Planning for September
We recognise what a challenging and anxious time the last few months have been for our whole community as a result of Covid-19. We want to assure you that planning is well underway to prepare Christ Church for the next academic year.
Your student experience is at the heart of our planning. Together with the Students’ Union, we have taken on board your feedback to help inform a positive transition back on to campus. Our priority is to make sure we continue to provide you with the highest quality education and student experience, while also ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students, staff and visitors. We will ensure we follow the guidance from the Government and Public Health England.
While we work through the detail, here is an outline of our approach to re-opening our campuses in September 2020:
- Your programme will start in September 2020.
- We’re committed to providing an on-campus experience. This includes opening our facilities, including the libraries, while adhering to the latest social distancing guidance. We make this commitment provided there are no serious unforeseeable public health issues that result in the introduction of further Government lockdown measures.
- Our aim is to provide as much face-to-face learning and teaching as we can, supported by online learning and teaching. This will include smaller interactive lectures. The exact approach will vary between programmes to meet their specific needs.
- We plan to open specialist spaces for specific programmes, for example, science and engineering labs, performing and creative arts rehearsal spaces, and health simulation suites, for face-to-face learning and teaching. In doing this, we will make adjustments relating to social distancing requirements.
- For those students with placements we are working with our partners, including professional, statutory and regulatory bodies, to continue to provide and support workplace opportunities.
- We will continue to provide central support services, both in person where possible and remotely.
- For those students who may still need to shield during this time, we will provide online learning, resources and support.
- Your Students’ Union will still be here for you, representing your views and providing you with social opportunities to get involved, network and stay connected.
To find out the measures we are implementing to keep our campuses safe in line with Government guidelines please click here.
It is important to re-emphasise that these plans will be delivered within Government and Public Health England guidance. This guidance might change in the lead up to September. If there is an important change, we will write to let you know what it means for your studies.
We recognise that we will have to respond and adapt to the changing situation as a result of Covid-19. There is a need to appreciate that this will entail new ways of learning and teaching, as well as socialising, for us all.
Over the coming months, we will provide you with more detail on how your first semester will be delivered, particularly at a programme level. We will be sending updates throughout the summer so please check your University email account.
[Last updated 29 June]