For this year in teaching block one (September until January) you will be taught in a ‘blended’ way. This means that some of your teaching will be done online and some will be on campus. The online teaching, where you will be physically apart from your lecturer, can be ‘live’ with your lecturer present and where you’ll be able to interact. Some of it may be self-directed which means that you can access the learning materials at a time to suit you.
We have created a table of terms and definitions with some examples of learning and teaching activities. It is important you familiarise yourself with these. You can view our Learning and Teaching definitions here.
If you are unable to attend campus due to travel restrictions or health reasons, the core curriculum for most subjects is being carried out online, so you won’t be disadvantaged. You will also be able to take part in more on campus activities when you do arrive.
As always, one of our key commitments is to provide the best possible teaching and learning experience for all of our students.
We have therefore taken two key decisions to help facilitate this:
- We have consulted with the Students’ Union and staff across the University, including Colleges and our timetabling experts, and have agreed that teaching hours should be extended for an additional two hours, from 6-8pm, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in teaching block one. It is envisaged that this time will primarily be used for student-led study on campus and for online activity, although in some instances there could be in-person teaching during this period.
- We have asked all staff to prioritise teaching and the student experience over other duties. Research and other duties will not be put on hold completely, however the staff focus will be on delivering the best teaching and student experience possible.
We will review both of these decisions as we plan subsequent delivery of the rest of the academic year.
It is important to emphasise that we do not expect students to study longer hours in total, the health and wellbeing of every student and staff member of staff remains extremely important and I urge you all to ensure that you take time out of your day for yourselves and to make use of the wellbeing resources and support available.
Our staff have been working hard over the summer to make our campuses safe for you, by creating one way systems around campus and installing hand sanitiser stations in every building. We will be providing further information on what you can expect teaching spaces to look like for on-campus teaching.
Watch our safety measures video here.
In order to respect the personal safety of every student and member of staff, and the wider community, we have developed a supplemental Student Charter. Students will be required to agree to this on enrolment and follow the regulations to ensure we can all help to keep the University a safe place to study and work.
We will continue to review the ever-changing COVID-19 situation and will provide an update regarding January exams when we are able to do so.
The University is committed to treating students with fairness and compassion and our decisions take full account of the unique circumstances in which we are currently operating. We have therefore implemented a ‘safety net’ policy to ensure students are not disadvantaged by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Taught Postgraduate Safety Net Regulations 2020 (Safety Net regulations are incorporated into award regulations)
Your School or College will be in touch with you regarding specific labs and reopening dates.