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Your education

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

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How you’ll be taught

You can expect a mix of live interactive learning, either in the classroom or online, per module, across the semester.

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

Assessment deadlines

If you had assessments in December, those deadlines will be extended by seven days. Assessments submitted after this time face the standard late penalties. See guidance on submitting assessments.

  • Deadline questions

    What if I have a presentation or some practical assessments due in week 11?

    Your module convenor will be able to advise you on arrangements.

    The last day I can submit my assessment falls on a University closure day. Can I still submit my assessments?

    Yes. Even though the University is closed, the systems you need to submit your assessment will remain open so you can log on as normal and submit, provided this is within the extended deadline (up to seven days after the original deadline).

    Students who have declared a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or learning difference can submit as normal using the systems needed provided this is within the automatic penalty waiver window or extension window (if you have had an extension agreed with your school).

    We encourage you to have a break over the Christmas holidays and therefore, while you have additional time to complete your assessments, it may be helpful to complete as many of your assessments at the beginning of this period leaving yourself some space to rest and enjoy a break. It can be helpful to use time management tools for this. Find some useful time management tools on Skills Hub.

    What if I have a technical problem when trying to submit my assessment?

    If you encounter technical problems when trying to submit your assessment, which cannot be resolved, meaning that you have been unable to submit the assessment within the deadline or at all, you can use the exceptional circumstances process to tell us. There is a self-declaration form on the exceptional circumstances system that allows you to indicate that you encountered technical difficulties.

    What about assessments that are not due in during week 11?

    The deadline for assessments that are not due to be submitted in week 11 will remain unchanged.

    Can I still submit exceptional circumstances?

    Yes. The exceptional circumstances process should only be used for sudden and unforeseen circumstances. This process should not be used for late submission as deadlines have been extended to reflect the disruption that students may experience when relocating away from campus.

    Is there a no detriment ‘safety net’?

    The University has announced there will be a no detriment policy for this academic year. More details will be shared soon.

    I have declared a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or learning difference to the Student Support Unit. What happens to my automatic penalty waiver that I receive as part of my reasonable adjustments?

    If you have assessments due in week 11 (7-11 December) you will automatically receive your penalty waiver as part of your reasonable adjustments. Any deadlines that fall within week 11 will also be extended by seven days. This effectively means that you could submit your assessments up to 14 days after the deadline.

    I have declared a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or learning difference to the Student Support Unit and I have an agreed extension request. What happens to that now?

    In addition to the automatic penalty waiver (up to seven days) and the extended deadline (up to seven days) you will still receive your agreed extension.

    We encourage you to have a break over the Christmas holidays and therefore, while you have additional time to complete your assessments, it may be helpful to complete as many of your assessments at the beginning of this period leaving yourself some space to rest and enjoy a break. It can be helpful to use time management tools for this. Find some useful time management tools on Skills Hub.

    Will the changes to my deadlines, my penalty waiver and/or my extension request show on Sussex Direct?

    Yes. The changes to your deadlines, penalty waivers and any agreed extensions will be shown on Sussex Direct.

    What if my original assignment deadline was in week 10 but I have a disability and/or I have authorisation to submit my assignment in week 11?

    As your assignment was due to be submitted in week 10 and you have authorisation to submit later than the original deadline, you need to submit this during week 11. No additional time will be given.

Semester Two

As you know, the UK is experiencing a rise in Coronavirus cases.

Because of this, the government has said university students should continue studying remotely and not return to their university address.

The only exception at this time is students studying medicine, education, social work and some other healthcare-related courses.

For the majority of you, learning will remain online until 26 February, with in-person teaching potentially starting again on Monday 1 March. It is difficult to say if the Government will ask that learning remains online for most students for longer. We will let you know if the date needs to be extended, due to the pandemic, to protect your health and safety.

When you are able to return to campus, you will need to take two Lateral Flow Covid-19 tests.

Throughout Semester 2, we will continue to provide at least 11 hours of live, real-time learning per module. You may find that this happens more in some weeks than others and will happen alongside other ways of learning and reading.

Your teaching staff are strongly committed to ensuring you receive the highest quality online experience and to getting back to normal as soon as possible.

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.

Where to get more information

We’ll keep students up to date via our regular weekly emails and via this page which will be updated as our plans for Semester Two continue to develop – so please continue to check your University email account (including during the Winter vacation). If you have any specific questions about your course please contact your School office.

Your feedback on teaching and learning

We’ll continue responding to student feedback, providing opportunities for in-person teaching and other improvements such as:

  • Making it easier to follow the lesson when it’s being taught in person and online at the same time.
  • Improving the clarity of your Sussex Direct timetable and how to access your teaching.
  • Supporting tutors to share good practices for teaching in the current context (working in collaboration with students).
  • Clarifying that all assessments for the academic year will be online, giving greater certainty and flexibility for students.
  • Where it is safe to do so we’re also working to increase the number of social spaces on campus for students to learn together and to provide more opportunities for students to connect and meet in a Covid-secure manner. We know this is a really important aspect that we’re all missing.

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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.

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Monitoring your attendance

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.

Students who can’t arrive for the start of term

If there are travel restrictions or reasons due to the pandemic, which mean that you can’t arrive for the start of term, you can study online until the time you are able to travel to join us on campus.

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.

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.

New and returning undergraduate or postgraduate students who can’t get here for the start of term can study online (with the exception of students in BSMS).

Postgraduate research students who can’t get here should contact their supervisor to discuss options and whether their research can be supported from a distance.

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

Something else? See questions about starting in January 2021.

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Learning online

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.

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

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.

Software

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.

Zoom

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

In response to government guidance, you can only visit the Library for essential use. It operates using the Click and Collect service during its spring opening hours.

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.

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.

Library Chat is available if you have any questions, or you can email library@sussex.ac.uk or check the Library’s common questions.

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Your grades

For exams or other assessments, find out about handing in work or sitting exams.

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 are agreeing additional measures to help you progress with your studies during this academic year.

This includes our decision to reintroduce a no detriment policy. This policy will differ from the one used for Semester Two in the last academic year, where we used each student’s marks from Semester One modules as a ‘safety net’. Not having these marks available means we will need to implement ‘no detriment’ differently. The aim will still be to make sure your grades are not negatively impacted due to the pandemic.

We will similarly ensure you are able to achieve your learning outcomes, and that the academic standards and value of your degree will be protected. More details should be available in February.

The exceptional circumstances process remains in place if you experience a sudden and unforeseen change to your circumstances throughout this assessment period, and we have extended a self-declaration process for a wide range of reasons. See our guidance on claiming exceptional circumstances.

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Placements

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.