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While life feels very different at the moment, that doesn’t mean your university experience won’t be safe and full of incredible opportunities.

At Leeds Trinity University, your health and wellbeing is our priority. Over the last several months, we’ve been working hard to ensure that you can study in a safe environment, while still feeling part of the community which makes Leeds Trinity so special.

To help reassure you in the build-up to the start of your studies, we can now confirm some of the experiences and changes you can expect in Semester 1.

Select an area you want to read about below or scroll down and read all about how we're going to make September as safe as possible for you:

Ten things to know before you start your studies

1. Full online induction before your course starts

2. Blended learning with online and face-to-face teaching

3. Comprehensive health and safety measures in place across campus

4. Regular one-to-one academic support

5. Teaching starts from Monday 21 September

6. Access to the Library from Wednesday 2 September

7. Student support services available online

8. On-campus sports centre open from Monday 21 September

9. Social activity planned to welcome you to campus

10. Ready to take all teaching online if lockdown is reinstated

Campus safety

We have put in place a comprehensive set of safety measures to ensure our campus is safe for the start of term. These include:

  • Provision of sanitising products at workspaces.
  • One-way systems in all buildings.
  • Sanitising stations across campus, using high quality, approved industrial sanitising products.
  • Adaptation to appropriate doors to enable opening by foot.
  • Provision of screens on lecterns, reception areas and some classrooms/specialist spaces.
  • More cleaning of high impact areas.
  • Ongoing monitoring and auditing of the control measures to ensure they comply with government guidelines and are effective.

The health and safety of students and staff remains our priority. We may adjust these measures as the situation changes during Semester 1, but we will keep you updated throughout.

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity University we have planned for a blended approach to our course delivery for our students in academic year 2020/21.

Teaching will be provided via a combination of small-group in-person teaching on campus, interactive online activity using Microsoft Teams and guided independent learning using digital resources provided via Moodle.

Our staff are working hard to ensure that all teaching and learning is of the highest standard, and our support services will be available to help our students with any challenges – from support with study skills to mental health services.

We believe it is important for our students to attend campus for some of their teaching, when possible. Face-to-face contact with staff is a key part of our learning and teaching. We will therefore not be offering an online-only option for academic year 2020/21. 

We are currently preparing the campus for use again, which includes significant planning around controlling the numbers on campus and how we manage staff and students moving around the site safely.

Although we have seen some lifting of restrictions in recent weeks, our ability to offer this provision will continue to be dependent on guidance from Public Health England. We have therefore also planned the delivery of our modules around an online teaching framework to give us the flexibility to respond if further restrictions are imposed.

Your timetable showing whether you are due to be on campus or whether your lecture is online will be made available at the end of August. The start of teaching is 21 September 2020.

Accommodation

A student moving into her halls on campus.


To enable you to move into accommodation safely we will be offering timeslots to students over several days and will contact you following confirmation of your results with more details. 

View your accommodation in our virtual tour

Social bubbles

We are aware that some institutions are intending to adopt a ‘social bubble’ model for students in September. We have looked at the perceived benefits and practicalities of adopting this approach in consultation with our health and safety specialists.

This model was not intended for use in a higher education environment and creates some significant challenges in management and enforcement, particularly if students want to see others outside of the bubble such as family, friends or for work.

As soon as a student undertakes activity outside their bubble, this approach ceases to be effective. For these reasons, we will not adopt social bubbles at Leeds Trinity.

Social activity

While some aspects of campus life – such as large-scale Freshers events – will be dependent on government guidelines at the time and may need to be adapted or delayed to keep everyone safe, you will still benefit from the unique experience which makes Leeds Trinity so special.

The University and Leeds Trinity Students’ Union are preparing a variety of activities to ensure you feel part of the Leeds Trinity family, and we’ll update you as the start of term draws closer.   

We have a beautiful green campus and will be using it during your first semester to ensure you can still enjoy social activity. We are also providing marquees to ensure that we utilise all the space we have available.

Facilities

All of our student services will be available online for Semester 1. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up more of our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Sport and fitness

Sport and fitness is a key part of student life so we have put plans in place to make sure you have access to our Sports Centre when you start University.

Trinity Fitness is home to our campus sports centre. The Fitness Suite will be open to all students from 21 September from 8.00am to 8.00pm on weekdays, 9.00am to 5.00pm on Saturdays and 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays with sessions booked online. The fitness class timetable will also start this week.

Membership of Trinity Fitness starts at just £15 per month and this gives you access to the Fitness Suite, free classes and free access to table tennis, tennis and badminton (subject to availability following Sport England guidelines).

Get more information about Trinity Fitness here.

Catering

The Dining Room at Leeds Trinity.


The Dining Room and Atrium Café will be open on weekdays, with weekend hours currently under review. Based on current restrictions, both may only offer a takeaway service.

The option to eat in will be dependant on guidance from Public Health England and our ability to keep staff and students safe and follow social distancing guidelines.

The StUdio bar will also provide a takeaway-only food service, which will be available seven days a week.

Library Services 

The Andrew Kean Learning Centre will be open from 2 September 2020 from 8.30am to 4.45pm Mondays to Fridays. 

  • Access to study spaces is available via a booking system.
  • You can borrow items using our new Click and Collect Service.
  • The Learning Centre will be operating a one-way system so that it is safe for all users.
  • The teaching spaces within the Learning Centre will be open for taught sessions.

For further information on using the Learning Centre and our services, please contact us via libraryenquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7244.  

Student support

The following support will all be available online for all students at the start of Semester 1 and bookable via Microsoft Teams:

You will receive more information about how to access these services during Intro Week (w/c 14 September 2020).

Travel/car parking

Our free shuttle bus from Horsforth Train Station to the University will be operating from the start of Semester 1 in September. The safety measures that will be applied will be in line with the government guidance in place at that time including the compulsory use of face masks and capacity limits to enable social distancing. See the Shuttle Bus page for more information.

COVID-19 updates

Find out how Leeds Trinity University is responding to the ongoing coronavirus situation, and what that means to staff, students, future students and the wider community.

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