May 29, 2020
Ensuring the health and wellbeing of our student and staff community has been central to our response to the Covid-19 crisis. At Cardiff Met we are proud of the commitments and actions we have taken with and on behalf of our current students, staff and wider community to respond with a rapid move to online teaching and learning, the redevelopment of our assessment processes to support students studying at distance and the introduction of our no detriment policy.
Plans for the next academic year
These commitments have underpinned the plans that have been made for the safe return of all students and staff to campus.
The 2020 Autumn term will begin w/c September 28 for all new students, with all levels of study delivered from w/c October 5.
The learning and teaching environment
We will ensure that our high-quality learning, teaching and student support services will continue to be delivered through a combination of on-campus and online delivery and that all students will benefit from small group, peer-assisted and individual learning programmes. In adopting this blended learning approach we are able to ensure that all student learning outcomes will be met in full.
Cardiff Met is proud of our position in the top 20% of UK higher education providers in the 2019 National Student Survey. Our long-standing reputation has been built on our practice-focussed and professionally aligned programmes and our high-quality learning and teaching which we are committed to maintaining despite the current restrictions. We have been planning, developing and refining our learning and teaching methods to ensure that all students will continue to benefit from small class sizes and extensive one-to-one support from our lecturers and personal tutors, rather than extensive provision of large lectures.
All students will continue to benefit from the Cardiff Met EDGE - our successful approach to embedding entrepreneurial, digital, global and ethical competencies alongside core module and programme content. This innovative approach ensures that our students are equipped with the skills and experience required to succeed in what is anticipated to be a competitive employment market for the foreseeable future.
Professor Cara Aitchison, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Met says: “Cardiff Met is a strong and supportive community and staff and students have been outstanding in coming together to support each other in relation to work, study and health and wellbeing. In addition to ensuring that the academic needs of our students are met, the safety of our students and staff is also of paramount importance and we are now undertaking all of the necessary work to be able to implement social distancing and enhanced hygiene safely across our campuses.
"In the event that additional restrictions are placed on freedom of movement, as a result of a ‘second wave’ of Covid-19, all modules have made contingency plans for learning and teaching delivery and we are confident that the student experience at Cardiff Met over the 2020/21 academic year will continue to be a positive one.”
Cardiff Met and the Students’ Union are committed to ensuring that students have a very positive university experience and will continue to work in partnership to ensure that all of the necessary arrangements are in place ready for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.
Amy-Louise Fox, President of Cardiff Met Students’ Union says: "The Students' Union and the University have been working in partnership throughout the University’s response to Covid-19. We have been involved in decisions that have taken place in order to help relieve student stresses during this unprecedented time. As an SU, we can understand that this has been a difficult time for students, but we would like to reassure students that both the SU and the University have been working hard and are doing everything we can to ensure that you can have a positive student experience given the circumstances we are in.”
Cardiff Met staff are finalising all of the detail on a programme by programme basis and a more detailed statement providing further information for each programme will be available for new and returning students on 12 June 2020.