We want to provide you with reassurance about how we intend to open the campus for students for the new academic year in September and explain how we will deliver an excellent teaching and learning experience. It is our intention to provide you with a safe, secure and operational campus when term starts on Monday 14 September 2020.
These are unprecedented times and there remains much uncertainty in what the future holds so whilst none of us know how the global health emergency will evolve over the summer, we can assure you we have a robust teaching, learning and assessment strategy in place to provide you with all the support you need to achieve your learning goals.
In creating a plan which is designed to ensure that we can reopen campus safely, we will put specific measures in place to ensure that we can provide as much face-to-face teaching as possible in the autumn, facilitate your engagement with other staff and students at UCO and enjoy a great learning experience.
From September, we will welcome new and returning students for a mixture of face-to-face campus-based and online teaching, with provision adjusted to be in line with the latest government advice. The skills of our lecturers and support services staff remain the core of our practice and key to helping all our students to achieve so where large physical lectures cannot take place, we will aim to deliver high quality sessions that will be available online as well as running small group activities to supplement your learning. Your safety, wellbeing and success are our absolute priorities.
We are committed to:
While we provide all the assistance you need to get the most from online learning, we want to make sure you have all the support you need to help you study. You will be provided with a dedicated personal tutor and you will have access to a range of specialist support services including the Academic Development team, Careers and Employability, Disability and Wellbeing and the HE Student Services team. We know how important it is to support you on your journey at UCO so all our support services will be ready to look after your individual needs where possible.
To ensure we can deliver an operational campus next term, we are working to implement the following measures over the summer:
Next Steps During the summer our HE Student Services team will be in touch regarding enrolment sessions, providing timetables and signposting you to other support services within UCO as required.
In the meantime, please remember to apply for your student loan if applicable https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/student-loans-company; if your family circumstances have changed since you submitted your application as a result of COVID-19 (or for any other reason), you may be entitled to extra support. Please contact the Student Loans Company https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/student-loans-company for more information.
We will be in regular contact with you over the coming weeks. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing your tutor, or you can contact our Admissions Team on 0161 344 8800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to campus in the autumn at the start of your exciting UCO journey.
With all good wishes
Vice Principal HE and Higher Skills