10+ hours of face to face teaching on campus

10+ hours of face to face teaching on campus

We believe students learn best when they are on campus together so from January 2022, we will continue to deliver as much face-to-face teaching and learning on campus as possible, subject to government restrictions and guidance.

We know how important face-to-face teaching is to our students and our academics, and how valuable it is to learning and the wider campus experience.

Full-time students on most courses will receive at least 10 hours of on-campus timetabled teaching and learning each week. This may vary slightly from week to week during the semester, and final-year students working on a dissertation or final project and postgraduate students will have less timetabled teaching time, as is normal. On-campus sessions will be complemented by additional timetabled online teaching and learning.

We are committed to providing the most enriched experience possible, and self-led learning has always been an important part of this. You will therefore continue to have access to a diverse range of additional on-campus and online activities that you will be able to access at flexible times.

While we recognise the importance of on-campus learning, we also know that not everyone will be able to attend in-person, so fully online routes will be offered for a significant number of our courses, where there are no specific requirements for on-campus activity. Our innovative approach to teaching along with the use of Aula, our social learning platform, will ensure students learning online have a high quality, engaging experience.

If you are a current UK student who receives a maintenance loan and are currently studying fully online, or wish to change to studying fully online you must complete a declaration form by midnight Friday 17 December 2021 to confirm your chosen study mode for January-May 2022.

If you are an EU student receiving a tuition fee loan and wish to study fully online, you must undertake your study whilst in England to receive student support; studying outside England is not permitted. For part-time students studying fully online there is an additional requirement that the student is undertaking the course in England on the first day of the first academic year. If you wish to study fully online, please visit the Wayfinder to check if online study is available for your specific course and stage. If you have any further queries, please contact the Student Engagement Centre who will be to help.

For international students who require a study visa to study in the UK it is usually not possible to study fully online and remain in the UK, due to UKVI regulations. If you do wish to study fully online, please visit the Wayfinder first to check if online study is available for your specific course and stage. If your course is available fully online and you are planning to return to your home country, please email visahelp.io@coventry.ac.uk who can advise on the immigration implications of returning home to study fully online.

Buildings and facilities will be open at all of our campus locations, with full access to libraries, the Students’ Union (CUSU), and all student services – you can find a complete list of services and opening times on the Wayfinder. All of our services are also accessible online.

Our online teaching commitment

We are committed to developing the very best on-campus and online experiences for all our students. While we believe that most of our students are looking for the wider campus-based experience, we know some students have discovered that online works best for them. We also understand that it is not possible for all students to return to campus at present. For these reasons we are extending and developing our fully online degree portfolio using leading edge platforms such as Aula and FutureLearn.

We encourage anyone who is not yet able or willing to return to campus to get in touch with us to discuss available study modes, and we will talk you through our range of courses that can be started online in January 2022, and those that are available fully online on an ongoing basis – as well as options to transition between online and campus-based at certain points of the academic year. You can easily find out about how your specific course will be taught by following the steps on the Wayfinder help centre.

Although many of our courses can be studied easily online, some courses do have practical elements where campus attendance is necessary (for example health care, art and design and engineering courses), and not all study mode options are available for all courses and visa implications may apply. Please email engagement@coventry.ac.uk or call +44 (0)24 7765 6565 to discuss your individual circumstances and what is available for you.

Please note that your choice to study fully online may have an impact on your eligibility for student finance and visa requirements:

UK students receiving maintenance loans who wish to study fully online: If you receive a student maintenance loan paid by the Student Loans Company (SLC) and study fully online, or have only minimal attendance, this will affect your eligibility for a student maintenance loan from the SLC. This is because where all aspects of a full-time course are provided online, the course will be treated as a distance learning course by the SLC. This does not apply where a student is unable to attend their course as a result of a disability (you should contact the Disabilities Team if you have a disability and wish to change to fully online study or change your pattern of attendance). If you are already receiving a maintenance loan paid by SLC and you continue to study fully online, you will be reassessed for the overpaid maintenance loan by the SLC and may have to pay back money. The SLC assesses the nature of the course attendance across the course as a whole, and provided you notify us that you wish to change by Friday 17 December and attend your course according to the timetable for on-campus students, this will not affect your entitlement to a maintenance loan.

If you are a current UK student who receives a maintenance loan and are currently studying fully online, or wish to change to studying fully online you must complete a declaration form by midnight Friday 17 December 2021 to confirm your chosen study mode for January-May 2022. Full details are available on the Student Portal.

EU students wishing to study fully online: If you are an EU student receiving a tuition fee loan and wish to study fully online, you must undertake your study whilst in England to receive student support; studying outside England is not permitted. For part-time students studying fully online there is an additional requirement that the student is undertaking the course in England on the first day of the first academic year. If you wish to study fully online, please email the international study support team to discuss your situation. Full details are available on the Student Portal.

International students (non-EU) wishing to study fully online: International students (non-EU) who require a study visa to study in the UK, it is usually not possible to study fully online and remain in the UK. If you wish to study fully online, please email the international study support team to discuss your situation. Full details are available on the Student Portal.

Postgraduate students receiving a Postgraduate Masters Loan: To qualify for a Postgraduate Masters Loan while distance learning, you will need to be living in England on the first day of the first academic year of your course. You will also need to live in:

  • England for the whole of your course if you are an EU national.
  • The UK for the whole of your course if you are not an EU national.

Further information is available on the government website. Please note that it is your responsibility to let the Student Loan Company know of any changes in personal details. Further details on these responsibilities can be found on the UK Government guide to postgraduate loans.

Keeping you safe on campus

We have continued to take sensible measures to ensure we keep everyone as safe as possible. This includes maintaining a number of enhanced COVID-19 hygiene and safety measures.

Our campus delivery is being guided at all times by four key principles:

  • The safety and wellbeing of all students and colleagues is paramount
  • We want to deliver on-campus teaching and personal interaction, and develop a learning community, with technology adding value in the right circumstances
  • We must build flexibility to respond to changing circumstances
  • The assurance of the quality of our offer is key

We realise that teaching is just one part of your university experience and we will continue to work across our services and with Coventry University Students' Union (CUSU) to offer you the best experience that we can.

Health and wellbeing support

There is a variety of health and wellbeing support and resources available for all students. To explore a range of the welfare services we offer, please visit the appropriate site information:

Further support

If you would like to speak to someone, you can contact our Student Engagement Centre for advice and support.

FAQs study mode and finance implications

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