Throughout the pandemic, we at Cardiff Met have made the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community our number one priority and it is with this in mind that that we have now decided to make some adjustments to how programmes will be delivered over the next few weeks.
The start of term will not be delayed (term begins on 11 January). However, for the majority of students, teaching will now be delivered online only until 1 February, in the first instance. This decision was reached on Monday 4 January after a lengthy meeting of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive Group attended by relevant senior staff. The decision is supported by our Board of Governors, our recognised trades unions, Unison and UCU, and our Student Union has helpfully offered to continue to work with the University to continue to support our students.
We have not taken this decision lightly but feel it is a necessary step to protect our students, staff and our wider community. We have contacted students to strongly encourage them to remain where they are if possible until their in-person teaching starts; if they travelled to their family home for Christmas, they should remain there but if they have already travelled back to Cardiff they should remain where they are now.
There are a small number of exceptions to the move to wholly online provision until 1 February and these relate to programmes in allied health professions, initial teacher education and social work which will continue to be delivered both online and on campus via a flexible learning approach. Programme Directors in these areas will be in touch with their students directly with more details.
These programmes are:
BSc. (Hons) Biomedical Science
BSc. (Hons) Biomedical Science with health, exercise and nutrition
BSc (Hons) Dental Technology
BSc. (Hons) Healthcare Science
BSc. (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics
BSc. (Hons) Podiatry
BSc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS
BA (Hons) Social Work
For some students on practical courses which are not listed above, and who were expecting to return to campus this term, we recognise this latest development will be particularly disappointing. Over the coming days we will be exploring further ways in which we can minimise disruption to their education. However, we hope you can understand why we need to take this action now and that it is not too dramatic to state that lives depend on this.
Students living in University-operated halls of residence will be eligible for a rent rebate for the period when their programme is available online only. Eligible students will be contacted directly by the Accommodation Services team with further details.
University Learning Centres will be open virtually from 10.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday as outlined in previous communications and students will be informed of any alteration to service.
No student will be penalised as a result of these changes and colleagues have worked extremely hard to ensure they were ready to make this move to online learning should the need arise. Programme Leaders will advise students of any changes regarding the delivery of programmes or assessments and Personal Tutors can help guide students in the right direction for support and advice. Our Student Services and Student Union teams are available to help and have provided an extensive range of services online. If students are experiencing difficulties regarding the provision of adequate study space or digital technology then they should get in touch as we want to provide assistance wherever possible.
We recognise these are exceptional circumstances and the challenges we face are varied. MetCentral, the student homepage, should be the first port of call for students but if they cannot find what they are looking for then students should contact their Personal Tutor or Programme Leader.
We would like to thank our students and staff once again for playing their part in keeping our campuses and our communities safe. By remaining where they are and continuing their studies online, they are helping to reduce the risk of transmission of this deadly virus.
We will review the position in two weeks’ time and notify students no later than 22 January so that they are aware of what the situation will be after 1 February.
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