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Dear Universities UK,

Are Universities UK the regulatory body for higher education universities?

If so, what instructions were given to Universities in March 2020 regarding students who were renting halls of residence from universities?

Was the advice given to universities that students should return home from their halls of residence due to the coronavirus pandemic?

If so, what date was this advice given?

If possible could you publish any advice given to universities on this matter?

Yours faithfully,

Mark White

Information Centre, Universities UK

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Dear Mark,

 

Universities UK are not subject to FOI requests, however, I have tried to
answer all your questions where possible.

 

Are Universities UK the regulatory body for higher education universities?

No - the Office for Students' regulates the higher education sector in
England. You can find more information about the regulatory framework for
higher education in England here:
[1]https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/adv...

 

What instructions were given to Universities in March 2020 regarding
students who were renting halls of residence from universities?

The Office for Students’ provided a briefing note on student accommodation
in April, which outlines the advice that was given from the beginning of
lockdown. You can find this here:
[2]https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/med...

 

“In the period before ‘lockdown’, which started on 23 March 2020, the
government advised students to return to their out-of-term homes if
possible (although only if they were able to do so without using public
transport).5 [Following lockdown] government advice is that any students
who have not gone home should now stay where they are and not attempt to
travel while the current restrictions are in force. This advice applies
whether they are living in student halls or private rented accommodation.”
This government guidance referred to is here:
[3]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

 

Was the advice given to universities that students should return home from
their halls of residence due to the coronavirus pandemic?

As above, the advice before ‘lockdown’ from government was that students
should return to their out-of-term homes if possible. Once lockdown
restrictions came into force Michelle Donelan, Universities Minister wrote
a letter advising universities and students that said students should
remain where they are. “The Government’s advice is that students remaining
at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to
travel. If they are living in student halls, or private rented
accommodation, they should remain there and stay indoors while current
restrictions are in force.” You can find the letter to universities here:
[4]https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/med...
and the letter to students here:
[5]https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/med...

 

If so, what date was this advice given?

The letters were published on the 26 March.

 

If possible could you publish any advice given to universities on this
matter?

I have provided links above with guidance that was provided to
universities from the Office for Students and government.

 

Universities UK published a document which outlined principles and
considerations for emerging from lockdown. It identifies key
considerations, resources and advice to support institutions in meeting
principles, including some on accommodation. This can be found here:
[6]https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-...
 

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

Many thanks,

Issy Cooke

Universities UK

 

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