New students: arrangements for September 2020

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to ARU in September, and wanted to share some of our plans for the new academic year.

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As your health and wellbeing is our absolute priority, we're thinking carefully about how we can offer the best teaching, support, accommodation options, and student experience – and help you settle into life at ARU.

Creating a COVID-19 secure environment

In line with Government, Public Health England and Universities UK guidelines, we're putting social distancing measures in place and are doing everything practical to manage the risk of transmission.

This includes:

  • introducing one-way systems in campus buildings wherever possible
  • increasing cleaning regimes
  • providing hand sanitizer stations around campus for your use
  • restructuring the timetable to stagger break times, and prevent crowds from forming outside teaching spaces
  • changing the layout of classrooms and other specialist learning spaces, such as workshops and science labs, to comply with social distancing requirements
  • offering grab-and-go options at our catering outlets, and using cashless payment.

Supporting you academically

We're committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for you to start your studies. From September:

  • you’ll be taught in smaller groups, ensuring excellent, personalised support
  • we’re restructuring the timetable to make sure you can be taught on campus while observing social distancing restrictions
  • you’ll be on campus for a minimum of one day a week for face-to-face teaching, which we will make every effort to increase as social distancing restrictions reduce
  • core face-to-face seminars, tutorials, and workshops, along with practical sessions, will be taught in set time blocks,, for example 12–4pm, on campus
  • additional sessions will either be in-person, or delivered through online technologies such as Microsoft Teams
  • your teaching will be supported with Canvas, our online teaching platform
  • we're making special arrangements for courses with placements or practical sessions in laboratories and studios.

Supporting your studies

We know how important it is that you receive excellent support. You'll be able to access:

Offering a wider student experience

It's never been more important to have some fun, relax and enjoy a bit of 'normality' in our lives. And so:

  • your Students’ Union will be putting on both face-to-face and online activities to help you meet like-minded people, make friends, and have some fun and relax
  • from city tours and bad-prize bingo to guest speakers, volunteering or yoga there will be something for everyone, no matter where you are
  • student-run societies will have fantastic events and activities and your confidential advice service will be open to provide support and guidance if you ever have any questions.


Our accommodation team are putting in social distancing measures, and we'll update you on what these will look like in the coming weeks.

We still have accommodation available for September; to explore your options and book a room, visit our accommodation pages.

Choice and flexibility

We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different due to the pandemic.

If you are unable to or do not wish to start on campus in September, you can choose to start your studies online for the first trimester (September-December).

We're pioneers in online teaching, delivering courses in this way since 2003. You can be sure you'll receive the same or similar teaching content, and be ready to join us on campus when you’re able to.

If you decide that you want to start your studies online, please let us know.

We've emailed all our applicants with more details.

  • If you decide that you want to study online for the first trimester, simply follow the link in your email and complete the short form by the time and date specified. This will help us to plan classes on campus to meet social distancing requirements.
  • If you plan to study on campus, you don't need to complete the form.
  • If you planned to study online but change your mind before teaching starts, that's fine. Please do let us know by submitting your change in preference. This will help us to make sure we can maintain social distancing measures on campus.
  • After teaching starts, there will be specific points at which you’ll be able to request a change in mode of delivery, subject to social distancing measures and approval by your Course Leader.

If your course includes a placement or practical skills sessions in trimester 1 to meet Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) requirements, we'll be in touch with you again shortly to clarify our approach, and to invite you to discuss these requirements with us.

See our FAQs for more details of these changes.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to ARU in September.