September 2020. We’ve got you.

We are ready and raring to welcome you in September and fully prepared to deliver high-quality education within a safe and engaging environment.

The quality of your learning experience is extremely important to us, which is why we just ranked 1st in the UK and 8th worldwide for the quality education according to the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020. An accolade we are not going to let slip.

Here are some of the ways we are planning and prepping our campuses and lesson plans to ensure you have the experience and education you deserve in September.

Preparing yourself for September

We encourage you to keep engaging with your studies in preparation for September. Remember our free Head Start programme is available online and there’s no better time than the present when you’re trying to fill your days.

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We are following all government requirements and advice from PHE. As lock-down restrictions are lifted and we begin to physically reopen our campuses we will control the numbers of people on campus, activities will be planned to minimise the chances of contact and an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place.

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Online Learning

After months of delivering online lectures, our teams are mastering the art of engaging with students in the digital world. We are investing in additional tech tools and other resources to enhance your online environment, and we are confident that your experience of learning online and on-campus will engage you, challenge you, and support you to progress in your subject.

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Living in halls is an integral part of your campus experience. We can, therefore, guarantee a safe and secure place in university-owned or partnered accommodation for first-year students. Our residence life team are planning virtual social events to support your transition to University life.

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Lock-down life in Cumbria

We’re lucky that our north-based campuses allow for access to the countryside and activities that it’s hard to get elsewhere. Each of our campuses in Cumbria and Lancaster have unique activities such as hikes, fell-walks, mountain bike trails and open water swimming opportunities on your doorstep. Without even having to drive a mile.

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For those that have an application pending with us or have interviews coming up, we've put together a range of FAQs.

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Access to campus

We cannot say for sure that our campuses will be open fully in September but we can say that we are planning for a range of scenarios to ensure that you can study with us without loss of quality.

We believe that the Blended Learning approach is the best and most appropriate offer we can make to you for your first semester with us in September. Blended Learning includes elements of online learning and attendance on campus for the essential elements of your programme that cannot be studied online. You will also have the opportunity to access learning resources, study skills development and personal support (remotely and on-campus) when needed.

Our plans to reopen the campuses involve detailed planning to ensure social distancing can be maintained: we will control the numbers of people on campus every day, activities will be planned to minimise the chances of contact and an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place. Where appropriate Personal Protective Equipment will be used to ensure these activities can be carried out safely and in line with PHE guidance.

We also have contingency plans in place to let you continue studying if it’s not possible to keep the campuses open safely at any point during term time.

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