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2020/21 Academic Year

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Starting the 2020/21 Academic Year

Last Update: Thursday 10 September 2020

We’re safely reopening our campus and preparing for the start of the 2020/21 academic year, and we can't wait have you with us. You’ll find relevant and updated information about campus and the start of term here, and we’ll direct you to the people and places you need to start your new term at AUB.

Everyone’s safety is our main priority, and it's been at the heart of all of our planning, especially with the work that’s gone into continuing our world class studio-based teaching and learning. Our thorough COVID-19 Risk Assessment is available on this page, which we’re continually reviewing. To ensure as safe and smooth a start as possible, we’re implementing a carefully controlled and phased start. Please see our Term Dates page, for further information on our Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Term Dates

For all students, including those starting their studies for the 2020/21 Academic Year, we recently published our Commitment to Students.

As a leading arts university, we’re fully committed to:

  • a safe on-campus experience
  • digital support to all students who study remotely
  • relevant software free to all students
  • contingency plans to mitigate any emergencies or further disruption to learning
  • comprehensive access to welfare support

Students will also be made aware of AUB's Student Code of Conduct which sets out our expectations for both new and current students at the university. We would like to remind all students that failure to follow the appropriate COVID-19 Government guidance, both on and off of campus, could result in students being investigated under the Student Disciplinary Policy. Guidance is in place to keep all members of our community safe, and must be followed at all times.

Mass gatherings are currently a criminal offence, and any students involved could be subject to criminal charges and/or police investigation. AUB is also able to investigate further any matter that is subject to police investigation and issue penalties as a result, including suspension of and complete exclusion from studies at AUB.

If you are unsure, or would like to raise a concern or enquiry regarding COVID-19 guidelines with AUB, please email and a member of our team will come back to you.

Back on Campus

Frequently Asked Questions - Newly Arriving and Current Students

Our Campus and Courses

Please see our Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Term Dates for full details, as well as our Term Dates page online. Most levels will be starting the new academic year across September and early October. However, we’ve already started a controlled and phased return to campus for some student groups, beginning with our postgraduate students in July and our No Disadvantage Plan students in August and September. Key dates are highlighted below:

  • 16 July 2020 – Negotiated access for our current MA students commences.
  • 1-25 September 2020 – Campus reopens for our recently graduated final year BA students, by negotiation, in relation to the No Disadvantage Plan principles.
  • 14 September 2020 – Foundation Course students begin on campus.
  • 28 September 2020 – Undergraduate Year 2 and 3 students return to campus.
  • 12 October 2020 – First Year Undergraduate and MArch students begin on campus.
  • 15 October 2020 – Postgraduate (taught) students begin on campus.

We’ve continually been following UK Government guidance to make our campus as safe as possible. As well as conducting a comprehensive risk assessment, we have plans in place to respond to COVID-19 incidents and local outbreaks.

When arriving, you’ll be made aware of our 2m physical distancing across campus. For activities and spaces which won’t allow for this, additional measures will be in place to support reduced distancing safely, such as the use of protective screens and ‘keep left' and one-way routes in designated areas.

You’ll spot our clear signage across all campus areas, and you’ll also find hygiene stations throughout. We’ve reviewed our campus cleaning regime too in order to ensure that areas are cleaned to the required standards.

The university's COVID-19 response is led by AUB Chief Operating Officer Nick Welch, with input from all departments across the university, including our Campus Services, Finance, Admissions, Marketing, International and Registry teams.

AUB's approach is fully compliant and developed in line with Government guidance, and we maintain consistent and regular communications with other local organisations including neighbouring universities, Public Health Dorset and the National Institute for Health Protection. We continue to work with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) to develop our operational plans as well as how we can protect the community in which we are based.

Students will be kept informed and updated via our regular Student Information Update correspondence, as well as through Course Leaders, Technicians and administrative staff and updates through the university's online learning environment and intranet.

Further queries can be put to any of our departmental teams using the channels at the bottom of this page.

