How You'll Learn: September 2021 Onwards
Our learning & teaching approach
Taking the best lessons learned over the past 12 months, we are committed to an approach to learning and teaching that maximises access to our fantastic in-person resources, while also harnessing the best of digital learning to deliver a more inclusive, creative and flexible learning experience.
Our on-campus courses are designed to give you a hands-on experience, so we’ll be delivering digitally enhanced learning from September. This means you'll primarily learn on campus and in-person, with full access to our amazing campus facilities and resources. This on-campus learning will then be enhanced with real-time and guided online learning that you can access in your own time.
The University has to comply with public health measures imposed by the Government. Although the expectation is that we will be able to deliver our courses as they are designed, we may need to vary this at short notice. For example, if social distancing requirements are in place or increased, we may need to increase the amount of online teaching to enable smaller groups to access our facilities on campus. We will not move to online-only delivery of our courses unless we are required to do so by the Government. Examples of amendments we have made in the past to modules to comply with Government guidance can be found here
Returning to campus
From September, you'll primarily learn on campus and in-person, with full access to our campus facilities and resources. Some of your learning will take place online using real-time and guided online activities that you can access in your own time using our virtual learning environment, Learning Space. However, all students will be expected to attend timetabled sessions on campus, so you will receive the best possible experience and the benefit of working collaboratively in our spaces with professional-standard equipment.
Everyone must follow the latest Government travel guidance, which can be found on the GOV.UK website. This may change at any time; please check before travelling.
Wherever you’re travelling from, you must:
- Take a COVID-19 test within 3 days before you travel, to provide proof of a negative test before departure. Always check with your airline as specific requirements will vary.
- Book and pay for COVID-19 travel tests – to be taken after arrival in England
- Complete a passenger locator form up to 48 hours before you travel
- Check if you are travelling from or through a red, amber, or green list country
- Regularly check all relevant guidance pages for updates as travel advice might change
Red list countries and territories
If you have been in a country or territory on the red list in the last 10 days, you will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. If you have a student visa or have pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, then you have residency rights in the UK.
You will also have to complete a 10 day quarantine in a Government managed hotel. You can find more information about that process here.
Amber list countries and territories
Please note that the rules for entry to the UK are different depending on whether or not you are fully vaccinated.
Guidance has been published on the Government webpages.
You must ensure that you follow the correct advice on quarantine for your recognised vaccination status. If you are not recognised as fully vaccinated, this is likely to include 10 days quarantine at home or in the place that you are staying, and a further COVID-19 travel test on day 8 after arrival.
From Monday 13 December, it's mandatory to wear a face-covering in all shops, including those on our campuses, and on public transport, unless you are legally exempt.
The Government is also recommending that students, staff and visitors to university campuses should wear a face-covering when moving around buildings, in corridors and communal spaces.
In addition, at Falmouth University, we are expecting and strongly recommend that you also wear one in academic spaces and shared offices, to protect those around you.
There is no need to maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future and so most room capacity restrictions have been removed, although this is subject to any change in Government guidance. Some spaces have been risk assessed as needing additional restrictions and these will be clearly stated at physical entry points.
Yes, although there will be local arrangements in academic departments for bookings, to manage demand for specialist facilities and equipment.
Learning, teaching and assessment
You'll primarily learn on campus and in-person, with full access to our campus facilities and resources. Some of your learning will take place online using real-time and guided online activities that you can access in your own time using our virtual learning environment, Learning Space. This allows us to provide a more inclusive experience and gives you increased flexibility in managing your time while you study.
How this looks will vary across courses and academic departments, but all our learning and teaching has a core focus on in-person learning activities and stays true to our transdisciplinary future-looking creative culture by maximising your directed studio and workshop time.
We are designing assessment so that it can be conducted online, if necessary: What this means is that you will have the opportunity to use our on-campus facilities to create work which you may be asked to submit, or discuss the creation of, in a digital format.
Timetables will be released to all students on Wednesday 8 September 2021.
Study trips in the UK and abroad will be able to take place. However, the risks will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and some travel may not be possible, where there are risks to individuals or the institution.
