Date Published: 13 March 2020
Last Updated: 23 April 2020
The health, safety, and wellbeing of our staff and students remain our number one priority. We are also doing everything possible to ensure that the University protects its core activities of education, research, and student experience. In challenging times that we are now in with Covid 19, we must plan for a variety of scenarios to ensure we are prepared, if the need arises, to take the necessary steps to protect colleagues and students.
If you are an applicant, offer holder or want to apply for future intakes, you can find more information here >
For current London Campus students
Our London Campus and the wider University are now closed until further notice. With this in mind, we have taken the decision that from Monday 16th March we will increase our use of virtual and online delivery.
From Monday 16th March your classes or other learning activities will be scheduled as normal, however, there will also be the opportunity in many sessions for virtual log in Via your module Blackboard site. During these sessions, we will provide clear guidance on your assessment and how we will support you in the coming weeks.
As you will undoubtedly be aware, many other universities are taking a similar approach.
From week commencing 23rd March normal scheduled teaching will take place as scheduled by these sessions will be delivered on a virtually only basis. Further information will be made available later today from your programme team on how you will access your learning from 23rd March.
Please check your email regularly.
We recognise that many of you rely on laboratories, workshops, and other practical facilities, and we will make these available as long as it is feasible. We are currently reviewing the options open to us on module assessments and examinations, as well as final projects and that work will be ongoing over the course of the next week. Our emergency regulations will support the changes needed.
As I am sure you will appreciate this is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we believe it is in the best interests of you, your fellow students, our staff and the wider community. We want to continue to do our utmost to provide the best student experience possible in these difficult circumstances and will continue to work closely with the Students’ Union in this regard.
The situation is changing rapidly, and plans may be subject to change at short notice. As I have said, we will be in contact with you with further information. In the meantime, up to date information can be found on the Student Portal, where you can ask further questions via Ask4Help.
Thank you for your support during this time.
Dr Guy Brown
London Campus Director
Updated opening hours
The campus is currently closed until further notice. Please visit our campus page for more information.
Where can I find more guidance?
All relevant public health information, including regular updates, can be found on the Government’s Coronavirus website and on the Student Portal and Staff Intranet.
If people have any concerns about their health in relation to suspected Coronavirus we ask that they follow current PHE and NHS advice which is available on the NHS website.
We will continue to provide updates as and when we have them on this page.
For further information from Northumbria University on Coronavirus, please visit here.
I'm on an Advanced Practice course - what's happening in my Advanced Practice module?
Continuing students should refer to the FAQs on the Student Portal and Ask4Help. We will contact you individually to discuss your options.
Students commencing Advanced Practice courses in May may have the opportunity to complete their dissertation first and then move on to Advanced Practice in September. This will be considered at the progression board and if so will be advised as per the communication on 21st April 2020 from our Academic Registry.
The consultancy study can run online in May and Sept if you choose to take that option.
For students returning in September, you will be allowed to complete dissertation first and then move on to Advanced Practice in January 2021.
I'm supposed to re-enrol for my next year of study - is that going ahead?
One of our priorities is to ensure that we are minimising any disruption to learning for our students. This includes students who due to resume their studies.
Our team have been working hard to make sure we have all of the systems in place to support you on your return.
Due to the current restrictions on movement and social distancing, our buildings are currently closed and will need to remain closed in line with government guidance. You will however be able to re-enrol online, and we will start delivering your next semester of teaching online to ensure your progress in your studies is not affected. Once government restrictions are eased, we will transition you back to face-to-face learning as soon as practical, and the Campus will be reopened as quickly as possible.
Please continue to check your university email for updates from us regarding re-enrolment and teaching delivery methods.
Student Finance England Funded Students
We have been informed by Student Finance England that applications for students progressing from one academic year to the next are still being assessed. Please submit your application online as soon as possible as during this period Student Finance England will experience delays assessing applications.
If you are having difficulty in contacting Student Finance England and you have questions regarding your application, please contact the University Finance Team on 0207 656 8450 or email us on LondonFinanceSupport@northumbria.ac.uk.
Will tuition fee and maintenance loans be processed and paid as normal?
Generally yes. The Student Loan Company are continuing to pay maintenance and tuition fee loans in the amounts students expected, based on their previous assessment. Student Finance England however reserve the right to request further evidence to support claims for funding at any time.
Will my tuition fee allocation change as a result in my programme moving to online learning?
Tuition fee payments will not alter as a result of changes in delivery, as the course is deemed to be completed based on the original course intention.