We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus in September and working with you to create a safe and fulfilling place to study. The University of Suffolk will be starting its new academic year on 21 September 2020, with Nursing students starting on 7 and 14 September.
There are two overarching principles that are guiding the experience for the next year:
- Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider community.
- Providing high-quality face to face learning and teaching for all of our new and returning students, supported and enriched by online learning.
Key features of our new academic year for all students at the Ipswich Waterfront Campus include:
- All students will experience a significant part of their course on campus and face to face.
- A priority for on campus learning and teaching will be access to specialist facilities (including laboratories, clinical simulation, and art studios), group and individual tutorials, small group seminars or workshops, and study facilities and resources. To ensure we can achieve this in Semester one, we will use our virtual learning environment to provide online lectures.
- Access will be in groups that meet obligations for social distancing in place at that time.
- All libraries in the UK are currently prevented from opening by law; we will open our library as soon as it is legal and safe to do so. In the meantime, library resources will be available online.
- We will finalise our timetable for semester two (which starts at the end of January 2021) by November 2020 to give the maximum opportunity to increase the face to face and on campus component of all courses for semester two within the Government guidelines.
- Our approach to assessment in the 2020/21 academic year will support students to deliver their best work whilst ensuring that students are kept safe and not disadvantaged by actions related to managing the current pandemic.
- If there should be a further period of local or national lockdown, we will ensure that there is minimum disruption to the delivery of our courses and that our students can continue to learn and progress.
We recognise that at this time, no university can guarantee a fully open and operational campus for its students. We are however committed to ensuring that all of our new and returning students have access to their course teams, library resources, and the support services necessary to support them in their learning, as well as creating a safe and friendly community campus in which we can all work and learn during this ever-changing time.
Please note the campus is currently closed, including the Library, however we are working towards the re-opening of campus facilities for teaching to start from 21 September.