Returning to campus

We plan to welcome students to campus in September 2020, offering a mix of online and on-campus teaching/supervision.

The safety of our students, staff and visitors is our top priority and we will be following the Government’s guidance. Therefore, as the situation develops, the following FAQs are likely to evolve. Please continue to check back here for updates before you’re due to arrive on campus.

Please note:

  • Medway campus arrangements are being discussed with our campus partners (Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church) and more information will be available soon.
  • KMMS students should await emails from your school or check kmms.ac.uk for more info. Arrangements for you will differ.

General

Term will start on Monday 28 September 2020 and our campuses will be ready for your arrival/return.

For Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) students, teaching will start on Monday 7 September. You will be able to move into your accommodation from 5 September.  

Welcome Week is from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020.

From 5 September, students living on the Canterbury campus will be invited to book an arrivals slot via their Accommodation portal. Arrival of students will be staggered to ensure safety guidelines are met and capped daily.

Details regarding moving into accommodation at Medway (Pier Quays) will be added here shortly.

If you can’t return to campus for any reason (e.g. you are clinically vulnerable or have travel difficulties) please let your School know. Your teaching will be made available online (where possible). If an online equivalent isn’t possible, it may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.

You will begin to receive your timetable the week commencing 14 September. Full timetables for the Autumn Term will be published by 25 September.

Once you have received your timetable please continue to check your timetable for updates, refreshing the cache on your device if required.

You must be registered on your modules for your personal timetable to be available. If you register late on any modules there may be a delay in your personal timetable being available. 

Term starts on Monday 28 September 2020. See Kent's term dates

The majority of our teaching and services will be delivered in a blended way – both online and in-person.

What parts of your studies will be online and what will be in-person on campus will vary according to the course you are on, government requirements and our health and safety assessments. 

Online lectures will be complemented with on-campus and/or online interactive sessions.

Lecture theatres will be used for smaller in-person group-based activities.

Lab classes, and other activities where you physically need to be there, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements. 

Some modules, or parts of modules, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.

Yes, if you can we strongly encourage you to return to campus.

If you can’t (e.g. clinically vulnerable or travel difficulties), your teaching will be delivered online (where possible). Anything that can’t be delivered online, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.

In the case of lockdown, all our teaching will move online.

Accommodation and essential services will remain open for students living on-campus.

We hope to return to normal by January 2021, however this will depend on Government guidance at the time and if it is safe to do so.    

No, all overseas study and work placements have been suspended for the Autumn Term.

The International Partnerships team will have been in touch with you about your alternative options for study placements. 

Please contact your School regarding work placements. 

Registration for both new and returning students will take place online this year. Further details will be added here shortly. 

Yes, we intend to deliver the majority of our programmes and other activities in Brussels and Paris in-person.

While keeping the required distance and in-line with French and Belgian regulations.

In the few cases where restrictions prevent in-person teaching, those courses will be delivered online, but these will be the exception. 

In all cases, we will not compromise the high-quality of our teaching, learning and experiences of students.

Safety

All lectures will be online with smaller discussion groups on-campus.

Buildings will have one-way systems, except where this is not possible. When a one-way system isn’t possible, there will be clear signage to say it is two-way and caution is needed. Where students are interacting in-person with school reception staff, we will install screens and social distancing signage.

There will be hand sanitiser at building main entrances and there will be a limit to the number of people allowed in a building at a time. Cleaning of high touch areas will take place across the campuses.

Campus catering outlets will be mainly offering takeaway service at the start of term, with some larger outlets offering socially distanced seating areas. All outlets will have clear signage and operate on a cashless purchasing system throughout.

In campus accommodation on the Canterbury campus, we will be providing all residents with high-quality cleaning materials to enable you to keep your accommodation clean.

On-campus activities will take place in small groups so social distancing measures can be upheld. Buildings will have one-way systems in place and hand sanitiser at main entrances. Cleaning of high touch areas will take place across the campuses.

In the Templeman Library, there will be a limit on the number of people allowed in the building and you’ll need to follow a one-way route to ensure social distancing.

There will be a reduced number of socially distanced study spaces and PCs available and an enhanced cleaning schedule of shared equipment including PCs and printers. See how this will operate.

We have a large campus and only small numbers of students/staff will be invited on-campus at a time. This should make social distancing easy to follow.

Each school will appoint a Building Manager who will help ensure social distancing is maintained. If you have any concerns, please report these to your school admin office who will liaise with the Building Manager. 

Any on-campus teaching, including lab and practical work, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.  

Staff and students will be expected to wear a face covering on campus where social distancing is difficult or where we indicate. 

This is most likely for short periods indoors, in crowded areas, corridors and shops.

We are looking into arrangements to provide face coverings for those who need them. Usage will be in line with Government guidance.

On-campus accommodation will be designed around ‘households’. Allowing you to socialise in a small group with the other students you live with.

In Canterbury campus accommodation, we will be providing all residents with high-quality cleaning materials to help keep your accommodation clean. Cleaning materials are provided free of charge and can be replaced on an exchange basis via your local housekeeping team.

You will be offered a complimentary deep clean service during the Autumn and Spring terms.

In between cleaning visits, housekeeping will regularly attend accommodation to monitor cleanliness and help will be available via our Kitchen Talks and through a series of video tutorials.

For further information, that is being updated continuously in line with government guidance, please see the Accommodation Coronavirus Policy.

Details regarding accommodation at Medway (Pier Quays) will be made available here shortly. 

Affected buildings will be cleaned in line with Public Health England guidelines and classes impacted by any building closure will move online (where possible).

Accommodation and essential services will remain open for students living on-campus. 

Teaching delivery

All lectures will be online and complemented with on-campus and/or online interactive sessions. Lecture theatres and other teaching rooms will be used for smaller in-person group-based activities (such as seminars, tutorials etc).    

All lectures will be online and complemented with on-campus and/or online interactive sessions.

Any on-campus teaching, including lab and practical work, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.

On-campus class sizes will be reduced. The size of classes delivered online will not be reduced. 

Any in-person teaching, including lab and practical work, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.

We will endeavour to ensure that all students receive an appropriate blend of online and in-person activities across their programme of study.

What is taught online and what is taught in-person will vary according to programme requirements, government guidance and health and safety assessments.

However you are taught, we are committed to ensuring our teaching is of the standard that led to the University being rated as gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Yes – all material will be available online for students who need it (where possible).

If an online equivalent is not possible, it may be necessary to rearrange for later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are reduced. 

We will not compromise the quality of our educational provision by ensuring that we adhere to revised regulatory guidance (OfS, QAA, CMA and PSRBs) in response to COVID-19.

Training, resources and guidance is being provided to all staff to provide digitally enhanced education.

We are focused on providing opportunities that deliver the same outcomes and we are maintaining standards, regardless of teaching mode.

As far as possible, we will endeavour to provide ‘like-for-like’ replacements for teaching and assessment that can be delivered online.

All lectures will be online and will be available ‘on-demand’ up to a week before the lecture is due to take place.

This will be followed by a set time for follow-up and engagement activities. 

It will be made clear in your timetable whether these are to be delivered online or on-campus. 

All examinations and in class tests during the Autumn term will take place online.

Yes, attendance will be monitored. However, if you do not feel comfortable attending in-person, an online equivalent of the activity will be made available (where possible). Engagement with online teaching will also be monitored. 

Student support

Yes, the University will support ‘at risk’ students.

Teaching will be available online including the physical on-campus teaching (where possible).

If an online equivalent isn’t possible, it may be necessary to rearrange for later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are reduced.

Student Support and Wellbeing will also continue to offer online appointments and events.

Teaching and learning will be available online including the physical on-campus teaching (where possible). If an online equivalent isn’t possible, it may be necessary to rearrange for later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are reduced.

