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Studying with us during coronavirus in 2020 to 2021

Our plans for campus in 2020 to 2021

How we've opened campus for some teaching and student support and what it means for you

A safe home for #TeamMDX

Our London campus is open for students and staff with essential reasons to visit.

National lockdown restrictions during January and February mean that we're asking you to only come when you’ve got an important reason, like face to face teaching or to access study spaces.

If you come you'll see there will be some restrictions in place, based on government guidance and our own health and safety assessments.

  • Access to campus and services

We've planned access to our campus and how we'll deliver teaching and student services following four tiers set out by the Department for Education.

We may need to move to between tiers for temporary periods depending on changes to government health and safety advice. We will consider both external advice and the University’s Regulations before taking any decisions.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that the skills and knowledge that you gain on your course are not affected by any adjustments that we might make. Where we do make any changes, we'll always keep you informed.

Our current status

We're currently in Tier 3 of access to campus.

This means we will move the majority of our teaching online with only some essential face to face activities. Details on how your course is taught is provided on our course pages.

Our campus remains open but access to services will be limited.

Tier 1:

Campus open with blended teaching taking place online and face to face

Tier 2:

Campus open with temporary additional safety measures in place

Tier 3:

Campus open for essential teaching and services

Tier 4:

Limited access to campus

  • Four tiers of access to campus and services

    • What you need to know

      Education

      Research

      Accommodation

      Campus Services

      Student support

      TIER 1 : CAMPUS OPEN WITH BLENDED TEACHING ONLINE AND FACE TO FACE

      Where it's possible, teaching on your course will follow Scenario 2 on the course page. In some cases we'll teach you online at first, and then you will follow Scenario 1. If you can't make it to campus, you'll be able to learn fully online and follow Scenario 1.

      A small amount of face to face teaching across the majority of subject areas will take place on campus where possible, with safety measures in place including face coverings and 1+ metre distancing.

      Online learning activities in place for all students with alternative sessions for those unable to travel to campus.

      Lectures and other large, group teaching will be delivered online will be recorded.

      A small amount of funded and lab-based research on campus, including some associated PGR students, with distancing in place

      Halls open, with enhanced health and safety measures across accommodation.

      Face coverings will be mandatory while in communal spaces, with controlled access to Halls.

      Socially distanced services, including takeaway food.

      Sports pitches used for socially distanced activities.

      Limited meeting spaces will be bookable.

      Student support delivered mainly online, with some face to face support available.

      Library open with restricted access to materials and limited, bookable study spaces.

      Students’ Union support and activities delivered mainly online.

      TIER 2 : CAMPUS OPEN WITH TEMPORARY ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE

      If rates of COVID-19 increase, we will reduce the amount of face to face teaching taking place on campus. For information on how this will affect your course, see information under ‘Teaching and learning with additional restrictions in place’. 

      A small amount of face to face teaching across the majority of subject areas will take place on campus where possible, with safety measures in place including face coverings and 1+ metre distancing.

      Where students commute to campus, public health guidance on safer travel to be adhered to.

      Online learning activities in place for all students who are unable to undertake face to face study.

      Lectures and other large, group teaching will be delivered online and will be recorded.

      As above.

      Halls open, with enhanced health and safety measures across accommodation.

      Face coverings will be mandatory while in communal spaces, with controlled access to Halls.

      Socially distanced services, including takeaway food in the Quad and MDX House.

      Sports facilities available only for scheduled teaching.

      Prayer room open for individual prayer but closed for services.

      Student support delivered mainly online.

      Library to open with restricted access to materials and limited, bookable study spaces.

      Students’ Union support and activities delivered mainly online.

      TIER 3 : CAMPUS OPEN FOR ESSENTIAL TEACHING AND SERVICES

      If local or national restrictions are in place, we will move the majority of our teaching online. For information on how this will affect your course, see information under ‘Teaching and learning with additional restrictions in place’. Our campus will remain open, but some of the services available will be limited.

      Very limited face to face teaching will take place, mainly where it is a requirement by an external body or linked to practical skills development required for professional placements.

      All online with separate arrangements for NHS placements and some other exceptional circumstances.

      Limited laboratory work where essential for research contracts and it is safe to undertake.

