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Latest update – 12 March 2021
On Monday 22 February the government set out a roadmap for the easing of national restrictions. See the full update below.
Further to this, on Monday 8 March the government updated their guidance for higher education providers, including the arrangements for student travel over the Spring break. See the updated FAQs for more information.
On 4 January all universities in England were advised by the Minister of State for Universities to restrict the number of students returning to campuses for face-to-face teaching in Semester Two, prioritising training for future critical workers.
On Monday 22 February the government set out a roadmap for the easing of national restrictions.
This roadmap allows for the return to on-campus teaching and learning for students studying specific practical or practice-based subjects requiring specialist equipment and facilities from 8 March, but also states that students should not be asked to return if their course can reasonably be continued online. This detail is set out in the letter to students from the Universities Minister.
When government restrictions meant we were no longer able to provide blended teaching and learning with face-to-face sessions on campus last Semester, academic staff worked hard to adapt sessions to ensure that all teaching could continue to a high standard online.
Given the latest government guidance, unless a student is studying one of the following programmes at the relevant level, the vast majority of Leeds Trinity campus students will continue with online teaching and learning until at least the end of the Easter holidays, when the government plans to review the options for the wider return of students based on the latest data.
Students on the following courses/cohorts will be offered some on-campus teaching for specific practical sessions from 8 March, although online alternatives are available for any students who do not wish to attend on-campus sessions. These students will be contacted by their course tutors to confirm the details of the on-campus teaching.
- BSc Sports Therapy – first (Level 4), second (Level 5) and third (Level 6) year students (specific core modules)
- BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences/Sport and Exercise Sciences (Sports Nutrition) – first year (Level 4) students for some option modules*; second year (Level 5) students (specific core modules)
- BSc Strength and Conditioning – first (Level 4) and second (Level 5) year students (specific core modules)
- BA Sports Journalism – second (Level 5) and third (Level 6) year students for some option modules*
- BA Journalism – second (Level 5) and third (Level 6) year students for some option modules*
- BA Broadcast Journalism – second year (Level 5) students (specific core modules)
- MA Journalism – specific core modules
- BA Film – second year (Level 5) students for some option modules*
- BA Media - second (Level 5) and third (Level 6) year students for some option modules*
- BA Media and Marketing – third year (Level 6) students for some option modules*
- BA TV Production - second year (Level 5) students for some option modules*
*Only teaching for specific option modules will be offered on campus – tutors will advise students if their chosen options are affected.
The government guidance also reiterates a number of exceptional circumstances in which other students are allowed to return to campus - for example, where students do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities or study space, or where students need to return for health or safety reasons.
In the meantime:
- It is important that where possible students remain at their current address – whether at their home/vacation address or in their term-time accommodation – until they are due to resume on-campus teaching. Students should not travel to Leeds (or associated partner campuses) before this time, unless they meet the exceptions outlined above – in which case, they should email email@example.com before travelling.
- All online teaching will continue to follow the standard online timetable.
- It is more important than ever that students ‘play their part’ to reduce the transmission of the virus and enable the further easing of restrictions by following the government guidance.
- If a student is returning to on-campus teaching, they should get a test locally where community testing facilities are available to them before travelling; take two asymptomatic lateral flow tests three days apart at our on-campus Testing Centre on their return; and then continue to access asymptomatic testing twice a week, three days apart, at the Testing Centre until further notice.
We understand that this remains a worrying time for our students and we are here to support them. We have a programme of safe social activity available to help keep them connected, and our support services will remain open with extended hours should they have any questions or need advice. Students should see myLTU for details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific queries.