Student Support and Wellbeing will also continue to offer online appointments and events.

The Templeman Library has an extensive range of online resources including e-books and e-journals to support your studies in its digital library. 

The Templeman Library building is also open and providing limited physical services including a ‘Click and Collect’ book service.

There are also limited and socially distanced study spaces. View the services you can use at the Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library.

Any on-campus teaching, including lab and practical work, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.

Yes, we understand that this is a particularly unsettling time for students. Our colleagues in Student Support and Wellbeing are working hard to make sure you have all the support you need.

This includes online, and if necessary, in-person appointments with your Academic Adviser and Student Support and Wellbeing. As well as a whole programme of wellbeing events for both students and staff throughout the academic year. 

All our key Student Services will also be available online or if possible, in-person. These services include:

Templeman Library is providing a reduced number of socially distanced study spaces and PCs/printing. View the services you can use at the Templeman Library.

Drill Hall Library is currently not providing study space – please check for updates on their website.

Please note the laptop loans service is currently not being offered. 

The University is also looking into ways of supporting students who do not have access to technology.

Advice for studying online is available on the website and will be developed further in preparation for the new academic year.

Support will include details on how online lectures work and how to access the support you need. Visit the Student Guide for updates and support.

Our Student Support and Wellbeing team and other key services are available to help you remotely throughout the summer.

Campuses

During lockdown, our campuses have continued to accommodate students and have maintained essential services. 

From 5 September, we will begin moving students into on-campus accommodation at Canterbury. Medway accommodation details to be confirmed shortly.

Some teaching, for example lab work and small discussion groups, will take place on-campus from 28 September.

Restrictions will include one-way walking systems in buildings and hand sanitiser will be available at building main entrances.

You will be required to wear face coverings in shops and busy areas on-campus where social distancing is difficult. 

Teaching spaces and labs will be open for small group activities.

Students will be moving into accommodation from 5 September. Key on-campus facilities (e.g. Co-op) will be open with social distancing and safety measures in place.

Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library are preparing to re-open (subject to Government guidelines).

The Sports Centre, gym/fitness suite and outdoor facilities are preparing to open in mid-August (subject to Government guidelines)

On-campus catering outlets will be open at Canterbury and Medway from September. They will be offering a takeaway service, with some larger outlets offering socially distanced seating areas. Outlets will have signage and operate on a cashless purchasing system throughout.

The Gulbenkian will be open with adapted seating arrangements and the possibility of online screenings. Booking will be online.

Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson practice rooms will be open from September with strict guidelines for capacities and hygiene in place.

The Templeman Library is open and providing restricted and socially distanced study spaces.

You have access to an extensive digital library of e-books and e-journals plus a limited ‘Click and Collect’ book service.

View the services you can use at the Templeman Library and Drill Hall Library.

Yes! We have updated our information about accommodation for the new academic term and you can read it here. 

You will be invited to move into Canterbury campus accommodation from 5 September 2020. You can select an arrivals slot via your Accommodation portal. Arrival on-campus will be staggered to ensure the safety of both students and staff.

There will be a cap on the number of students invited to move in each day to help with social distancing and reduce congestion.

Medway students may need to complete their self-isolation on the Canterbury Campus and then relocate to Pier Quays, Medway. The details of this will be finalised in the coming weeks here. If you have any concerns in the meantime, please contact the Accommodation Office.

The UniBus in Canterbury will be running in September. The timetable is being worked out and will be shared as soon as it is available. Transport will be run in line with Government guidance. 

Yes, the Campus Shuttle will be running in the Autumn term.    

Fees

What we offer in Autumn 2020 will be different but still high quality. We strongly believe we will be offering a full student experience. When a service cannot be delivered in-person an online equivalent will be made available (where possible).

We believe that University campus accommodation, with good quality study bedrooms, superfast broadband, and access to a wide range of campus amenities such as the library, sports and catering facilities, represents a good option for students to stay and make the most of whatever in-person teaching is available on-campus. 

