Our policy is to treat students who are under 18 as we do our other students as far as is possible. We will not act in loco parentis in relation to the child and therefore we need to raise a number of issues with parents.
The principal issues are as follows:
The application will be considered using the set entry criteria for the course for which the minor has applied for. It is possible that given their age, they will be called for an interview. For applicants aged 16 years or under, we are happy for a parent/guardian to accompany the child, but not contribute to the interview itself. We will be able to provide time separately for any questions parents may have. Any offer made as a result of the application process will include conditions relating to the return of risk assessment forms which would be sent out with the offer letter.
Once a minor has been accepted onto one of our courses, the appropriate Dean of Faculty will appoint a designated person to oversee all arrangements regarding the minor's study and welfare at Anglia Ruskin University. This designated person will have had an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. Parents should be aware that students under 18 will attend classes alongside other students, led by staff who may not have had such clearance. The student may also mix with other students and staff at University events and/or whilst accessing facilities such as the Anglia Ruskin Library.
However, all academic staff members who are likely to have regular one to one access to the minor will have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to include a Children’s Barred List check.
If the student has been granted a loan by Student Finance England, the tuition fee is guaranteed to us under the contract between the student and the Student Loans Company and no further guarantee is required. However, if a tuition fee loan is not granted, we will need the parent/s to complete a Financial Guarantee Form.
Please note that if an under 18 is to study Nursing and will be receiving a Bursary, then you need not complete the Tuition fee section of the Financial Guarantee form.
We have very limited university-controlled accommodation that can be offered to under 18s. Students who are under the age of 18 years at the commencement of their course at Anglia Ruskin can only be accommodated in Cambridge, at two of our halls which have the appropriate safe-guarding measures in place to ensure legislation about safe-guarding children and young people is complied with.
It may be, therefore, that the parents/guardians will need to arrange accommodation for the student, and as such, must take full responsibility for this. We would recommend that parents satisfy themselves of the suitability of any accommodation which their child is offered before entering into any rental agreement or contract.
Since Anglia Ruskin University does not act in loco parentis, it will be appreciated that University staff may not authorise medical care for a student. It is therefore important that we have up to date records of parents contact details so that, in an emergency, they may be contacted without delay. There may be circumstances where we are required to act on the student's behalf, for example in dealings with the police or medical emergencies including mental health emergencies. In these cases we will only take such action when the parents/guardians of the student cannot be reached within the timescale required by the particular situation.
It is Anglia Ruskin University's policy that all reasonable care will be afforded in ensuring the safety of our students. Risk assessments are carried out in line with our University policy in conjunction with the Risk Management department, and the best possible advice is given to students in terms of any risk faced. However, we would ask you to note that we cannot provide or accept loco parentis (the role or power of the parent) in respect of any field trips. We ask therefore that parents sign the form at the back of the offer letter, to confirm their understanding. If a student is undertaking an Anglia Ruskin University Students' Union based trip we recommend that parents contact them direct for information on risk assessments.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, the University is required to keep confidential details of its dealings with all of its students, whatever their age.
We regret, therefore, that it is not generally possible for us to share with parents /guardians details of students' progress etc., except with the written permission of the student concerned.
Students under 18 may wish to carry out part-time work whilst studying at Anglia Ruskin. We recommend that parents discuss this with them before admission when issues such as work/life balance should be considered.
The Anglia Ruskin University Student Employment Bureau has an extremely good relationship with the Risk Management department and any job that an under 18 year old applies for is stringently checked for risk. We do ask, however, that a parent/guardian sign the form at the end of the offer letter to notify us that employment whilst studying is acceptable or not acceptable to them.
Anglia Ruskin University cannot accept any responsibility for students who are under 18 seeking work, other than through the University's Student Employment Bureau.
The law relating to children is now very complex and it is important that we provide parents with as much information as we can. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Paul Varley, or a member of the Risk Management team.