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Coronavirus: The uni updates you need

This feed will be updated with the latest developments for students regarding Covid-19 as they happen. We’ll keep you in the loop with any useful information or guides we come across! We hope our readers are keeping safe and well during this uncertain time.

TUESDAY 2ND JUNE, 2:23PM, UPDATE ON NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

Returning students were offered the first insight into plans and preparation for next year. An email from Professor Lambert and Dr Wilson shared the University will be seeking:

1. To give those of you who wish to come to Bath in September, the best campus-based education possible, and to enable you benefit from the other skills, friendship opportunities and experiences that come with a University of Bath education.

2. To provide flexibility and choice to those of you who aren’t able to come to Bath at the start of term, or who would prefer to start their course from another location, by providing innovative, high quality learning and teaching remotely.

The Bath Time team wish you all a well deserved summer break as the exams season nears completion. Stay tuned for further updates!

FRIDAY 29TH MAY, 2:37PM, DATE OF RESULTS DAY RELEASED

Final year students will receive their results on 23rd July and non-finalists should be expecting their results to be released on 30th July.

Information on franchised and licensed students is still to follow.

THURSDAY 7TH MAY, 8:59AM, UPDATE ON NO DETRIMENT POLICY FOR CONTINUING UNDERGRADUATE AND PGT STUDENTS

Students were emailed this morning with updates to the no detriment policy. You can check out the latest guide here which summarises how the policy applies to you.

The guidance covers PGT and continuing students, IMCs and deferrals. If you have any questions Student Services, SU Advice & Support or your DoS are your point of call.

Good luck for your exams!

FRIDAY 1ST MAY, 5:38PM, EXAMINATIONS TIMETABLE PUBLISHED

The University has now published the timetable for semester two assessments. Keep a look out on Monday for a guide to undertaking alternative assessments.

FRIDAY 24TH APRIL, 4:34PM, SU POSTS NO DETRIMENT UPDATE

Earlier this week the University released details on No-Detriment measures for Taught Students, and on the specific Safety Net provision for final year undergraduates. Concerns remain for other undergraduate students and PGT students who await details of their ‘safety net’.

The SU are calling for students with concerns to share their thoughts using the link here. The SU has promised to continue lobbying the University to ensure students in vulnerable and precarious situations will be protected under the IMC policy.

Students are advised by the SU to contact their department for details about safety net measures affecting their specific cohort.

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL, 5:38PM, NO-DETRIMENT POLICY, PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION & TUITION FEES UPDATE FROM THE SU

The SU have reached out to students again informing them of the latest work going on ‘behind the scenes’. For many of you, the work on private housing will be of interest; check out the latest update here.

An open letter to landlords and the local council has been written by representatives from the University of Bath & Bath Spa. In short, it calls for leniency and flexibility in arrangements from the private housing sector. A template letter which can be sent to student landlords has also been prepared.

If you’ve been asking yourself why you still have to pay tuition fees, check out Francesco Masala’s blog for his insight on the situation.

WEDNESDAY 8TH APRIL, 9:21AM: ASSESSMENT UPDATES

Students received an email this morning offering further assurances for their upcoming assessments. Final year undergraduate students have been informed that, “no student will receive a class lower than the class which they would have been awarded on the basis of their performance up to and including semester 1 of their final year”. All students must complete the required assignments in order to gain their degree. Professor Lambert also confirmed any academic performance which is better in semester two assessments will be recognised. It looks like the prayers of ‘no-detriment’ have finally been answered for final years!

However, for the remaining undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, assurances are still to come. Professor Lambert assured undergraduate students in year 2 that the University, “will be applying similar principles to those developed for final year undergraduates” but given the variation between courses, details will need to be reviewed further to “ensure an equitable approach”. The University are also “looking at how we can apply a fair and equitable approach” for postgraduate taught students following a review of different course structures and weighting of assessments.

Professor Lambert noted, “these circumstances are unprecedented in the lifetime of our University, and I hope we can all pull together to navigate the next few months with compassion“.

