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How you'll be taught

You'll receive exceptional teaching, support and guidance

If you're planning on joining us to study in 2021/22, you'll get the same level of outstanding teaching, support and guidance as in any other year. But it will be different to before the pandemic. Our teaching has transformed over the past year and we want to ensure you benefit from the lessons we learnt in how to deliver excellent teaching online. 

You'll be taught through a combination of face-to-face and some online teaching and learning. Scroll to the sections below to find out more. You can also read about how our current students are learning during the pandemic.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the pandemic, we don't know what the Government guidelines will be when the new academic year starts. We may need to adjust our approach to meet any restrictions in place at the time.

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1. Teaching

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by face-to-face teaching but with some elements of online provision, potentially about 20% overall. We call this our 'blended and connected approach'.

You'll get plenty of contact time with your lecturers, and all campus facilities and teaching spaces will be open to you with all the necessary safety measures. You'll also get all the resources you need through our virtual learning environment, Moodle – including reading lists, learning activities and recorded teaching sessions. 

We want you to have every opportunity to be on campus for practical, studio and workshop work, and field and lab-based activities. You'll also get access to simulation experiences where necessary.

Your arrival on campus might be prevented or delayed due to ongoing travel restrictions, or you might need to self-isolate. If this is the case, we'll make sure you can access everything you need online and we'll continue to support you remotely. 

2. Support

You'll be able to access all the support you need online or face-to-face. You can talk in person or online with your personal tutor, and our guidance and support teams.

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor is your key point of contact. You can meet them face-to-face, by following safety guidelines. You can also meet via video chat or over the phone, and contact them by email when you need their support. 

Your personal tutor will help you adapt to new and effective ways of learning and studying, giving you any academic and pastoral support you need. They can also direct you to further specialist support or guidance.

Professional support services

Our guidance and support advisors can help with concerns or give you advice – from your wellbeing or physical health needs, to religious guidance, support in halls, academic skills, finance and more.

Further guidance and support

Our MyPort Information Hubs will be open for in-person and online support and guidance. MyPort staff can:

  • Support you in your student journey
  • Provide guidance and support on all aspects of your student experience
  • Help you access other University services

If meeting in person, you'll need to follow covid-safety guidelines. You can also email support staff if you prefer not to talk directly.

3. Remote software access

You can download most of the software you need for your course – for free at any time – from the University Apps Anywhere store.

If you need to use a high-spec lab computer or a computer on campus with specialist software, you can log in to these computers remotely from home. Our Information Services department can help you set up remote access when you join us.

4. Using the library

The University library is full of resources to help you with your studies. You can access over 700,000 ebooks and hundreds of online journals. You can speak to the librarians by email or live chat via the library website.

You'll be able to go into the library, but there might be some covid-safety measures in place such as booking a study space or showing a negative covid test before going in. 

5. Exams and assessments

Some exams and assessments will take place on campus with social distancing in place, but many will take place online. Your course leader will inform you about the plans for the assessment on your course. You'll know in plenty of time if assessment plans change so you won’t be disadvantaged.

If you can't complete an assessment on time because of self-isolation or illness, you can apply for extenuating circumstances so you’re assessed fairly.

Please get in touch with us if you have specific questions about how your course will be delivered.

6. Placements and exchanges

Employers in the UK are looking forward to welcoming you into your placement role. Some employers will have support ready for you to work remotely. If you need to work in-person, employers will follow government guidelines and are required to meet our health and safety requirements. We'll make sure you get all the support you need to find a placement in the UK and in some cases you may get the opportunity to take part in a virtual exchange or placement.

Outbound student exchanges abroad and international placements will take place where and when they are possible, and on a case by case basis to ensure your safety. We look forward to welcoming inbound exchanges on campus and these pages inform you about the learning provision available. See our study and work abroad coronavirus FAQs for more information.

How our current students are learning

Due to the pandemic and current lockdown, and our commitment to keeping everyone safe, we're delivering most lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals online at the moment.

Some students on specific courses have started face-to-face learning again as part of our blended and connected approach to learning and teaching, but everyone else is currently studying online. 

In the blended and connected approach, our current students work with and speak to course tutors and collaborate with other students through online meetings, chat and discussion forums. They go online to access recordings or summaries of lectures and large group teaching sessions. Most lectures are broken down into small chunks that are easier to follow and focus on.

When and where it's safe, students and lecturers meet in person in small groups, with social distancing in place. These groups are smaller than normal tutor groups, which provides more opportunity for more one-to-one time with teaching staff, and plenty of time to contribute to discussions and group work. Small group teaching also takes place online in a mix of live and recorded sessions depending on the course and topic.

Find out more about how our current students are learning.

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