Last updated on 18 September 2020 at 14:30.
We are very pleased that there is now clarity regarding examination results. Once we receive the new grades we will work hard to ensure everything goes smoothly for our applicants. We do still have places, as we have been awarded extra student numbers in light of our excellence in teaching, so, if you are not already holding a place, contact our Clearing Helpline by emailing email@example.com.
If we previously rejected your application and you now hold higher centre assessment grades (CAGs) please send proof of these to firstname.lastname@example.org including your name, date of birth, UCAS personal ID and course applied for. We will then get in touch with you to confirm the next steps as soon as possible.
Our campus is a Covid-secure environment and will be open for teaching, research and student support, with Covid-19 precautions in place, for the new academic year. All students will receive individual timetables which will show them when they need to be on campus. You can view a broad timeline for when things will be accessible. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.
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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
We are looking forward to welcoming students, staff and visitors back to our campus in Huddersfield.
This video explains how we will do it safely and what Covid-19 measures will be in place.
We would like to reassure you that we remain committed to our principle of ensuring that everyone who can benefit from Higher Education has the opportunity to do so and we will work to ensure that none of our applicants are disadvantaged by this unprecedented situation.
We offer a £1,000 Huddersfield Scholarship to eligible students from the UK and the EU, if you qualify for this you will receive notification regarding this during your first term with us. In addition, due to the current situation we will be introducing extra support for students who do not have suitable computer equipment for their studies. We will be publishing details on this over the summer, so please do check here for updates.
Yes, we are continuing to process applications as normal. Our staff are working remotely but are still able to deal with applications and enquiries so if you have a query please email us on email@example.com and we will get back to you as quickly as we can. Please don’t send us any items through the post as we won’t be able to collect them.
The University of Huddersfield is processing applications and issuing decisions to applicants as normal, although our staff are currently working remotely, so processing times may be longer than normal.
You can view further information from the links below:
The University will be flexible when making admissions decisions for independent candidates. We will take into consideration your whole application and our decision will not solely be based on predicted grades.
For a limited number of courses, where a student has been interviewed or auditioned, we may make an unconditional offer where results are still pending if we are confident that the student is right for the course and will succeed.
For only a small number of courses, where a student has attended an interview or Applicant Visit Day, we may make a standard conditional offer, with the opportunity for this to be made (or later changed to) a reduced offer if we are confident the student is right for the course and will succeed.
To give you more time to make your decision, UCAS has decided to extend all Decline by Default (DBD) decision deadline dates until 18 June 2020.
If you receive all uni/college decisions by 13 July – including Extra choices – you must reply to any offers by this date (otherwise, they'll be declined, and your application will be entered into Clearing if you're eligible)
The next Decline by Default (DBD) decision deadline date is 20 July 2020.
UCAS is working with universities and colleges and the Government to support applicants and further information for students in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and International Students is available from this link: https://www.ucas.com/coronavirus
UCAS Extra is still available until 5 July for eligible applicants to make additional applications if they have used all 5 course choices and are not currently holding any offers.
From 06 July – 20 October you can apply for a place using Clearing if you are not already holding a place from a university or college, and the course still has places. For more information please see the UCAS website.
Currently we are expecting our new academic year to start in September as usual. We will, of course, monitor the Government’s advice and keep our students and applicants informed of any changes to these plans. Please be assured that we will continue to follow the Government’s advice and not put you, or our staff, at risk. While we very much hope to see you in person in September we can of course continue to deliver our Gold-rated courses effectively through online methods until you are able to travel to campus. View further information about the start of the academic year.
The University campus is currently closed and staff are working remotely, so please do not post anything to us. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
UCAS is working with universities and colleges and the Government to support applicants. Further information for students in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and International Students is available on the UCAS website.
It’s not possible to invite you onto our campus at the moment, but we don't want you to miss out on seeing what Huddersfield has to offer. We're creating an online Open Day with sessions running over two weeks so that you can get involved as it suits you. We'd love it if you'd join us. Register your interest now and we'll keep you up to date with how you can get involved.
We will be conducting interviews, auditions and portfolio reviews through online platforms, and will be in touch with you to make arrangements that are suitable for you.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we could not hold our planned Applicant Visit Days on Saturday 21 March and Saturday 25 April.
You can chat with our students on UniBuddy to get a feel for what studying at Huddersfield is really like. Visit the Applicants 2020 webpage to see a whistle-stop tour of our campus, contact details for our support services and answers to your frequently asked questions.
