Prospective Student FAQs (COVID-19)

Prospective Student FAQs (COVID-19)

Information for prospective students who are looking to apply or have applied to study at Edinburgh Napier University and / or to attend on-campus events. Please check this page regularly as it will be updated on a regular basis as the situation develops.

1. What is the coronavirus (COVID-19)? 

A coronavirus is a type of virus that causes infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world and cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.  In early 2020, following a December 2019 outbreak in China, the World Health Organisation (WHO) identified a new strain, 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The WHO has declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern.

Guidance from the National Health Service on COVID-19 is available here

2. What is Edinburgh Napier doing to manage the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Edinburgh Napier takes the health and safety of its staff and students very seriously and we will continue to closely assess the health risk to our University community. We are in regular contact with Health Protection Scotland and will continue to follow and act in accordance with their advice. Information is being collated and regularly updated on our dedicated information page

3. Are Edinburgh Napier University on-campus events running?

We have at the present time postponed all on-campus events including Offer Holder Visit Days and interviews/auditions. Offer Holder Visit Days and Campus Visits scheduled for March and April will be moved to virtual events with no requirement to attend in person. If you have registered for these events we will be in touch with you directly with information on how to join the virtual event in due course. Applicants where an interview/audition forms part of the selection process will be contacted with guidance on alternative means of selection.

4. I have been told I need to sit an interview/audition for the course that I have applied for. What should I do? 

We have at the present time postponed all on-campus events including interviews/auditions. Applicants where an interview/audition forms part of the selection process will be contacted with guidance on alternative means of selection.

5. My school, college or university is closed and my exams have been cancelled – how will this affect my application/offer?

We are aware that as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak applicants will be anxious about the impact that any closure to their current institution may have on their application. Schools and colleges in the UK have received advice from exam bodies on mitigating actions to take in the event of disruption to individuals or a cohort of students. 

The Scottish and UK Governments have stated that students at school and college will still be awarded their qualifications, however the grade achieved will be determined by an alternative assessment of a student's ability. In Scotland, this process is being managed by the SQA and updates on how they intend on awarding grades can be found here. For A-Level candidates, OFQUAL are publishing guidance on behalf of awarding bodies – the latest guidance can be found here. The exam bodies will provide the University with applicants' achieved grades in the same way as they would have under normal circumstances and these grades will be used by the University in determining whether you have met the conditions of your offer.

If you are not satisfied with the award you are given by your exam body there will be a mechanism for you to have this reconsidered, and the University will retain your offer of a place until that process is complete. 

The University is also working with local colleges to ensure students studying HNC/D or other college-based qualifications are not disadvantaged by the current circumstances. 

For applicants currently at University we would encourage you to follow your institution's advice regarding accessing assessments or the support they have in place for students unable to complete their assessments due to their personal circumstances.

6. What if I cannot get the references or transcripts required for my application? 

We are aware that a number of areas and countries are facing widespread school and university closures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and that receiving documents such as transcripts or references to support your application may be challenging at this time. 

If this is a problem for you, please contact the relevant admissions team at the address below who will be able to review your deadlines.

7. What if I cannot get my visa because my visa centre is closed? 

We are aware that visa centres have been closed for several weeks now and may remain closed for some time in some countries. 

We hope that visa centres will reopen in time for students coming to join us in September 2020, but will keep the situation under review.

8. What if my English language test centre is closed?

We know that test providers are intending to offer additional test appointments once they reopen to deal with the backlog.

We will continue to monitor the provision of English language tests over the coming weeks, and will assess the impact this is having on our offer holders, to identify if there are any actions we can take to alleviate problems with access to tests.

Further information will be made available on this page as soon as it is available.

9. What about pre-sessional English for academic purposes courses? 

We are aware that delays to processing visas and/or obtaining English Language qualifications may have an impact on applications for the English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses. We are continuing to monitor the situation and to consider actions that we might take to mitigate these impacts, including the possibility of offering the pre-sessional in an alternative format.

If you have any concerns about pre-sessional English courses, you can get in touch with our EAP team:

10. I am looking to study at Edinburgh Napier as part of an exchange or study abroad scheme. What should I do? 

We would encourage all potential visiting students to apply as they would normally at this time. We are monitoring the situation regularly and will update this advice if required. 

11. I want to apply for accommodation, what should I do? 

Student Accommodation will not be accepting applications for the September 2020 intake until 4 May 2020 which follows the timelines used in previous years. If you wish to apply for student accommodation for a start date in the next week for a tenancy ending in June/September 2020 please contact the student accommodation office on 0131 455 3713.

Please note that you must hold an unconditional offer of study in order to apply for accommodation. 

For more information on the University’s accommodation guarantee and properties, please visit the student accommodation webpage here