Your Learning: Current Students

Returning in January

The new national lockdown came into effect on Tuesday 5 January and enforces the closure of University campuses until the end of February, except for those studying future critical worker courses.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to our COVID-secure campuses when the time is right, but for now, your learning will take place online. You will receive clarification of the details of this from your course team soon.

How your learning will work – Semester One and Two

Unless your course is considered a ‘Future Critical Worker’ course, your learning will take place online until the Government announce that the national lockdown is over.

We will endeavour to make sure that you have an opportunity to speak to your personal tutor via a one-to-one phone or video call. Personal tutors will still be available throughout the semester and there will be regular opportunities to catch up with them.

We are working on these now and when they are ready for you to access we will be in touch. When your timetable becomes available you will be able to find it under the ‘My Timetable’ tab in Blackboard or by visiting MyTimetable. Please use our Timetable guide to help you navigate around the timetable section.

If you have any questions about your timetable, please read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) first.

It depends. Your module tutors will be recording live sessions (or aspects of them) if it is appropriate and practical to do so. However, please note, we are encouraging staff to design live sessions to be as interactive or practical as possible – whether in-person or online – to make the most of timetabled learning opportunities. Highly interactive or practical sessions are generally less easy to record, and less accessible and difficult to follow when recordings are watched back.

Where a recording of the live session is not available, details about the session - its activities, any short video clips, any required outcomes and any post-session reflections – will be made available online. This is particularly important for anyone who cannot take part in the live session and is also a helpful and inclusive learning resource for those who can attend.

Your tutor will record your attendance at face-to-face sessions and this information will be used to undertake ‘Track and Trace’ should you or a member of staff or a fellow student test positive for COVID-19. Please ensure that the tutor knows of your presence in the session so that they can record your attendance. Your cooperation and patience while this is done will be much appreciated.

To avoid long socially distanced queues in corridors, all in-person face-to-face teaching sessions will start promptly on the hour, and will complete promptly 10 minutes before the end of the timetabled session. This will mean that you will be able to leave a session in a socially distanced way at 10 minutes to the hour and other students will be able to arrive and enter the room rather than queue in the corridor on the hour.

All our student support services will remain fully operational, and all students will have access to support and help when they need it. We will offer a mixture of online and face-to-face services to ensure we are responsive to all our students at their point of need.

Please visit our website for all the support that is available for you.

In the first instance you can go to the Academic Advice pages for current students.

You should check your assignment brief for details of how to submit your assessed work but most assessed work will be submitted online.

You must ensure that the Student Centre and your Personal Tutor know that you are self-isolating. If you are feeling well and can continue with your learning, our staff are working to create support materials to help you to engage wherever you are. These won’t be an exact replica of any sessions that you have missed, but will include enough information and materials to ensure that you won’t fall behind during your period of self-isolation.

The support materials will differ between courses, due to the different teaching approaches they adopt and the topics under study, so please talk to your tutor to find out what is on offer for you and how best to engage with it.

No Detriment Policy: Emergency Measures

This policy provides for additional measures to support you at times when circumstances beyond the University’s control may impact on your studies and your academic performance. Details of the measures in place for semester 1 can be seen below.

The University is relaxing the requirement for you to provide evidence as part of a request for an Extension or a claim for Mitigating Circumstances. You may self-certify rather than seek independent evidence which should make the process of applying quicker and easier.

Further information and the forms can be found on the Exceptional Circumstances page.

Yes you can: the University is relaxing the requirement for you to provide evidence as part of a request for an Extension or a claim for Mitigating Circumstances.

If you are a Bucks-campus student who is self-isolating due to Coronavirus, the fact that you have informed the Student Centre will be enough evidence for your claim/request.

Partner students should follow their own reporting mechanism: claims should include a supporting statement from the Partner College.

For further information and the forms can be found on the Exceptional Circumstances page.

Under standard regulations you may normally submit assignments up to 10 working days later than the original submission date, and they will be marked and given a capped mark – a maximum of 40%. Under the No Detriment Policy in place for Semester 1, the measure will waive this penalty, so assignments submitted for the first time in the late submission period will be given the full mark. Pass/fail assessments will also be given a late submission opportunity.

Late submission does not apply to online or in person Time-Constrained Assessments (TCAs) or Examinations.

If you are a Bucks campus February intake, co-taught with September intake students, you should stick to the specific assessment deadlines set for your programme. Additional No Detriment measures are in place to support you.

If you are a Bucks campus-based February intake student, taught alongside students whose year runs from September, you should continue to follow the assessment deadlines as set for your programme - the No Detriment policy will help you when your results are considered at Assessment Boards in January. We will be able to apply additional measures where you have not passed up to 30 credits to enable you to continue on your programme. These include an aegrotat pass for modules where you have attempted the assessment but not achieved the pass mark, or you may be allowed to “trail” modules into your next year. You should do your best to complete and submit the assessments to put yourself in the best position for progression at the Assessment Board.

Assessment Boards will normally allow you to undertake reassessment. Under normal circumstances this is usually capped at a maximum of 40%.

However with the No Detriment Policy in place until 29 January 2021, any reassessment from Semester 1 modules will be given the full mark, so you’ll not be disadvantaged.

We have extended the use of No Detriment: Emergency Measures into Semester 2 from February to June 2021 and we’ll share the exact details in the new year. We just want to reassure you now that we’ll continue to act in your best interests by supporting your studies to ensure you reach your full potential.