If you have purchased travel tickets to attend the Saturday 21 March or Saturday 25 April Applicant Visit Days, you are still able to claim for these expenses. Please email us at email@example.com and we will provide you with a link to the claim form.
In previous years, enrolment “sessions” for new students have taken place on campus and this has usually been included in Induction week. This year there will be no on campus enrolment. The final stage of enrolment will be open to students through the online portal from 7 to 21 September. You will need to complete tasks in the pre enrolment portal including uploading documents and an approved photo for your campus card. Once enrolment is complete you will receive a confirmatory email that will provide details of starting your course and how to access your University digital services.
All continuing students who are eligible for re-enrolment and have funding and eligibility confirmations will be re-enrolled during August and September and will be informed of successful enrolment by email.
Schools and Services are developing welcome and induction sessions for new and continuing students and details of these will be provided nearer the time.
The Students’ Union is currently drawing up plans for Welcome Week to help all new students make contact with classmates, provide them with support and advice and give you access to all the many clubs and societies that are set up. As the government guidance will continue to limit large scale events the Welcome Week activities will look very different this year. There will be a virtual welcome fair and a range of online activities for linking up with your clubs and societies, academic reps and other students who can support your health and wellbeing.
Please make sure you have accessed www.huddersfield.su and joined the online communities by following @HuddersfieldSU on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You will have the opportunity to get involved with a number of online global campus events which you can take part in. The Global Campus Events team help you and the University’s global societies to host online events that celebrate the different cultures from the UK and around the world. All events will be online to follow the UK government guidelines until we are in a position to a return to some of the more popular events being hosted back on campus such as the Global Food and Culture Festival and Global Week.
It’s a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and expand your global knowledge.
Get involved! Facebook: UoHCampusEvents, Instagram: huduniint, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our student support staff are available, but we ask that you start your enquiries by sending an email rather than by telephone. Full details of how to contact them are on the student home page if you are a current student, and through the pre-enrolment portal if you are a new student.
Student Hall providers 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. Please note that there is a wide range of student accommodation available in the Huddersfield area so there is no need to rush into any decisions concerning accommodation.
A number of Hall providers have confirmed that they will be able to accommodate students who need to quarantine in line with government guidance. Please check directly with providers.
Your choice to relocate or commute will be informed by a range of personal circumstances. You will need to make arrangements that enable you to attend campus regularly as we plan for all students to have some face-to-face on campus learning.
Many UK students live within comfortable commuting distance of Huddersfield and around 50% of our students each year choose not to relocate. Students whose home is further away will need to be able to access campus to study (in line with any Government guidelines) may need to relocate and book accommodation in the area.
UK students should also consider that the maintenance loan amount is reduced for students living at home. Student Finance England provide details about the maintenance loan and you will need to notify them if you adjust your plans.
International students are required to live within reasonable commuting distance of the University in order to fulfil visa and immigration conditions that require regular campus attendance. International students will require accommodation within comfortable commuting distance of Huddersfield.
The International Office can help with any questions you may have an provides specific information on quarantine, visas and travel. We are also offering drop-in sessions for you to ask questions. Please consult the International Applicant's page for more information.
The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are taking all the necessary precautions in our buildings, spaces and operations.
All areas will be risk assessed and before reopening will be hygienically cleaned as we have introduced an enhanced cleaning regime. New measures will be put in place to help everyone social distance and move safely around campus. One-way systems in busy areas and new rules for lifts, communal areas, toilets and learning spaces are being established. Hand sanitiser will be available in all buildings and there will be facilities for hand washing across campus. Staff and students should wear a face covering when inside a building unless exempt from this Government guidance due to their personal circumstances.
We will review our arrangements regularly, taking into account any changes in government guidance. Detailed guidance will be issued to you nearer the start of term.
We are making plans to safely welcome staff and students back to campus commencing in late September. We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as possible, supported by online teaching where necessary. It is likely that you will have timetabled sessions both on campus and off campus in the form of online sessions with your tutors. These plans are developing in response to government guidance. We will be in touch with you to advise you of your personal timetable nearer the start of term.
We aim to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as possible, which includes providing students with access to our excellent teaching facilities including laboratories, drama studios, art and fashion studios, music facilities etc. Access will be in line with government guidelines, safety and social distancing and so your sessions in these spaces will be timetabled on that basis. We will be in touch with you to advise you of your personal timetable nearer the start of term.