Watch this space for further details on assessments!

MONDAY 6TH APRIL, 6:55PM: THE UNIVERSITY CANCELS SUMMER GRADUATIONS

The University notified students that the Summer 2020 graduation ceremonies won’t be going ahead as planned. The finalists, who were due to graduate between the 14th and 17th July, will have the opportunity to participate in a future ceremony. The email also confirmed that certificates will be posted to graduating students once the University has approved the awards.

During the week commencing 27th April 2020, students will be asked for their views on possible options for taking part in future ceremonies and to provide a forwarding address to receive their degree certificates.

SATURDAY 4TH APRIL, 10:58AM: ASSESSMENTS UPDATE

Bath University has shared on all of its social media accounts that it will be providing further updates relating to assessment measures. In light of new sector guidance released by the Office for Students, the University shared with followers that it is “working hard to provide further information next week“. Students were also thanked for their feedback.

Stay tuned for updates on what this will mean for students.

FRIDAY 3RD APRIL, 12:54PM: SU STATEMENT ON ASSESSMENT POLICY

In light of the University’s new assessment policy, the SU Officer Team released a statement detailing their ‘behind the scenes’ work and commitment to “continue fighting for a guarantee that students’ grades will not drop below their current average“. 

Check out the full statement here.

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL, 4:53PM: ‘SAFETY NET’ APPROACH TO ASSESSMENTS ANNOUNCED

Professor Lambert, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, notified all students that the University is will be implementing a ‘safety net’ for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Professor Lambert shared that the University is “committed to ensuring ‘no detriment’ for our 2020 student cohort at PGT and UG level“. A full breakdown of the email can be found here.

Many students were hoping for a no-detriment policy to ensure that marks wouldn’t go down during the current assessment period. This is not quite what the University has offered. 

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH, 4:59PM: COMPUTERS ARE AVAILABLE TO USE IN THE LIBRARY

Although the rest of the building remains closed, fifteen computers are now available in the library foyer for anyone who need access to a computer.

Library staff informed us that the computers are well-spaced and aren’t immediately adjacent to each other. Two printers have also been installed for use. Huge thank you to Security and the Library Team who made this possible!

TUESDAY 24TH MARCH, 4:05PM: THE LIBRARY IS NOW CLOSED

Staff announced that the library will be closing its doors from today until further notice. Check out the library’s blog to keep updated!

The current return dates for library books has been extended until 31st July 2020. If you’ve got any queries, the library staff are kindly on hand to offer help remotely. If you’re unsure how to access books and journals from home, we’d recommend checking out this guide.

WEDNESDAY 18TH MARCH, 3:13PM: SUMMER BALL & SU AWARD CEREMONIES CANCELLED

The SU shared with all members that events after Easter have now been cancelled, including Summer Ball and SU Award ceremonies. Refunds will be given in due course. Further updates from the SU can be found here.

TUESDAY 17TH MARCH, 5:20PM: ONLINE TEACHING EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF SEMESTER TWO

In light of new government advice, the University informed all students that all teaching will be delivered online for the remainder of Semester 2, which ends on Friday 29th May 2020.

MONDAY 16TH MARCH, 4:28PM: LEARNING AND TEACHING TO GO ONLINE

Professor Ian White notified students that face-to-face teaching would stop for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students from the end of the day on 17th March until after the Easter break. Professor White shared that departments would co-ordinate online teaching and provide further information to affected students.

MONDAY 16TH MARCH, 3:51PM: SU CANCELS ALL EVENTS UNTIL AFTER EASTER

Members were informed via email that all SU events are cancelled until after the Easter break to “encourage social distancing and minimise the risk for members“. The SU shared that guidance will be updated in line with any changes to the current situation.

The annual clash against Cardiff Met has also been cancelled.

Emily Johnstone

Emily is the Publicity & Distribution Officer (2019/20) and Secretary to Media Exec (2019/20). She has been breaking news and conducting in-depth investigations of the University and SU since 2018.

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