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Student learning, teaching and assessment proposals for 2021/22

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Published: 1 February 2021

We are closely following the advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England and will keep all new students up to date with any impact Covid-related restrictions might have on your experience from September 2021.

Although it is impossible to predict the status of the pandemic in September, the University aims to combine online lectures, seminars and workshops with timetabled teaching and other activities on campus.

This will include access to our libraries, studios and labs. These plans may have to change in order to adhere to Government requirements, but wherever possible there will be no changes to the overall aims of your course.

A group of students taking a socially-distanced class

We understand that the approach to flexible learning and teaching will be new for many students. As a new student you’ll be able to access our Flying Start transition module before you start your studies, followed by our freshers’ Welcome Week, which will contain a bespoke induction programme. You'll discover all you need to know about how your course will be taught including both on-campus and online learning.

Our curriculum remains focused on the diverse needs of all our students as well as the expectations of professional bodies and graduate employers. All of our teaching, learning and assessment is designed to support students to achieve their full potential. We are committed to:


Over the past year we've worked hard to balance the needs of students with the guidelines set out by the Government and public health experts. We pride ourselves on the excellent support we offer to help our students settle into our vibrant student community. This support has continued to be available online and we anticipate this will be available on campus too. You can find out more about how our students have found this approach to learning and teaching from the students themselves.

Learning resources

We will follow Government guidance but we aim to have our on-campus libraries open and accessible for students to study and use the specialist resources, equipment and facilities. Most of our recommended reading is available online, along with thousands of other e-books and journals to enable students to read around their assessments and delve into their subjects. Students' Union and fitness and recreational opportunities will also be available. 

Please note: this guidance applies to on campus courses only. For guidance on how courses are taught at partner colleges and study centres, please contact the relevant organisation directly. Details can be found on each course page.

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