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Update for students - 5 October 2020 at 5.30pm

Dear Students,

I hope that the first official day of the new academic year has gone well for you.

Study spaces

We have had some enquiries about the situation when a student has an in-person session which runs immediately before or after an online lecture. We did try to minimise such events in creating the timetable, but this was not always possible in every case. There are a number of study spaces available across the campus. In addition to those available in the library, you can find a list here.

If a teaching room is not occupied in a particular slot before or after your in-person session, then you should feel free to use the room to attend an online class or study on your own. Teaching room availability is normally indicated on the TV screens outside the room.

Moving around campus

Thank you for everything that you continue to do to act responsibly in your movements around the campus. The Vice-Chancellor and I really appreciate this.

Please note that if you are awaiting a particular teaching session and the lecturer isn’t yet there but the timetabled room is not in use, it is absolutely fine to go straight in rather than wait outside!


Each module on Learn has a block called ReVIEW into which your on-demand lectures are made available, together with recordings of in-person sessions which are routinely placed into ReVIEW after the session has taken place (normally up to 24 hours afterwards).

ReVIEW is underpinned by a commercial software product called Panopto. This morning, 5th October, Panopto suffered a problem with their European systems which affected a large number of universities including Loughborough. Modules containing the ReVIEW block on Learn were failing to load or loading very slowly. We are monitoring the situation closely and if the problem re-occurs we will take measures to temporarily remove our external connection to Panopto so that you will be able to view everything else on the module pages until full service is restored. We apologise most sincerely for this interruption.

Guidance for Teaching and Learning in Semester 1

Just a quick reminder that there is a lot of key information about teaching and learning in Semester 1 here.

Reminder – Course Rep elections

For the chance to become a Course Rep, you need to apply through the Students’ Union by Wednesday 7th October at 5pm.

Please continue to follow our Seven Golden Rules at all times to play your part in protecting the University community and minimise the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak.

My very best wishes as we start the new academic year.

Professor Rachel Thomson
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching)