Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
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Covid-19 - Spring 2020

Our main concern at this time is your health. We hope that you and those close to you are staying well, staying safe, and navigating the various stresses and anxieties that everyone is experiencing. We will do whatever we can to help.

The department is working hard to support you throughout term 3. You can keep up-to-date with University announcements on measures they're taking to mitigate this period in their student newsletters. We will summarise decisions that affect you here. We're aware a lot of information is coming at you, and so have redesigned this page to highlight the newest updates, and to summarise decisions already made.

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The University has extended all deadlines by 2 weeks; and provided a self-certification process. See the 30 March 2020 email for more information.

Your deadlines have now been updated on Tabula, so please do check there for more information.

If you have any queries, please email

Term 3 teaching and assessment

The University has advised us not to offer in-person teaching or examinations for the remainder of the 2019–2020 academic year. However, our department will make sure you are supported throughout term 3 in the following ways:

  • Your personal tutor will request a face-to-face meeting with you in the first three weeks of term via MS Teams or an alternative that suits you. You are welcome to speak to your personal tutor at any time during the term as you would do normally. All staff have posted updated office hours on individual profile pages
  • Convenors of all the modules you're taking this year will email you and let you know what support is on offer. Convenors will upload online resources and other materials onto the module page they currently use to communicate information: this will be the Moodle page OR the departmental website module page. They will email you directly to let you know exactly what they’re doing. These resources will allow your tutors to engage with you, and you to engage with your modules, in your own time, fitting it in around your other work, any health concerns or caring responsibilities, and so on.
  • Dissertation convenors will continue to offer one-to-one online live dissertation supervision.
  • Our library link, Kate Courage, will keep a list of open access materials you can access regularly updated here.
  • All information about how term 3 assessments will work is online here.

Mitigating Circumstances

Please see Dan Katz's Senior Tutor update from 1 April 2020 here.

Remaining on campus?

We're keen to ensure there are events and options to connect in order to combat isolation for students who are remaining on campus. We recommend the University's Global Connections club, which meets for regular virtual catch ups. They have also set up a Global Challenge for weekend activities.  

The Environmental Sustainability department have also set up an app for students remaining on campus to get involved in monitoring biodiversity across campus. Details will be posted on Insite soon, and further information can be found on the University's wildlife survey page.

A reminder that Wellbeing are running their usual workshops, consultations, wellbeing appointments (virtually or over the phone) and are offering a host of staff support workshops and options to help you all through this difficult time.

Researching your essays

The Library is now closed, but updates from our library link, Kate Courage, on how you continue your studies are posted here. We understand that the range of material you can now access is limited, and we will take this into account. It may help to know that more than 50% of the Library's books, and 75% of its journals, are available digitally. For more information see 'Term 3 teaching and assessment' above.

Help and support

Please continue to contact your personal tutor, the Senior Tutor (Professor Dan Katz), and the University’s wellbeing support services if you would like further advice and guidance. Please also stay up to date as the situation progresses with advice and FAQs at and use the NHS 111 online service if you feel unwell.