Coronavirus Advice & Guidance
The University is planning to start the 2020/21 academic year on time in September and we're planning to provide safe access to our world-class facilities and resources alongside teaching via our virtual learning environment.
The coronavirus pandemic and the necessity for social distancing means that next year we will have to make significant changes to our campuses and the way in which we engage with teaching, research and innovation. However, we are committed to delivering an outstanding academic experience that's inspiring and creative.
Our first priority is the health and safety of our campus community, so we will continue to be informed by Government advice. Although we are planning for on-campus activity to resume in September, our preparations include consideration of a number of scenarios, so we can be flexible and responsive to the situation as it continues to evolve.
We may not have all the answers yet, but we will continue to keep staff, students, applicants and our community informed as we develop our planning and will update this webpage regularly.
Student and applicant Q&As
We’re planning to start teaching on time in September 2020.
Undergraduates: 14 September 2020
Postgraduates: 21 September 2020
Your health will always be our priority. The course of the pandemic is still uncertain and therefore we are modelling a range of scenarios for the next academic year. Ultimately, Government guidance will determine how we are able to make our facilities available to you, but we are confident that, even with current social distancing restrictions, we can provide you with a Falmouth University experience that is of a high quality and that will allow you to take advantage of the facilities and resources on our amazing campuses.
While it is clear that the 'new normal' means that social distancing will be a feature of our lives for some time to come, we recognise that part of what makes Falmouth University so special is our world-class facilities. We want to make sure that we are offering you the widest and richest learning experience that we can, while adhering to the highest standards of health and safety.
We are planning primarily for a flexible, blended delivery in September. This means that content that can be delivered via digital platforms will be, but we will also provide access to our on-campus facilities and resources that will follow 'Covid secure' guidelines, so you can benefit from them as part of your course.
It means that we'll be applying a number of new approaches to the different ways you experience learning and teaching. A tailored approach to various modes of delivery means that we can safeguard the health and safety of staff and students while ensuring you can still have access to our outstanding resources, supported through an enriched virtual learning environment.
Lectures, tutorials and seminars will be delivered digitally at least for the duration of Study Block 1 (September 2020 - January 2021). Feedback so far on our use of digital tools has been positive and we are working hard over the summer to ensure that in the new academic year, an enriched virtual learning environment and digital resources will be even better.
Alongside this, there will be technical inductions, workshop sessions and access to studios on campus that will be carefully managed to ensure we can maintain social distancing and enhanced cleaning regimes for your safety.
Course teams are working to adjust assessments, so that they can be conducted digitally, this is because we cannot guarantee the traditional levels of access to our physical spaces and resources. As a result, the assessment will be different to, but will build on, your hands-on work within our workshops, studios and spaces.
We are working on a course by course basis to understand what these changes mean for you and what additional equipment you might need.
You will need a reliable internet connection so that you can access digital resources.
We understand everyone's circumstances are different and not everyone will be able to, or want to, buy items. Where you may require new equipment, we will consider how we can support you to obtain this and we will release additional information about this in the coming weeks.
Although you won't be able to access our resources, we are redesigning our courses to make sure that all modules can be studied off campus, if necessary.
All our academics will be delivering teaching digitally, so you won't miss out on tuition.
We are still considering the position with UK based placements and trips on a case by case basis. However we have made a decision that there will be no international travel as part of your course in Study Block 1 (September 2020 - January 2021). Although this will be reviewed, based on Government advice, the length of time it takes to plan overseas trips means that even if Government guidance changes we may still not be able to safely include international travel within your course and it is possible that disruption to trips could continue for the whole academic year.
Yes, if you are concerned about whether you can return to campus or about the plans for blended delivery, you can take a year out. This decision is very significant and to prevent over-payments of maintenance/tuition fee loans or liability for private accommodation contracts, we advise this decision is made at the earliest possible point and certainly before the start of the new academic year.
Applicants should contact Applicant Services to discuss the options available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Current students should speak to their course team to talk about the options and further advice is available from the Students' Union, please email email@example.com
Yes. The Government's position is that as long as the student experience is of a good quality, full tuition fees can be charged. This also applies if you choose to start your studies with us and are not able to access the physical resources available (e.g. you are shielding, isolating or not able to travel).
While we have to maintain social distancing, it will be critical that we have a system in place to manage safe access to spaces and equipment. We will be introducing a booking system, that will allow you to book technical resources, workshops and rehearsal spaces.
