While coronavirus continues to take hold across many countries, the UK is well beyond the peak of the infection and life is returning to normal – albeit a new normal – and the way we live is actually far more hygienic than ever before.
The health and wellbeing of students is now paramount across all learning establishments. So, if you are unsure about studying in the UK following the global pandemic, we are pleased to assure you that the UK has taken every possible measure to ensure students’ safety.
Take a look at some of the key measures the UK has in place to keep everyone safe and protected against coronavirus below.
Six Ways it is Safe to Study in the UK
Within this article you will find a list of countries that do not require a quarantine period upon arrival to the UK. It is important to check the list regularly. The UK Government closely monitors coronavirus cases internationally and can make changes to the list with short notice, proving its commitment to preventing a spike in cases coming in from abroad.
2. Track and trace
The UK’s track and trace system is now in full operation, meaning that if you come into contact with someone who has the virus, you will be contacted and asked to isolate. This BBC article explains how the UK’s track and trace system works.
To date, over 11 million coronavirus tests have now been carried out in the UK and the number of infections continues to fall. There are now 43 regional testing centres as well as home testing kits available, so you can quickly find out if you have the virus and arrange isolation or treatment if required.
4. Public transport, travel and shops
In the UK it is obligatory to wear a face mask on public transport and in shops. The social distancing guidance is also still applicable so we’re all reducing the spread of the virus when we shop or travel.
5. University campuses and accommodation
Each campus is different but you can be sure that every university is following COVID-secure guidelines, informed by scientific advice. Campuses will be cleaner than ever before – and this includes halls of residence where extra measures are taking place to ensure rooms, bathrooms and all surfaces are COVID-free.
6. Vaccine development
The UK is one of the countries that is closest to developing an effective coronavirus vaccine and the government has already ordered 100 million doses. This proves that the UK is serious about protecting lives and has the scientific knowledge to overcome this virus. If you study in the UK you are surrounded by healthcare experts who are working hard every day to make the UK a safer place.
Study in the UK
Your health is of the greatest importance to us, and every education establishment in the UK is doing their utmost to keep you safe. Not to mention other places you will visit during your time here: from supermarkets and shops to transport systems and healthcare institutions.
We hope you are assured that studying in the UK is safe and we look forward to seeing you on campus as soon as possible. Of course, the situation changes regularly across the world, so please do read the UK Government guidelines or check out our coronavirus FAQs.