UCA in 2020 - 2021

Teaching and life at UCA for 2020-2021

We’re doing everything we can to make sure our students make the most of their time with UCA. We’re continually reviewing how we work, in line with Government guidelines in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

This page provides you with the essential information you need to know about your learning experience and life at UCA this year.

  • Teaching

    We have begun a staggered return to our campuses from the 12 April all courses will return to a blended delivery of teaching. Our priority is to deliver the best learning and overall University experience we can while adhering to Government guidelines and ensuring your health and safety.

    We plan to offer:

    • As much personalised teaching with our academic and technical experts as we can, dependent on Public Health England guidelines and national and local restriction
    • Access to the state-of-the-art facilities in our workshops and studios, from animation suites and virtual reality labs to weaving looms, printing presses and pottery kilns
    • Keep some elements online where it is appropriate, to complement the learning activities taking place on campus

    Changes to our learning spaces include maximum room occupancies and other measures to support social distancing. Staggered timetables and directional signage help to regulate the flow of people moving between our spaces. You will need to wear face coverings on campus and take part in regular asymptomatic Covid-19 testing.

    You can find specific information on how your course is running on our course welcome guide pages.

    Canterbury course welcome guide 
    Epsom course welcome guide 
    Farnham course welcome guide 
    Rochester course welcome guide 

  • Access to campuses

    Up to Easter, following your initial asymptomatic Covid-19 testing, access to campuses will be staggered by year group so that you can make physical or specialist digital work safely and discuss the work you make and access the support of our academic and technical teams.

    From the 12 April all students groups will return to blended learning - the exact mix of online and on-campus activities will vary depending on the nature of your course.

    You will be able to use all our facilities including workshops, studios, IT suites, workspaces, technical resource areas and equipment hire, as well as libraries, refectories and art shops.

    We are providing our undergraduate students with an additional four weeks’ access to our facilities at the end of the academic year, supported by technical and academic staff to make up for time lost making in our specialist facilities. 

    There is no public access – for exhibitions and events until further notice. Access to all our spaces could change suddenly should necessary restrictions be put in place. Should this occur, we will contact anyone affected directly. 

    Visit our Updates for Applicants page for information about our Open Days. 

     

  • Online learning

    Unitl Easter, online delivery will be the primary mode of teaching for most of you until Easter. 

    From the 12 April, we will return to a blended delivery of teaching. This means that elements of your course will take place on campus and, where appropriate, some teaching will remain online. The exact mix of online and on-campus activities will vary depending on the nature of your course. The details of your timetable will be shared with you by your course team before Easter. Full engagement with all forms of learning is essential for you to successfully progress at UCA

    If you are not able to return just yet, that’s fine, we are committed to delivering courses online for the rest of the academic year, so you can still fully engage with your course.

    If you are not set up for online learning at home, it’s vital you let your course team or Gateway services know. For more information on support available to you please read more on our support pages.

    Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates, together with the Coronavirus section of myUCA.

     

  • Assessments

    We've reviewed how we assess your course to take into account the necessary changes we've had to make as a result of the national lockdown. These vary from course to course but include extensions to deadlines or marking based on work across the year, rather than particular units.

    Please keep an eye on your emails for further updates, together with the Coronavirus section of myUCA.

  • Further Education

    Until Easter, our Further Education students can expect between two- and three-days online tuition a week (patterns will vary slightly between courses). Online sessions include pathway or course group lessons, individual and group tutorials, and practical workshop demonstrations. We are also providing detailed assignment briefs and resources that outline weekly targets and self-directed project work. Timetables have been sent to our students by their course team.

    From the 12 April, we will return to a blended delivery of teaching. This means that elements of your course will take place on campus and, where appropriate, some teaching will remain online.

    Whatever the level of study, including where exams have been cancelled this year, for example, GCSEs and A-Levels, we still expect our students to fully engage in their courses. We will be monitoring the attendance of our students.

    We are contacting vulnerable students and those with EHCPs directly to undertake learning risk assessments, develop individual learning action plans and put in place support for these students whilst working at home, including access to IT equipment. Students who are in priority categories are being contacted separately and invited to attend on-campus sessions.

    The Senior Leader responsible for the quality and delivery of remote education for Further Education at UCA is Professor Sarah Clark, Head of the School of Further Education. If you have any questions for Professor Clark, please email welfare@uca.ac.uk.

    You'll find more information our support for students pages for more information.

  • Libraries

    Our libraries are reopening in line with Government guidance and our staggered return to campus. On the 12 April all UCA students will be able to use these facilities

    Existing library loans have been kept automatically extended until 30 April 2021, and we’ve made more library resources available, including digital magazines. We also continue to operate our Scan and Deliver, and electronic Document Supply services, allowing you to request copies of chapters and articles to be delivered to you by email.

    A complete guide on our library services is available here – it contains everything you need to know, from archive access, borrowing and returning items, and study spaces.

     

  • Trips and study abroad

    Study trips
    We expect to able to run study trips in the future – domestically and, hopefully, abroad, too. However, all trips will be subject to whatever COVID-19 related restrictions are in place at that time. This is a fluid situation and we will have to respond accordingly when required.

    Study abroad
    If you are due to be on an incoming exchange or wish to take part in a study abroad programme, please contact Exchange@uca.ac.uk for more information.

    We strongly advise you to keep an eye on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice webpage and not to make any financial commitments in regards to travel and accommodation arrangements, unless you are sure that travel will be possible.

  • Students' Union

    Please visit www.ucasu.com for details on Student Union activities.

What is online learning like?

 

Facilities

Our facilities will be available to you with some extra precautions in place to maintain social distancing and hygiene standards. And don’t forget, you’ll need to bring your own face coverings to wear on campus.

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