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?
We have asked all tertiary education providers to complete our Covid-19 survey which looked at the impact of COVID-19 on their institution, staff and students. We thank all those that submitted and have used it to request the support that you need to see you through this crisis. If you would like to talk to us about your situation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IHE Proposals to Government in response to Covid-19
We have written to Universities Minister Michelle Donelan highlighting the significant risk to the independent higher education sector. Our proposals are contained in Preserving Student Choice and a Diverse Higher Education System through 2020-2021. In this document we urge the Government to preserve student choice through a series of mitigations and support for the whole sector, including these SME providers.
Where can we get information?
This Hub will be updated regularly 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.
Every Monday afternoon we will present a Covid-19 Weekly Update for independent providers followed by a Q&A session. This one hour webinar is available to all IHE members and non-members. Please register here.
On Wednesday afternoons, we hold drop-in sessions for IHE members only with a mid-week update and a more detailed thematic presentation and discussion. If you work for an IHE member institution, please contact email@example.com for joining instructions.
On Fridays we will provide a round-up of the week by email. If you would like to be added to this mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 to stay alert. Meaning the government advice is that you must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
- 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 Government has announced a support package for universities and students. We are working with the DfE, OfS, and other government departments to secure further clarity on the application of a number of the measures. We expect a series of FAQs to be issued over the coming weeks. If you have any concerns regarding the support package please contact Joy.
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