Since Monday 23 March 2020, teaching has been delivered via online methods only. We remain committed to the highest standard of delivery. Online delivery requires as much commitment and engagement from students as face to face learning does and we expect all students to engage with the online learning. We appreciate many students have devices that will support online learning but if you have any issues with either devices or connectivity please discuss this with your course leader.
Please follow the guidance on the IT Services website for remote studying from home. This will guide you on how to attend online virtual classes and submit all your assessments from home https://its.uos.ac.uk/content/students
Placements: For students where work based experience is integral and mandatory to achieving professional body requirements and therefore outcome qualification (including health and social care placements) we will be communicating directly to those students.
Our University is committed to providing you with a high quality learning and teaching experience; one which will support you in completing the learning, progressing through your studies and achieving your goals and aspirations.
We are conscious that the coming academic year may be one with some uncertainties, but regardless of any ongoing social distancing measures, we have taken steps and made plans to ensure that the learning experience for our new and returning students is one that will keep you safe, provide face to-face on campus learning and further learning through online learning.
The questions below answer some of the questions you may have about how your course will be delivered next academic year. You should also read the information for students, or applicants that we have published in relation to your wider university experience.
Will I learn on campus, or online?
All of our students will experience a significant part of their learning through face to face delivery on campus and online. Our blended approach will mean that in semester 1 your seminars and tutorials will be experienced face to face on campus as much as possible, and your lectures will be delivered online using our Online Learning Environment, Brightspace, and our Virtual Classroom tool, Bongo.
Will I have access to the specialist facilities I need for my course?
Yes. A priority for our on campus delivery will be making sure that you have access to these spaces, including art and photography studios, clinical simulation, and a range of laboratories. This learning will also be complemented in virtual simulation environments, which form a standard part of our learning and teaching experience.
What will the beginning of term be like? How will I get to meet people?
At the beginning of each academic year we have an induction period and Freshers' Week. This year, some of our induction will be delivered online in our Online Learning Environment, Brightspace. This will include a range of activities to introduce you to our university, if you are a new student, or to welcome you back if you are continuing your studies with us. These activities may be across the whole university, or may be at course level. We will send you the details to access these as soon as they are ready for you.
The Students' Union will deliver a Freshers' week which will help you to make friends, it will encourage you to try out new things and to have fun. The SU are planning a blend of in-person and online events, following government guidelines as they become available. The SU would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for Freshers' 2020, so please take a few minutes to fill in this short survey, you might even win some great prizes. https://www.uosunion.org/news/article/6013/Freshers-2020-make-it-yours/
Will the Library be open for books and study spaces?
University libraries are subject to specific government direction and therefore libraries were required to cease their business under regulation 5(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. Our library has therefore remained closed as a result.
National guidance for the safe reopening of libraries has now been issued. This guidance proposes a 6-step approach to reopening of libraries and universities are encouraged to use this approach as they consider appropriate. We are now working through that guidance and will be able to finalise and announce access arrangements as soon as possible. It is important to note that this guidance identifies that it will take several weeks for a library to return to a full service.
As a first step we are pleased to be able to announce that we will offer a click and collect service from Monday 13 July for students to be able to borrow library resources. We will confirm the date and give further detail of how to click and collect through Brightspace. We are also beginning work to develop our second stage of library access, which will provide limited, but bookable study spaces for you. Full information and dates for this second phase will provided as soon as we are able.
It is currently possible for students completing their studies this year to book a slot to return any books to us, although all books are currently on loan until 5th October. If you are finishing your studies, you can book your slot here: https://uos.libcal.com/appointments/book-returns
All of our electronic resources remain available to you and can be accessed from our Library service web pages: http://libguides.uos.ac.uk
Will there be support available as I being my studies?
Yes. Our Student Services teams and Library and Learning Services teams are continuing to provide support to you through the summer and next academic year. Some of the services will be available both face to face on campus and online.
If you need to contact the Library and Learning Services team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions relating to finance, accommodation, disability or mental health support, you can send your initial question to email@example.com
Will there still be assessment and exams?
Yes, there will. We believe that assessment provides you with a valuable opportunity to revisit your learning, and ensure that you have understood and can apply what you have learned. Our approach in academic year 2020/21 will support students t deliver their best work whilst ensuring you are not disadvantaged by any actions related to the pandemic.
Will the current situation affect my results?
No. We have taken steps to modify our assessment regulations to ensure that this does not happen. Information about our the temporary measures for the current academic year is available here: https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/temporary-changes-assessment-regulations We will publish any temporary measures for our assessment regulations for the coming academic year shortly.
I am struggling to buy the essential items I will need for my studies, will the University help me?
Yes, students joining the University, and those returning to the University are able to apply to our financial support fund.