Should you be unable to study online, whether through illness, caring responsibilities or technical issues, please contact your school and let them know as soon as possible. See also:
Updated 6 October: All lectures are online and complemented with on-campus and/or online interactive sessions. Lecture theatres and other teaching rooms are being used for smaller in-person group-based activities (such as seminars, tutorials etc).
Please see our safety webpage to see our guidance on how to keep yourself and others safe during face-to-face teaching.
On-campus class sizes are reduced. The size of classes delivered online are not reduced.
Any in-person teaching, including lab and practical work, will take place in strict compliance with health and safety requirements.
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 examinations and in class tests during the Autumn term will take place online.
A decision will be made about the summer examinations by week 7 (week commencing 9 November 2020).
Yes, attendance is 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.
We have also created a new 'Online Learning at Kent' module in Moodle. This Moodle module gives a step-by-step guide to successful online study.
Check out what tech and software you may need for online study.
The Times Higher Education also provides good advice for adapting to studying online.
If you have any problems in working where you are, please contact the IS helpdesk.
Available in Moodle, the Online Learning at Kent: A Guide to Successful Study Online module has been created by the University’s E-Learning team to help you get the very best out of online learning. The Online Learning at Kent module is designed to help you with the transition to online study as part of our blended learning approach.
You may also want to check out our IT advice for working off-campus which covers the services you need to set up, software discounts and how to set up your workspace.
Our digital library services can also connect you with the resources you need, wherever you are, including e-books, e-journals, databases and newspapers. There is detailed guidance in how to do this on the IS library resources web pages.
You can get help from the University and the student unions. Kent Union, GKSU, Student Services and Careers and Employability Service are all there to support you as well.
Student Services are providing general support, advice and guidance. You can reach them at email@example.com.
Student Learning and Advisory offer a range of study skills services and provide academic advice. All appointments take place via Skype or email. Please contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org or book via the website.
Kent Student Support Team can support students with a Specific Learning Difficulty, disabilities or chronic conditions. For Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) or disability related queries, please email email@example.com. If your academic course is based at Medway, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kent Union and GKSU are also there to help you.
Updated 21 October: If you engage appropriately with online learning, there is evidence to suggest greater outcomes can be achieved than through purely face-to-face activities.
This is because opportunities to interact directly with academic staff can be greater online.
Assessment and progression online can be as good, if not better, than traditional exams. Attainment gaps between certain groups of students have been reduced or eliminated using online exams.
We have created a new Moodle module 'Online Learning at Kent' to help you build the skills and expertise needed for successful online study.
Please also ensure you liaise regularly with your academic advisor and staff within your school throughout your taught programme. They can help you with your studies and ensure you get access to all the support and materials you need. Academic and skills support is also available through the Student Learning Advisory Service.
If you are unable to study for any of these reasons, please contact your school as soon as possible.
If you have technical issues, please contact email@example.com
Our commitment to blended learning in the Autumn term (with a mix of on campus and online delivery) ensures that we can respond effectively to any changes in Government guidance.
Our blended approach will enable us to pivot to fully online in the event of another lockdown or to increase our on-campus delivery, if restrictions are eased.
Inline with Government advice, we plan to continue to use this blended approach to adapt our delivery accordingly in the Spring and Summer terms, to maximise the opportunities for students to study on campus, where possible.
Updated 21 October: The Government has set out four ‘Tiers of Restriction’ concerning HE provision. These differ to the national Covid Alert Levels, which are sometimes called ‘tiers’ or ‘local lockdowns’.
The Tiers of Restriction recommend restrictions to HE provision. If restrictions are required, these should be implemented in a phased manner.
Kent is currently operating at Tier 1. At this Tier, we are expected to deliver blended learning, which means a combination of online and face-to-face tuition whilst following public health guidance (e.g. the use of face coverings).
If the Tier status at our university changes, the National Institute of Health Protection (NIHP) will provide guidance to help.
Further information concerning the Tiers can be found on the Government guidance concerning reopening buildings and campuses.