Student and Staff Wellbeing

Covid-19 Update - 14 May - London

Covid-19 Update Message to students at Newcastle University London - 14 May 2020

Anne Coxhead, Head of Newcastle University London (Ops), shares the latest updates with London students.

Dear Newcastle University London Students,

I hope you are well. In this week’s message, I acknowledge the UK government’s recent announcement on plans to ease the country out of lockdown and the implications for Newcastle University. I include a final reminder for those of you due to start your assessments of the final checks you should do in preparation, the IT support that you can access during this period, and the IT services that are available to support a range of accessibility requirements.

University plans for returning to campus

As you may now be aware, the UK Government has cautiously started the process of bringing the country out of lockdown.  At the University, we are carefully planning for how life on campus might work in the weeks and months to come, keeping the health and safety of you, our students, and our colleagues as our absolute priority.  This will include looking at specifics relating to Newcastle University London.

It is very important that we begin to plan for a gradual lifting of lockdown so that we can be as ready as possible to follow the government’s advice and also be prepared for the new academic year.  We will be using the period between now and the start of term to get this right.

We know that, for many of you, your focus will be on your assessments which begin next week.  We want to reiterate that despite the government’s lifting of some restrictions this week, in terms of access to Newcastle University London,  nothing has changed.  We continue to follow the most up-to-date government guidelines which means that we are unable to reopen the physical campus for learning and teaching activities, and therefore you should continue to work and study online. If you have moved away from London, we advise you to remain where you are until further guidance is issued. 

Once the assessment period has ended, we will send those of you who will be continuing your studies more information about Newcastle University London plans for transitioning back to the building and the arrangements that will be in place for the start of the new academic year.

Final preparations for assessment

You should be aware from previous communications that for the Safety Net to be applied to your stage/degree outcome you must pass of all your assessments in Semester 2

If you need to tell us about additional issues that you have or are experiencing personally or with your module/s that you believe will impact upon your assessment performance, there are a range of options available.  Full details of these options, which include the existing PEC system, requests to defer your assessments and changes of circumstances procedures, together with the Covid-19 Impact Form, can be found on the Covid-19 webpages.

Can I strongly encourage you, if you’ve not had the chance to do so, to check your access to Blackboard and any other software you will need before the assessment period begins. If you require IT help or advice, contact the IT Service Desk .

University IT support is available 24/7. If you have any issues accessing your assessment or University IT systems you can contact IT support on +44 (0)191 208 5999 at any time, or by email at it.servicedesk@ncl.ac.uk.

More detailed information on the IT support available for you before and during the assessment period is available online.  There is also advice on preparing for and taking 24 hour take home examinations on our Academic Skills Kit site.

IT services to support accessibility

The IT Service provides advice and guidance to support a range of accessibility requirements.

The student Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) has most of the software that is available on a standard University cluster PC, including specialist applications to support students with health difficulties, dyslexia and disabilities. You can log in to it from a PC, laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet via https://go.ncl.ac.uk/itservice/wvd

For general queries about IT services to support accessibility please contact the IT Service Desk.

The Student Health and Wellbeing Service also provides advice and support to enable all students to study effectively.

And finally, please get in touch at AskNUL@ncl.ac.uk if there is any further advice or support that you need or, alternatively, consult the FAQs which continue to be updated regularly.

With thanks and best wishes,

Anne

Anne Coxhead
Head of Newcastle University London (Ops)
Newcastle University London