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New students: Arrangements for 2021-22

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, and it is critical that our community continues to act with great care and keeps our COVID numbers low. We need everyone to continue to support each other and work together to keep our community safe and well.

We’re really looking forward to the start of the new academic year. Over the last year education and research have been at the heart of helping the world through these unprecedented times, and we look forward to continuing to do so in partnership with our students and wider communities.

We have been working hard to ensure we’re ready to welcome you to an exciting, stimulating and supportive student experience this September. We are striving to keep our campuses safe, providing vibrant and safe learning spaces in line with Government guidelines. We’ll ensure that you can study in a supportive learning community both on campus and online.

When you’re on campus, we encourage you to continue to wear face coverings (unless you’re exempt). Ensuring you keep your distance – where possible – from others on campus will also help with reducing the spread of infection. Whilst social distancing restrictions have been lifted, we ask staff and students to keep left in corridors and thoroughfares and respect each other’s space. We’ll continue to review these measures. Government and University guidance related to reducing the spread of COVID-19 is likely to change, so please ensure you are up to date with the latest information.


Can I study face to face in September 2021?

Yes. Our on-campus experience is going to focus on in-person active and inclusive learning and teaching: you’ll have seminars, practicals and workshops with your peers and in our specialist labs and workspaces. And we’ve continued to structure the face-to-face timetable in teaching blocks as we know this helps you plan your week. We’ve also made changes to our non-teaching spaces to provide flexible and safe places for you to meet between and after classes, and catch up with friends, study or relax.

What steps will be taken to keep me safe on campus?

Our campuses are Covid-19 secure and our on-site delivery conforms to social distancing guidelines.

What happens if there is another lockdown in future?

In the event of a future lockdown, we will follow guidance from the Department for Education and our local public health authorities, and keep you updated on arrangements.

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