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Coronavirus

Learning and Teaching Arrangements

All registered students receive direct communication by email, with information also posted on the Learning Hub, to advise on the measures we are taking to support them while protecting the university community. 

Updated January 2022

Throughout the pandemic, Government advice has often changed very quickly, sometimes overnight and, therefore, we make all of our plans and issue guidance with care and caution and with the aim of minimising the risk of disruption wherever possible.

From November 29th, face coverings must be worn inside all non-residential university buildings, unless you are exempt or seated to eat and/or drink. 

Current arrangements include: 

  • Face coverings - must be worn inside all non-residential university buildings, unless you are exempt or seated to eat and/or drink.

  • Teaching (in week blocks) resumed on January 10th for apprentice and postgraduate taught students. Until week 15, their learning and teaching will continue according to the same arrangements as those that operated during term 1. Postgraduates will continue to have a combination of live online and in-person sessions. 

  • For undergraduate students, up until the end of week 15 (ending 11th February) lectures will continue to be delivered asynchronously online. Tutorials and practical classes will normally be in-person unless there are changes in government guidance or changes are made by individual staff members for safety or educational reasons.

  • Students should refer to their timetables and to guidance issued via university channels to obtain details of arrangements for their specific programmes.  

  • Learning Resources - an extensive collection of resources is made available via our online virtual learning environment - The Learning Hub. Each module has its own page, containing online lectures, weekly activity guidance, supporting resources and details of assessments. Students are given access to other resources for learning and to undertake assessments.

  • Assessment – based on our experience of supporting our students during COVID-19 we are reviewing the types, size and timing of assessments based on feedback from our students. Details will be provided by module and course tutors.  Our Learner and Disability team will continue to provide assistance via group sessions and one-to-one appointments, providing support for study skills and helping with assessment preparation. 

We will be continually reviewing Government guidance and rates of Covid infection and will extend face to face teaching as soon as it is possible and safe to do so, for example, by: 

  • Running more lectures in-person rather than online; 

  • Bringing any small tutorial groups together thereby easing social distancing measures. 

  • Easing any restrictions that may be in place concerning the use of face coverings, movement through buildings and the configuration of classrooms. 

 

Any changes will be communicated to students via university email and we will give as much notice as we are able to. We suggest you check your email each morning before you leave to attend classes at the University.  

Any changes will be communicated to you via your university email and we will give as much notice as we are able to.

Our COVID Academic Assistance Package

  • Types and timing of assessments – we will operate timed open-book assessments (TOBAs) in place of closed-book exams (with some exceptions e.g. in Vet Nursing and Vet Physio due to professional accreditation). 

  • Assessment regulationswill be kept under review in 2021/22 and adjustments may be made to provide more flexibility and support your progression if there are more pandemic-related disruptions.

  • Mitigating circumstances – we changed our mitigating circumstances (MC) policy in light of COVID-19: including IT failure/disruption as a grounds for MCs; provisions for possible extensions for a TOBA; self-certification notes as part of MC supporting evidence in cases of local (and national) lockdowns.

  • The Library will deliver its now enhanced online service including online resources, 150,000 ebooks and 45,000 ejournals and bookable appointments with the librarians. 

  • Placement and careers fair – was successfully delivered online again in 2021/22 with 150+ employers meeting our students.
  • Student Support – we will continue to offer our blended service with bookable appointments, online resources and hardship support. Whether support will be provided online or in-person will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on individual student and staff circumstances.

What do I need to do? 

  • Ensure you are equipped with a laptop computer (with web camera, microphone and headphones and either Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome as your default web browser) because some of your classes will be online and learning material in classes will not be provided in hard copy. Follow this link if you would like to access the discounts for our students offered by Dell. Students registered with us are able to install the Microsoft Office suite free of charge. Contact StudentServices@harper-adams.ac.uk if you think the cost of purchasing your own laptop or tablet will be prohibitive. The Service Desk team (ServiceDesk@harper-adams.ac.uk) is available to support your set-up as a registered user of our network. 
  • Make arrangements to have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect yourself and others from the risks of the virus. For further information, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions for students at University on the NHS website.

Staff and students are partners in these arrangements and the University values your feedback. If you have comments or suggestions relating to the arrangements outlined here then please complete this anonymous feedback form; submissions will be used by the University’s planning group to help us to continually refine our arrangements. 

If you have any immediate concerns, please contact our admissions team if you have any questions concerning your application for entry in autumn 2022: admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk. 

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