moodle regularly for updates. You also need to keep your contact details, including a contact number, preferably a mobile number, up to date (using SOLAR) in case the university has to contact you urgently regarding any placement changes.

Personal protective equipment covers a range of different items, and the level of protection required depends upon the care activity you are providing. The organisation you are placed at will guide you as to what you require and when. You can learn more about personal protective equipment by accessing the Skills for Health free e-learning resource.

If you think you will have a problem meeting your learning outcomes due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please raise and discuss this with your module leader before your assessment is due to be submitted who will be able to advise you on what to do.

If your placement needs to be paused then please liaise with your Course Director, who will be able to advise and support you with next steps. Although this situation is beyond our control, we are reviewing all options available to try and minimise the impact to your studies.

At present, due to the significant pressures the NHS is under responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, placement providers have advised the university that they are not able to support placement students who are at increased risk because of an underlying health condition or who are pregnant. The relevant conditions are outlined on the UK Government website.

The university takes its duty of care toward its students very seriously, due to the exceptional circumstances we are facing, we have had to informed students with an underlying health condition or who are pregnant that following discussion with placement providers, commencement of their practice placement cannot start on the date planned.

We will be maintaining close links with the Placement Providers over the coming weeks and will work with them to ensure paused placement can proceed as soon as it is safe to do so. Although this situation is beyond our control, we are reviewing all options available to mitigate the impact on youstudies.

Students who live with, or care for someone who is classed as vulnerable by Public Health England, should read the guidance and make an informed choice as to whether they wish to continue with their placement or not. Should you decide you do not wish to continue your placement, you need to contact your Course Director who can then advise and support you with next steps.

Coventry University is committed to supporting equality and diversity amongst students and consider your safety to be paramount. Due to the significant pressures the NHS is under responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, it may not be possible for students who require reasonable adjustments for a disability to commence their practice placement on the date planned. If you require reasonable adjustments in relation to your practice learning please therefore contact your Course Director/placement coordinator to discuss your individual circumstances.

Where students cannot go on placement, we will be maintaining close links with the Placement Providers over the coming weeks and will work with them to ensure their practice learning placement can proceed as soon as it is safe to do so with reasonable adjustments in place. Although this situation is beyond our control, we are reviewing all options available to mitigate the impact on students' studies.

It is your choice if you want to attend your practice placement, if you do not feel able to do this at this time, you can choose to interrupt your course. If you decide that you would like to take an interruption, you will be able to come back and complete the course providing it is within university rules and is at a time when we can accommodate this. This means that your programme length may be extended which may have an impact on your student finances and/or visa. Please speak with your Course Director for further advice.

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