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Teaching and learning

Last reviewed: 9.30pm, 4 March 2021

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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 will be adjusted regularly as we adapt to government regulations and Covid restrictions. 

Currently, most courses are being delivered online unless they have been designated essential by the government. This will be the case until at at least 12 April. The government will be reviewing arrangements by the end of the Easter holidays.

Please continue to attend all your timetabled sessions unless you are advised otherwise. Online sessions 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 changes.

Resuming face-to-face teaching

Following the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, students on some courses can expect to come back to campus for teaching or to access specialist equipment and facilities.

This will be staggered mainly over the weeks of 8 March and 15 March, with a small number of students returning from the week of 22 March.

Below is a list of the courses we expect to resume campus activities. 

Department Courses
Engineering and Maths Engineering
Service Sector Management Nutrition, Hospitality, Food
Media, Arts and Communications Film and Media Production, Games, Photography, Animation, Journalism, Digital Media Production, MA Game Art, MA Film Making
Natural and Built Environment Architecture, Architectural Technology 
Art and Design  All courses
Institute of Education  BSc Science with Education and QTS 
Acting and Performance
All courses

Note that:

  • other modules and courses could resume campus activities before Easter
  • not all years or modules on a course will necessarily resume campus activities
  • alternative arrangements remain in place for some practical courses – for example, biosciences and chemistry courses will continue online

Please keep checking your Blackboard sites for the latest information. Your teaching team will use Blackboard to tell you when and how campus activities will resume. 

Access to buildings and study spaces

University buildings are open for essential access, including:

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

Specialist and technical spaces must be booked in advance. To find out more and make a booking, visit the specialist spaces page

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 loans for remote learning

Loans of selected specialist equipment are available, and can be provided by home delivery or click and collect from campus. This equipment could be for applied learning across timetabled activities, self-directed learning, project work, or research. 
Our technical team will offer advice on using equipment through recorded demos and video calls.

Please discuss any requirements with our technical team by emailing the ! Technical support inbox

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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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