Today (27 September) marks the start of teaching for most academic programmes, with many students coming onto campus to participate in face-to-face teaching or to use our student facilities and services.
Below you’ll find an overview of things to remember before you head onto campus, how to move around campus safely and how our services are currently operating.
View your academic timetable
The semester one academic timetable for 2021/22 is available for all students to view on the Timetables App and in the Timetable Portal . If you haven’t checked your timetable yet, please do so as soon as possible.
What’s open on campus
As we start this academic year, the majority of our student facilities are currently open, with appropriate public health measures in place. These include our sports and leisure facilities, on-campus catering, Guild of Students, Student Support Services and Careers Studio. Here’s how they are operating:
Libraries and study space
The libraries are open 24/7 during term time. Please see the Library’s full opening hours for the most up to date information.
Both bookable and walk-in study spaces are available in both campus libraries. You can access desk spaces and PC spaces in both campus libraries throughout the year and you can book a study space before you visit if you prefer.
Printing services are available in both libraries. You can use Print Anywhere to send your documents to print from your personal laptop or PC, even if you are off campus before you visit the library to reduce length of your visit.
Visit the library to browse the books on the shelves and check out any books that you need for your studies or just want to read for pleasure. Find out where the books for your subject are located. If you don’t want to browse the shelves and you know which books you need, you can reserve them in advance and collect them from the library using our Click & Collect Service.
We have over 900,000 electronic books and 140,000 electronic journals available to you 24/7 wherever you have an internet connection.
The Library’s KnowHow Academic Skills Programme provides academic support throughout the year to help you to succeed in your studies.
We also recommend that you get to know the Liaison Librarian for your subject who can offer you specialist support and advice and help you find and use the resources for your subject to support your learning and assessments.
The Sports & Fitness Centre is re-open, however due to COVID-19 restrictions, all sessions need to be pre-booked using the online booking system or by phoning reception. Please see our Frequently asked questions page for updated details.
Guild of Students
All the Guild’s services are re-open (see opening hours here), but with safety as an ongoing priority, here is what we’re doing to keep you safe in the building:
- Utilising card payments and contactless
- Hand sanitising stations are available throughout the building
- Table service is here to stay. We are continuing to offer online food and drink ordering available to reduce congestion at the bar
- Where applicable, queue management systems will be operational.
Student Support Services
Our team of Wellbeing Advice and Guidance Advisers are here to provide initial advice and support on a wide range of issues that might be affecting your general welfare.
The team are based in the Alsop Building on University Square, which is currently accessible by appointment only. You can either email your enquiry or access the online booking system to arrange a confidential one-to-one appointment.
They offer support through video (Microsoft Teams or Zoom), phone and email between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Face to face appointments will also be available when term starts, and there will be an option for quick enquiry appointments in person or via video call.
Wellbeing Advice and Guidance are part of the wider Student Services team, which also includes our Counselling and Mental Health Advisory Services, as well Money, Disability, and International Advice and Guidance. For more information on the support available via the Student Service team click here.
Our Career Coaches are on-campus and online, ready to help you explore, connect and apply.
No matter what stage you are at in your career thinking or readiness, our team of experts can help. You can drop into the Career Studio on University Square from Monday – Friday between 10am and 5pm – no appointment needed.
You can also continue to ask us questions via Handshake Messaging or Zoom. Our online offer now includes access to all digital resources via Handshake, use of CV360 to update your CV, and lots more digital tools available to all students and graduates through our website.
Safety requirements while on campus
Here are some reminders about the safety requirements on campus. For further details please view our COVID-19 Safety Hub.
- Remember to bring your face covering with you. Unless you are exempt, you are required to wear one in all University buildings, including teaching sessions. For those who are exempt, we ask that you wear a clearly visible sunflower lanyard, and/or carry a medical exemption card. Lanyards are available from Student Services in the Alsop building or can be purchased from Hidden Disabilities.
- Make sure you continue to follow the social distancing rules set out for in-person teaching sessions and laboratories and try to maintain a suitable distance from others in indoor spaces, wherever possible.
- Keep windows and doors of occupied rooms open, wherever possible.
- We strongly encourage all our students and staff to carry out twice weekly testing and our on-campus testing facility will continue to be available for you to access and to pick up home test-kits.
- Download the NHS app/COVID pass to keep track of your test results and vaccination status.