They offer to pay international students up to Â£ 1750
The University of Edinburgh offers to pay the hotel quarantine fee for students returning to Edinburgh from Red List countries.
Students can apply for grants of up to Â£ 1,750 – the amount charged by the UK and Scottish governments for hotel quarantine – and this will be subject to a means test based on financial need.
The fund will accept applications between July 15 (next Thursday) and July 30. Students will be notified of the amount they are eligible for by August 13.
A student tweeted about the news: “Well done from another student in the redlisted country.”
Support programs like this are essential for UK universities to avoid an even more dramatic increase in inequalities among their students. As many have said in the past, we are in the same storm but we are not on the same boat. Well done from another student from the Red List country. https://t.co/r8e0loWTAg
– Caroline Rocha Santa MarÃa (@Carocha_sm) July 7, 2021
On its website, the university wrote: âThe University of Edinburgh does not want the costs of the managed hotel quarantine to be a barrier to your stay in Edinburgh for the academic year.
We are therefore delighted to announce that the University is setting up a financial support system open to new and future students who join us for the 2021-22 academic year. Our financial support will provide until the full costs of the managed hotel quarantine (currently Â£ 1,750) depending on your situation and needs. This support is focused on students domiciled in UKVI Red List countries. “
The Red List was introduced by the Scottish and UK governments to force travelers to self-quarantine for up to two weeks upon arrival in the UK.
The countries on the list are deemed to have the highest risk of transmitting Covid-19 or new variants. Currently, nearly 40 countries are on the Red List, including India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Students returning from Amber List countries must quarantine themselves at home and take PCR tests – these must be provided by private companies and can cost hundreds of pounds. On Instagram, some commentators asked if students could apply for financial aid from the university to help them pay as well.
We are happy to announce that we will be offering financial support to new and old students residing in countries where you have to pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel once you arrive in the UK. Learn more about eligibility: https://t.co/N43ECX2Ziq pic.twitter.com/cJMvCNF29a
– The University of Edinburgh (@EdinburghUni) July 7, 2021
The fund should hopefully make it easier for more students to return to Edinburgh in September for the start of the new academic year.
The University of Edinburgh has announced that it plans to return to âblended learningâ for the first semester of next year. However, they said they were hopeful that all seminars and tutorials were held in person – with only large events like lectures given virtually.
This means that they expect all students to be in Edinburgh for the semester.
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