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Information Updated: Monday 23rd March 2020, 17:00

Thanks to Coronavirus, you might be finding your student life disrupted!

Here at Beds SU we want to make sure that students are as aware as they can be about everything going on in the University. We have developed these FAQ’s to help you work out what’s going and how things might affect you.

You may find further help via the help section for current students that the Univerity has created here: https://www.beds.ac.uk/coronavirus/information-for-students/ 

Teaching and Learning

  • From Monday 23rd March, all classes will be taught online only.
  • You can access your learning online, via BREO. You should make sure you logon to BREO and check for instructions; further details will be sent to you by your tutors.
  • It is important that you check the BREO site for each of your units, on a regular basis this week. Your tutors will put information about assessment there, and also information about how they are going to support your learning over the coming weeks.
  • Your University experience will become ‘online only’ from Monday 23rd March and you will no longer be able to access campus facilities, including the library. 
  • Students will no longer be able to access libraries at Beds campuses from Monday 23rd March.

The university is attempting to address all course-specific questions via its 'Information to Students' page here: https://www.beds.ac.uk/coronavirus/information-for-students/

It may also be helpful to reach out to your tutor directly by email, however, please do be patient as they may not always be able to get back to you straight away or have a specific answer for you whilst they work to try and provide the best support to students during this unprecedented time.  If you have concerns that you would like further support with, then you could get in touch with your Academic Rep, via ‘Talk to your rep’ facility or contact the Beds SU team (beds.su@beds.ac.uk) for assistance. 

Make contact with your tutor immediately and also contact the Student Information Desk who will be able to advise you; please do not delay. It is vital you inform University staff as soon as possible.

The timetable has changed: all classes are now online until further notice; you are not required to attend class in person. However, you are expected to log in to BREO where logins may be monitored.

It is very likely your assessments will be subject to delay and therefore your grades/course outcomes will be delayed too. We appreciate how upsetting this must be but, as above, we will expect future employers or placements to be understanding of your current situation, which will also affect lots of students nationally.

If you’d like to talk about something affecting you, you can contact Be Supported at be.supported@beds.ac.uk

You may also wish to raise an issue for your elected representatives to take forward for you. Go here be.heard@beds.ac.uk to highlight a concern and we’ll look into it for you.

Tutors are working incredibly hard to create online resources for your learning, so please be patient with them. You may wish to reach out to your tutor directly by email, but if you have not heard from your tutor by Wednesday 25th March get in touch with your Academic Rep, via ‘Talk to your rep’ facility

Assessments

The University has provided the following advice:

'We know that your assessment tasks are particularly important, and our Heads of Academic School are currently reviewing all assessments due after 20 March 2020, to see which can be completed with an automatic two-week extension, which can be modified so that this becomes possible, and which will need to be postponed until we resume normal operations.

Assessments due for online submission on or before 20 March 2020 will continue as scheduled.
Where we conclude that we must have examinations, we will postpone the examination schedule.
It is important that you check the BREO site for each of your units on a regular basis. Your tutors will put information about assessment there, and also information about how they are going to support your learning over the coming weeks.

This information will be available as we work through each unit and each assessment. Above all else, be sure that we are determined to support you, and we are taking great care to maintain the academic standards of your final award, to ensure that the requirements of professional bodies are met, as well as your ability to continue to learn.'

Source: https://www.beds.ac.uk/coronavirus/information-for-students/ (Monday 23 March 2020)

Make contact with your tutor immediately and also contact the Student Information Desk who will be able to advise you; please do not delay. It is vital you inform University staff as soon as possible.

Please be patient: your lecturers and academic staff are working incredibly hard to modify assessments, but this may not be easy and some teaching staff will have more to do than others. Try to get in touch with staff on your course and if you’re still unsure or don’t hear back, contact your Academic Rep here https://www.bedssu.co.uk/talk-to-your-rep or chat to SU staff at www.bedssu.co.uk

Beds SU feels it is very unlikely that any exams will occur to the current schedule. You should try to be patient and await information from your lecturers and academic staff; it is very important you log in to each unit area of BREO on a regular basis so you receive regular updates about course materials and assessment arrangements.

Examinations and assessments will be postponed if they cannot feasibly take place online. 

This will affect your studies and your course will not complete until the examinations take place.

We appreciate this will be worrying, however, try not to worry about how it may affect your graduation at this stage. Universities across the country are in the same situation and there will be many students who experience delays in finishing their course. Whilst there’s a chance this may affect your options upon graduation, we expect most employers will be flexible and will appreciate the extraordinary circumstances.

Any student can apply for mitigation as per usual. As usual, cases will be treated on a case-by-case basis, and Beds SU expects that the University will be understanding of students’ circumstances.

Student can apply for mitigating circumstances here: https://www.beds.ac.uk/student-support/cant-hand-in-a-piece-of-work-or-sit-an-exam/ug-and-pgt/

If you are unhappy with a mitigation decision, you can seek support from Beds SU’s Be Supported Team at be.supported@beds.ac.uk

Beds SU cannot speak for the University, but we expect the University to be flexible in their approach to evidence for mitigations due to health concerns at present. The University wants you to succeed and appreciates that the current health crisis is worrying and affects everyone. 

If you are unhappy with a mitigation decision, you can seek support from Beds SU’s Be Supported Team at be.supported@beds.ac.uk

We do not expect there to be any changes in how assessments are graded. The method or means of assessment may be modified, but we expect the University will be keen to uphold practices of fair and quality grading. They are trying to support students by changing the assessment and rolling out a general two-week extension, as well as postponing examinations that cannot be undertaken online.

Students who feel they are unable to perform as well as they would normally due to changes in assessment should follow the normal procedures for mitigation.

International Students 

The University will be the following guidance provided by the Home office who recognise the exceptional circumstances we all currently face. Although you are able to attend physical classes, it is important you continue to engage with your course units and modules via BREO online learning. Some further advice from the university is being provided here: https://www.beds.ac.uk/coronavirus/information-for-students/

You can also seek further advise via email at visaadvice@beds.ac.uk

Many international students, or students from abroad, maybe anxious to return home as soon as possible. The University has agreed that students can return home if they are able however all students must complete a form before being able to do so. This form has been emailed to international students, however, if you have not received it, this can be found on SID Online or by contacting intstudent.experience@beds.ac.uk.

 

Further advice and support for students

Student's are able to seek advice from the university Student Information Desk (SID). This service is currently only available by online, email and phone. Details can be found here: www.beds.ac.uk/sid

You are also still able to access our Be Supported advisors, who offer professional and independent support to students. Our team are available via telephone appointment and email. To get in touch with the team, please email be.supported@beds.ac.uk. More information about this service can be found here