Following the communication issued directly to incoming and returning students on 19 May, we are planning to start our teaching as initially intended, with classes expected to start in the week of October 5 2020. This will be done through a blend of face-to-face and online learning, following an induction period for new students.
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve prioritised the safety and wellbeing of our University community, focusing on our students, our staff, and on supporting the wider community. Therefore, between now and the proposed physical reopening of our campus, we will be closely following UK government guidance and any action taken will be made with our community’s safety in mind.
Plans are in place to ensure we can support you towards your desired learning outcomes, whatever the circumstances.
We are actively monitoring the UK government’s advice and guidance relating to inbound travellers to the UK. This helps us ensure that we have the right measures and arrangements in place to support our new and returning students for the next academic year.
We do have flexibility to accommodate later arrivals onto campus if there are delays in leaving your home country. We will continue to monitor all travel restrictions and we will provide updates where necessary.
What are the reasons for Warwick not offering a term of online teaching? Are you taking the risk seriously?
We believe the best possible university experience for our students comes from excellent face-to-face engagement, which is supported by online learning as well as personal contact. This is what we intend to do provided we can do so safely and effectively. The approach we propose will allow you to further develop your digital capabilities, enabling you to excel in your studies, and become more prepared for the complex, diverse environment you will encounter after graduation.
However, throughout the changing circumstances associated with the pandemic, we have prioritised the safety and wellbeing of our University community. We’ll continue to closely follow UK government guidance, and will be prepared to take the necessary action to protect our community.
If I start my learning online and then this moves to face-to-face, how will this affect my student loan application?
We are engaging with the relevant government departments and will update this FAQ page when we have further information.
How does the University plan to implement social distancing measures? What plans are in place to protect my safety?
The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community is our first and foremost priority. We continue to support our students still on campus, and have put a series of protective measures in place.
Key members of staff from across the University are implementing plans for social distancing in line with Government guidance, and the full reopening of campus. We are exploring a full range of options to protect our community and we are are committed to providing more guidance as soon as this becomes available.
We are planning for the full reopening of campus, which includes our retail, entertainment and sporting facilities. As these facilities reopen, we will rigorously observe social distancing practices as guided by the UK government and Public Health England.
Following the communication issued directly to students on 19 May, academic departments will be providing additional levels of detail to all prospective and returning students in June 2020.
There is a lot of working going on at the moment to restructure teaching plans for the next academic year. This work will take several months, but your department will be able to give you an initial update by the end of June 2020.