Subject to UK government restrictions, this academic year we are providing a mix of on-campus and online learning.
We have designed the delivery of your course and university experience so that we can take account of changes which may be required as a result of the ongoing impact of the pandemic. We will contact you if any of those changes has an impact on how your course is delivered.
Here's an overview of what your studies will look like this term, plus the support and facilities you can still use.
How your course will run
Your course team will explain how teaching will work for your course but, subject to UK government restrictions and the course of the pandemic, students can expect:
- lectures online
- workshops and other small group sessions in person, on campus
- access to specialist facilities on campus
We are committed to your return to the blended-learning model from the start of the summer term on 12 April (subject to the national situation in the UK and government guidance).
As per the 2020 autumn term, this will be 2 days per week scheduled access to campus for in-person teaching and access to workshops, studios and other specialist facilities.
We are encouraging students to return to London where you can and hope you will be with us in April. This will give you the opportunity to develop your experience and build community. However, we do understand that in some cases and for good reasons you may not be able to return to London. Your units are designed to ensure you can meet your learning outcomes whether you are studying online or on campus.
Access to facilities
We will still have to carefully manage the number of people in our buildings as we expect social distancing measures to remain in place for at least the duration of the summer term. You should only come onto campus on your scheduled days.
Visit Library Services for information on booking a study space and using the click and collect service.
Investing in our blended learning
We have invested heavily to support blended learning. This includes:
- online learning systems and platforms
- increased technical support
- expanded welfare provision
- extended building opening hours and opening on Saturdays
- enhanced cleaning services and other coronavirus safety measures
We are confident, based on the hard work and expertise of your course teams, that blended learning will give you a great experience at UAL and enable you to meet your learning outcomes.
During the summer term, which was delivered entirely online, we found student attendance and engagement increased and grades went up in relation to previous years.
Our blended approach allows us to retain the successful elements of online learning while giving you access to our workshops and facilities. This is subject to the course of the pandemic and UK government restrictions.
If you are a foundation student, you will have received a separate update about face-to-face delivery and access to facilities.
Your course will include a mix of online activities. For example, you may be asked to:
- join a live lecture or tutorial
- read, watch or listen to other online materials
- join a text chat forum, to ask questions or discuss your group’s work.
Check out our tools and advice for studying online.
Please contact your course team if you're having issues accessing online learning. If, for example, you:
- don't have computer equipment
- don't have internet access
- are having trouble getting into Moodle (our online learning environment).
If you need help to buy IT equipment or pay for internet access, please apply to the UAL Hardship Fund.
Staying up to date
Please follow the guidance from your course team (via email). They will let you know:
- what your classes will be
- what you need to do
- important details to help you prepare.
Academic measures to support you.
We have put in place a range of measures designed to ensure that students at all levels of study are not academically disadvantaged in the results and awards you achieve this year.
The updates include:
- Adjustments to teaching & learning
- Adjustments to assessment deadlines and requirements
- Submission requirements
- Extenuating Circumstances
- Adjustments to how we’ll determine marks and award classifications
- Pass/Fail only for first year undergraduates
- Expanded Hardship Fund
It’s critical to engage fully with the teaching, learning and assessment on your course and submit what you can for every unit.
You should also tell us at the earliest possible moment about any specific personal circumstances which are hindering your ability to engage with teaching, learning and assessment.
Foundation is regulated as Further Education course rather than Higher Education.