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Teaching and learning

Last reviewed: 2pm, 15 January 2021

This year, you’ll learn through a mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching.

Your timetable • Work experience and placements • Specialist equipmentStudent exchanges • Assessments and exams • Postgraduate research students • International students

Your timetable

Your timetable for Semester 2 shows all live teaching sessions, whether face-to-face or online. These have been, and will continue to be, adjusted regularly as we adapt to government regulations and Covid restrictions. 

Following the new national lockdown, all courses other than those designated as essential by the government will be delivered online until at least mid February.

Courses designated essential are:

  • Allied health professions 
  • Nursing and midwifery 
  • Social work 
  • Social care and community studies 
  • Teacher education / Early childhood and inclusion 
  • Policing

Please continue to attend all your timetabled sessions unless you are advised otherwise by your course. When sessions are moved online, they will take place at the same times as they would have done on campus. Check the Blackboard sites for your course and modules regularly for up to date changes.

Access to buildings and study spaces

University buildings will remain open for essential access, including:

  • teaching spaces for scheduled on campus teaching sessions
  • 24/7 access to library resources online and on campus
  • open study spaces safely set up for individual or small group working.

Access to specialist facilities for self-directed learning is limited to the Head Post Office for postgraduate design students only. This is to allow them to complete their final assessment in January.

Please remember that government guidance is to travel as little as possible. You should only come to campus if it is essential for you to do so.

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Specialist equipment

We are expanding our current loan equipment offer so that we can deliver directly to home addresses. This equipment could be for applied learning across timetabled activities, self-directed learning, project work, or for research. 
Our technical team will offer advice on the safe and effective use of all equipment through recorded demos and video calls.

This approach will not be possible across our entire equipment base, so please discuss any equipment requirements with your course tutor in the first instance. 

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If you are an apprentice your teaching will predominantly be delivered online, unless your Course Leader confirms any specific arrangements to support your progress and to meet employer requirements. This includes Apprenticeship Progress Reviews which will continue to be done online, to support your continued development in the workplace.

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Placement based assessment activity will continue as planned. For many courses, Health, Initial Teacher Training and Sandwich placements, this is an integral part of your progression, so, you should attend your placement unless you are specifically told otherwise. You will receive specific communications from your course in the coming days on any changes. Please follow any instructions given by your course or employer for placements.

Sandwich placements

Please refer to the placements pages for support, information and updates.

Education placements

For the most up to date information please refer to our Education page.

Health and social care placements

Support and information for students on health and social care placements can be found on our professional information section.

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Student exchanges

Student exchanges in or out of the UK have sadly been suspended between December 1 2020 and April 30 2021. This includes all inbound and outbound student exchanges for semester 2 of the current academic year, 2020–21. Students affected have been contacted with further information and next steps.

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Assessments and exams

We recognise the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our students’ learning experience. The assessment support page tells you more about our approach to assessment during the pandemic and in the academic year 2020/21. There is also guidance on how we can support you, information about extensions, retakes and support for individual circumstances.

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Postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research students should work remotely online unless you need to access essential specialist equipment, facilities or laboratory space for conducting your research during the national lockdown period. Please speak to your supervisor and check the CORONAVIRUS folder on the Research Degrees Blackboard site for all the latest information and updates that specifically apply for Postgraduate Research students.

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International students

Please read the latest guidance on how we will support your arrival. This includes enrolment, arrival in the UK, airport pick-ups, delays to your arrival, self quarantine, orientation and starting your course. You will be supported throughout by our dedicated International Experience Team

Support with visa applications

We are available online every work day, Monday to Friday, from 11am-12pm BST on Skype @SHUISST to support you with your visa application. Just send a message during the hour, with your name and student number, and we will call you back – there is no need to book.

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