2020-21 academic year – returning to university FAQs
We have compiled a number of FAQs around re-opening the University after COVID-19 lockdown for the academic year 2020-21.
When will teaching begin?
We plan for all of our teaching programmes to begin from Monday 5 October 2020. This is with the exception of some courses in the School of Health Sciences which will begin earlier, as planned.
Does this mean all timetabled teaching will be back on campus?
No. In order to facilitate social distancing we will need to limit the numbers of students and staff needing to be on campus at any one time. This means that some teaching, such as large classroom-based sessions, such as lectures, will need to continue to be delivered online. The balance of on-campus and remote learning will differ from programme to programme.
Will I be able to meet with my tutors?
All students should be able to book one-to-one sessions with their tutors, including face-to-face in spaces that enable social distancing to be maintained.
Does this mean I should go ahead and arrange accommodation?
Each of our students will need to make this decision based on their own personal circumstances. There is a range of support available from both the University and the Students’ Union when considering accommodation options.
When will I receive my teaching timetable?
Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide timetables until the beginning of your course. This is so that we will be able to reflect government guidance which will evolve over the coming months we will.
Will I be able to use the library and other learning facilities?
The way in which facilities and services (including libraries, student services and catering outlets) are physically accessed will comply with official guidance as it continues to emerge. Students will of course be able to continue to access our extensive online resources. We are continuing to enhance the online library collection with an increased selection of ebooks. Library staff will continue to support student learning.
What enhancements are being made to remote learning?
We are investing in dedicated tools to deliver more accessible and interactive content within StudentCentral and supporting academic staff to design and deliver high quality digitally-based learning and teaching activities, support and resources across all our platforms.
Will campuses be safe?
We will be doing everything reasonably possible to ensure that our campuses and facilities are safe for our students and staff and comply with official guidance.
Will non-teaching activities like societies be running?
Student societies will be running All of this will be done in a manner that reflects the relevant government advice at that time.
What should I do if I am concerned about returning to campus?
Please contact your Student Support and Guidance Tutor to discuss your concerns.