This year has been extraordinary and challenging for many people. Our students and staff have been fantastic in their response to the pandemic, and we are proud to have continued teaching and learning throughout - both online and face-to-face on our Covid-secure campuses.
We are pleased that the UK Government’s roadmap for Covid-recovery continues to progress. We all hope that most restrictions will have been lifted by September and we are planning our 2021/22 academic year on that basis. We are hopeful that students and staff will be able to look forward to a University experience which is much closer to the experience before the pandemic. We are conscious that our new and continuing students will have missed out on a lot of the activities and opportunities that they would have hoped to enjoy, and we want to provide as many of these as we can.
However, the last year has also brought new ways of learning and working that people have welcomed - we’re keen to hold onto those where students and staff have told us they want them. We will continue to learn and respond to student feedback and we will always seek to provide services in the ways that best reflect our students’ needs.
In making these plans, the health and safety of our students, staff and the local community remains paramount. We know that the situation may change - we will move forward in a way that is Covid-safe and allows us to take account of any changes in the national or local picture.
We will act in accordance with any measures that are introduced by the UK Government and authorities in response to the Covid situation. We will always ask our students and staff to act in accordance with the latest guidelines.