      Halls open, with enhanced health and safety measures across accommodation.

      Where Government advice is that students remain in halls, additional support for these students to be put in place.

      Limited food available to take away from at least one catering outlet.

      Student support delivered mainly online.

      Limited bookable study spaces available. Access to other library materials and services restricted.

      Students’ Union support and activities delivered mainly online.

      TIER 4 : LIMITED ACCESS TO CAMPUS

      If we are required to further restrict access to campus due to government or external advice, teaching will remain online and will follow Scenario 1 on your course page. Many campus services will be restricted.

      All online with separate arrangements for NHS placements and some other exceptional circumstances.

      Limited laboratory work where essential for research contracts and it is safe to undertake.

      Limited use prioritised to support those who are unable to leave.

      A small numbers of essential services are open.

      All services delivered online with emergency on-call arrangements in place.

      Limited bookable study spaces available.

    • Teaching and learning with additional restrictions in place

      Arts and Creative Industries

      In Tier 2, we will aim to provide limited face to face teaching as outlined on Scenario 2 on the course page. However, this may change due to staff availability.

      In Tier 3 and 4, all teaching will move online and follow Scenario 1 on the course pages.

      Business School

      In Tier 2, we will aim to provide limited face to face teaching as outlined on Scenario 2 on the course page. This may change due to staff availability however.

      In Tiers 3 and 4, all teaching will move online and follow Scenario 1 on the course pages.

      Health and Education

      In Tier 2, we will aim to provide limited face to face teaching as outlined on Scenario 2 on the course page, and especially where sessions are required to prepare students for practical placements.

      In Tiers 3 and 4, we will move most teaching online. There may be some exceptions at Tier 3 where practical work is essential to achieve learning outcomes for courses. You will receive information by email about plans for your course.

      Law

      In Tier 2, we will aim to provide limited face to face teaching as outlined on Scenario 2 on the course page. This may change due to staff availability however.

      In Tiers 3 and 4, all teaching will move online and follow Scenario 1 on the course pages.

      Science and Technology

      In Tier 2, we will aim to provide limited face to face teaching as outlined on Scenario 2 on the course page. This may change due to staff availability however.

      In Tiers 3 and 4, we will move most teaching online. There may be some exceptions at Tier 3 where practical work is essential to achieve learning outcomes for courses. You will receive information by email about plans for your course.

Safety measures on campus

When you have the opportunity to come to campus, you’ll notice we’ve put the following measures and guidelines in place to keep you safe:

  • Controlled access to some buildings and some one way circulation
  • Enhanced hygiene with more regular anti-bacterial cleaning
  • In communal spaces, face coverings won't be required when two metre social distancing is in place
  • In teaching and learning spaces and meeting rooms, face coverings will be required as well as remaining one metre apart at all times
  • There might be additional PPE required in specialist areas like labs and workshops

Your teaching and learning experience

We’ve made our teaching as flexible as possible so learning works around you and your commitments. Your course page has full details on what to expect in your first few months including:

  • Interactive live lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, demos and practice sessions
  • On demand learning that you choose when and where to follow
  • Personal conversations like one to ones with academics
  • Student lead group learning and collaboration on projects

Our teaching plans for 2020 to 2021

Student support services

You'll have a strong support network over the next few months and throughout your time here.

Library and IT support

  • Remote access to all the key resources on your reading list
  • One to one and group sessions for personal learning support
  • Subject specific support from librarians
  • IT support with any technical problems.

Study spaces and computers

Our library will be open with spaces to study including desktop computers. We’ll also have long and short term laptop loans.

More about IT and library services

Academic support

You’ll have your own network of people to help you, including an academic tutor, other students and learning experts for support with academic skills.

Disability support

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service is here to support you with any conditions that affect how you study. Get advice now or when you start

Personal support

Student welfare advice – for any financial, practical or legal difficulties

Counselling and Mental Health Service - for help with different mental health challenges and diagnoses.

More about student support

Your welcome to student life

We’ve got a mix of virtual and real life experiences planned so that that you’re prepared for your course and feel like part of our community.

  • Ready for anything online talks and interactive sessions running from now to the start of term
  • Your online Welcome and Freshers Week
  • Events and chances to meet people and network.

Your new uni life