COVID-19 symptoms are described as:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you, or a member of your household has any of these symptoms, you should take an NHS COVID-19 test as soon as possible, and both you and members of your household must isolate until you receive a result. These tests are free, and you should receive a result within 48-72 hours. You must not attend public places or the university while awaiting a result.

If you test positive, don't worry, the university will support you via our Student Services team, available by email at or phone on 01202 363780. This result means that you and all members of your household or support bubble must self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You should order food and supplies online, should not have visitors, and should not leave your accommodation.

If you test negative, you should continue to observe social distancing guidance and wear a face covering in all applicable environments.

If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you should:

  • self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person – as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
  • take an NHS COVID-19 test
  • if you test negative, keep self-isolating for the rest of the 14 days from when you were last in contact with the person who has coronavirus – as you could get symptoms after being tested
  • anyone you live with can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms
  • anyone in your support bubble can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms
  • if you test positive, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started – even if it means you're self-isolating for longer than 14 days
  • anyone you live with must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started
  • anyone in your support bubble must self-isolate for 14 days from when your symptoms started

More information is available at

Yes, you should wear a face covering, as these will be mandatory in all campus buildings.

Of course, we also appreciate that some people may not be able to wear face coverings, and those affected should be able to move about the campus freely too.

We would ask all those on campus to be respectful of others, while continuing to practice safe physical distancing of 2m. You can also access the UK Government’s guidance on face coverings which includes examples of the types of circumstances where people may not be able to wear one.

Further detail is available in our Campus Safety Points above under Face Coverings.

As an arts university with a range of specialist facilities and workshops, we recognise that on-campus teaching is an integral part of our innovative approach towards teaching and learning.

We are prioritising on-campus teaching and have put a range of measures in place to ensure that these activities can safely take place at AUB, but some lectures, talks and seminars will take place across our virtual campus in online teaching and learning environments.

Your course team will outline how these sessions will be approached and will be able to answer any specific course or teaching related queries you may have.

While our campus is open and operating as usual, you’ll be expected to attend all periods of teaching, learning and assessment that are programmed for on campus and via blended learning methods where required.

If we have to change the way in which our programmes of study are delivered in the future, due to a second lockdown for example, we will notify you as soon as possible and explain how specific courses will be run. We are fully prepared to implement appropriate contingency plans if necessary, which include measures for all students to continue to study remotely and to be provided with additional time to access our facilities when safe to do so.

Course teams will communicate with all students directly with regards to programmes of study.

We accept that some students may not be able to join us at the start of the year, either for medical reasons related to COVID-19, or due to travel restrictions to the UK. If you think attending AUB from the official start of your course won’t be possible, please contact your Course Leader or the Admissions Office (especially for new arrivals) to discuss the detail of how this would work for you. The option of accessing the course remotely is offered on the basis of need, rather than preference.

Students learning remotely will be supported effectively, but we cannot guarantee that the timing of sessions will be ideal for them. We will wherever possible arrange seminars and tutorials at convenient times, and we will record sessions for asynchronous viewing. There may be some aspects of some courses which genuinely cannot be delivered remotely because they require equipment which is unlikely to be available to a student who is not able to come to campus. Courses will be looking at how essential skills can be acquired without access to specific AUB resources in the first term. Where a technical skill is part of the required learning outcomes of the course, the course team will be considering how this can be demonstrated.

Admissions Office
01202 363228 / 01202 363225

Currently, all facilities will be open as usual, except for our campus shop, which remains closed until further notice. Access to facilities has been altered so that we can maintain physical distancing, with increased cleaning rotations taking place throughout campus spaces.

Dining facilities are open with limited ‘dine in’ capacity, and all staff and students wishing to do so will be required to participate in the NHS’s Track and Trace programme and wear face coverings while queuing for food and beverages.

We have a variety of events planned and scheduled for throughout the Autumn term, to be run physically on our campus as well as online on our virtual campus. All will be fully compliant with UK Government safety guidance and advertised widely, on our website, on social media and around our campus too.

