Studying Remotely in Semester 1, 2020/21

UPDATED 17/12/2020

The deadline to apply for Remote Study, or to opt out of in-person teaching, has now passed. If you interested in undertaking remote study in semester 2, please refer to the Student Handbook for more information.

Information on Studying Remotely in Semester 1, 2020/21

Note: You must not breach requirements to self isolate or quarantine in order to attend in person teaching. If you are unexpectedly unable to attend due to such a requirement, contact your School administration team as soon as possible.

Our teaching delivery for undergraduates is based on continuing to provide as much in person delivery as we can. We therefore expect students to be able to attend classes from week 1 as in any other academic year. Many of our programmes include essential in person elements, using on campus laboratories, studios or IT facilities or may include fieldwork activities. Some programmes cannot therefore be studied remotely at all and we are unlikely to permit new students to study remotely on any programme. A list of all years of all programmes and whether they can be considered for remote study in Semester 1 is available here.

We recognise that this year presents very considerable challenges for some of our students. We are therefore able to offer continuing students a limited amount of flexibility to start the year on a remote study basis as follows:

All Programmes - Late Arrival by up to 2 weeks

You should aim to be available to attend teaching from 5 October onwards. However, if you can provide evidence that you are planning to arrive and attend in person by the beginning of week 3 of teaching (19 October 2020) this will normally be acceptable if you have a good reason (travel or health issues) and inform the University of your plans.

Please contact your School administration team as soon as possible if you think you will be in this situation and discuss the specific implications for your programme.

Listed Programmes only - Exceptional health-related issues

We now have arrangements in place for you to apply to study remotely for Semester 1 if you have exceptional and serious health-related issues (mental or physical health) which might mean in person teaching puts you at significant risk.

Please be aware that specific criteria apply, applications must be supported by medical evidence and will only be approved in exceptional circumstances. Applications will be considered by academic Schools on the recommendation of the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity team.

You will not be able to study remotely because of the health concerns of a family member or other person with whom you live.

If remote study is approved, staff will aim to provide you with support to cover the content of in person teaching which you have missed where this is not available to you via a recording in Learn.

You may apply here for permission to study remotely on the grounds of exceptional health-related issues online using your University IT Credentials.

Listed Programmes only – Travel issues or general concerns about attending in person

Please note that the University does not recommend the following option. If you do not meet the criteria for remote learning on exceptional health-related grounds, you may request to opt out of in-person sessions at your own risk on the understanding that the University does not guarantee support to cover the content of in person teaching which you are unable to attend and which is not available to you via a recording in Learn. Requests will be considered by your School and no tuition fee discounts will be made. Full details of the implications will be found here and you should read this information carefully if you are considering this option.

You may apply here for permission to study remotely on the grounds of travel issues or general concerns about attending in person (appears as “Opt out of in person sessions” in the on-line system) using your University IT Credentials. You must submit your application by Tuesday 22nd September 2020.

Note: Once the academic year has started, if you need to self isolate, you will not need to apply for remote study. You should however, report that you are self isolating through the Connect and Protect system (further information available shortly).