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To all affected,

We'll be posting regular FAQs here about applying to St George's and your offer to study with us.

Be sure to keep checking our website sgul.ac.uk for latest updates.

FAQs

I'd like to apply to study at St George's - is that still possible?

We are continuing to accept and assess all applications from around the world as we would normally using the entry requirements published on our website. Just check on our individual course pages to see if the course is still open, or if the deadline has already passed. 

Will my Multiple Mini Interview session be going ahead?

During this uncertain time, we have decided to cancel all face-to-face interviews to ensure the safety of our applicants.

We will now be holding all interviews remotely, over Skype or via video. Our priority remains providing a fair admissions process to all of our applicants, so we guarantee that all interviews will be assessed in the same way regardless of format, and attending a remove interview will not disadvantage your chance of being offered a place.

The remote interview day will mirror the MMIs as much as possible, however, there will be necessary changes to facilitate the remote nature of interviews. We have kept the nature of the interview questions consistent with our MMIs, but some questions have had to be edited due to interactive elements we are not able to offer remotely.

Your answers will be recorded and viewed by up to 8 trained assessors after the interview, which will allow you to be assessed in the same way as those who have attended an in-person MMI.

Outcomes from the interviews may be delayed whilst assessors watch and mark their required questions, but we will endeavour to provide you with a decision within 2 weeks of your interview.

This applies to all courses managed by the central Admissions team, and will be regularly reviewed in line with Government advice. Information on any changes and/or accompanying guidance should the situation alter will be published on our website.

What will happen now that schools have been closed, and exams cancelled?

We are aware that UK schools have closed, and summer exams have been cancelled, and that many schools around the world are also closing. We will continue to respond to further information as it’s released which will inform how we proceed. We are in contact with UCAS, as well as the Medical Schools Council and our aptitude test providers to ensure our processes are in-line with the latest information provided. You can read more about the different arrangements on the UCAS website.

If you have applied to us and not heard back

If you are waiting to hear the outcome of your application, please note we are continuing to assess and make offers to eligible applicants using the entry requirements published on our website. We aim to have communicated a decision to all applicants within two weeks of submission or interview.

If you have been invited to an interview

We will now be holding all interviews remotely, over Skype or via video. Our priority remains providing a fair admissions process to all of our applicants, so we guarantee that all interviews will be assessed in the same way regardless of format, and attending a remove interview will not disadvantage your chance of being offered a place.

If you have received an offer from us

If you are an offer holder, we will wait until we have received your final results before proceeding. While the way you attain your final results may have changed, we will continue to follow our standard practice of matching your results to your offer conditions.We understand that these are exceptional circumstances and so if you are not able to meet the conditions outlined in your offer then we will consider other elements of your application or performance during the admissions process. We may review your interview scores (where applicable), personal statement and reference to inform the outcome of your application.

We encourage you to check this website regularly, but please be assured that we will be in touch when we have an update.

Can I defer my entry to 2021/22 academic year if I have been affected by Covid-19?

We would like to accept any request to defer in relation to Covid-19. We’re currently waiting for sector guidance on if this will be possible, and will update this website once we have further information.

Will I need a health check before I enrol on my course in September?

In line with our standard requirements, most applicants are required to complete an occupational health check prior to enrolment. This will also be required by all applicants affected by Covid-19, regardless of if it is a standard course requirement.

Will my course still be running in September?

The University is currently planning for scheduled teaching and course provision to continue as usual. Given that events are developing quickly, any changes to this position, and implications for applicants and current students, will be posted on our website.

Do I still need to complete an aptitude test if I want to apply for Medicine next year?

During this uncertain time, we are in discussions about how we will proceed with the aptitude test requirements for our medicine programmes. Our applicants are the priority for St George's Admissions team, and they will keep the extenuating circumstances faced by our prospective applicants at the forefront of all of their decision making.

UCAT

UCAT has released a statement to confirm that they fully anticipate testing to go ahead in 2020, however, are unable to predict at this time when the test centres will be operating as normal. It is likely that timelines for testing will shift later than the usual July start and it’s anticipated that registration and bookings will open later than normal. Please see the UCAT website which will be updated as soon as new information regarding delivery of the UCAT in 2020 is available.

GAMSAT

GAMSAT usually have two periods of testing each year, in March and September. The March sitting has been cancelled but we are in contact with GAMSAT to agree a way forward for our prospective applicants. For the most recent information, please see the GAMSAT website.

I am due to start at the University and I am having difficulties obtaining my visa. What should I do?

New students concerned about obtaining or renewing their visas should contact the International Advising Team. Where there are delays in obtaining your visa, the University will assess your situation on a case by case basis, to determine whether you can start your programme a bit later.

What happens if my lecturers or tutors become ill, will teaching still take place?

Course teams are considering contingencies for the delivery of teaching and assessment. We have been working intensely on a model for delivering lectures and other face-to-face education activities remotely.

Kind regards,

St George's, University of London
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Coronavirus updates from St George's

As the UK’s specialist health university, we're now focusing all of our ongoing research on tackling coronavirus (COVID-19). While other research on site has been paused, the University will remain open for researchers working on clinical trials and diagnostic tests for the disease, as well as those looking to understand the underlying biology of the virus and the body’s immune response. Read more about COVID-19 research at the University.

Discover how we're joining the fight against Coronavirus

- Students at St George’s will have opportunities to volunteer to support the NHS during a time of intense pressure on the Service as coronavirus cases continue to rise. Read more.

- A new online course called ‘Managing COVID-19 in General Practice’, led by St George’s primary care experts is now open for enrolment on the social learning platform FutureLearn.com. Read more.

- A group of St George’s primary care and infectious disease experts have produced new guidance for GPs on handling the current COVID-19 outbreak. Read more.

- Dr Hamed Khan, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Skills at St George's, University of London, answered questions about Covid-19 on BBC News this weekend. Watch the video.

To keep up-to-date with everything we're doing, follow us on Twitter.
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Hey!

Just checking in with you from my room, hope you are all well and safe. I thought it would be useful to write to you about my experiences as a medical student during these unprecedented times and provide some tips for studying in isolation.

1. Social media is a really useful tool right now

Especially with video calling facilities– it feels like you are with your friends in real life. So I would encourage you to get in touch with friends/family - maybe call that friend you haven’t spoken to in a while? These small things make a huge difference and can really lift your mood. Making sure you are healthy both mentally and physically is really important. For me, eating my favourite food makes me super happy. It’s so great that there are these ‘new’ (ish?) trends going on such as the dalgona coffee. I’m yet to try it out but experimenting with different things will help you feel a bit more refreshed.

2. Utilise the once a day physical activity outing

You would be surprised how much of a difference fresh air and sunlight can make on your mood. Utilise the once a day physical activity outing and really appreciate the nature around you. I’ve noticed the birds chirping more, the way the light shines upon leaves of trees, on flowers. It’s amazing how we forget to appreciate the little joys in life because of our fast-paced lives. I’m thankful somewhat.

3. Allow yourself to feel emotional

The uncertainty of exams, and for many of you, the uncertainty of offers and university places, is very much prominent. I empathise completely. It is not an ideal situation and you know what? It is ok to feel down, upset and sad. These are all valid and normal emotions. When I accepted that I felt this way, instead of trying to dismiss it, I felt a weight lift off my shoulders.

4. Develop a routine

What really helped was developing a routine. Waking up, studying and getting through the academic things, making sure there was allocated time for breaks – are all very important. In some ways you might be getting a taster of the University life now (those of you who are going to University straight after sixth form/college). You don’t have someone telling you what to do and suddenly you’ve had to become very independent. I would suggest using this to your advantage.

5. Go at your own pace

With all of this in mind, please don’t be hard on yourself. I’ve seen so many quotes saying if you don’t utilise this time productively, then it’ll be a shame etc. Go at your own pace, do what you feel is right. The only thing I would encourage in this time is to explore yourself as a person. What your likes and dislikes are, make a list of all the things you may want to do when social isolation is done. That’s another thing that keeps me motivated!

6. Communicate and be kind
Last but not least, communicate with each other. It is really important we support each other during this, instead of being against. Everyone is going through their own battles right now and it’s vital to be kind.

That is all from me. I hope I have been of help. If you have any questions about your course or anything at all please do contact us. We may take some time to get back to you (a lot of our staff are working from home) but we will get back to you!

Stay safe, stay healthy and take care.

Best Wishes,
MJ
4th Year MBBS
Official Uni Rep St. George's
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