The University is continuing to work with AUBSU to ensure our students have the best experience possible. To see what’s going on at AUB and to find out more on these events, you can head to the AUBSU website. The calendar will be continually updated, and you can also find the full events list and information for Freshers’ Week on the AUBSU website too.

On campus, student-facing areas like our main reception and finance department will be operating as usual, but there will be measures and operating procedures in place in order to keep all students, staff and visitors safe.

We’re asking everyone to be mindful that their presence on campus can have a significant impact in public areas, which can cause crowding or excess capacity where it’s busy. If you don’t need to be on campus, consider how your presence could affect the safety of others.

You can find more information about our planned events at the links below. All information will be routinely updated throughout the year:

AUBSU – Homepage

AUBSU Calendar – What's On (includes all AUB events, in tandem with AUB Student Services)

AUBSU Freshers Week – Homepage

AUBSU Freshers Week – Events List
01202 363345

Our course-specific Welcome Guides are now available to access online. The Preparing For Your Coursesection of each guide includes information on Summer Projects, recommended reading lists as well as information about what equipment you might need for your course. You’ll also find a detailed Nest Steps section too, which outlines additional information on everything you need to know and do leading up to your arrival at AUB and the start of term.

If you need to get in touch with us at AUB for any reason, all relevant contact details can be found in the Welcome Guides. Our key University Points of Contact are also listed at the bottom of this page.

If you have a question that we haven't answered or just need someone to talk to, please see the relevant Points of Contact at the bottom of the page.

Our brilliant Student Services team remains available to all AUB students.

Enrolment, Fees and Finance

Our tuition fees will remain as advertised for this year.

Due to the pandemic, we’ve had to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all our students; your health and wellbeing is our top priority. This has meant that we’ve looked critically at the curriculum and identified those parts which can be delivered successfully online, such as lectures and seminars.

Of course, there are significant parts of our curriculum that can’t be delivered online, and we’ve privileged studio-based teaching and learning which we know to be an essential part of our courses. By implementing a blended learning approach in some areas, we’ve been able to establish additional safe spaces for practical workshops, teaching sessions and assessments, as well as specified studio time, in a physically distanced manner on our campus.

A significant amount of planning has been going into our preparations for the 2020/21 academic year, and we’re committed to ensuring that the full course learning outcomes are met, including all vital skills attributed to and required for each course. We also have a substantial range of e-resources available (for instance through the Library), as well as full access to relevant digital software platforms, and are continuing to provide all student support services.

We recognise that the University has been affected by the current COVID-19 situation, as with many other education institutions and areas of society. However, we’re committed to delivering the curriculum which was promised and to providing all students with the best possible student experience while studying at AUB.

For any queries or concerns regarding tuition fees, please contact our Finance team:

Enrolment for new students starts in September and you’ll be contacted by email with information on what this process involves and what to do. There’s more information on enrolment in your course specific Welcome Guides too. The Next Steps section within each guide explains when enrolment opens for your course and what emails you should expect to receive from us.

For any questions regarding online enrolment, including documentation needed and student finance and loans, you can contact the Student Records team:
01202 363381 / 01202 363717


If you’re entering the first year of your course at AUB, you can book a room in AUB Halls of Residence once you have firmly accepted your place. You’ll be sent a link to the accommodation site and/or can access this via your MyApplication Portal.

AUB offers a variety of halls of residence, with a range of tenancy lengths and room types at different rates, across each of the halls of residence, reflecting the differing needs and wishes of AUB students.

There is still availability in AUB Halls of Residence, and the accommodation booking site is regularly updated to show the different rooms available for students. Whilst we do not guarantee accommodation, we are confident that we can provide all first-year students with a room.

So, keep an eye out for new rooms coming available in the next few weeks!

AUB tenancy dates have been amended to reflect and align with the new term dates which have been implemented due to the current pandemic. Full details of AUB Accommodation T&Cs can be found here.

You’re able to move into halls from the first date of your tenancy, but you can arrive later if you wish or need to do so. The rent remains applicable throughout the whole of the contracted period.

