Students on practical courses to return on campus from 8 March

Newcastle University has said students of practical courses are allowed to return to classes on campus from 8th March.

Erika Armanino
1st March 2021
The latest University email informs students that practical and creative courses will go back to in-person classes from the 8th of March. This follows the Prime Minister's announcement last Monday.

After months of waiting, thousands of students will be finally returning to campus for in-person classes while the majority will continue with online teaching.

Courses that need access to specialist equipment and facilities will go back to on-campus learning while students who don’t have practical or creative classes will be still learning remotely until at least the end of Summer Term. The University still advises them not to return to University’s accommodations until further notice.

Final year students who are not from practical courses will have to write their dissertations remotely; they won’t be able to access any tools on campus and will have to communicate with their supervisors online.

While some students will be allowed to go back to in-person classes, a higher number of them will be confined to online teaching. It is unclear when they will be allowed back to campus as well. Implications following this decision could be a disparity in teaching quality between practical and theory-based courses.

In the email, the University highlights their support towards students’ wellbeing and studies, including a hardship support for students in private accommodation. The University also ensures that they’re working with student representatives at NUSU to develop activities in the summer term that will help build learning communities.

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