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An update on our university guidance for the end of term

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This update provides further information about the local arrangements for our university following the recent guidance published by government, which we shared with you on 11 November. The government guidance covers students returning to their non-term time addresses and the need to move all face-to-face teaching online by 9 December.

This update provides further information about the local arrangements for our university following the recent guidance published by government, which we shared with you on 11 November.  The government guidance covers students returning to their non-term time addresses and the need to move all face-to-face teaching online by 9 December.

End of term 1

We will continue to deliver face-to-face teaching until the end of Friday 4 December for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, with the exception of some programmes in FEHHS which will continue to have some on campus skills training up to 9 December.

We will move our teaching to online delivery for the remainder of term 1 once face-to-face teaching completes. Your faculty will provide details of how to access these sessions, if you have any concerns please speak to your faculty team.

We expect all students to continue with their studies online to ensure they do not miss valuable teaching time. Any assessment deadlines in term 1 remain unchanged.  

Starting term 2

For term 2 in January, we expect to return to our blended learning approach, with a mix of online and face-to-face teaching. We will keep you updated as we receive the guidance from government on this.

More information for students on placement, PGRs and student residents to follow

Students who are attending professional off-campus placements up to and beyond 9 December will continue with these placements to their scheduled end date, and this will be confirmed by your faculty.  We will also contact postgraduate research students with information to enable you to continue your research activities on-campus where appropriate until 22 December.  

We know that some of you may be travelling home during the time allocated by government as the Student Travel Week of 3-9 December. Our Accommodation team will provide further information on arrangements for student residents separately.  

On campus facilities

Our libraries, study spaces, student centres and cafes on each campus will remain open.

  • Our student centres will be open until 22 December and will reopen on 5 January 2021.
  • Between 21 December and 5 January 2021 our campus libraries will operate our Christmas opening hours.
  • Our catering outlets will remain open until 22 December and reopen for term 2. 

We will publish details of the changes to the opening hours on Student News. However, it remains important that everyone follows our Covid-Safe guidance and the government guidance in place while using these spaces.

Our online academic skills support also remains available.  In January we will be hosting WinterFest to support you as you continue to learn online, and further information will be available via the portal soon.

If you are not leaving campus at the end of term or during the holidays or wish to continue to travel to campus then you are very welcome to continue using our on campus facilities, following our Covid-Safe guidance and the government guidance in place.  If you will be staying in halls over the holidays, we will continue to provide extra support and we are working with the Students' Union to provide additional support over this period.

Rapid Covid-19 testing

The government is also introducing a voluntary programme of rapid Covid-19 testing (known as lateral flow testing) for universities aimed at supporting the return of students to their non-term time address. We are working through the detail of this with the support of our local councils, with the intention of setting up lateral flow testing sites at each of our campuses for students and staff. We will share further information once details have been confirmed.

Please stay safe

It has been a challenging but rewarding term.  Please continue to attend face to face classes until your last teaching date and continue with your online studies.  The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority and the university is here to support you.  Please do make use of our support services, they are there for you to use. You can find the details of the Student Wellbeing Service and the Students' Union Advice Service on our website.

We're looking forward to welcoming you back to campus in January. Please stay in touch with the university during the holidays via our social media channels and continue to check your university email and Student News for further updates.

Thank you for engaging with your studies this term. Please continue to stay safe and look after yourselves.