If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and let us know using a simple form. All the details are available here.

Your education

Check the latest guidance on how you’ll learn and be assessed while the Coronavirus situation is ongoing.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and let us know using a simple form. All the details are available here.


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How you’ll be taught

Once you arrive, there will be a mix of in-person (classroom or lab work) teaching and different types of online learning.

During the autumn term, you can expect a minimum of 11 hours of live interactive learning, either in the classroom or online, per module, across the semester for a typical 11-week module.

This means you will continue to be able to fully engage with your tutors and fellow students.

We’re dealing with the health and safety measures needed so you get an in-person experience, particularly around small group work, seminars and tutorials.

Important: Our priority is to make sure our campus is a safe place to live, work and study. See how we are keeping campus safe.

Return to campus – what to do in teaching spaces

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    Alongside your online learning, small group tutorials and seminars will give you the opportunity to learn in person with your fellow students.

    Before entering buildings, please remember to wear your face covering and of course, if you think you may have Covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home and follow the advice on the Student Hub about what to do if you feel unwell.

    This includes filling out the University’s symptoms reporting form.

    At busy times, you may find that there are Campus Ambassadors outside buildings. to help ensure that things run smoothly and that there are not too many people entering at once.

    On the way to your teaching space, you may find a one-way system in the building to help minimise the overlap of people coming in and out.

    Please follow the signs and take your time. On the floor there are clearly marked pathways and distance markers, like the ones you find in shops and other public areas.

    As you enter, you’ll already be wearing your face covering, but make sure it is covering your mouth and nose. You can use all sorts of coverings, such as masks or bandanas, unless you are exempt.

    Once you’re in the classroom, please wipe down your desk using the wipes provided there. The seats are spread out maintaining at least a one-metre distance from each other. Please don’t change the seating, as we’ve laid them out so you’re all at the right distance.

    Whilst we’re asking you not to bring food into the classroom, bottled drinks are fine. Just make sure you keep them sealed and don’t share them.

    All of this information will be available in the classroom too. Extra time has been included at the beginning and end of teaching sessions to minimise overlap with class groups using the space before and after you.

    If the corridor is crowded please let people pass through, before exiting the room.

    We know how much you have missed learning together with other students over the last few months. And we’re staying on top of all the government advice to ensure you can still have some time together. We want to welcome you to Sussex.

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Rules of the classroom

Covid-19 safety guidelines will be displayed in all rooms. In particular:

  • Wash or sanitise your hands before entering a room. Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to kill germs and help reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should also wash or sanitise your hands each time you readjust your face covering and when entering a building.
  • Wear a face covering. Face coverings are an effective way of limiting viral particles in your breath from being passed onto others. Wear a covering unless you have a medical exemption or you’re presenting within the marked zone at the front of the room.
  • Maintain safe social distancing. Coronavirus can be spread much quicker when people are closer together. Be especially mindful when entering or leaving to avoid congestion in large groups. Remain in marked seats only when undertaking group or paired work.
  • Do not relocate furniture – it should remain in the layout displayed at the front of the room. Also avoid moving between seats if possible.
  • Wipe down your desk when you arrive and leave. This helps kill any particles that may contain coronavirus. This includes ITS equipment (mouse and keyboard) and any shared items. Cleaning materials will be provided during taught sessions.
  • Avoid eating or drinking – if you need to drink, it should be from a closed container you return to your bag or pocket. Put rubbish in the bins provided at the end of the session.
  • Avoid sharing resources, such as paper, where possible and clean any items that need to be shared.
  • If you’re exempt from wearing a face covering, you can wear a lanyard – see information about face coverings and exemptions.

We’re encouraging all teaching staff to use face visors, which will be made available by the University. This allows easier communication during teaching.

Return to campus – what to do in lecture theatres

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    When you start your University year, there will be in person teaching alongside online classes.

    If you are attending in-person teaching there are some simple steps to take that will make it as safe as possible for everyone.

    Before entering the building, please remember to wear your face covering and of course, if you think you may have Covid-19 symptoms you must stay at home and follow the advice on the Student Hub about what to do if you feel unwell.

    This includes filling out the University’s symptoms reporting form.

    Students will be asked not to wait in corridors outside rooms and should wait outside buildings until class starts.

    At busy times, you may find there are Campus Ambassadors outside, to help make sure that not too many people are entering at once.

    There may also be designated socially-distanced waiting areas, indicated by floor signage, to ensure we keep campus pathways free of crowds.

