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The University has announced its arrangements for Semester 1, including semester start dates and campus measures for health and safety.
Many of the measures we are putting in place are to safeguard staff and students alike. The University also continuing to work through the details of additional measures we intend to put in place specifically for staff, more of whom will begin to return to campus as early as next month, and the University will continue to communicate with staff about this separately.
As previously communicated, consultation with the University community is ongoing on the introduction of a hybrid model of learning (a mix of face-to-face and online sessions), that could provide the best student experience while accounting for appropriate social distancing and hygiene regimes. It is clear that such a change in provision would require colleagues to think through how each programme is delivered and the University will be supporting colleagues in this work over the coming weeks and months.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic the university’s aim is to first define a set of principles for 20/21 which can guide its education delivery model, and the offer the University can make to applicants and students, whilst allowing as much flexibility as possible to Schools and Departments in the design and delivery of their programmes. The University will also be working to free up colleagues’ time through encouraging the review of the number of modules offered and reducing the assessment load on both students and staff, whilst being sure to maintain academic standards. This work will also be necessary to ensure the University has adequate space to provide for some face-to-face learning for all students in a socially distanced way.
Semester start dates
The following semester start dates have now been confirmed although students on a number of healthcare and veterinary programmes will have a slightly different schedule for welcome and teaching:
All students in university-owned accommodation will only be charged for their room from 5 October onwards.
Although the aim is for students to study with the University here in Liverpool, the University recognises that the course of the pandemic is unpredictable and may cause further disruption. If a student is unable to study on campus from the beginning of term, for example because of government travel restrictions on travel, or if they would prefer to delay their arrival based on their own personal circumstances, provision will be made for them to begin your studies online.
In preparation for these start dates, the University is putting in place a range of additional measures to make sure the campus remains a safe and welcoming place to live, work and study. The University has been at the forefront of regional and national efforts to respond to the pandemic and is well placed to use its expertise and facilities to put in place innovative measures to help protect the staff and student community. The measures the University plans to introduce will include (but not be limited to):
There is additional information available on the above measures, together with details on how the University will support disabled students, access to hardship funds and a range of other important information, in our FAQs for staff, students and prospective students.
The University will continue to develop our plans over the coming weeks and months and will be following any new guidance issued by the Government.
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