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Announcement: Plans for the 2020/21 academic year

Posted 26 May

Students are today being informed of Harper Adams University’s intentions for the delivery of teaching and learning in the forthcoming academic year. Addressing both returning students and those planning to start at the University in September, Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn writes:


We have moved to online teaching and student support for the rest of the 2019/20 academic year, but we thought that you would like to know that we are also working on our plans for 2020/21.

Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider university community, so we are looking at the steps we need to take to address the guidance issued by the Government in its COVID-19 recovery strategy.

We plan to be open for new students in late September, and for returning students at the start of the autumn term in early October. At this stage, we are developing ways in which we can continue to provide your course should COVID-19 measures remain in place, or if there are further Government restrictions needed at any point. These methods are likely to include teaching in small groups where social distancing can be safely applied and the use of online resources and blended teaching, where some provision (primarily large classes) may be online.

We will let you know more about our planned approach in the coming weeks. Students joining us for the first time in 2020/21 will be contacted in June with an update on our arrangements, including those for your welcome to the University and campus accommodation. Continuing students will also be contacted in June, once most of you have completed your assessments, so that we can tell you what you need to do to plan for your return.

The changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that we also have to respond to the latest guidelines. We will keep you updated, on this section of our website, if our timetable for announcements or the exact dates you will join us need to be altered, or we have further news to share.

In the meantime, we wanted to say that, despite the measures that might be required to meet Government guidance, we aim to provide you with an enjoyable and rewarding experience that will provide an excellent preparation for your career. We are really looking forward to the start of the 2020/21 session, and to welcoming you all to Harper Adams later this year!


• Prospective new starters can chat 1-1 with staff and students at harper.ac.uk/askme

• Those who wish to discuss their application or offer should contact admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk

• Returning students have direct access to course tutors, student services and the SU.

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