On 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown (stay at home) to begin at midnight in England. The full guidance has been published, and key points are outlined below:
- people can only leave their homes for certain reasons, including medical needs, shopping for essentials, exercise, and work for those who cannot work from home
- all schools and colleges will close to most pupils from Tuesday 5 January, with remote learning until at least February half-term; end-of-year exams will not take place this summer as normal
- university students should not return to campus, and will be taught online only until at least mid-February (as opposed to the previously announced date of 25 January).
January 2021 Trimester Update (08/02/21 updated)
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 4th January 2021 moving us into a Lockdown position until (at least) mid-February, all lectures will now be online-only until the government guidelines change.
We are awaiting further clarification from the Universities Minister, but in the meantime our buildings have been closed to minimise travel and the potential risks to students and staff. If this causes you any particular problems, then please contact our iCentre.
Should you need assistance or if you have any questions please contact the iCentre using the LiveChat service on the website. Be assured that all of our usual excellent support services remain available online including our iCentre, Wellbeing, LRC support, Employability Team and Director of Studies Services.
As we will now be in a Lockdown position until (at least) mid-February you will start your course online through your usual live face-to-face delivery via Zoom. Make sure you check your timetable for your lecture dates and times, and join the Zoom session accordingly.
For more information please attend one of our virtual Town Hall meetings taking place next week (11th, 12th, 13th and 15th January at 16:30 to 17:30 on Zoom), where we can explore any implications of this further. You can access the Zoom links to our Town Hall meetings through your Online Learning.
Teaching options when not in a lockdown
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic all our students can choose to either study face to face on campus or online-only, and students are able to change their mode of delivery at given dates throughout the trimester.
For on-campus teaching, we offer at least 4 hours face to face teaching-related contact time per week for our undergraduate full-time programmes supported by online learning using our established online learning systems. The number of contact hours vary course by course, and you can contact us for further information. The provision offered is subject to change due to the possibility of further Government restrictions, however the University remains committed to delivering face to face teaching and ensuring a COVID-19 secure environment.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need to move some courses online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.