Statement from IHE
The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences will have a profound impact across the UK’s entire tertiary education sector, but it is likely to hit SMEs and independent providers the hardest due to their size and reliance on student fees.
IHE is committed to doing everything we can to support both members and the wider sector through what will for many of you be an exceptionally difficult year. We are meeting regularly with colleagues from different government departments and working through several sector stakeholder groups to represent the interests of SMEs and independent providers in HE.
How can we help IHE?
If you are an independent tertiary education provider, please complete the COVID-19 IHE Provider Survey to report on the impact of COVID-19 on your institution, staff and students, and request the support that you need to see you through this crisis. We would grateful for your response by Thursday 9th April.
Where can we get information?
This Hub will be updated daily with the latest information, resources and links to support you through this crisis. It brings together the latest information, advice and guidance from Government, HE sector bodies and our partners.
We are holding a Weekly Webinar with updates for independent providers every Monday afternoon, which is open to both IHE members and non-members. Please register here.
We are also holding drop-in sessions for IHE members only with more detailed thematic updates on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. If you work for an IHE member institution, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for joining instructions.
The IHE Policy Update presentations for both the weekly webinar and member drop-in sessions are recorded and will be made available to all via the links below:
IHE Policy Updates
- IHE Policy Update 23.03.2020
- IHE Policy Update 25.03.2020
- IHE Policy Update 27.03.2020
- IHE Policy Update 30.03.2020
Please note: Updates from IHE are designed to keep our members and other independent providers up to date with key information and guidance relating to COVID-19. They are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or medical advice, for which providers should always refer to relevant legal professionals and the latest guidance from public health authorities.
Essential advice for UK residents
- UK Government – Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
The latest guidance advises on staying at home which everybody should be following to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Stay at home and only go out when it is essential to do so, for example for work, or to buy food.
- UK Government – Travel advice
UK residents in the UK are advised against all but essential travel. Those currently not in the UK are advised to travel back to the UK while they are able to do so.
The WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and provides regular updates on the global situation.
Advice for UK higher education providers
The Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, has written to all higher education providers:
The Department for Education has set up a special helpline for higher education staff, students and parents:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.email@example.com