UCLan prepares to make September student experience ‘as authentic as possible’

Posted on - 2nd August, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
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UCLan is preparing to make the student experience as authentic as possible for new and returning students in September.


A number of safety measures have been introduced on campus, in line with Covid-19 guidelines, but sports and social activities will take place online and in person where possible.

During the last semester of the 2019/20 academic year, teaching was moved online as Covid-19 measures came into force.

But from September, teaching will be a mixture of face-to-face an online learning, with the campus open seven days a week to allow for more flexible timetabling. There will be fewer students on campus at any given time.

Students will have full access to the library on days they are timetabled to be on campus and lectures will be delivered online to give students a flexible and interactive mode of study.

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Support will be in place for any students who need to quarantine – including international students arriving from overseas.

The university has confirmed the Student Union bar will be open with social distancing measures in place, but it is not yet known whether nightclubs will be open in time for Freshers’ Week.

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Students will be issued with reusable face masks and will be encouraged to wear them.

A University of Central Lancashire spokesperson said: “We are in new territory this year and the situation is continuing to evolve.

“The safety of our students and staff is our priority and there will be clear social distancing and sanitisation protocols in place, but we are also looking to provide an authentic University experience as much as possible.

“This includes our plans for Welcome Week when a variety of activities will take place face-to-face and online.

A dedicated UCLan web page has been created with up-to-date information on the University’s plans to welcome students to campus in September.

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