Yes, our stores will be open in September and we'll be introducing measures so all our resources will follow 'Covid secure' guidlines.
If you currently have equipment that you have loaned from one of the University stores, then this guidance will explain how to return it.
1st and 2nd year students who are returning in September
You do not need to return this equipment until you return in September. Please take care of it safely until then and make sure you return the equipment to the store you loaned it from. If you have any questions, please contact the store you borrowed it from.
Final year students and students who are not returning in September
We are now asking for your help to return any items you have on loan from these University stores:
- Falmouth Campus Stores
- Institute of Photography
- School of Film & Television
If you have any items on loan from these stores, then you will shortly receive an email listing these items. You will then be asked to book a convenient time slot to return these items to the store.
In order to minimise the risk to the health and safety of you and our staff, we ask that you book an individual time slot via our online booking system.
The booking system will go live from 10am on 5 June 2020 with slots available to book from 9 – 30 June 2020. The slots will be staggered throughout each day that the stores are open, to ensure the safety of you and our staff and will adhere to the latest government guidance on social distancing.
If you are unable to bring the items back to campus, then please complete this form and a member of the stores team will be in touch.
If you are returning in September, please keep your library items until you return to campus next year. Your items will be automatically renewed and will not be recalled. For further information visit the FX Plus website
If you are not coming back to campus in September, the library service has options for you to return your books. For further information visit the FX Plus website
In addition to the process for returning university loaned equipment, we have started to extend this service to include the collection of personal items.
In order to minimise the risk to the health and safety of you and our staff, we ask that you book an individual time slot via our online booking system
This system is being rolled out incrementally over each academic department so please check the online booking system each Friday to check that your department is ready to accept collection bookings.
Accommodation and student life
Students in Glasney Park and Packsaddle accommodation will need to book a slot to return to campus to collect their belongings. To book your time slot, you must call Glasney Lodge on 01326 253047 (Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 17:00) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full block, flat, room details and the Accommodation Services team will be able to discuss availability.
If you are in residences managed by a private provider, you should contact them directly to discuss their arrangements.
As we're planning to ensure campus access for the next academic year, so you can benefit from access to our facilities (subject to government guidance), you should also anticipate moving into your accommodation in September. This is subject to Government advice throughout the year.
If you have a contract with a private landlord and you have any questions or concerns, you should contact them directly to discuss the terms of your lease and in particular any flexibility they can offer you. You can also get help and advice from the Students' Union.
If you are planning to move into university accommodation next year, you should apply and pay your security deposit, as usual. For help, you can contact the Accommodation team via email email@example.com. Your security deposit is fully refundable if you can't move to Falmouth for any reason in the new academic year.
Yes. You will get the most out of our blended approach to teaching if you can get to the campus. To ensure that you are able to take advantage of our facilities when they open, subject to Government guidance, you should plan to move into your accommodation too.
For accommodation booked through the University, your security deposit is fully refundable if you can't move to Falmouth for any some reason in the new academic year.
Like all universities and the hospitality sector more widely, we're paying close attention to government advice on social distancing and what that means for events and entertainment.
We're not in a position to announce anything yet, but we know that the social element is a very big part of the university experience and will be making plans to ensure that in September, you'll be able to find your tribe and settle into life at Falmouth.
The UK Higher Education sector is working with the government to make the visa process as smooth as possible. We are currently waiting for further information.
Although you won’t be able to access our resources, we are redesigning our courses to make sure that all modules can be studied completely online, if necessary.
All our academics will be delivering teaching digitally, so you won’t miss out on tuition.
Yes, you will be able to start on time, engaging with your course online, via digital platforms.
Advice for applicants
We're looking forward to welcoming you to our community. We know you may have lots of questions regarding your application including questions around interviews, auditions, exams & qualifications, visas and accommodation. Head to our Applicant Advice page to find information around all these key topics.Get application advice
Do you have an application query?
We're here to support you as usual and you can contact us in the following ways Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
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The spirit of Falmouth is not contained within our walls. So from online musical collaborations to virtual guest lectures and university-wide creative challenges, explore how our community is keeping creative, connected and courageous.Find out more
As of 1 June, the latest government advice is we can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.
This means you must:
- Stay home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Read the latest government advice on Gov.UK website.
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to the touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.
To protect others, stay at home and DO NOT go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Read the latest health advice from the NHS.
Things you can do to stop the infection spreading
Official government advice is that everyone needs to do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands immediately.
- Stay 2 meters (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside.