The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to work differently, and everyone's safety is at the heart of what we do. These are exceptional circumstances, and our key priority has to be the safety of students and staff on campus. This means managing room capacities and the number of people on our campuses to ensure we can comply with Track and Trace requirements. Given the current situation, accuracy in our timetables is also more critical than ever before.
Personal timetables for the first four weeks of teaching were published on Friday 18 September 2020. If you are a postgraduate student starting with us in October, the University will be in touch to advise you when your personal timetable will be ready.
We sincerely apologise for the delay in releasing personal timetables, and the patience of our students in these challenging times is appreciated.
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, your timetable may be subject to change, so you should regularly check for updates. Please ensure that you have provided us with an up to date mobile number so that you can receive timetable change notifications by SMS.
It is essential that you consult your personal timetable in the MyWLV app, and only attend the sessions for which you are scheduled. Once you have logged in, you should select the ‘calendar’ tile.
You must also have fully completed your enrolment and module registration to access your personal timetable and on-campus teaching. This is to ensure the safety of our University community.
We recognise that it may not be possible for everyone to return to campus. Some students may also need to quarantine for periods of time.
Our blended learning approach will allow you to continue to access recorded lectures, virtual activities and course materials through Canvas. You will also be able to book one-to-one appointments with your personal tutor, and access student support online. There are some programmes where it will not be possible to study wholly online.
If you are shielding or in quarantine when the new academic year starts, you will need to notify your Faculty Student Services via e:Vision.
We will meet the requirements for social distancing on our campuses in the new academic year, and to achieve this; we are teaching our courses using blended learning.
Blended learning involves studying using a mix of recorded lectures, online learning resources, face-to-face teaching, activities and developmental assessments.
Students will be able to access these resources through Canvas, which is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). On-campus activities will include seminars and group discussions.
There are three main components to blended learning; online learning materials, streamed online content (e.g. lectures) and scheduled face to face learning. Only the scheduled face-to-face sessions appear on the timetable (online and on-campus), so the number of hours in your personal timetable will appear to be fewer than usual.
All large group lectures will be recorded and released online through Canvas for you to access at a time that works best for you. These recorded materials will be accessed through Canvas, which is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and not appear in your timetable.
Face to face learning, which includes online and on-campus activities, will be included in your timetable. This may consist of online seminars, on-campus practical classes and group discussions.
Before students return to campus for teaching, they should review our Classroom Principles, which set-out our requirements for staff and students when using teaching spaces. The principles are designed to protect students and other users of the classroom.
While large group lectures will not be formally timetabled, each module will have scheduled learning activities so that you will progress through your studies on a week-to-week basis.
Any synchronous learning (takes place at a specified time so that participants can join it live) will be in your timetable, including both online and face-to-face learning.
Any large group lectures will be recorded and released online through Canvas for you to access at a time that works best for you. Students will be encouraged to ensure they have accessed any recorded materials before attending the related on-campus seminar, workshop or practical class. You’ll receive more information about this from your course team
We understand the problems students are experiencing with Occupational Health and DBS checks. As a result, the University will enable students to complete their enrolment and start their learning before these assessments have been completed. The deadline for completion of these checks has been extended to 31 October. However, these assessments remain an essential requirement for some courses, so you must be aware that if you do not pass the checks by this deadline, your enrolment will be terminated.
Before coming on campus, you must complete the enrolment process. If you only had your Occupational Health or DBS check outstanding, you will now be able to complete enrolment.
If you are scheduled to go out on placement before 31 October, you will not be able to do so without these assessments having been completed.
It takes time for the University to consider and process your Occupational Health assessments, so if you have not already completed and submitted the questionnaire, please do so immediately.
All new and returning students are required to enrol at the start of each academic year. This year you can do this online before arriving on campus. Enrolment will allow you to:
- Check and update your details (like your address, contact numbers and email address).
- Ensure continued access to University services, facilities and Canvas.
- Retain access to your supervisors, academic and administrative staff.
- Review and agree to our on-campus safety guidelines.
For continuing students, once you have obtained enough credits to progress on to your next year of study, you will be notified that enrolment and module registration is open for you in e:Vision.
You must complete both tasks as soon as possible so that we can prepare your personalised timetable ahead of the new academic year.
You will need to log in to your e:Vision and select the ‘Enrolment’ button on the home page. From here you’ll be able to upload your ID photo, add your personal details and tell us how you’re funding your studies. Once you have completed the Personal Details, Education and Fees sections, you’ll then be able to move on to Module Registration. Before your enrolment is complete, you will need to upload your photo ID and complete the Confirmation task.
Please ensure you have provided an up to date UK mobile number so that we can send you timetable notifications by SMS should there be any changes. You should also check your personal timetable regularly in the myWLV app. For example, sessions may need to be moved online at short notice.
The University recognises that 2020 has been a challenging year for our students. One of the measures taken to support you through the Covid-19 pandemic was to add an extra opportunity to submit assessments in September, for re-sitting and deferred students. This was to help as many students as possible to complete their studies and progress to the next level.
Understandably, students who submitted assessments in September are now anxious to know how they have done. Academic staff have completed marking this work to a shorter turnaround than usual, and staff are currently working hard to process the results as swiftly as possible.
Inevitably this has led to some uncertainty for students progressing to their next year of study. Please be assured we are doing everything possible to ensure you transition smoothly, and students will receive their results and progression outcomes as soon as they are available. On most courses, any student who has passed at least 80 credits from one level will be able to progress to the next; however, there are some professional course exceptions.