Returning students: arrangements for September

We're looking forward to welcoming you back to ARU in September. You'll notice some differences, but our tutors and student services will still be here to support you.

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As the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority, we wanted to outline just some of the measures we're implementing on campus for the new academic year.

Creating a COVID-19 secure environment

We're putting social distancing measures in place throughout the University 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

As ever, we're committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for you to study in.

You'll notice a few changes 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 can continue to receive excellent support. You'll still be able to access:

  • student services, including counselling and wellbeing services, employability services, and Study Skills both face-to-face and online
  • campus libraries (with reduced opening hours), and our digital support and resources will remain in place.

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 have some fun and relax. From guest-speakers to volunteering or yoga there will be something for everyone, no matter where you are
  • student-run societies will continue to have fantastic events and activities and your confidential advice service will be open to provide support and guidance
  • we’ll also be providing space on campus for socially distanced social activities, group and personal study, and relaxation.

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 continue your studies online for the first trimester (September-December). You'll receive the same or similar teaching content, so you're ready to join us on campus when you’re able to.

We will be emailing all our students 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're considering studying online but you're on a clinical course, or a course that includes a placement, please contact your Course Leader before completing the form.
  • 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.



Visit Student News for full details of all these changes.

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