Move to online teaching: Information for students


In light of the uncertainty and disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19 I am writing to tell you that we have taken the decision to stop face to face classes on all of our campuses from Monday 16 March 2020 until further notice. Instead these activities will be provided online so please continue to use Moodle as normal.

Alternative arrangements for assessments and examinations that were due to take place face to face from Monday 16 March are being put in place and we will update students about this directly.

All coursework-based assessments that were due to be submitted via Moodle will go ahead as usual. If appropriate and in some instances your faculty may choose to adopt some extensions. Where an assessment was due to take place face to face (such as presentations), faculties will work on creating alternative plans.

I recognise that this is an anxious time for both our students and staff and our primary concern is for the wellbeing of you and your family and friends. 

All our campuses will remain open and our libraries and our other student services can be accessed in the usual way. This includes our Student Centres, Libraries, Academic Services, the Students' Union and Wellbeing Services.

We will review this decision before the start of the new term on Monday 27 April.

This is an unprecedented situation which is changing on a daily basis.  

Useful information

We will keep updating information on our Coronavirus update page and provide updates by email as appropriate, so please keep checking these regularly.

We will continue to support your studies in the following ways: 

  1. We are making teaching materials from our classes available on Moodle. Please log in as normal but we ask that you please bear with us during this period of rapid change as we optimise all our systems for you.
  2. We will provide PhD, postgraduate and placement students with a separate update on Monday.
  3. All examinations that are scheduled on campus from 16 March will be cancelled and alternative assessments will be made available online. Please keep checking your email and Moodle for revised guidance, you will be advised of the details for your revised assessments/examinations shortly. Any additional information will also be provided by your Department/School.
  4. Lecturers, personal tutors, dissertation or project supervisors and other teaching and faculty staff can be contacted in the normal way by email or via Moodle. 

The university is here to support our students and staff

If you have any concerns or would like to access support, the university's support services are available for you to use.  You can find details of the Student Wellbeing Service and the Students' Union Advice Service on our website.

Please follow the up-to-date government advice

You can still come to campus, unless you need to self-isolate. You should follow the advice published on the website on if/when to self-isolate, which is updated daily.  If you self-isolate, you should inform the university of this so we can help support you.  Please advise us in the same way you would normally report absence through sickness, indicating that you are self-isolating. You will need to complete an authorised absence form and submit this to your faculty Retention and Success Officer.   

The NHS 111 online service also contains up-to-date advice, which is if you have a high temperature or a new continuous cough to stay at home for 7 days. You should not visit the campus, or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The NHS's online Coronavirus service will tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do next. If you are confirmed to have the Coronavirus, please let us know by completing an authorised absence form.

The university will continue to review its operations as the situation changes and act with the best interests of staff and students. 

We will do all we can to support our staff and students at this time. We are proud to be an international university and it is really important that as a community we are kind, respectful and continue to support each other.

Prof Jane Harrington