COVID-19: advice for staff and students

Student Placements

Advice for current RGU students on placement, Study Abroad and Erasmus
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Current Placements

I am currently on placement or due to go on placement in the UK. Will COVID-19 affect my placement?

Guidance for all RGU Students, except those enrolled in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Students currently on placement in the UK within organisations that have been asked by the UK Government to close as part of the coronavirus measures, should now be working from home as per government guidance. In the event that the organisation is unable to support home working, the school will provide alternative study arrangements for you. The university will continue to regularly be in contact with you and the placement team can be reached via email at

Students currently on placement in the UK within organisations designated exempt from closing, by the UK government, may continue to attend their placement providing they feel safe and in a position to do so. If a student feels that they are at risk from attending their placement, they should contact their university placement officer and school as soon as possible.

For students currently on placement overseas, both placement officers and schools have been in regular contact to ensure that they are supported, and making the right decision with regards to remaining on placement or returning to the UK. 

At this moment in time students currently due to go on placement over the summer in the UK can continue as planned, but must be aware that as this may change at any time due to the rapidly evolving situation. Your school and placement officer will be in contact with any relevant updates.

I have a long term condition. What should I do?

If you have a chronic health condition – for example long term respiratory disease; long term cardiovascular disease; diabetes; currently taking or receiving immunosuppressive treatments or receiving chemotherapy, you should not attend placement. Complete the COVID-19 self-declaration form and submit as directed.

Contact for further advice around chronic health conditions.

If you have not achieved enough hours to be graded on placement, more detail to follow on this.

I am pregnant. What should I do?

You should not attend placement. Complete the COVID-19 self-declaration form and submit as directed.

Student Nurses and Midwives

Specific advice for students in the School of Nursing and Midwifery is available separately:

Study Abroad & Erasmus

I am due to go on study abroad or international exchange/placement. Can I continue as planned?

The university has taken the decision to postpone until further notice all students travelling outside of the UK for academic related purposes. Alternative arrangements will be made to ensure academic progression is not affected. Study abroad and Erasmus placements have been cancelled and alternative academic arrangements are being put in place for these students.

I am currently studying overseas on study abroad or Erasmus. What should I do?

Students on study abroad can continue their studies at their host institutions. You should keep updated with, and follow, any advice issued by the government of your host country and your host institution, as well as the Drum Cussac app.

The travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth office (FCO) remains under constant review. We understand that it can be a worrying situation for students studying abroad and should you wish to return to home, then that is a decision that you should make yourself.  If you do decide to come home, we will take steps to ensure that this does not affect your academic progress. If you decide to return home you should contact the university’s Study Abroad team via

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