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14 April 2021

Return to face-to-face teaching and learning

Dear student,

Following an announcement by the Government yesterday afternoon, face-to-face teaching and learning will not return until 17 May, at the earliest. This is in line with Step 3 of the national roadmap, when restrictions on social contact are due to be eased further and the majority of indoor settings can reopen.

We share your disappointment that a return to face-to-face teaching and learning is not able to happen earlier, and you may have seen that universities across the UK, NUS and UUK are pushing for all remaining students to return to campus. Until then, please presume there is no change to the information set out before Easter and that the academic timetable will continue to be delivered online with access to specialist campus facilities where required.

We will be in touch with you in due course once we receive further government advice. All assessment arrangements will remain as already published in Brightspace.

Thank you for your continued cooperation.

Best wishes

Tim Greenacre
Chief Operating Officer

24 February 2021

Dear Student  

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February, on their planned phased approach to the removal of lockdown restrictions, we would like to share additional information on how this impacts your learning and teaching, and access to specialist facilities including labs and studios. 

All universities have been advised by the government that wherever possible course delivery should continue online, to help observe the current travel restrictions and continue to stop the spread of the virus.  

In January, a very limited number of additional courses, which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and/or other PRSB mandatory activity were prioritised for the return to face-to-face teaching to support the pipeline of future critical key workers.  

In line with government guidance, from the 8th  March 2021, we are now also able to resume some in-person teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities. We will continue to prioritise on campus and face to face for teaching in specialist facilities and other lectures and tutorials will continue online. If your course is one of those that will be able to return to campus, you will be contacted by your Dean or Pro Vice-Chancellor with more details. Otherwise, your learning and teaching will remain online.  

Course timetables will remain the same, even where some teaching is moved back on to campus. Students are encouraged to attend campus where their course permits, but it will not impact your learning and teaching or assessment if you are not able to. 

Our library services will continue to operate on an essential access only basis, for resources and study spaces. This is for those students on courses that are able to return to campus and also for those students whose accommodation does not give suitable space for studying. Our Library continues to be open, seven days a week. Current opening times are published online at Libguides.   

Full support from your Learning and Teaching Librarians, and Academic Skills Advisors is provided remotely. You can find out more and book your appointments at Libguides.    

All Student Life services will continue to be accessible remotely and from the 8th March 2021, we will be extending on-campus staff availability across our Infozone and Reception services.  

The Disability and Wellbeing team are currently mapping where on campus support may be required for returning students with disabilities and Specific Learning Difficulties. An Adviser will contact you directly, where applicable. If you have any questions about support please contact Infozone@uos.ac.uk 

Government guidance makes it clear that students returning to campus should be tested twice each week, and all returning students will be asked to wear face covering when on campus, unless exempt.   

Asymptomatic testing for all students will be offered until the end of March 2021 and will continue in the former Profiles gym, underneath Athena HallAn appointment for your test can be made online or by calling 0333 7726144. We expect all students accessing the campus to avail themselves of this testing and to self-isolate if they test positive with immediate effect. 

Going forward, the higher education sector is expecting another review from the government after Easter with further information on the easing of restrictions for more students where possible. At this point we will contact you again with additional information. 

Again, thank you for your ongoing commitment. It is a true reflection of your resilience and adaptability that you continue to progress and succeed during this challenging time.  

Professor Helen Langton 

Vice-Chancellor and CEO 

23 February 2021

Following the government's announcement yesterday about easing the lockdown restrictions from 8 March, we are reviewing the guidelines to fully understand what this means for our students. We will be in touch later this week with further updates. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact our  Academic Registrar (academicregistrar@uos.ac.uk).