Join us in 2020

Joining the UCA community this autumn

We’re excited to welcome you onto our campuses this autumn. Because we know how important in-person teaching is when you’re studying a creative subject, we’re planning to open all our sites so that you can learn face-to-face with your tutors and fellow students as much as possible, in a way that’s in line with public health advice.

We want to make sure that we keep you safe throughout your time at UCA. So, to prepare for this, we have made some changes to our term dates to give us time to adjust the way our campuses are set up.

Here’s a guide to how things will look when you join us:

  • New term start dates for 2020
    Our term dates for 2020/2021 have been made with COVID-19 related issues in mind. We've taken into account the time we'll need to implement social distancing measures on our campuses, and other potential issues, like travel restrictions.
    • Extended Diploma, Access Diploma and Foundation courses - enrolment w/c 14 September
    • BA, BSc, and Postgraduate courses - enrolment w/c 12 October
    • International Foundation, Graduate Diploma and English for Creative Arts courses (autumn start) - enrolment w/c 26 October
  • Changes to learning spaces
    • Our priority is to deliver as much teaching as possible on campus, while keeping in line with public health advice.
    • We are changing the layouts of our classrooms, workshops and studios with social distancing measures in mind, so that you can have safe access to these and other specialist facilities.
  • Timetabling
    • We’re planning our class schedules to limit the number of students on campus at any one time
    • We’ll be trialling the ‘bubble’ principle, which means you will be taught in a group, and have as little physical contact with other groups as possible
    • We’re planning our timetables so that you can move between classes safely, and minimise the number of journeys you need to make to and from campus each week.
  • Online learning
    • Wherever it’s practical, we’ll put our lectures, classes and seminars online so that you can still access them if you are self-isolating, shielding, or unable to come to the UK.


  • Wellbeing & support
    • You’ll have one-to-one Personal Development Tutorials with an academic tutor, where they’ll talk through your progress and also check on your wellbeing. They will offer online meetings if face-to-face sessions aren’t possible.
    • You’ll have access to a full range of specialist advisors, who will also be able to speak to you online if in-person meetings can’t be achieved.
    • All our plans take into account the students who might be most vulnerable – we’re making sure we can deliver learning safely to all our students, whether that means accessing teaching on campus, or online.
  • Industry links
    • We’ll continue to host visiting lectures, industry projects, and networking events, either face-to-face or online.
    • We will engage with work placement providers to ensure that your placements follow public health advice – even if that means you need to work for your placement organisation remotely. Where that’s not possible, we’ll offer alternatives to make sure you still get plenty of industry interaction.
  • Assessments
    • If you’ve been personally affected by Coronavirus, your assessments will take that into account and make sure you aren’t disadvantaged by it.


  • Libraries & resources
    • We are making new arrangements for library services and equipment hire to make sure you can borrow what you need safely.
    • As soon as Government advice permits, we will provide as much physical access to our libraries as we can to ensure that you have access to our physical and digital collections and are also able to stick to social distancing guidelines.
  • Responding to your feedback and keeping you informed
    • We’ll keep working with you to find out how you’re feeling about the new measures.
    • You’ll have opportunities to work with teaching staff to adapt and improve the way we deliver your course in line with public health guidelines.
    • Because the situation is changing rapidly, we will write to you if we need to make more changes to the way we deliver your course.
    • You will have the right to complain if you are not satisfied with our attempts to address any concerns you may have.

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