Due to continued uncertainty and our need to be able to effectively support students studying abroad we are not allowing any outbound study abroad trips for study block one of 2021/22 and we will review closer to the time whether outbound study later in the academic year is possible.
Yes. Placements based in the UK can happen.
Testing and isolation
Students returning to university after the winter break should take a Lateral Flow test and receive a negative result before travelling.
On arrival back in Falmouth, you should take two LFD tests (3 - 4 days apart). This is to reduce the risk of transmission following the movement of students across the country.
Once back on campus, you should routinely have two tests a week, ideally three days apart, if you are studying on campus. This means you can be confident that you do not have COVID-19 and will not pass it on to any of your friends, housemates, academic team or our local community.
If you’re not sure how to take a test, get in touch with the Rapid Response Team to arrange to take a supervised test. Contact email@example.com and they’ll get back in touch to confirm an appointment.
You can book a collection time at the Penryn or Falmouth Campus.
- Falmouth Campus reception, 9am to 4.30pm
- Penryn Campus Sports Centre, 8am to 4pm
You need to book your collection slot via the COVID-19 test booking system
Home testing kits can also be picked up at local pharmacies or ordered from the NHS online
Anyone over-18 who has not received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine is legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.
Anyone who has been in contact with someone who tests positive with a suspected case of the Omicron variant will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be informed by the local health protection team or NHS Test and Trace if they fall into this category.
If you are over-18 and have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine (receiving your final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine in the UK vaccination programme at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case) or are aged under-18, you are no longer legally required to self-isolate. You should take a PCR test as soon as possible to check if you have the virus. You should take precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and limiting contact with other people where possible. You'll not be required to self-isolate while you wait for the results of the PCR test and can continue to attend university.
If you have Covid-19 symptoms you should self-isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test via the NHS service - Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK. If you receive a positive PCR test, contact the Rapid Response Team by completing this online form - COVID-19 Test Result Form. They will then get in touch to provide further information and support.
You should self-isolate and arrange a confirmatory PCR test via the NHS service - Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). Should you receive a positive PCR test please let us know by completing this online form. The Rapid Response Team will then get in touch to provide further information and support.
If you tested positive, you must self-isolate straight away to avoid spreading the infection to other people.
The Rapid Response Team will help you self-isolate effectively and support you with any tasks, like providing food or medicines. You should notify Rapid Response Team know via this form so they can provide you with information and support.
The Rapid Response Team will be able to help you self-isolate effectively. They can provide any food or medicines you need. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
You must still get a test even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The impact of the vaccine on preventing transmission remains unknown and individuals who have been vaccinated may still carry and be able to transmit the virus. If you have been vaccinated, then you should continue to test twice a week when accessing campus facilities, as advised by Government.
If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for COVID-19, you are likely to have developed some immunity and are therefore exempt from testing within 90 days of a positive test, unless you develop new symptoms.
If you are displaying any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, you and your housemates should self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines.
Contact the Rapid Response team to arrange a PCR test, or you can obtain a test through the NHS.
If you receive a positive result, please notify the University using this form, so we can provide you with further information and support.
If you are feeling unwell and need medical support, do not wait – call 111 or 119 or 999 in an emergency.
Health and wellbeing
You are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, to protect your health and that of those around you.
In England, the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered at local sites run by doctors (GPs) or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.
If you are registered with a GP, you will be able to book appointments via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.
There are also a number of drop-in clinics. You can find a local grab-a-jab session here
You can get your first dose in Cornwall and your second dose wherever you are staying over the summer or vice versa. You can change and rebook your appointments through the National Booking Service
Registering with a GP
You should get registered with a local doctor. Find information about our local GP practices on our Health page
Based on the Government roadmap, we anticipate that there will be no distancing restrictions in place in our teaching spaces this autumn. However, we may be living with Covid-19 for some time to come. So, we’re also putting in place mitigating measures to keep the campus community safe and to ensure we can quickly reintroduce social distancing measures, if required.
Measures like face coverings indoors, hand sanitation stations, regular Covid-19 testing and track and trace will be in place, if required by the Government guidelines.See our latest coronavirus information
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