September 2020. We’ve got you.

We are ready to welcome you in September – our people and our campuses are fully prepared to deliver high-quality education within a safe and engaging environment.

The quality of your learning experience is extremely important to us, which is why we have just been ranked 1st in the UK and 8th worldwide for the quality of our education (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020). That’s an accolade we are committed to keeping.

Here are some of the ways we are planning and preparing our campuses and teaching plans to ensure you have the experience and education you expect in September.

Preparing yourself for September

It’s not long now until courses start. There is still time to take our free Head Start programme, available online, as preparation for university study.

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We have introduced a range of measures to maintain a safe campus environment in the new term and developed a set of guidance to help keep you safe on campus.

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Online Learning

Our online learning is managed through Blackboard, with a full set of tools and resources to make the experience engaging and interactive. You’ll be supported to study independently and to take part in live online classes, all planned to complement your on-campus learning.

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International Students

We welcome students from all over the world and this information provides guidance on what you need before you move to the UK.

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Living in halls is an integral part of your campus experience. We can, therefore, guarantee a safe and secure place in university-owned or partnered accommodation for first-year students. Our residence life team are planning virtual social events to support your transition to University life.

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Lock-down life in Cumbria

We’re lucky that our north-based campuses allow for access to the countryside and activities that it’s hard to get elsewhere. Each of our campuses in Cumbria and Lancaster have unique activities such as hikes, fell-walks, mountain bike trails and open water swimming opportunities on your doorstep. Without even having to drive a mile.

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For those making an application or with a newly confirmed offer, we have put together a range of FAQs.

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Access to campus

We are re-opening our campuses step by step during August. We will have all our campuses open in September with additional safety measures in place. Your course will be taught through a mix of online classes and on-campus study. You will get a timetable (available to you in the last week of August) showing all the teaching sessions for your programme. Typically, most students will have about a third of their classes on campus but this varies by programme – we have planned carefully so that you are taught on campus for the essential elements of your programme that cannot be studied online. You will also have the opportunity to access the libraries, study skills development and personal support (remotely and on-campus) when you need to.

We are managing the campuses to ensure social distancing can be maintained: we will control the numbers of people on campus every day, activities will be planned to minimise the chances of contact and an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place. Where appropriate Personal Protective Equipment will be used to ensure these activities can be carried out safely and in line with PHE guidance. You’ll be asked to complete a personal risk assessment that means we can work with you to put extra measures in place if there is a need for extra caution because of your personal circumstances or your health.

We also have contingency plans in place to let you continue studying if local restrictions are brought in that mean we have to stop on-campus work for a time.

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