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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Page last updated: 29/07/2020

Student support

Information about support available for our applicants and students, including learning support, finance support, wellbeing support and support for disabled students.

Plus Icon What financial support will be available?

At Leeds Beckett University we recognise that Covid-19 may mean that more independent learning will take place away from traditional university campus facilities in 2020/21 and that your personal finances may be adversely affected. We have therefore introduced the Covid-19 Financial Support Package, which includes the following:

  • Digital Access Scheme

To ensure you are able to access the enhanced digital learning experience at Leeds Beckett, we are establishing a dedicated fund to provide financial support towards a Windows or Apple laptop.

Applications to the fund will be means tested and you must evidence household income and that you have no alternative means of securing a laptop. Awards will be given in the form of a £500 voucher to contribute to the overall cost of your laptop. This will be redeemed through an approved university supplier and you will be able to benefit from appropriate educational discounts on your devices.   

Applications can be submitted online and the fund will open before the start of the academic year to ensure that support is in place as early as possible. The scheme will be available to Home and EU Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying a full-time or part-time course (excluding Distance Learning students). Part-time applicants must be studying at an intensity of 50% or above of the full-time course.

You are advised to refer to both the overall required university specifications below and consult with your course team regarding any specific requirements before redeeming the voucher.

 

Minimum Specification

Recommended Specification

Processor

Dual-core 2 Ghz

Dual-core 3.4 Ghz

RAM

4 GB

8 GB

Storage

128 GB

256 GB

More details of the scheme will be released throughout the summer, we are determined to ensure that access to all the benefits of a university education won’t be adversely affected by Covid-19.

  • Living Expenses Support Scheme

If you fall into financial hardship or anticipate financial hardship related to the current Covid-19 pandemic and other funds are not available to meet essential living costs, a non-repayable grant is available. If you cannot meet day-to-day living costs such as rent, food, bills etc, because you have lost income or cannot get part time work, or have previously relied on family support which has now reduced, you can apply for a mean tested grant of between £100 and £3,000. The award will be dependent upon circumstances and family income, and current home and EU students or applicants can apply. Please note that awards cannot be guaranteed as funds are limited and we are unable to provide any support towards payment of tuition fees.

Plus Icon What learning support will be available?

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources. Library support will be provided 24/7 online.

We have also created a range of materials, information and videos to help you prepare for starting university.

Plus Icon Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and printers and borrow books.

The Library and Student IT Advice Service is available by online chat, email or phone, and provides support on using the University’s online and digital services, finding information, borrowing, Office 365, MyBeckett, online meetings, saving your work, passwords, etc. They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

  • online (including 24/7 chat): 
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies. 

Plus Icon Support from your school

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to university specialist support services as appropriate. They can also arrange for a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript on your behalf. You may also like to contact your Course Representative or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course related questions.

Plus Icon What wellbeing support can I access?

We believe the wellbeing of our students is very important. We will be offering the same high-quality support services in the next academic year as usual. These will mainly be delivered online and cover money advice, mental health support and disability services.

Our Students’ Union will also be providing their usual support and activities, some of which will be delivered online, covering welfare, education, housing and social matters.

If you have any questions about life at our University in general, you may contact the Student Advice Hub to speak to one of our Student Services Advisers. This team, consisting of recent graduates, are able to support you throughout your time here. They will make sure you have access to and are aware of the support, specialist services, and opportunities our University provides. Our Student Advice Hub will be operating via live chat, video, telephone and email services. Telephone lines - 0113 812 3000 will open as usual 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri. You can book an appointment via telephone or online video chat with an adviser via the link on our Student Advice Hub webpage. This is where contact details for all specialist support services can also be found. You can also email the team at studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Plus Icon What support will be available for disabled students?

If you have declared a disability on your UCAS application, our Disability Advice team will already have been in touch you about getting support in place for the start of your studies. Do check your text messages and emails for information from them. Click on the link in the email they sent you, to the online registration form on the Disability Advice website. Once you have completed the simple online form, you will be guided step-by-step by the process to accessing the full range of support available from the University and through Government funding called Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). This can range from things like exam adjustments, such as extra time; specialist software; and one-to-one mentoring and study skills tuition.

If you have a long term health condition, such as diabetes, epilepsy, or a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression; a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia; or a physical disability, such a hearing or visual impairment and have not declared it on your application form please contact the Disability Advice team as soon as possible to start the process of getting support in place.

Plus Icon I won’t be able to attend in person because I am shielding/someone in my household is shielding. Can I do the course completely online?

Yes, in most cases this will be possible. We have put plans in place to allow students who are unable (or do not wish) to come onto campus to ensure all of the content and support can be provided online. There are some exceptions to this:

Undergraduate courses

  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking
  • BA (Hons) Dance
  • BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance
  • BA (Hons) Performing Arts
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (all pathways)
  • BSc (Hons) Dietetics
  • Bsc (Hons) Nutrition
  • Bsc (Hons) Safety, Health and Environmental Management
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
  • Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc Sports and Exercise Therapy

Postgraduate courses

  • MA Choreography
  • MA Performance
  • MSc Biomedical Science
  • MSc Medical Biochemistry
  • MSc Biomedical Science Research
  • MSc Dietetics
  • MSc Nutrition in Practice
  • MSc Health and Safety
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Safety
  • MSc Environmental Health
  • IOA Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control
  • MSc Physiotherapy
  • MSc Occupational Therapy
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Therapy
  • MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine
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