The following measures will be offered to all students in University accommodation:
- One month rent refund
- £50 for food and supplies
- Additional proactive drop-ins by support staff
The University will also increase numbers of food parcels being delivered to those who are self-isolating, with mobile catering units also to be installed in residences to make it easier to access hot food.
For those households that are isolating, we will provide washing materials, fresh bedding and towels.
Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli said: "I hear the concerns of our students in residences and I appreciate how difficult this situation is for them. From today we are rolling out significant extra support measures so they can more easily access food, health and wellbeing and other supplies.
"We are offering everyone in our residences, regardless of whether they are isolating or not, a one-month rent refund to compensate for the disruption they are facing, and any financial hardship they may have encountered.
"Our Living Support Team are also stepping up efforts to proactively contact students, check on their wellbeing and offer support. To make sure everyone has access to hot and fresh food, we will work with providers to install mobile catering units and give £50 to each student for food and supplies.
"This isn’t the start of academic life we would wish for anyone. To get on top of this outbreak we need to work together and support each other, I would like to offer my profound and sincere thanks to everyone who is isolating for playing their part."
Further information about coronavirus
FAQs on isolating in residences