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We're continuing to provide safe access to our world-class facilities and resources alongside teaching via our virtual learning environment. Whether you're a returning or new student, find out about the changes to our campuses, our approach to blended learning and what to do if you develop coronavirus symptoms, below.
Find out about the procedures we’ve put in place to ensure that you can navigate our campuses safely.
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Returning home safely
The Government has been clear that university students will be able to travel home for Christmas once the national restrictions end on 2 December.
Students are required to follow the current national restrictions until 2 December, but
3 December to 9 December has been designated a ‘student travel window’.
To reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, it is very important that you comply with the current national lockdown restrictions and restrict any social interaction between 2 December and the time you travel home.
If you are an international student and are planning to return home for the festive period at the end of the national restrictions (after 2 December), you should adhere to Public Health England advice while in England to ensure you travel safely. You should not travel if you have Covid-19 symptoms or are part of a household group which is self-isolating.
If you do travel overseas, you should also consider whether you need to self-isolate when you return. You are advised to check any restrictions in the country you are travelling to and whether you will also need to undertake a period of self-isolation in that country.
The Government has informed universities that they should move face-to-face learning online by 9 December at the latest, so students can continue their education while also having the option to return home to study with no detriment.
To ensure that all students at Falmouth University can safely travel home during the “student travel window”, all learning will move online from 6pm on Friday 4 December 2020 for all courses.
Although we are moving face-to-face teaching online until the end of term, all our on-campus facilities will stay open until the end of term, which is 11 December, as usual.
Yes. Technical facilities, including workshops and studios will remain open until 18 December, so you can continue to work on campus.
The libraries, IT Suites, study spaces and stores will also still be available throughout the holidays.
Yes, but the Government strongly recommends you travel within this period.
If you remain at university after 9 December and contract Covid-19 or are identified as a contact of someone who has, you will have to undertake a period of isolation. This may mean you are unable to travel home for Christmas.
A family member can pick you up in a private vehicle to take you home at the end of term. Your family member will not be required to self-isolate because of this. However, you should both strictly follow the government’s coronavirus travel guidance for passengers.
You can share a car with other students or friends that live in your household or belong to your support bubble to travel home at the end of term. However, you should both strictly follow the government’s travel guidance for passengers.
You can reduce the risk by:
- Opening windows for ventilation
- Considering seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- Cleaning your car between journeys using standard cleaning products - make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- Wearing a face covering
You can use public transport as long as you have not been informed by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate or a member of your term-time household has symptoms. If you are using public transport you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes wearing a face covering unless you are exempt, planning your journey in advance to avoid busy times and routes, washing/sanitising your hands regularly, and keeping your distance while travelling where possible.
If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive (a house mate for example), but you test negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) via the mass testing programme, you can return home if you wish to do so, taking into account the risk of transmission to your family, but you must continue self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days.
Remember, if you test positive, you must not use public or private transport, and self-isolate in your current accommodation for 10 days.
Yes. Students living on campus can remain in their student accommodation if they choose to over the Christmas break. Catering facilities will stay open and support services are available.
The Government has announced that it will be utilising lateral flow devices (LFDs) - a clinically validated swab antigen test – to support the movement of students at the end of term.
These will be available in a targeted way and are unlikely to be available to all institutions. We are working to understand whether these tests will be provided to Falmouth University.
The government is looking to make use of mass testing to make your return to university as safe as possible. Further guidance will be provided in the coming weeks, taking into consideration any future developments and relevant scientific advice.
Learning & teaching
For study block one of the 2020/2021 academic year, we will be delivering teaching with a flexible, blended learning approach. This means that our lectures, seminars and tutorials will be delivered via digital platforms, but we will also provide safe access to our incredible facilities and resources.
For study block one at least, we are planning primarily for a flexible, blended delivery. This means that lectures, seminars, and tutorials will be delivered via digital platforms, but we will also provide safe access, as far as reasonably practicable, to our amazing on-campus facilities and resources.
From gaming studios to performance spaces, top-of-the-line photography equipment and extensive printmaking facilities, you'll have timetabled access to facilities on campus and will also be able to book sessions to support self-study and practice. While capacities have been reduced due to social distancing, opening hours have been extended in September:
Mon-Fri: 08:30 - 22:00 and Sat: 09:00 - 17:00
Head to our Navigating Campus page to find out more about using and booking our facilities.
Course teams are working to adjust assessments, so that they can be conducted digitally. This is because we cannot guarantee the usual levels of access to our physical spaces and resources. As a result, the assessment will be different to, but will build on, your hands-on work within our workshops, studios and spaces.
We are working on a course by course basis to understand what these changes mean for you and what additional equipment you might need. Any changes are outlined in your welcome letter.
You will need a laptop and a reliable internet connection so that you can access digital resources.
We recognise that increased digital working means that access to industry-standard software is essential, so for your first year, the University will provide you with a free Adobe Creative Cloud license. You'll also have access to the Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
If you are worried about being able to afford any equipment, additional financial support may be available through the Falmouth University Hardship Fund, which aims to consider any unforeseen financial issues that might arise. Further details on how to apply can be found on our Hardship Fund page.
The Government Student Loans Company has revised its guidance on studying remotely, permitting students to study a full-time on campus course on an online-only basis, if "prevented from returning by Covid-19". If you are clinically vulnerable, or have a disability/long term health condition, and you wish to make a request to study online please email Accessibility@fxplus.ac.uk and they will contact you to explain the evidence-based request process.
To discuss any impact remote study may have on your student loan, please contact our Student Funding team: email@example.com
If you are clinically vulnerable to coronavirus or have a disability/long-term health condition, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will get in touch to discuss your concerns and to reassure you of the many measures we have in place to keep you safe.
We are still considering the position with UK placements and trips on a case by case basis. However, we have made a decision that there will be no international travel as part of your course in study block one (September 2020 - Janurary 2021). Although this will be reviewed, based on Government advice, the length of time it takes to plan overseas trips means that even if the Government guidance changes, we may still not be able to safely include international travel within your course and it is possible that disruption to trips could continue for the whole academic year.