For this academic year, we've developed an approach that allows us to provide an excellent learning environment while keeping students and staff safe.
The experience of our students is at the heart of planning for the coming academic year, with a blend of on campus and online delivery. This enables us to continue to deliver our programmes in ways that keep staff and students safe while also relaxing some restrictions in line with government guidance.
The blended pattern of delivery has been designed following extensive student feedback over the past 18 months, through student surveys and Unitu, our online feedback platform. We have a much greater understanding of which activities work well online, and which work better on campus, and we have designed the timetable with the student experience at the centre.
As we move through the semester, we will continue to reflect on and review our approach to the delivery of teaching, so that we can respond both to student feedback and to changes in the external environment.
Large group lectures will be mostly online as we know that they work well for students. They will be live, and recorded where possible so that students can access the recordings at any point in the year. Other activities, which make up a considerable proportion of the timetable, such as seminars, workshops and practicals will be on campus. We have maintained some online occurrences where possible to cater for our most vulnerable students and staff and also to help students who will need to self-isolate if they test positive for Covid.
Field activities will take place both on campus and at external locations where safe and appropriate. Dissertation supervision sessions and tutorials will either be on campus or online depending on your preference and the nature of the work being supervised.
A wide range of campus facilities will also be available, including the access to the library bookshelves and study seats, careers activities, social learning spaces, studios, clubs and societies at the Students' Union, to name just a few. Students can also book time in workshops at Sion Hill and Locksbrook, as well as practice and rehearsal spaces across our campuses.
In some cases, adjustments have been made to programmes in the context of Covid-19. If this is the case for your programme then a Programme Change Form will be published on your Minerva course page which will provide details of any changes to the Definitive Programme Document. If you have any questions about this you should consult your Programme Leader, Subject Leader or Module Tutor.