Teaching and learning

Information around students' learning experience, available support and resources, safety on campus and study bubbles.

We have created detailed plans for learning and teaching which will meet social distancing rules and will create a safe environment in which you can learn. This involves moving to teaching students in small groups face-to-face, holding lectures online, reducing the number of students within specialist facilities and teaching students within specified zones of the campus. We will continue to follow Government and PHE guidance around Covid-19 in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff.

Visit our Be safe on campus guide for an overview of what life on campus will be like.

For full student FAQs surrounding teaching and learning visit our Information for students pages.

Lots of academic content is available online and course teams will be flexible in supporting students to self-isolate. Students should contact their academic advisor for advice on their studies.

In academic year 2020/21, courses will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. Importantly, the teaching content students receive won’t change; it will be what was planned for the academic year 2020/21 before the current Covid-19 outbreak. Not only does this maximise the learning experience, it also ensures that we support our more vulnerable learners, including those who may need to self-isolate or shield.

  • What is a study bubble?
    We have scheduled teaching for student groups within courses and modules in specific zones on campus. Students will study in these allocated teaching groups for campus-based core modules and this will be their study bubble.
  • How do study bubbles work?
    By remaining in their allocated study bubbles they will limit contact with other students. This can help to mitigate Covid-19 infection risks. It is important that students keep to their allocated bubbles and do not swap bubbles with other students after teaching commences.
  • How many study bubbles are students in?
    The majority of students will be in one or two study bubbles but elective choices, academic adviser sessions or specialist lab-based modules may result in them being in other study bubbles.
  • Can students change study bubbles?
    To minimise the risk of spread of the Covid-19 infection, students should attend their scheduled on-campus sessions and remain in their allocated study bubbles. They must not swap or attend study bubbles that they are not allocated to.
  • What happens if there is a confirmed Covid-19 case in a student's study bubble?
    Students will be notified if there is a risk of possible Covid-19 infection and if any sessions need to be changed. All teaching rooms are cleaned in accordance with our Cleaning Charter and this minimises the risk of infection for students and staff.
  • Will students be turned away if they turn up to class and it’s not their study bubble in session?
    To minimise the risk of spread of the Covid-19 infection, students should attend their scheduled on-campus sessions and remain in their allocated study bubbles. Tutors will check the study bubble list with students attending before the session begins. Students will be asked to leave any study bubble sessions on campus that they have not been scheduled to attend.
  • How do study bubbles work with accommodation?
    There is no relationship between study and accommodation bubbles apart from nursing students. Students will be in different accommodation and study bubbles.

The Government has confirmed that from 17 May all remaining university students can return to campus for in-person teaching as part of the further easing of restrictions in England. This means that students can return to campus for in-person teaching in line with their timetable. The university is required to maintain social distancing until at least 21 June so students will continue to access blended learning. Students affected by this updated guidance will receive an email from their School advising of any changes.