We are drawing up plans to open the library, computer labs and study hubs, but this will be in line with current social distancing guidelines and there will be rules about how you use the space. We will issue full guidance nearer the start of term.
Our catering outlets will be operating a take-away service. The Students’ Union shop in Student Central will be open under the same guidelines as other shops.
Our gym and sports hall are currently closed but we would love to welcome you as a UNIGYM member soon. So register your interest now and get your name on the priority list for an incredible Re-Opening offer. Register Here.
We will aim to open the Faith Centre and provide space for personal prayer and reflection at the start of term. Social distancing requirements are likely to prevent congregational prayers and worship. Guidance on safe use will be issued and in situ nearer the time.
The Well-being of our staff and students remains our priority. To help ensure that all members of the University community remain safe, the University may share your contact details with the NHS Test & Trace Service or the Local Authority to help with contact tracing. We will only share your data where it is necessary and lawful to do so. For more information on how the University uses your data, please see our privacy notice on our website. If you are contacted by NHS Test & Trace, please make sure you follow their guidance to help protect yourself and others.
Timetables should be available in the first half of September.
In a standard undergraduate course, you are expected to spend 35 hours/week working on your studies. This includes your independent study and all of your contact time. Contact time means tutor-mediated teaching and guidance. This includes face-to-face activities on campus as well as off-site work-based learning, placements and educational visits. Online activities that include personalised tutor input within a specified time-frame are also part of your contact time.
Current indications suggest that we can aim to safely accommodate 30-50% of the usual contact time for your course as face-to-face on campus delivery. This may include seminars, workshops, practical and clinical sessions. The rest of your contact time will be delivered online. This online component may include:
The remainder of your study time will, as usual, be for you to engage in independent learning using online material in Brightspace, the University’s virtual learning environment, and using the library and subject resources to complete course work and other assessments. If the social distancing and/or alert level is changed by the government then we will adapt flexibly to change the availability of facilities on campus.
The attendance requirements are the same as usual. We expect you to attend 100% of your timetabled sessions, unless you have good reason not to, in which case we expect you to inform us by contacting your School. If you have a timetabled face-to-face session on campus, you should swipe your attendance using your student card. If you are taking part in a session delivered online, we will have an electronic record of your engagement and you do not need to do anything further. Experience shows that students who attend and engage are generally more successful in their studies, so if your level of attendance becomes a concern to us, we may contact you and offer you support to help you improve. If your levels of engagement and attendance continue to be be insufficient and we think this will prevent you completing the year in a satisfactory manner, then we may withdraw you. These attendance expectations apply to all students at every level of study, whether home or international.
Any face to face sessions on campus as well as any synchronous real time online sessions with your tutors will be listed in your personal timetable. This will be available to you before your studies commence and we are endeavouring to keep transport and commuting to a minimum by timetabling such that students only have to travel to campus once or twice a week. This will minimise exposure risks as many of our students use public transport to access campus.
Our new academic year will start in September as usual. We aim to enable as much PGR activity and support on campus as possible, supplemented as necessary by online alternatives. We will continue to follow the Government’s advice and not put students or staff, at risk. We will be in touch with you to advise you of your personal arrangements nearer the start of term.
We will make available facilities you may need for your research as far as is possible within Government guidelines. This includes such spaces as laboratories, workshops, PGR study rooms and the library. There will be new hygiene protocols you will be expected to observe; you will be given full details about these before coming on campus, but for example, you might be directed to sit in specific places, or to wear a face covering. You will be asked to follow directional signage around campus so that you comply with social distancing guidance.
The digital applications used to enable student learning include:
All enrolled students have web access to these learning resources.
To access all the support and learning technologies that are available we recommend that you have the following equipment.
A laptop or desktop PC with a camera, microphone, internet access: a laptop is recommended rather than a tablet as laptops better enable completion of assignments and engagement in the digital learning environments. Laptops also enable learning from home, on campus and during travel to and from campus. The computer you use does not usually need to be a high specification, but comfortably run IOS or Windows10. If your computer was new within the last 4-5 years, it should enable you to access the primary applications listed above.
A reasonably fast and reliable internet connection is required to participate in online tutorials and lectures. If your internet connection at home is not very good consider whether you can use an internet connection somewhere else (for example a workplace, library or friend’s house dependent on the Government’s latest guidance) when you need to study online or join an online tutorial. If you are moving into new accommodation don’t forget to ask about the availability of wifi.
