While our campus resources, facilities and in-person teaching arrangements have operated in line with national and local restrictions, we also understand that some students have felt more comfortable accessing many resources from home and that others have been required to self-isolate for periods of time. To help with this we have increased our online provision and all students have access to:
- Study tools and resources online; recorded teaching sessions, Microsoft Office (including MS Teams), KnowHow academic skills development sessions, Canvas VLE with 24/7 support
- Access to create peer-to-peer support teams through MS Teams
- Virtual Careers Studio where you can chat with Career Coaches via our online careers platform, Handshake
- Online library resources; click and collect, book delivery service, online catalogue, which houses over 900,000 e-books and 130,000 e-journals, virtual liaison librarian, library chat available 24/7
We’re also keen to support students who, for whatever reason, do not have the necessary equipment to complete their studies online. As well as our annual University Hardship Fund, we currently have the additional support schemes in place:
- Dongle scheme – students with insufficient data/broadband speed to undertake academic work remotely can apply for a mobile broadband “Mi-Fi” device, which will provide 4G access to the internet through a monthly data allowance.
- Laptop loan scheme – this scheme is designed to address the needs of students in digital poverty and will provide laptops for successful applicants.
- Remote computer teaching service – provides access to specialised software and computing power for students to access remotely
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