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Last updated: 23 Jun 2020 5:42pm

Student statement for academic year 2020/21

Summary of 11th June 2020 statement

We look forward to welcoming you back in September, and while the 2020/21 academic year will look and feel different as we adapt to new ways of life, we remain committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience. Here’s a summary of our plans so far

Start of term and 2020-21 academic year

We can confirm that we will be starting the academic year on the following dates:

  • Welcome Week: Monday 21st September
  • Teaching beginning for the majority of courses: Monday 28th September
    • Professional Law programmes (LPC and BVS): Monday 7th September
    • School of Health Sciences programmes: Start dates will remain as usual. Your School will be in touch with further details.
    • Cass Postgraduate programmes: The School will be in touch to confirm your start date and details about your programme.

We will be ready to deliver online the teaching that would usually take place in large groups, combined with some small group teaching on campus. All small group teaching will also be available online. We will resume other campus activities as soon as restrictions ease and we are able to do so safely.

Campus re-opening

We plan to open parts of our campus, such as study areas and some classrooms for limited access from September 2020. We're working on how we might reopen some areas of the University, such as sections of the Library, to students who need to use them for their studies before September. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and we are putting appropriate measures in place including:

  • Carrying out thorough risk assessments for all areas of the campus and mapping capacity in line with social distancing requirements
  • Putting one-way systems into place where possible
  • Arranging seating areas so people can socialise safely
  • Installing hand sanitation stations across our buildings
  • Ensuring appropriate cleaning programmes are in place
  • Adding clear signage about social distancing to the entrances and inside our buildings
  • Encouraging the use of face coverings on campus
  • Purchasing safety screens for our reception desks.

Teaching and Learning for the 2020/21 academic year

We are currently working to deliver the majority of teaching online for the 2020/21 academic year until we are able to resume our usual campus activities safely. We will deliver this by:

  • Providing your lectures and core content digitally so you can access them from home and review them at your own pace.
  • Offering face to face interactive sessions with smaller groups of students and staff where possible, which will also be available online.
  • Arranging for specialist facilities such as clinical skills and engineering labs to be used safely, in a socially distanced way, where on-campus practical work is required.
  • Ensuring that an online equivalent of any in-person teaching is provided, as we appreciate that some of you will be unable to attend any activities on campus due to travel, health or other reasons.
  • Remaining flexible in our approach - whilst we are planning to be able to deliver teaching online for the whole academic year, we will also plan to deliver classes in person if we’re able to later in the year.

Student support

We'll be supporting you online through one-to-one appointments on Microsoft Teams and email and information on the Student Hub and Moodle, as well as with some on-campus support where possible. We're also reviewing our student support model to continue supporting you.

Student experience

The University and the Students’ Union are working on ways to ensure you're still able to get involved in activities, societies and networks while you are studying online.

Read full statement.

Previous statements

May 2020

We know many of you will have questions about your studies in the Autumn term.  We would like to assure you that the University remains committed to continuing to deliver your studies in the 2020/21 academic year. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. How we start the new academic year will depend on UK Government guidance - at this stage, we are therefore considering a range and combination of options, including programme delivery online, returning to campus for certain classes and potentially a slightly later start date to term.

We anticipate more clarity on the situation in the UK and internationally in the coming days and weeks. This will inform what teaching will be possible on campus, and from when. Regardless to any changes in delivery, the University is committed to teaching your programme and we will provide you with the support and guidance you need.

We will continue to update you as our plans develop.