If you have children attending university this year, although more ‘normal’ than last year, things are still going to look slightly different. Endsleigh, part of the A-Plan Group, has supported students for over 56 years, and have been able to find out more about what the 2021 academic year will look like for students.
Due to UK Covid restrictions lifting, there are no longer limitations for teaching and learning within the higher education sector. For this reason, there is no need to enforce social distancing (or other measures) when re-instating in-person teaching.
Universities are therefore able to make their own plans to get students back on campus in the way that they deem the safest.
What happens upon arrival?
Where welcome weekends and large-scale arrival events were either cancelled or replaced with socially-distanced, contactless experiences last year, this year, most universities are looking to re-commence their welcome events. For example, Oxford Brookes is planning to restart campus tours, workshops and even welcome breakfasts and quizzes.
Accommodation providers will be following government advice and planning a more relaxed key collection process than last year. However, it’s expected that many providers will continue working with Covid measures to ensure student safety. This includes things like staggering arrival check-ins, implementing one-way systems, promoting the use of face coverings etc.
What will teaching look like?
According to SIUK, universities in the UK are working towards a full face-to-face return following the lifting of restrictions – including full access to campuses and facilities. Although this may vary by university, and may also vary depending on student vaccination status (for example, Hartpury College has recently announced that it won’t allow unvaccinated students to live on site).
Despite restrictions being lifted, universities will likely continue Covid safety measures in order to maintain a safe campus for students. It will be down to each university to assess how they best approach this. The health and wellbeing of students continues to be the number one priority for all universities.
Where can my child find out more about student life?
For more support, Endsleigh are committed to providing as much help as possible to both students and their parents as they transition to university and navigate new challenges in uncertain times.
They have a number of blog posts focusing on university life which you can find here. Plus, their social media channels are dedicated to sharing student tips and tricks to help them through their time in higher education.
Follow Endsleigh on Instagram here.
Will your child be insured at university?
If you compared yours and your child’s university shopping lists, insurance would probably be at very different ends of each list in terms of priority. After all, you might be the one that’ll be splashing out for a new smartphone should they lose or damage theirs.
But before you sit them down to compare insurance policies to buy, did you know that if your child is staying in university accommodation, they may already have insurance included in their stay, provided by Endsleigh?
Endsleigh holds partnerships with over 300 university accommodation providers, over 120 colleges and universities, insuring over half a million students. And for extra peace of mind, they’re also known for being the No.1 student insurance provider, having worked with students for over 56 years. So, it’s safe to say that they know a thing or two about student life.
How do I find out if my child is insured at university?
You can quickly and easily find out if your child has insurance with their accommodation provider by getting them to click below, download the My Endsleigh app and confirm their cover.
As well as confirming cover and managing gadget and possessions insurance, the My Endsleigh app provides students with personalised offers, unlimited cashback when they shop with top brands and even wellbeing support!
Plus, by confirming their cover, they could be in with a chance of winning £50 a week for a whole year!**
What if my child isn’t insured?
If your child isn’t insured through their accommodation provider, this isn’t a problem. They can get an exclusive 15% off gadget insurance with Protect Your Bubble via the My Endsleigh app!
For more information visit endsleigh.co.uk.
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