Details on how to arrange your arrival can be found in your online Halls Induction, accessible via your accommodation booking account. Please make sure to read all the sections carefully and then contact your Halls Team to make the appropriate arrangements.

Arrival must be booked in advance and all arrivals will be ‘contactless’. You’ll sign for your keys through your halls’ inventories, which will be completed online via your Halls Apps/ portals. You’ll also need to show some ID in order to be issued with your room keys - please note that you are allowed no more than one guest to accompany you upon arrival.

Each halls of residence has its own set of rules and guidelines to help ensure you stay safe through the arrivals process. Your Halls Team will be there to welcome you and talk you through requirements. Pease don’t be shy to ask if you don’t understand or have any additional queries – they are there to help!

If you don’t wish to be in AUB Halls of Residence and are looking to share a house with other students, then we recommend you visit AUB’s accommodation website AUBStudentpad.

If you have any queries about practical accommodation issues such as guidance on what to look for in private rented accommodation, council tax enquiries or tenancy agreements, AUBSU have great resources for living in the local area, and have created a free Housing Guide.

For more information about private accommodation please visit the AUB Website here.

Starting at university can be a bit daunting and it’s difficult to know what you should bring with you.

Here are a few tips on useful items:

  • PPE - You are expected to bring appropriate PPE with you – such as masks, anti-bac hand-gel etc. This will enable you to use the common areas of AUB Halls as well as the AUB Campus safely and with confidence.
  • Basic cleaning equipment – Whether you are in halls or living in a shared house, you are responsible for keeping your room in a clean and tidy condition so you may wish to bring basic cleaning equipment such as bathroom and kitchen cleaners, cloths, washing up liquid etc
  • Kitchen items – Crockery such as plates, bowls and mugs. Cutlery and cooking utensils, along with a saucepan and frying pan are a good idea too.
  • Bedding and Linen – You’ll need to bring your favourite pillow, duvet and bedding, as well as towels and other essentials.

If you are living in halls of residence, please check out your online induction to make sure you are not bringing anything with you which is prohibited. If in doubt, speak to your Halls Team or contact AUB Student Advice to check.

You may wish to order a student essentials pack in advance of your arrival, to ensure that you are able to settle in immediately.

UniKitOut offer a range of essential items which can be delivered to your new residence whether that is a Halls of Residence or a shared house/flat. All you need to do is click here, choose what you want, select your residence and then click and pay! Use the code AUB10 to receive a 10% discount off your order.

We strongly advise you to take out insurance for your personal belongings. A number of companies offer student policies; details are available from Student Services or your Halls team. AUB cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage incurred to your belongings.

Whether you are living in AUB Halls of Residence or in a private rented accommodation, if you need to self-isolate, AUB has provisions in place to support you.

If you are arriving from a country which is not exempt from self-isolation, you should notify halls and AUB Student Advice prior to arrival. If you forget to give prior notice, you should immediately advise your Halls Team upon arrival at the halls or email AUB Student Advice once you have arrived at your new home.

If you are living in halls, your Halls Team will support you with your initial arrangements. If you are living in private rented accommodation, AUB Student Advice will contact you to do the same and to ensure that you have access to everything you need whilst in isolation. This will include facilitating access to essentials such as food and individual cooking facilities, as well as access to AUB Wellbeing and/or other appropriate support services.

Once you are here and settled in Bournemouth and at AUB, if you start to show symptoms or are living with someone who is showing symptoms of Coronavirus OR if you are contacted by NHS Track and Trace you should follow these steps:

Your Halls Team and/or Student Advice will contact you to support you with all essential arrangements while you are in self-isolation.

International students

If you believe the status of your visa application, and therefore your travel arrangements,

will be disrupted by COVID-19 at all, please contact our International Office who will be able to assist you. For more information about visa requirements, please read the information within our Pre-Arrival Guide (see below).

International Office Email:

No. You only need a Tier 4 student visa for your arrival in the UK. You can therefore apply for a Tier 4 student visa before you plan to travel to the UK. Please contact our International Office to make arrangements around your visa and arrival were necessary.

