We trust you are well and that you are excited to be returning to Warwick to study with us in the new academic year 2020/21. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back into the Law School community.
This email builds on our previous communications with you by addressing a set of issues concerning arrangements for your return to campus in relation to teaching and learning.
The University recently sent you an email setting out guidance regarding arrival for Term 1, enrolment, course registration deadlines and delayed arrival. As you are also aware from my own emails to you in the past few months, the University is planning for a mixture of online and in person teaching. In these exceptional circumstances, the Law School is committed to providing you with as much support as possible and, to help us to achieve this and plan for Term 1 classes, we ask all Law students (except Law and Business students - see below) to let us know your expectations of return to campus, preferably by 9 September, by completing the Student Arrival Details Form.
If you are a Law and Business student, you need only fill out this Form, issued by WBS.
We hope that as many of you as possible can return to Warwick for the start of the Academic Year but we also understand that for some this might not be possible.
Non-UK domiciled students, who physically cannot get to the UK, and therefore to campus, may have to delay arrival on campus. The University has therefore given permission for these students to arrive on campus by the start of Term 2, which is 11 January 2021. Please note that the University is granting extensions for no later than 11 January 2021.
We also recognise that UK domiciled students might be unable to start term on 5 October 2020 and we shall therefore be granting permission to delay arrival if certain exceptional circumstances apply. The attached form provides details of the criteria that will be applied – please let us know your own position and provide as much detail as possible so that we can ensure that a prompt decision is made for you. If none of the listed criteria covers your case, you will need to explain the circumstances on which you are basing your request.
It is important that you keep us notified of any change in circumstances so that we can plan appropriately for your module delivery in Term 1. If your request for a delayed arrival is approved, you are welcome to join us at an earlier date than the date for which you had an extension granted should a change in your circumstances permit. In this circumstance, you should resubmit the Student Arrival Details Form, indicating that it is a resubmission, and providing your revised arrival date. Equally, if you need to apply for permission to delay arrival after 9 September because of a change in your circumstances, please complete and resubmit the Form indicating it is a resubmission and your new arrival date.
I also want to take this opportunity to remind all students of the importance of
(i) registering/enrolling online before starting your studies, which you can do now and
(ii) engaging fully in all aspects of your course through the remote teaching and learning channels we are providing, as part of our blended learning strategy.
Under this approach, all students – regardless of their location – will follow lectures delivered online, so there will be no difference in the experience of lectures between those students on campus and those studying remotely. On the majority of modules, in addition to lectures, there are smaller group classes (seminars), which will be delivered either in-person or online. Students studying remotely should be reassured that the online classes will cover the same material as those classes being held in-person and both types of classes will be interactive.
Please feel free to contact Law Reception if you have any questions or concerns regarding the start of term or your academic studies. Law and Business students should contact WBS in the first instance.
With best wishes,
Professor Dallal Stevens
Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2020-21