Last updated on 19 June 2020 at 2.30pm regarding the start of the new academic year in September 2020.
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|The start of the new academic year in September 2020|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|VC's letter about teaching in September 2020|
At the University of Huddersfield our aim is to deliver excellent teaching and learning, underpinned by world class research, in an environment which is safe and secure for all our students and staff.
Over the past few months we have been working hard to ensure that we can reopen our Huddersfield campus for our students and we look forward to welcoming you here as part of our community in September. I am writing to you to set out how we will be operating in the Autumn term in what are unprecedented times.
Our new academic year will start in September as usual. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as possible, supported by online teaching where necessary. Please be assured that we will continue to follow the Government’s advice and not put you, our students or our staff, at risk. We will continue to deliver our gold-rated courses effectively through this combination of methods and look forward to seeing you in Huddersfield soon. We will be in touch with you to advise you of your personal timetable nearer the start of term.
All academic and technology staff are currently engaging in further developments to support our new approaches to teaching, and some of your classes and tutorials will be delivered online, where you will be able to chat with staff and students using virtual meeting spaces. You will also be timetabled on campus as much as is safe to do so, so that you will be able to come along and enjoy meeting people you study with and access our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, such as our science and technology laboratories, TV studios, design studios and healthcare clinics.
To make sure it is safe for everyone on campus, our classes will run with smaller group sizes than usual, with hygiene protocols in place which all staff and students will be asked to observe. You will be given details of these before coming on to campus, but for example you might be directed to sit in specific or designated places, or to wear a face covering. You will also be asked to follow directional signage around campus so that you comply with social distancing guidance.
Our library and social spaces have measures in place so that you can access them safely, and our Students’ Union is preparing its Welcome Week activities to introduce you to its wide range of societies and clubs.
Our accommodation partners have been putting in extra measures to ensure that you have somewhere safe to stay whilst studying at the University of Huddersfield. We suggest that you carefully consider your accommodation choice and look in detail at the terms and conditions of any contract that you may be considering taking out with an accommodation provider.
Rest assured, we are looking forward to seeing you in September, we are working hard to make sure that you experience excellent teaching and learning in a safe and secure environment.
Stay safe and we will see you soon!
Professor Bob Cryan