The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester is to refund students who are unable to access on-campus accommodation due to the current national lockdown.
In line with national government guidance, all courses offered at the RAU are being conducted online until at least the middle of February. Although agriculture and related land-based courses at the University are vocational and include significant practical elements, they currently do not meet the government’s exemption criteria for practical programmes that can include face-to-face teaching elements.
The University has confirmed that a refund will be provided to students who are not in their on-campus university accommodation for the period Sunday January 3rd to Saturday February 20th.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanna Price wrote to students to inform them of the decision on Friday January 8th, just four days after the national lockdown was announced.
Professor Price wrote: “In light of the current national lockdown and current government guidance that University students should not return to campus until the middle of February, we have considered our position regarding accommodation fees, recognising the importance of providing you with clarity around this issue as soon as possible.
“I am pleased to inform you that the University has agreed that a refund will be provided to students who are not in their on-campus University accommodation for the period Sunday January 3rd to Saturday February 20.”