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As the unprecedented situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) develops, we know you may have questions about how this will impact 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: 25/06/2020

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 confirming your place. We don't want to disadvantage anyone wanting to study their chosen course at Teesside University this year.

We are reassured by the recent statements made by the Office for Students, UCAS and Universities UK that all students will receive grades that are a fair assessment on their academic attainment, and will be equally valid to those awarded in previous years.

We are not making any changes to our offer-making processes at the moment, and we are working with UCAS and others to make sure your higher education journey remains on track.

Our September 2020 in-take is expected to go ahead as planned. 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.

  • If you received your last decision on or before 4 June 2020, your reply date is 18 June 2020 (except if you're using Extra to find a place).
  • If you received your last decision on or before 13 July 2020, your reply date is 20 July 2020 (including Extra choices).

For postgraduate courses

We appreciate these are uncertain times. If you need to wait to see what happens over the coming months before making a final decision then that is okay. We are planning to continue processing applications right up until your course start date.

Does Teesside University intend to have a September intake as planned?

We intend to start the academic year as planned on Monday 21 September for all students. However, we plan to adopt a hybrid teaching model. This means you can expect to spend some time learning online and some time on campus in line with current 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 change being made is to some parts of its delivery. We are putting in place arrangements for the delivery of your course under the hybrid model based on your courses requirements. We aim to be able to share your course timetables/structures over the next few weeks.

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

If you have firmly accepted an offer to study with us in September 2020 then your place on your chosen course is secure provided 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.

You may have seen in the news that the government is considering imposing limits on the number of students that each university in England can recruit. However, Teesside University has not changed its Admissions policies and procedures in response to the COVID-19 situation and has therefore not engaged in the practice of making offers in excess of places available as some other Universities have.

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 that are in place during the start of Semester 1 onwards. 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?

Some of our courses have a January 2021 intake. Please check the webpage for your chosen course to see if this is available for your course. If you decide you would like to defer your offer to either January 2021 or September 2021 then please send an e-mail with your request to the Admissions Team that sent you your offer letter.
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My course includes a work placement. Will I still be able to go on placement?

For most courses, there is no placement requirement in Semester 1 of the course if you are entering in Year 1. Therefore, if you are joining us in September 2020 it should, be possible for you to go on your placement by the time this is due to take place.

If you would normally have been scheduled to attend placement in Semester 1 then we will be in touch with further details for you and your course on whether this is likely to be permitted under current and expected social distancing guidelines. If it is not likely to be permitted, 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?

We're keeping a close eye on the situation for Access students and we want to reassure you that we will be as flexible as possible in confirming your place.

This statement on the official Access website and information on the link below will hopefully reassure you
Access to HE website

Our priority is to support students during this time of uncertainty. We want to reassure you that we're in discussion with the Department for Education, Ofqual and others to publish a clear and consistent approach to assessment as soon as possible, and in a way that is fair to you all in these unprecedented circumstances.

We'll provide updates on this website as they become available.

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