Studying and research – your academic experience

Our plan is to be able to offer you a full campus-based and in-person teaching experience that provides full access to our world class teaching and learning facilities.

This may change if there are changes to government regulations or guidance but we have reasons to feel optimistic and are very much looking forward to welcoming you in September.

What will it be like in September?

Our plan is to be able to offer you a full campus-based and in-person teaching experience that provides full access to our world class teaching and learning facilities. In addition, we recognise that many of our students have found enhanced digital material helpful in supporting their learning, so we will be using our extensive expertise in online and digital learning to supplement and enhance your teaching experience whilst you’re on campus. We can also use online learning as a back-up option for any students that are unable to access campus due, for example, to travel restrictions.

This may change if there are changes to government regulations or guidance but we have reasons to feel optimistic and are very much looking forward to welcoming you in September.

Your learning experience

Your course will begin in September and will be delivered on campus 

If you're pursuing a taught programme or have a taught element in your programme, lectures will be on campus. We recognise that students have found digital material helpful, so we will be making lectures available online where possible. Seminars in small groups will be delivered in person and on campus, and online where required. 

You will meet regularly with your Personal Academic Tutor

To ensure you’re supported throughout your studies, at the start of term you’ll be assigned to an online academic tutor group where you and up to 20 of the students on your course will meet with a designated personal tutor regularly. These sessions are designed to build your confidence, help you get to know and learn from other students, and provide a strong link to an academic tutor who will support your progress through your studies. You’ll also be able to meet with your tutor one-to-one, focusing on assessment feedback and also giving you chance to discuss any other issues. 

Our study spaces, including the Main Library, will be open from the start of term with access to computer clusters

Our study spaces, including the Main Library, will be open from the start of term to provide you with space to study in an airy, safe environment, while observing social distancing where necessary. As well as bookable computers across campus, we have plenty of outdoor spaces with Wi-Fi. Our high-speed Wi-Fi is available in all study spaces and University and partner accommodation.

We have enhanced our extensive online collection of resources, books and journals that you can access through the Library from anywhere in the world, and we have increased the range of software that is available online, including free access to Office365.

Our high quality student support services are available for all students

We are committed to supporting you from before you arrive right through to your graduation and beyond to ensure that you get the most out of your university experience. Everyone is different and our range of support services are tailored to your personal needs. From support for your mental health and wellbeing, through to supporting you with your finances, housing, employment, a disability or with your future career, we have professionals who are vastly experienced whatever your needs may be.

The University Graduate School provides dedicated support and opportunities for all postgraduates. The University Graduate School website is a gateway to information, support, and community for postgraduate students. Once you begin your studies at the university, you will receive a monthly newsletter from the University Graduate School to help keep you informed about opportunities available to you during your time here.