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Coronavirus: teaching and learning

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Subject to UK government restrictions, 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

Online only courses during spring term

The UK government has imposed new restrictions on the mass movement of students. Online teaching will therefore continue for all courses at UAL throughout the spring term, with a return to in-person teaching in the summer term subject to government guidance

We will provide you with the teaching you need to continue your studies remotely but it is critical that you engage with all elements of your online learning.

Read the latest student update.

Access to facilities during national lockdown

The Learning Zone at London College of Communication is available to use as study space for students of any college who are already in London with no access to facilities where they live.

There is no physical access to UAL libraries but you can access them via our digital collection. Use our ASK online enquiry service to get 1:1 advice from library staff on finding suitable material or to request reservations and access to collections.

Students must adhere to the enhanced health and safety measures in place when visiting the Learning Zone.

For the time being, we are unable to offer access to equipment via loan stores.

Blended approach

For the summer term, we are committed to your return to the blended-learning model operated during the autumn term, subject to the national situation and government guidance. We know we can do this in COVID-secure environments as soon as travel restrictions lift.

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.

Studying online

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.

Read the full update on these academic measures.

Support and facilities

  • Academic Support session. Image by G Barton, 2017

    Academic support

    Take advantage of tutorials, workshops and online resources to boost your studies.

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    Credit: Image courtesy UAL
    English language skills

    Use our online tutorials, online resources, guides and take a progress test.

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    Studying in the Library, Camberwell College of Arts.

    Credit: © Alys Tomlinson

    Check our opening hours, library services (like click and collect), book a study space and more.

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    Facilities and catering

    You can safely access our studios, workshops, cafes, Learning Zones and more. See what's at your campus.

Contact us

If you have a query that is not answered here, you can: