Coronavirus Academic Advice

Due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, your educational experience has been changed significantly for the foreseeable future.

Understandably, there have been numerous questions about these unprecedented changes, so we've put together this hub so that you can quickly access any important information you may need.

Exams & Assessments

If you haven't done so already, it's super important that you visit the Assessments & Results hub on the student intranet so that you're aware of all the changes, what is expected of you, and what support is available to help you successfully complete this academic year.

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How is teaching being delivered this year?

All courses will have a combination of face-to-face and online activity during the 2020/21 academic year 2020/21. Social distancing measures will be in place to ensure that tutorials and small group seminars can safely be held on campus, giving you face-to-face engagement with academics in the forums that you tell us matter most to you. This face-to-face activity will be combined with online lectures and learning support.

Don’t worry if your arrival on campus is delayed; each course will be set up to accommodate a mix of students studying face-to-face and remotely at any one time. The combination of face-to-face and online lectures and learning support means that if travel restrictions are in place and you are not able to arrive in the UK or to campus for the start of the academic year, you won’t miss out. You will be able to confidently continue your studies online, joining in virtual sessions like tutorials and small group seminars with your classmates until you’re able to return to campus. This approach also means that if you are on campus and new social distancing measures are introduced, you will be able to continue with your studies without interruption.

More information about this academic year can be found on the College's FAQs page.

Where can I find information about my assessment arrangements?

All information relating to assessments can be found here. If there is anything missing or a question that hasn’t been answered, please get in touch with your module leader or Head of Department.

What if I don’t have access to (or can't afford) IT equipment or the internet?

The following support is available to you:

Study Support Grant - available to eligible students who are facing financial difficulties, the Study Support Grant can help with various aspects of student life. Information about the criteria, assessment and application process can be found on the student intranet.

IT support - If you are having other difficulties, for example, technical difficulties, please take a look at the access off-campus support pages.

Extenuating Circumstances - If your difficulties with IT mean that you are not able to attempt assessments within the allocated time please see the Extensions & Extenuating Circumstances Guidance.

We also recommend that you let your personal tutor or module leader know as soon as possible if you anticipate having any issues with IT or the internet in relation to completing any outstanding assignments you have.

Where and how can I access library resources?

Please take a look at the latest news section on the student intranet where you'll find a brief summary of the latest updates to the library's services.

Can I apply for an extension?

Throughout your studies, you are expected to submit all assessments by the deadlines given to you. However, we know that on occasion you may have unforeseen and unpreventable circumstances that make it impossible to meet these deadlines. In these instances, it may be possible to apply for an extension to your submission deadline. You can find out more here.

Can I apply for Extenuating Circumstances?

Extenuating Circumstances (ECs) impact on your ability to carry out any assignments or exams to the standard normally expected. The University can make allowances when such circumstances happen. If a situation arises leading up to or during the assessment period you may apply for Extenuating Circumstances to be taken into consideration. You can find out more here.