We are mindful of the fact that another lockdown is a possibility. However, we hope that most students would be happy to stay on-campus in this eventuality, as this would seem to follow the government guidance of avoiding non-essential travel at those times. 

Nonetheless, we appreciate that this option may not suit everyone. Some students may have good studying facilities at home and feel confident that they could either commute to access in-person teaching or could engage with online learning in the longer term, perhaps in order to shield.

There are no plans to release students early from their contracts should they decide to return home early.

Co-curricular experience

Kent Union and GKSU are planning online welcome fairs for Welcome Week so you will get a taste of all the societies on offer. Kent Union and GKSU will be working with societies to make sure any activities abide by social distancing guidelines. Please contact Kent Union and GKSU for more detail. 

The sports centre, gym/fitness suite and outdoor facilities at Canterbury are preparing to open in mid-August (subject to Government guidelines). Please refer to Kent Sport for updates.

Yes, the University will be running welcome and induction programmes for new and returning students. There will be a mix of social and academic activities. Some will be online, and some will be in-person with safety measures in place.

Yes, social activities will take place online and some on-campus in smaller groups. If you are living on-campus, we ask that you socialise with your ‘household’. 

Yes. In line with social distancing guidelines, the Careers and Employability Service is running a virtual EmpFest20 (12-23 October). 

The Virtual Careers Fair 2020 will take place on Tuesday 20 October 2020. Please visit Careers Fair for further information.

Postgraduates

The majority of our teaching and services will be delivered in a blended way – both online and in-person.

What parts of your studies will be online and what will be in-person will vary according to the course you are on, government requirements and our health and safety assessments.

Online lectures will be complemented with in-person and/or online interactive sessions.

Lecture theatres will be used for smaller in-person group-based activities.

Lab classes, and other activities where you physically need to be there, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.

Some modules, or parts of modules, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.

Training, resources and guidance is being provided to all staff to deliver digitally enhanced education and this is available for GTAs.

Small groups will be timetabled in large teaching spaces, so social distancing is possible. Hand sanitiser will be made available at the main entrances to buildings. Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in busy areas where social distancing is difficult. 

International students

Yes, if you can.

All University teaching will be available online (where possible). Please contact your school if you need additional support. 

You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed here. That is because these countries or territories are:

  • covered by the travel corridor exemption
  • within the common travel area (Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man)
  • British overseas territories

The Home Office have advised that there will be a concession in place throughout the 2020/21 academic year that Tier 4 students will be permitted to commence their course/continue their studies through distance or blended learning provided that the intention is to transition to in-person learning as soon as circumstances allow.

Students who have not yet applied for a visa but intend to commence a course that will wholly be studied overseas by distance learning will not require sponsorship under Tier 4 (currently only applicable to the International Foundation Programme).

Attendance monitoring will continue as part of our sponsor duties, so it is imperative that Tier 4 students continue to participate in all timetabled events (online or in-person) as well as expected engagement points (online lectures and tutorials, online learning portals, online submission of coursework etc.). Failure to do so may have an impact on sponsorship.

For students who are required to commence their programme by distance or blended learning due to Covid-19, to remain eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route on a concessionary basis upon graduation in Summer 2021, they must have arrived in the UK before April 2021 to complete the final semester of their studies in the UK.

Such students must have extant leave as a Tier 4 student (or student when the new route launches in 2021) and meet other eligibility criteria (to be published once the route is legislated).

Teaching and learning will be available online including the physical on-campus teaching (where possible).

Lectures will be available in advanced of the timetabled event so you can view at a time that suits you.

Some modules, or parts of modules, may need to be rescheduled to later in the academic year when social distancing restrictions are eased.

Student Support and Wellbeing will also continue to offer online appointments and events.

Please contact Erasmus@kent.ac.uk or Studyabroad@kent.ac.uk (outside the Erasmus programme). 

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