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Student Update: Move to online teaching ahead of end of term, travel window survey & student voice

Dear students,
In its recent announcement, the Government outlined two important measures to support student safety over the Christmas period, including the student travel window and movement to online teaching.
In this update, you will find more information on our plans for moving to online learning and how you can update us on your travel plans.

I want to reassure you that our University campuses will remain open to students across the Christmas period in order for you to continue to access facilities in a safe and Covid-secure environment. Halls of Residences also remain open for those students who are staying over the Christmas break. Our University libraries will be the focal point; where you will be able to make use of study spaces and access support.
We will share more information on our plans for the Christmas break soon.
Moving to online teaching from Friday 4 December
The Government stated that universities must move all teaching online before Wednesday 9 December in preparation for the Christmas break and student travel window.

For all teaching that can be transferred online, the last day for on campus teaching will be Friday 4 December. Courses which have practical sessions will end on campus teaching by Tuesday 8 December at the latest:

Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Studies: All on campus teaching will finish on Friday 4 December except Masters teaching timetabled for Saturday 5 December. 

Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing: All on campus teaching will finish by Tuesday 8 December. Students who are on Health, Allied Health and Social Work placements will be able to continue on these as planned.  Education students due to finish placements on 10 December will receive further updates separately.

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Most campus teaching will finish on Friday 4th December with the exception of the School of Science, School of Engineering and School of Mathematics & Computer Science who will teach until Tuesday 8 December on campus.
Your module leaders will be in contact with details about the transfer to online teaching for the remainder of term, which finishes on Friday 18 December. You should note that you do not need to take any action in order for your teaching to move online for the remainder of term as this will be done automatically by the relevant teams.
Your Faculty Student Services continue to provide their full services online. You can also visit the on-campus pop up stands in MU202 (FABSS) the MD Harrison Library (FEHW & FSE) and WJ Library at Walsall (FEHW and FABSS) which are open Monday–Thursday 10-4pm/ Friday 10-3pm up until the 18 December.

Please be assured that the University campuses remain open for students to access facilities in a safe and Covid-secure environment. This includes study spaces located in our libraries where students can engage with their online learning. Book a study space by clicking on this link.
Student Travel Window (Thursday 3 – Wednesday 9 December 2020)
The Government has announced a student travel window, to be open Thursday 3 – Wednesday 9 December 2020, enabling students to leave their term-time accommodation and travel home if they live elsewhere.

To support our planning with local authority and transport partners, a survey is now available for those students who will leave their term-time accommodation and travel home for the Christmas period.

If you are a student that lives away from home during the semester, for example in University accommodation, private halls or renting, and intend to travel back to your home address, please ensure you complete this survey as soon as possible. Find the link here.
Student Voice & School Reps
The University of Wolverhampton is committed to ensuring students have the best possible learning experience, and over the course of your studies, you will have many opportunities to give us feedback and have your voice heard. It is essential that every student feels respected and empowered to be an active member of the University of Wolverhampton community.

In partnership with the Students' Union, the University has a School Representative Student Voice platform. School Reps represent you and your Student Voice at School level to continuously improve the student experience. They work in close partnership with the University and represent students' views at key University meetings to ensure your Student Voice is being heard.

School Reps work closely with your Head of School and the Course Reps to find out the different issues affecting our current students; ensuring these issues are raised, addressed and the outcomes always communicated to you.

You can find out more about your School Rep for this academic year by clicking here.
Student Wellbeing – Let's Talk Virtual Chats
Join our Student Support and Wellbeing team for the 'Let's Talk' virtual conversations to chat about current topics, share tips and experiences, and get a better understanding of university life.

The Let's Talk virtual sessions offer a weekly inclusive and friendly space, which is open to all students.

Find out more, including how to access Let's Talk.
Thank you, and stay safe.
Julia Clarke
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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