A head set or earphones with a microphone. To more fully participate in online tutorials, you’ll need a headset with a microphone. You might be able to use a built-in microphone if your computer has one, but you’ll be able to hear, and be heard, more clearly with a headset.
We offer a £1,000 Huddersfield Scholarship to eligible first year United Kingdom undergraduate students. If you qualify for this Scholarship you will receive notification regarding this from us. We strongly suggest that you use part of this Scholarship to purchase the required IT equipment for your studies if you do not already have access to this equipment. In addition, due to the current situation we will be introducing extra support for students who do not have access to suitable digital equipment for their studies. We will be publishing details on this over the summer. Please do look at the Covid-19 section on our website for up to date information.
We have existing arrangements for Laptop Loans and we are reviewing our Access to Learning Fund to consider students who are experiencing exceptional and extraordinary financial hardship.
We will open the Library and computer labs as soon as practically possible to ensure you can access the digital services. The Library and computer labs will operate in line with current social distancing guidelines.
If you are going to appeal about your results please let us know by emailing email@example.com and including your name, date of birth and UCAS personal ID. If your appeal is successful, UCAS will send us your revised results once the process has been completed. We will hold your place until we receive the results of your appeal.
We will keep a record of your enquiry including your current qualifications. If your appeal is successful, please contact us again with the outcome of your appeal and we can consider your application again. Clearing is open longer than normal this year and you can apply through Clearing until Monday 19 October.
Yes, if your appeal is successful, UCAS will send us your revised results once the process has been completed. You can then arrange to change onto your original course.
Guidance for applicants appealing their grades
The deadline for appeals is Monday 07 September 2020.
If you are on campus, iPoint can facilitate access to Wellbeing and Disability Services. They are situated at the main entrance to Student Central and are the reception to all student services and more. You can also ring iPoint on 01484 471001.
Please be aware, your appointment with Wellbeing and Disability Services will be online or via telephone unless there are circumstances which require you to meet staff face to face.
In addition to the appointments with Wellbeing Services, there is a range of other support, such as online information, support for care leavers, a Counselling Service, guidance on staying safe on campus etc.
You can access online support through an online service called Togetherall. This is confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It offers online self-help information, advice from trained staff and peer support.
There are Support and Guidance staff within each Academic School. Please have a look at your school's web pages for details of these staff and how to contact them.
Yes - you can register with the GP either online or in person. Please note, if you go in person, you will be required to wear a face covering.
This will depend on the nature of your course. If it is not possible for you to meet the learning outcomes of your course without undertaking practical tasks or work which involve you coming onto campus or working in groups, then it may be difficult to arrange for you to undertake your studies remotely. It will also depend on the impact of your condition, the severity of this and whether the measures taken on campus have sufficiently minimised the risk to you. Each situation will need to be dealt with and agreed on an individual basis and you are advised to contact your course leader and get in touch with Disability Services to discuss this further.
Not at the present time in order to minimise the impact of Covid-19. However, there is an interactive map of the campus showing a number of the facilities on campus such as food and drink outlets, accessible toilets etc. and a document showing the accessible routes around campus, including the accessible entrances and exits to buildings.
All the buildings on campus are named after patrons who are linked with the areas of work of the University. There is also information about how the rooms are labelled to assist you in finding the locations where you will be studying.
There are some short videos of the different floors in the University Library (Floor 2, Floor 3, Floor 4, Floors 5 and 6) Student Central and the main University Reception. You can either click on the screen to move through the different areas or press the play button to watch as automated tour of each site.
If you are on campus and struggling to find a building or room and are worried about arriving late to a scheduled session, staff understand that this is challenging, especially in an environment with one-way systems. Staff at the main University Reception in Harold Wilson Building or at iPoint in Student Central will be able to help you find where you are going.
The routes around campus have considered the need for some students to make use of the lifts. Some lifts have been designated for use in transporting people in one direction e.g. just transporting individuals up to higher floors, and there will be a corresponding lift within the building which travels in the opposite direction.
No, you can take the shortest route, even if this is going against the directional arrows or indicators. Please be prepared to respond to questions from staff if they question why you are not following the one-way system and let them know you have a condition that makes this difficult. If you have ongoing issues with this, please contact Disability Services.