    On your way to your class, new signage will help you move across campus more safely.

    We are entering one of our lecture theatres.

    Please visit the sanitising station, where there will be hand sanitiser for you to use, as well as wipes for you to use on your desk.

    As you enter, you’ll already be wearing your face covering, but make sure it is covering your nose and mouth.

    You can use all sorts of coverings, such as masks or bandanas, unless you are exempt.

    Students come in through the back, and the seating has been marked to create a socially distanced layout.

    Whilst we’re asking you not to bring food into the classroom, bottled drinks are fine. Just make sure you reseal them and replace your face covering after drinking and don't share them.

    At the end of class in this lecture theatre, the exit takes everyone away from the entrance. So students arriving for the next lecture won’t pass you as you leave.

    Where this is not possible, there will be signage telling you how to enter and exit the room safely. We have also made sure there is enough time between lectures to limit cross-over.

    We’ve been keeping on top of the latest government advice, and will be continuously updating how we are doing things.

    We want to welcome you to Sussex.

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Monitoring your attendance

We encourage you to download the SussexMobile App or add the browser-version link to your favourites. This may be used by some tutors to help record attendance at classes.

If you’re studying on a visa, we need to monitor your attendance for UKVI purposes. You can do this through the SussexMobile app. See our visa guidance for international students.

If you can’t arrive for the start of term

If your journey to campus will be delayed because of Covid-19, you will be able to engage with your studies online.

Don’t worry if this applies to you. You can let us know about a reason preventing you from arriving at Sussex through the online registration process.

If your circumstances change, it’s easy to update the information you’ve provided. You can do this through online registration or in Sussex Direct by going to the Personal menu then editing the Personal Details section.

Important: If you are a PhD student, you may find the general categories do not apply to you. If you are in this situation, please select 'No Impediment'.

Students studying remotely will be able to access Canvas, our virtual learning environment, where you will find details of the learning and teaching of your course.

See more about arriving late if you’re a new student.

Studying online

We expect the vast majority of students to join us in Sussex for the start of the academic year. However, we’re aware there might be some students unable to do so at that time because of international travel restrictions. If you live in a country with travel restrictions and will be unable to join us in September, you can register to begin your course online and can study in this way, up to 25 January 2021.

Who is able to study online for semester one?

New and returning undergraduate or postgraduate students who are in countries with travel restrictions and who can’t get here for the start of term can study online (with the exception of students in BSMS). However, they will need to arrive at Sussex by 25 January 2021.

Is there flexibility for postgraduate research students?

Students who are in countries with travel restrictions and who can’t get here for the start of term should contact their supervisor to discuss options and whether their research can be supported from a distance.

Something else? See questions about starting in January 2021.

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Learning online

Important: Follow the guidelines for online behaviour [PDF 26KB] to help everyone learning online have the best experience.

When we first moved over to online learning, we made a commitment to helping you get the most from online learning and responding to your questions as soon as possible. This commitment has not changed.

Monitor your Canvas site for details about your learning activities. You will find essential readings or preparatory tasks as well as details of scheduled contact – whether it's face-to-face or online. Where online synchronous contact is planned your Sussex Direct timetable will show the location as 'Online' and advise you to check Canvas for details.

As a starting point, we have guidance on the technology you need to study with us. We also advise you download the SussexMobile app to your smartphone.

Other Sussex materials designed specifically for you include Skills Hub, which has tips on time management, essay writing, referencing guidance and advice on digital wellbeing.

See our guidance about assistive technology for students, such as support for learners with literacy difficulties.

We understand that the availability of study space, access to a good internet connection and technology is not the same for everyone.

Ofcom has provided a list of tips to improve broadband speed, such as connecting to your router using a cable instead of relying on wi-fi.

If you are finding things hard, we want to help you. Contact your School office if you have issues with online learning.

Your wellbeing will always be our priority. We took online learning measures because of Covid-19 as we believed they were best for our community. We’re always evaluating the best options for you.


You can install the full Microsoft Office 365 suite of products – including Outlook for email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher – on personally-owned computers and mobile devices at no cost, and access 1TB of free storage. Download the apps for access on the move at all times. Find out about installing Office 365.

There are more than 100 different software titles you can use, particularly to help with learning online. You can get all of these packages through the software list. Use your Sussex email to sign up. The list includes End Note, Zoom, SPSS, Solidworks, Matlab and MindView.


