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As the unprecedented situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we know you may have questions about how this will impact on you and your education.

The University has followed guidance from local health teams and Government as we implement our return to campus plans for the new academic year. The information presented on this page is therefore subject to change and we recommend that you regularly check back for the most up to date information.

Page last updated: 20/01/2021

Teesside University is committed to ensuring that everyone with the talent to succeed at university has the opportunity to enrol.

We understand that the current situation is unsettling, and we want to reassure you that we will be as flexible as possible in our offer making and in confirming student places when results are received, and any other outstanding conditions are met.

Our next intakes are expected to go ahead as planned and we will carry on monitoring the situation and keep you informed.

When do I need to decide what I'm going to do? When do I need to accept my offer by?

For undergraduate courses

Please check the UCAS website for the latest information.

  • The UCAS main application deadline of 15 January 2021 has now been changed (by UCAS) to 29 January. Applicants are encouraged to get their UCAS applications submitted before this deadline for universities to consider. Applications after this deadline are still welcomed by universities but should a course be oversubscribed, they are not obliged to consider applications. We are continuing to process applications as normal.
  • If your UCAS application is submitted by 29 January 2021 you should receive decisions from universities by mid-May 2021.
  • If you receive your last decision by mid-May 2021, your reply date will be mid-June 2021 (unless you use Extra, when your reply date will be mid-July 2021).
  • If you apply after 29 January 2021 and receive your last decision by mid-July 2021, your reply date will also be mid-July 2021.

Although it is advised that you make the most of all of your choices (up to a maximum of five) you do not necessarily have to wait until the reply deadline shown in UCAS Track before you accept an offer.

For postgraduate courses

We appreciate these are uncertain times. Applications can be made using the apply link on the relevant course page. However, if you need to wait to see what happens over the coming months before making a decision, please remember that we're here to support you.

Does Teesside University intend to enrol students in January 2021 and September 2021?

We intend to enrol students as planned to start on 18 January 2021 and 20 September 2021. Our hybrid teaching model means you can expect to spend some time learning online and some time on campus in line with UK government social distancing restrictions. We hope to be able to give you the benefits of our facilities and resources as a key part of your education but you should also be able to complete parts of your course at a time and a pace that suits you online.

What is a hybrid teaching model and how will it work for my course?

A hybrid teaching model means that you complete some of your learning in person on campus and some of your learning online. We plan to give you access to a range of facilities, resources and learning experiences although some of these on campus will necessarily only be made available in line with current UK government social distancing restrictions. Completing some of your learning remotely online has the advantage of being accessible and available to complete at a time and a pace that suits you. We are working on producing your individual course timetable under the hybrid teaching model and will share this with you as soon as is possible.

  • The hybrid teaching model means you can expect to spend some time on campus and some time learning online in your accommodation here in Middlesbrough.
  • Our on-campus teaching would prioritise your modules or activities that can't be delivered online.
  • We are aiming to still give you access to the specialist facilities and resources that are a key part of your education.

Teesside University has a strong track record of innovation in teaching and learning, and our Future Facing Learning approach puts us in a really good place to deliver online elements of your study. We are therefore not expecting there to be any change to the quality of your degree - just part of its delivery.

Will the fees be the same if some of the delivery is online?

Yes, we are planning for your course fees to remain the same as detailed on the webpage for your chosen course of study. Under the hybrid teaching model, we plan to deliver all of the same teaching and learning outcomes for your chosen course. Teesside University has a strong track record of innovation in teaching and learning, and our Future Facing Learning approach puts us in a really good place to deliver online elements of your study. We are therefore not expecting there to be any change to the quality of your degree - just part of its delivery. We plan to give you access to a range of facilities, resources and learning experiences although some of these on campus will necessarily only be made available in line with current UK government social distancing restrictions.

Which parts of my course will now be online? What will be different than advertised?

We are aiming for your course content to remain as advertised. The only changes being made are to some parts of your course delivery. We are putting in place arrangements for the delivery of your course under the hybrid model based on your course's requirements.

Will there be fewer spaces available because of social distancing restrictions?

Your place on your chosen course is secure providing that you meet all the conditions of your offer. The current UK government social distancing restrictions mean only that we may need to limit the number of students accessing facilities and resources in one location at one time. It does not mean we have to reduce the number of students that can enrol on a course. Adopting the hybrid teaching model should allow us to enrol all successful offer holders on to their chosen course and tailor the delivery of our courses using both online and on campus delivery to ensure we meet social distancing guidelines.

Will I get access to a device/relevant software for my virtual study? What if I don't have a laptop? Will I get any help with this?

Through the Teesside University Advance Scheme, we are planning to issue an Apple iPad device to all undergraduate students entering Year 1 or a Foundation year.
More about our Advance Scheme

Our Student and Library Services already provide a laptop loans service through which we are planning to make some devices available to be borrowed. We are also aiming to put in place necessary measures that allow our existing computer clusters on campus to be used in line with UK government social distancing restrictions.

Some courses may require access to specialist software. This is why different learning arrangements are being put in place for different courses under our hybrid teaching model. We are working through the detail of each courses requirements over the next few weeks to ensure suitable learning solutions are put in place for you on each course. You can be assured that you will have everything you need to complete your course and achieve your learning outcomes.

Will everything be open on campus as usual?

The hybrid teaching model means that we plan to deliver some aspects of your learning experience on campus and some online. We are planning on having facilities and resources open on campus but access to these will be available in line with any UK government social distancing restrictions. We are planning for shared areas and resources to be frequently cleaned and there may be a limit on the number of students accessing facilities and resources in one location at the same time.

I only want to start when I can study in the usual way. When will this be and can I defer now?

You can request to defer your place to a future intake date. Check the relevant course page to see which intakes are available and contact the Admissions Team who sent your offer to request your deferral.
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My course includes a work placement. Will I still be able to go on placement?

We will be in touch with further information about arrangements for any work placement as part of your course. Where work placements are unable to go ahead, we will further advise on the alternate arrangements that are being put in place to ensure you are still able to meet your course requirements.

Does the hybrid teaching model mean I will have less contact time with my tutor?

No. The amount of contact time with your tutor should not be impacted under the hybrid teaching model. Inevitably, some of the contact that may take place with your tutor may be online rather than in person.

I can't do my exams. What will happen with my university application(s)?

Government and awarding bodies have confirmed that students will all receive grades that are a fair assessment of their academic attainment and so we will make decisions based on these qualifications as we would normally. However, we will be flexible in our decision making to ensure no applicants are unfairly disadvantaged.

What if the grade I am awarded is not a fair reflection of my performance?

We will be flexible in our decision making to ensure no applicants are unfairly disadvantaged therefore, once results are released to universities, we'd suggest you wait to hear from us.

If I have applied for a course which requires an interview, will I still be able to do this?

If the course you've applied for usually requires an interview you'll still be able to do this. We'll be in touch about how we can conduct your interview remotely.

I'm doing an Access course, what will happen with my application?

You can find the latest advice and guidance on the
Access to HE website

More information

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk and for medical advice contact NHS 111

The University continues to heed government advice and we're regularly updating our own guidance.

View our guidance on Coronavirus