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 mentioned previously that we were waiting for national guidance on several fronts and we are pleased to say that much of this is now becoming available to us. We know that professional bodies are relaxing certain requirements. We are also informed by what other UK Universities are doing, so that we can ensure our approach is fair and appropriate in a way that protects academic standards and the value of your qualification. As a university it is important that we remain committed to ensuring that the qualifications and degrees we award are of the highest standard.
All the above, as well as the health and wellbeing of students and staff, are influencing our decisions:
- This includes cancelling assessments for Foundation Year and Level 4 (excluding some PSRB programmes), with the aim to progress all students that have demonstrated the potential to succeed.
- For Level 5, Level 6 and Postgraduates this means assessments will continue, albeit in an alternative form with existing assessment deadlines remaining in place where possible. If you are experiencing any difficulties with meeting your deadlines, please see our Extenuating Circumstances webpage which will be updated shortly. Your Programme Team may have already contacted you regarding your assessments, if not they will be in touch next week with more details, so please continue to check your emails and Blackboard.
We remain committed to our aim, which is to actively seek to reduce assessment volume on students and staff during this time, whilst ensuring students have the best opportunity to progress to the next level, be successful and to graduate on time so they can join the workforce, or further study in the autumn.
Remember that all your key services can be accessed remotely, including:
- i-zone – email@example.com
- Student Support Health and Wellbeing – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library Team – email@example.com
- Library search support – firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Learning Developers – email@example.com
- Support for learning resources e.g. Blackboard, Digital Library and Productivity Software can be found via the Student Website.
If at this stage you have any further questions or concerns, which cannot be answered by your Programme Team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org