We have a special licence for the video and chat platform Zoom. You can use it to virtually meet students and staff. You can do this while conducting live chats and recording sessions to view later. Zoom will be used extensively for remote teaching so we recommend you download and install the apps on all your devices.

If you already have your own Zoom account, you can keep using it however the University’s institutional account offers some distinct advantages: meetings can be longer than the standard 40 minutes and up to 300 people can be included at a time. Unlimited cloud storage is also available.

See how to access your Sussex Zoom account and log in.

Answering questions and keeping in touch

Kelly Coate, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students at Sussex, will be in touch regularly by email. Kelly’s messages will include answers to questions and give clarification on new guidance and procedures.

You can also follow developments around your education and other aspects of your student life by checking the Student Hub for updates.

Recording of teaching

Our mix of online and face-to-face teaching activities involves recording lectures or seminars to support students' learning. We do this in line with our policy on the recording of teaching activities and other uses of Panopto.

All recordings are stored securely for only as long as necessary, then deleted. See how we process personal data for education purposes.

If you have any concerns about your personal data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer. Email dpo@sussex.ac.uk.

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Using the Library

The Library runs a click and collect service so you can get the books or journals you need.

You can also book a study space if you need a quiet place to work.

Library resources can also be accessed remotely. Library Search is a good place to start and on your Library Subject Guides you’ll find the highest quality academic resources for your subject area.

Use Library Chat to keep in touch and ask any questions you have. This is staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You can also email questions to library@sussex.ac.uk or read the Library’s common questions.

The Library also offers one-to-one support remotely. You can book a time using this online form. Support, including online tutorials, is also available through Skills Hub.

Return to campus – what to do in the Library

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    Our amazing library has always been so much more than just a great place to get books, and study.

    We’ve being working hard behind the scenes over the last few months, to make sure it remains the safe and welcoming place that we all love.

    The main steps have now been divided, providing separate entrance and exit routes.

    As you step through the door, everyone is asked to put on a face covering, but we totally understand if your exempt.

    Our lovely team will also be wearing masks or visors, and we’ve got set capacity for the amount of people in the Library at one time to ensure social distancing.

    On the floor there are clear pathways and floor signs, helping everyone stay two metres apart. There are also hand sanitizing stations throughout the building.

    Alongside the new layout, we’ve got two new services ‘Click and Collect’ works in a similar way to retail services, that you already probably familiar with.

    Request the item online with the Library Search tool, and await an email letting you know it’s ready for collection. Bring in your University ID card and you are all set to pick it up!

    Once you are finished with the item you can return it via the book sorter, or the special book drop at the north entrance of the building.

    For when you want to use the library for research and study, you can use ‘Click and Study’ on the Student Mobile app, or through our homepage.

    Book a study space and timeslot in advance, and you’ll have an allocated desk perfectly distanced from anyone else.

    We’ve got lots of support on hand in the library, on our webpages and social media, and through instant messaging via Library Chat.

    We’re here to help you!

    Every Sussex student has their own special memories of this building. As we get ready to welcome you, We are confident that everything is in place, for you to build some of your own.

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Your grades

During 2019/20, we put in place measures to ensure students would not be disadvantaged due to the global pandemic when it came to the grades they received.

We’ll be watching the Coronavirus situation closely this year and consider any disruption.

If you have any Summer 2019/20 assessment questions, see information on assessment changes and our no detriment policy.

Exams and other assessments in the autumn

Your tutors will make sure you are assessed in the most appropriate way – whatever the continuing situation is with Coronavirus.

If you have a learning impairment, check our assistive technology guidance for students.

Exceptional circumstances

We put in place specific arrangements for students claiming exceptional circumstances that temporarily affected their ability to complete an assessment in 2019/20.

We will update our guidance on claiming exceptional circumstances during Coronavirus as needed.

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If you have any queries about a placement you’re on, email placements@sussex.ac.uk.

If you had your placement period curtailed by your employer as a result of Covid-19 (for example, being furloughed), we will recognise your placement year, providing you have completed:

  • a sufficient level of placement learning to demonstrate the learning outcomes of the placement (at least 50% of expected weeks)
  • the required assessments
  • all learning logs
  • your final learning summary.

If you are concerned you do not meet these criteria, email placements@sussex.ac.uk.

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Contacting your School office

You can keep in touch with your School office with enquiries about your course via email.

See a list of School email addresses.