Student handbook

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught programmes

Studying Remotely in Semester 1, 2021/22

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.

UPDATED 15/09/2021

In-person teaching is a significant element in the Loughborough student experience. Our teaching delivery is based on providing as much in-person delivery as we can. We therefore normally expect students on all programmes (apart from those specifically designed for distance learning) to be able to attend classes in-person on our campuses.

Many of our programmes include essential in-person elements, using on campus laboratories, studios or IT facilities or may include fieldwork activities.

We take our health and safety responsibilities very seriously and arrangements for in person delivery will be reviewed regularly in light of any changes to local or national guidance related to management of the pandemic.

However, we recognise that the current situation means that for some of our students it might not be possible to attend in-person teaching. Taking into account academic requirements, we have made the following arrangements:

Undergraduate students

We expect all undergraduate students to attend their studies in-person. However, if you have exceptional and serious health-related issues (mental or physical health) which mean in-person teaching might put you at significant risk we may be able to support you to study remotely. Some programmes cannot be studied remotely at all and some programmes can only be studied remotely using specific module choices. A list of all years of all programmes which may be able to accommodate remote study will be published on this page before the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

Please be aware that specific criteria apply, applications must be supported by evidence from a relevant professional 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, after which Schools will assess each request to determine whether remote study can be supported given the student’s selection of modules.

You will not be able to study remotely because of the health concerns of a family member or other person with whom you live. There will be no reduction in tuition fees for studying remotely.

If remote study is approved for Semester one, 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 live online via MS Teams or via a recording in Learn.

The list of Undergraduate programmes where a request to study remotely on the grounds of exceptional and serious health-related issues is available at the bottom of this page.  You may apply here for permission to study remotely in Semester one on the grounds of exceptional health-related issues, using your University IT Credentials.

Postgraduate Taught students - Full Time October 2021 starters

We strongly recommend all postgraduate taught to attend their studies in-person. However, we recognise that some students may not be able to travel to the UK , and so many of our Master’s programmes will be able to accommodate students who wish to opt out of in-person teaching for some or all of the first semester. There will be no reduction in tuition fees for studying remotely. Students must be able to travel and begin their in-person studies on campus at the start of semester 2. (7th February 2022)

Due to their nature, some master’s programmes must be studied in person and on campus. Some programmes may have a limitation on how long they can be studied online. Check if this applies to your course below.

In making your decision, you should review the arrangements for opting out of in-person teaching and ensure you understand the implications. If you wish to apply to opt-out of in-person teaching you should do so as soon as possible and ideally by 24th September 2021.

You may apply here for permission to opt out of in-person teaching in semester one using your University IT Credentials, once you have completed online registration.

Postgraduate Taught students - Full Time January 2021 starters

Many of our postgraduate taught students who started in January 2021 have since been able to travel to the UK and continue their studies in-person. However, we recognise that some students may still be unable to travel to the UK, and we so many of our Master’s programmes will be able to accommodate students who need to opt out of in-person teaching for some or all of their final semester (Semester one of 2021/22). There will be no reduction in tuition fees for studying remotely.

Due to their nature, some master’s programmes must be studied in person and on campus. Some may have a limitation on how long they can be studied online. Check if this applies to your course below.

In making your decision, you should review the arrangements for remote study and ensure you understand the implications. Particularly, if you chose to complete your studies entirely online you should be aware that you will not be eligible to apply for a Graduate Visa to work in the UK after you have completed your studies, and you may be subject to pay tax on your tuition fees in your home country. If you wish to apply to opt-out of in-person teaching you should do so as soon as possible and ideally by 24th September 2021.

You may apply here for permission to opt out of in-person teaching in semester one using your University IT Credentials. 

Note:  if you need to self-isolate, you do not need to apply for remote study. You should, however, report that you are self-isolating to Connect and Protect.