The University is aware that there are certain situations where the wearing of a face covering is difficult and that some conditions or disabilities can be exacerbated by the use of this. Therefore, if you are unable to wear a face covering, this is understood. Staff have been instructed to politely ask people on campus to wear a face covering, so please be prepared to explain that you are exempt.
There are several societies and organisations offering lanyards, badges, downloads for mobile phones etc. which indicate that you are exempt from wearing a face covering. You may wear or display one of these; however, this remains your choice and not an obligation.
Yes. Staff delivering remote online lectures or taught sessions will not be wearing a face covering and are asked to ensure their face and lips are visible on the screen where possible. Staff have also been asked to record their online taught sessions whenever possible. You can therefore watch the session again at your own pace and in an environment to suit you. Taught sessions will be delivered using Microsoft Teams which has a captioning facility. You can turn this on, and the spoken information will be subtitled. There is information about how to use this in the induction module on Brightspace, the University's virtual learning environment.
In face to face sessions on campus, staff can be issued with clear visors and instructed to avoid glare on the visor where possible, so you can continue to lip read. Many of the taught sessions on campus will be recorded through lecture capture. This captures all that the lecturer says alongside the information on the presentation screen.
If you have been recommended radio aids or hearing equipment through the Disabled Students Allowance, please check that Disability Services are aware of this as they can let the academic staff know that they may be required to wear a microphone transmitter. You may need to have a brief conversation with academic staff about wiping down the microphone transmitter when it is passed between staff. If you have been recommended equipment of software for recording lectures yourself, please make use of this and again, check that Disability Services are aware of this.
Yes. Teaching materials from sessions you have missed can be made available to you. If you are struggling to catch up or understand information from a lecture you have missed, you can request support from your tutors.
In many circumstances you will also have access to the lecture capture of your lectures, so you can watch the presentation and listen to the information. Where this is not available, other options for capturing the information can be put in place. Please contact Disability Services for more information.
Yes. Our team of advisers are ready to help you through each step of this process online. Registering with Disability Services helps put in place the best possible support at the earliest opportunity and we can work alongside you to complete the application and submit the necessary evidence.
If you require notes from remote teaching provision, we can link one of our note takers to the lecture on Brightspace so they can access the taught session to take your notes.
Yes. Please contact Disability Services to discuss this. Your support worker will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is advisable for you and the support worker to have a discussion around this. The discussion may include ways to minimise physical contact where possible, to socially distance where this can be achieved without compromising your support or identifying ways to reduce the need for you to be facing each other.
Yes, we will be supporting the majority of students via online meetings. If this causes any difficulties, please get in touch with Disability Services to discuss this in a little more detail.
We understand that this may be difficult to obtain in the current climate. Please complete the Extenuation Circumstances form giving us as much information as you can and submit without medical evidence. If you have any queries, please contact your Disability Adviser or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
This will depend on the mode of assessment and the reasonable adjustments you have in your PLSP (Personal Learning Support Plan). Adjustments such as additional time, the provision of a support worker or the use of assistive software will normally be applied to any new or revised mode of assessment where relevant. As and when new or revised modes of assessment are confirmed, please check with your School that they are alert to the adjustments detailed in your PSLP. If there are any difficulties with this, please contact Disability Services.
There will be limited food and drink outlets open on campus and measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will be in place such as queuing systems, use of contactless payment where possible etc. It may take longer to purchase food. We recommend that you do not wholly rely on this but have your own supply of cold food and drinks. Students will not be able to re-heat their own food on campus for the foreseeable future.
Where appropriate, first aid staff will be called. Personal Protective Equipment will be made available to them, so that they can provide the support you may require.
First Aid staff can be summoned from the security hub at the University Reception in the Harold Wilson building or by ringing 01484 472222.
There are several things you could try, although we cannot guarantee how beneficial you will find these suggestions:
Please ensure you consider the environment where you will be during your online taught sessions to ensure it is as safe as possible, and whether there are individuals around you who may be able to assist should you experience a seizure.
Yes. If you need supportive seating in taught sessions, please contact Disability Services to discuss this and pass on a copy of your timetable as far in advance as you can. Arrangements can then be made for appropriate seating to be made available. Please note, you will be asked to register with Disability Services and to provide some medical evidence of your condition.
If you need supportive seating in an appointment, please inform the member of staff you are meeting ahead of time.