As an applicant to the University of Suffolk, we wish to reassure you that we are doing as much as possible to limit the on-going impact of COVID-19 on our community.
We realise that these continue to be unprecedented times, and though things seem to be heading in the right direction we understand the impact this is still having on everyone. Whether you have already applied, or are still considering your options, we are committed to working collectively to ensure your application and potential study with the University of Suffolk is not adversely affected.
What is teaching like at the University of Suffolk now?
From September 2021 the University has been offering a full on-campus experience for all students, supported by the recording and live streaming of all lectures and some seminars so that students can re-watch these to further aid their understanding and revision, providing a more flexible learning environment for our new and returning students.
While current government guidelines seem to suggest that the country will not face another lockdown, the University has also made all preparations necessary to deliver a high-quality experience for our students should the situation arise.
Should things change in the future and we find that restrictions are reintroduced by the government, we will be able to quickly adopt a blended approach where we would hope laboratories and practical sessions will continue to be delivered on campus with some lectures and seminars being delivered online.
The University offers excellent facilities, and over the last two years has invested over £9 million to develop our specialist resources and studios on our campus as well as our learning centre at BT’s Adastral Park which is dedicated to our creative digital portfolio. Again, provided there are no changes to the government guidance all facilities will be open and available to all students for use during their programme.
What date should I submit my University application by?
We always recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, to ensure you have sufficient time to prepare for your studies if you are made an offer. Make sure you have checked the relevant UCAS deadlines and submitted your application in line with these. To guarantee equal consideration for competitive courses you should apply by 26 January 2022.
Visiting the campus?
We are pleased that we are now delivering on campus Open Events and hope that you will visit us soon. Events are scheduled throughout the upcoming academic year, if you would like to join us to find out more about the courses on offer, speak to academics and explore what the University of Suffolk has to offer, register online. If you are not able to travel just yet, you can also have a look around our Waterfront Campus using our Virtual Tour.
Are in-person interviews on campus going ahead?
The University is still conducting interviews for courses where these are a requirement, and we are pleased that many courses will now be interviewing on-campus, please be assured that the University will take every measure necessary to ensure your safety whilst in attendance. If the situation changes and we are unable to offer on-campus interviews we will get in touch with you directly to confirm alternative virtual arrangements.
If you feel like you may need more information about studying at the University of Suffolk you can email email@example.com.
I've been made a conditional offer, what will happen if exams don’t take place?
The most recent guidance from the Department for Education indicates that it is expected that exams will take place in Autumn 2021 and Summer 2022, with A Level results expected to be released on the 18 August 2022. Whilst we hope that this will be the place, contingency plans for alternative assessments will be made should the current situation change. Students can therefore expect to receive a final grade upon completion of their studies.
Should you find that you don’t quite achieve the grades you expect in the summer, we wish to reassure you that the extenuating circumstances brought on as a result of the pandemic, will be taken into consideration as we review your application.
Sources of information and support
As a University community, we want to provide as much support as you need to prepare you for higher education study. Please be assured that if you enrol with us you will have access to a wide range of information, advice and guidance services to help support you make the transition. In the meantime, our dedicated Student Life team can help by providing support and guidance on finance, disability, mental health, counselling, diagnostic assessment and careers. Please visit www.uos.ac.uk/content/student-services for more information
Don't forget to keep up to date with your application on the Applicant Area.
Unibuddy is a new initiative the University of Suffolk has joined, which connects prospective students with our student ambassadors. Unibuddy enables you to chat to our student ambassadors so all of those questions you may have can be answered by people who have been through it all, giving you the confidence to make an informed decision and easy transition into university life. To access Unibuddy visit www.uos.ac.uk/unibuddy.
Join our Facebook Group
We have a dedicated Facebook Group for students who are planning to study with us. It’s your opportunity to meet fellow students, those who will be on your course and perhaps in the same accommodation as you. To join the group either click on the link or search for University of Suffolk - Starting Your Journey
As a University community, we acknowledge that the current situation may have an impact on your preparedness for higher education study. Please be assured that when you enrol with us we have a range of information, advice and guidance services to help support you make the transition.
Make sure you stay in touch with us, we’re here to help as much as we can. The Admissions Team are available by phone, email or LiveChat. You can also keep yourself up to date via our University of Suffolk – New Starters Facebook page.
Student Life are using the chat function in Office 365 Teams to hold appointments either as a phone call via your computer or laptop, or with video connection. There is also an instant chat feature. You can choose which function you would like to use.
You can also contact advisers through the following emails:
Careers Team firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Team email@example.com
Student Life firstname.lastname@example.org
Study abroad and International support email@example.com
Disability, Mental Health, Counselling and diagnostic assessments firstname.lastname@example.org