Student handbook

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught programmes

Studying Remotely in Semester 2, 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.

UPDATED 14/04/2021

We recognise that this year presents very considerable challenges for some of our students. In-person teaching remains a significant element in the Loughborough student experience.  We have now been teaching in-person successfully since the beginning of October and we are confident that our health and safety arrangements are working effectively with no evidence of transmission between students or between staff and students in class when these are followed. 

Many of our programmes include essential in-person elements, using on campus laboratories, studios or IT facilities or may include fieldwork activities. Our teaching delivery is based on continuing to provide as much in-person delivery as we can. We therefore expect students to be able to attend classes in-person where this is permitted by UK Government guidelines.

The Vice-Chancellor’s message of 22 February 2021 asked students studying programmes requiring practical teaching or specialist facilities to return to the University for 8 March 2021 to recommence some in-person teaching.

The Vice--Chanellor's message of 13 April 2021 informed students on programmes which do not require practical teaching or specialist facilitiese that, in line with the recent Government announcement, we will continue to deliver teaching online for the time being.

You do not to confirm your intentions if you are expecting to attend in-person sessions, but you will need to book a Covid test upon your return to campus and weekly thereafter. You will also need to ensure you use the University’s Digital Registers to check-in to your in-person teaching sessions.

Exceptions for students based outside of the UK

Students studying programmes with activities in specialist facilities

If you are on a programme that includes practical teaching or activities in specialist facilities (e.g. studios, workshops and laboratory spaces), in-person practical teaching on your programme recommenced in the week commencing 8 March 2021. Details of programmes in this category can be found here. This list will be updated shortly with details of a further group of programmes where students require access to specialist spaces and who will be invited to return to in person teaching in the summer term.

If you were based outside of the UK and were not able to travel back to the UK in time to resume in-person teaching for 8 March 2021, then you should have already notified the University and received agreement from your School. You should be planning to arrive back in the UK in order to resume in person teaching in the week commencing 26 April 2021 (or 19 April 2021 if your School has advised you that this is required) at the latest.

If you are not able to return by the required date in April, it may not be possible to complete all of the practical work required this academic year. If you think this will be the case, please contact your School administration team if you have not already done so, as soon as possible and ideally before the summer term starts, to enable them to discuss the specific implications with you.

Students studying programmes without activities in specialist facilities

You are advised to return to enable you to attend in-person teaching when it recommences. This will be when Government guidelines allow. You do not need to apply to opt-out of in-person teaching while all teaching on your programme is belng delivered online. However, if you are based outside of the UK and not able to travel or have other concerns about returning to the UK once in-person teaching resumes, you can apply here to opt out of in-person teaching and complete Semester Two fully online. In making your decision, you should review the arrangements for remote study 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 before the summer term starts.

For students on Postgraduate Taught programmes: Our current expectation is that you will need to continue your studies in-person from 23 June 2021 at the latest, but we will review this position closer to that time. There is no University commitment to offer remote study after this date.

Students based in the UK

If you are currently based in the UK, you will be expected to return for in-person teaching when it recommences. This is currently:

We willl not normally be able to make exceptions to this, unless you are unable to return due to exceptional circumstances or serious health-related issues (mental or physical health).  If you wish to apply to opt out of in-person teaching because of exceptional circumstances you can do so here. In making your decision, you should review the arrangements for remote study 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 before the summer term starts. Please see the section further below on exceptional health-related issues.

For students on Postgraduate Taught programmes: Our current expectation is that you will need to continue your studies in-person from 23 June 2021 at the latest, but we will review this position closer to that time. There is no University commitment to offer remote study after this date.

Exceptional health-related issues

We have arrangements in place for you to apply to study remotely for Semester two if you have exceptional and serious health-related issues (mental or physical health) which mean in-person teaching might put you at significant risk. 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 and whether they can be considered for remote study in Semester two is available below for Undergraduate programmes and Postgraduate Taught programmes.

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 for semester two, 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 in semester two on the grounds of exceptional health-related issues.

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 through the Connect and Protect system.