Application Update for UCAB Students
At University Centre Askham Bryan (UCAB) we are currently preparing to welcome new and returning students to our campus for the start of the autumn term. We are aware you might be concerned about what next year could look like so I am writing to you to provide you with as much clarity as possible about our plans, which take into account government advice and ongoing feedback from consultations with our Student Union.
Firstly, we plan to start our next academic year as planned for the autumn term in September 2020. Secondly, teaching arrangements are expected to comprise a blend of lectures delivered online, with small group seminars, tutorials and practical sessions carefully scheduled and delivered face to face in suitably adapted classrooms and workshops.
To enable us to follow national guidelines to secure student and staff wellbeing, we will be taking a flexible approach to offer a balance of online study blended with on-campus learning to enable you to be socially connected with fellow students whilst still physically distanced. University Center Askham Bryan is fortunate to have a spacious campus and we plan to increase face to face delivery, focusing on practical skills, over the autumn term whilst remaining flexible to respond to any changes in government advice.
Through an innovative introduction prior to commencement of your main modules, we propose to support the development of your digital capabilities, to enable you to excel at your studies and prepare you for maximising your learning. We believe that the best university experience comes from excellent face to face engagement which is supported by online learning as well as personal support contact.
We believe key reasons for you choosing to study at UCAB is our reputation for developing hands-on skills alongside a high quality and memorable student experience. Despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we are confident we can continue to achieve this, as although we ended the year with teaching and assessment online, we received extensive positive feedback from our students. We believe that our small group sizes and attention to individual needs provide our students with the support and direction they require to both achieve and enjoy their studies, both online and in-person.
After a rather abrupt end to the last academic year, we are looking forward to welcoming you all to our fantastic campus safe and well in September. However, we are having to be realistic and therefore our plans outlined are being put in place to protect the wellbeing of all students and staff. In addition, we are aware that you may have all been affected in different ways by the pandemic, and the circumstances you find yourselves in will vary from person to person. We, therefore, understand that coming onto campus might not be possible for everyone, so we welcome you getting in contact if this applies to you and we can discuss ways you can still study your course.
We are currently working through more detailed plans for your programme, timetable and general student experience at UCAB. We expect to share this with you, and explain our approach to face to face sessions, practical skills development and online learning early July. We will also update you in due course on how we will manage accommodation and other student support and transport. However, if you have queries please do not hesitate to call to talk through your thoughts and concerns.
As we plan for you joining us at UCAB we will continue to put your safety and wellbeing first, whilst responding to the latest government advice. We will also make bold and creative steps to deliver an exciting student experience in these difficult and changing circumstances. So, whatever the scenario in September we are determined to provide you with the best possible university experience.
Please read the full letter from Dean of Education Rachael Astley on the latest news regarding returning to college in September here