We’d like to officially introduce our new team of student content creators, who are here to share their uni experience with you and keeping you up-to-date with everything related to student life at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Peer Mentor and First Year BA Hons Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring Student, Tom, is sharing his advice on studying at home and looking after your wellbeing during COVID-19.
The Take-Home examination timetable for Semester 2 Programmes is now available here.
Please check the dates as it is important that you are available to undertake your assessment at the specified time, as these are formally set dates.
The University Chapel is closed. But that’s not going to stop the Chaplaincy Team!
This year our usual Maundy Thursday Service will be live and online. We shall meet at 3pm this Thursday (9 April) via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to join in, please send an email to Jeremy.email@example.com simply putting Maundy Thursday as the subject. An invitation with be sent to you. If you are willing, there is also a little bit of preparation to do before the Service (all will become clear). Please gather together the following items:
We may be off campus but we are still here for you over the Easter Holidays!
However, please note there are some changes to our services during this period particularly over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (10 -13 April inclusive).
The Universities and Students’ Unions operating in the Medway and Canterbury area have made a joint request to private landlords and accommodation providers.
The Universities and Students’ Unions are working together to try and counteract the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and to mitigate the turmoil this has caused for students and staff across all of our campuses.
As part of our commitment to supporting our Level 5, 6 and 7 students through their assessments in these challenging times we are putting in place alternative forms of assessment.
Most formal exams that were due to take place as face to face exams will now take place as a Take-Home Online Exams.
While many students will already have travelled home, we know that many of you have decided to stay in Canterbury so we thought it would be helpful to provide information on support that is available to you.
The Government’s advice is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel. If you are living in student halls, or private rented accommodation, you should remain there and stay indoors while current restrictions are in force.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. So the Student Disability Service has written the following blog post to raise awareness and also highlight what their service can provide support with. Remember they are still available remotely during this time and if you are struggling with the current situation they are there to help.
Our University role is to provide students with the opportunity to complete their programme and enable registration as a healthcare professional in line with the anticipated outcome of study.
As students you signed up for a specific programme, and as your University we would normally consult with students prior to implementing any changes. We are however in exceptional times and are having to develop a timely response to a rapidly changing external context.
Many of you will quite understandably be concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your research and research-related activities, and the impact that this might have on your studies and award. Clearly, the closure of the University’s campuses in Canterbury, Medway and Tunbridge Wells, and the need to avoid face-to-face interactions and social gatherings to achieve social distancing outcomes, requires that research and research-related activities are undertaken in different ways, or if this is not possible, suspended.
Working with the Students’ Union, we are aware that many students remain understandably anxious about the impact coronavirus is having on their lives, their studies and potentially their assessments.
As we continue to work on the detail around assessments for Level 5, Level 6 and Level 7 (non-professional body programmes), we want you to know that this is being done with very careful consideration for your current off-campus situation and all the challenges that this is likely to involve.
Our aim has always been to support you through this difficult situation in a compassionate and fair way – supporting your wellbeing, recognising your achievements so far and maintaining the integrity and value of your qualifications to ensure your future success.
As such we are pleased to be able to provide you with further reassurances as follows:
With everything that is going on in the world and the UK now on lockdown, volunteering may well be the furthest thing from your mind, but there are still many ways you can safely help your local community and continue volunteering in these difficult times. If you want to help, but aren’t sure how, here are a few ways you can get involved.
This information is primarily for final placement students, but may be relevant to all 2nd year student should placement arrangements alter.
During these uncertain times where things can feel stressful and scary, now more than ever you need to look after your wellbeing… And remember, we’re here to support you! We know that following the five ways to wellbeing is a good way to feel in control, remain optimistic and stay positive…
We are committed to supporting our students through their assessments in these challenging times and so are making it easier for those students affected to apply for as much support as they need, for a longer period of time.
As Universities Minister, I wanted to write to students in higher education to explain the latest developments in the battle against COVID-19.
I want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to keep you safe and to mitigate the worst effects of the virus on you and your education. The Government is working closely with the HE sector on a wide range of issues, and student wellbeing is at the heart of those discussions.
We hope you are keeping well and the transition to off campus learning is progressing smoothly. We are grateful for your continued understanding as we all adjust to this new way of working and studying.
The impact of school closures, requirements for vulnerable groups and carers, self-isolation and social distancing for all, is significant. We acknowledge these will have an impact on your studies and your ability to complete assessments and placements. We would like to assure you that we are taking these factors into account as we design our revised requirement for enabling your progression and success.
We are working in a complex environment with uncertain information, however in the last 24 hrs we received some further information in relation to the way forward for our PSRB Health programmes. This was also discussed in a Webinar with HEE, the NMC and the Council of Deans for Health UK, last night. There is some clarity, but everything is moving at such a pace that it is important to note that things may still change.
We may have moved to a virtual campus, but you can still access many of your usual IT services from home. This includes email, Office applications, and for a limited period, even Adobe Creative Cloud.