You can find details on the official Home Office Guidance Document and further information on the British Council and UKCISA websites.

International Office
+44 (0) 01202 363233

Student Experience Officer
+44 (0) 1202 363713

In accordance with current UK government guidelines on entering the UK, you may need undergo a period of quarantine for the first 14 days you're in the UK. If this is the case, you should do this where you are residing – in your university halls of residence or private accommodation.

For students who will be required to quarantine on arrival in the UK, and for those who must self-isolate at any point throughout the year, there will be limited supplies of essential items in our university halls accommodation. Students living in private accommodation within the local community will be able to receive the same supply of essential living items if required via our Student Services.

All students in halls who are in quarantine or self-isolating will have the option to order groceries online for delivery. Those who may not have an appropriate bank account set up in order to do this, there will be the option to purchase ASDA supermarket gift cards. These cards are prepaid by AUB and can be used for online shopping at ASDA, one of the UK’s biggest supermarket retailers. The cost will be deducted from your halls deposit.

If you have any questions please contact our Student Advice team on

Our International Student Support Officer is also on hand to assist. They can be contacted on

Even with later course start dates this year, we appreciate a few of you might be further delayed, and we want to reassure you this will not be a problem. You can arrive on campus within four weeks of the start of your course, which gives International Students until the following dates:

  • Undergraduate – 5 November 2020
  • Postgraduate – 15 November 2020
  • Foundation – 8 October 2020

Further to this, if you’re still unable to make the necessary arrangements to start your course on time, we are able to offer you the option to begin your course online, before you travel to AUB, until January 2021.

Students learning remotely will be supported effectively through the use of our successful blended learning approaches and virtual campus. However, we cannot guarantee that the timing of sessions will be ideal for all. We will wherever possible arrange seminars and tutorials at convenient times, and we will record sessions for asynchronous viewing. There may be some aspects of some courses which genuinely cannot be delivered remotely because they require equipment which is unlikely to be available to a student who is not able to come to campus. Where a technical skill is part of the required learning outcomes of the course, the course team will be considering how this can be demonstrated.

If you are a Foundation Diploma student, you have the option of transferring your application to the January 2021 start date of the International Foundation Diploma. You will be able to still start your Undergraduate course at the same time in September 2021, but will have a more intensive and

slightly shorter Foundation course. If you are a Postgraduate student, you have the option of transferring your application to the February 2021 start date.

If you think you may be arriving later than our course start date, please contact our Admissions

Office to let them know and they will be able to advise and assist you.

Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1202 363228 / +44 (0) 1202 363225

Further information can be found in our Overseas Pre-Arrival Guides for the start of the 2020/21 Academic Year. These will be distributed to all International Students arriving at AUB this year. A copy can also be found below.

We have an experienced International team who are on hand to advise and support you during your time at AUB. If you have any questions or need more information, please do contact one of our Student Experience Officers, available through the contact details below, who will be happy to help you.

International Office
+44 (0) 01202 363233

Student Experience Officer
+44 (0) 1202 363713

Points of Contact

COVID Contact

COVID-19 email inbox, managed by our Student Services team, is for students to share COVID related concerns or enquiries

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Schools and Course Teams

For study-related updates, information and advice, contact your Course Teams via myAUB or email your Course Leader directly.

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Student Services

Any questions about accommodation, funding, access to student support services or life at AUB

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Student Records

Help with online enrolment, including documentation needed, student finance and loans and assessment, retakes and resits

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Admissions Office

Guidance on application processes, entry requirements, clearing, fee assessment and status, welcome guides and arrivals and more

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Finance Team

Questions regarding payments or refunds, get in touch with our Finance team.

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International Office

Any queries about visas, English language support and Arrivals / Orientation for International students

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Service Desk

For any queries, concerns or issues setting up AUB student accounts, such as logins and emails and including the myAUB app

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Information about Freshers’ Week, events and activities

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Key information on travel to the AUB campus and within the local area