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Our Connected University has all the tools and services necessary to support our students’ learning and development through a combination of virtual and on-campus delivery. Below, you can find details of how everything will work when you join us or return to the University this September.
Check out this video to learn more about our blended approach…
From the start of the new academic year in September 2020, Staffordshire University will adopt a blended approach to learning and teaching. We will continue to review our approach based on the latest official guidance to ensure we are acting in the best interests of our students, staff and local communities.
Blended learning means that you can expect a mixture of virtual lectures and face-to-face delivery in smaller groups on campus within a COVID-secure learning environment. Given current guidance, we expect all larger lectures to be delivered online for at least the first semester, because full lecture theatres do not lend themselves to effective social distancing.
Social distancing measures will be in operation across all our campuses to facilitate a safe learning environment during all face-to-face sessions and in-person activities.
Through our blended approach, you will benefit from face-to-face teaching on campus in smaller groups, supported by larger online sessions. All students will have classes delivered on campus through a more intensive study pattern, which may mean not attending the University in person every week. You will receive regular academic mentoring, plus access to support services across the University, either online or face-to-face where necessary.
Timetabling information will be released at the beginning of September 2020. In line with our 2030 strategy, we are confident that our blended approach to learning and teaching will contribute to a more flexible, engaging and innovative student experience for years to come – crisis or no crisis.
At Staffordshire University, we are committed to creating a safe learning environment for students using our labs. In this video, our brilliant and friendly Academics talk you through the measures that have been put in place to ensure a safe environment for our students.
We appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a situation that is subject to rapid change, meaning the measures we put in place today may need to be modified during the coming weeks and months. For example, if the infection rate continues to fall, the Government may take the decision to relax social distancing measures further. Alternatively, if cases begin to rise, authorities may decide to introduce another period of lockdown. At present, it’s difficult to predict with any level of certainty how the situation will develop.
Please rest assured that Staffordshire University will continue to act in accordance with official guidance from the UK Government and other relevant authorities, and we have been planning for a wide range of scenarios to ensure that our approach remains as flexible as possible. Whatever the circumstances, our TEF Gold-rated institution is fully committed to delivering first-class, industry-driven courses to our curious and daring students throughout the 2020/21 academic year and beyond.
We are confident that the comprehensive suite of blended delivery methods that our team has been developing can be tailored to suit any requirement and every eventuality, regardless of the global landscape. When it comes to the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and local communities – and the quality of the education we deliver – we are not willing to compromise.
We will continue to share further details about the measures we are putting in place for the 2020/21 academic year over the coming weeks and months to keep all students and staff informed of any changes.
The same range of outstanding student support services is available to all our students, with even greater flexibility than ever before. These services will include everything from academic support and guidance and international student support to advice on health and wellbeing and money matters – and everything in between.
Our team will be on hand to help with any issues that arise during your time studying here at the University, offering guidance and assistance both remotely and face to face.
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We are changing the way we deliver our courses from September 2020 to ensure a great student experience within a COVID-secure environment.
To learn more about the approach that each of our departments is taking, please click on the link that applies to you:
For further details of Staffordshire University’s blended approach to teaching and learning, please visit staffs.ac.uk/coronavirus.
Staffordshire University is following the latest government guidance regarding the use of face coverings on our campuses. Find out more about the use of face coverings on campus by visiting our Face Coverings information webpage.
This page was last updated on Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 10.56am. Please check back for the latest guidance.
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