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Teaching and learning

Last reviewed: 12pm, 15 October 2020

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

Your timetable • Technical and specialist spaces • Work experience and placements • Assessments and exams • International students

Your timetable for the next few weeks

From 5 October, we increased the proportion of online teaching in your timetable. This was a precautionary measure in light of rising local cases of Covid-19 and likely changes to local restrictions.

Some face-to-face teaching is still taking place, so please keep attending your timetabled sessions on campus where possible. 

Very High (Tier 3) restrictions

Tier 3 restrictions come into force in Sheffield at 00:01 on 24 October

We are working with the Students’ Union to consider the impact that new restrictions will have on our teaching and on-campus experience. We will confirm these plans and any changes with you as soon as possible.

Access to buildings and study spaces

We believe you should still have opportunities to participate in face-to-face teaching and learning, to provide a rich and engaging experience during these challenging times. 

University buildings will remain open, including access to study spaces and resources. This includes: 

  • 24/7 access to library resources online and on campus
  • the use of bookable studios, labs and specialist study spaces
  • open study spaces safely set up for individual or small group working.

Checking your timetable

Check the Blackboard sites for your course and modules every day. These will tell you which sessions are online and which are taught on campus. 

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.

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Face-to-face learning

We’ll deliver as many seminars, workshops, practical and laboratory sessions as we can on campus.

In order to keep everyone safe, group sizes may be smaller to meet social distancing guidelines. We expect you to attend all of these sessions if you can. For those unable to attend campus sessions, you can access all of the online learning materials.

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The University is still open and support will continue to be available virtually for students on placement.

Sandwich placements

If you are on a sandwich placement you should follow the advice and guidance of your employer and any local lock down protocols. Please refer to the placements pages for support, information and updates.

Education placements

Whilst on an education placement you are advised to follow the placement provider's policies and guidelines in line with local risk assessments. For the most up to date information please refer to our Education page.

Health and social care placements

Students on health and social care placements should continue to follow University and Public Health England advice. Support and information can be found on our professional information section.

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Assessments and exams

We are reducing the number of traditional exams throughout your course, particularly in the earlier years. Instead, we’ll be putting more focus on assessing you in ways which more accurately represent how you’ll apply your knowledge in your future career. Find out more.

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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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