Frequently Asked Questions – September 2020 opening
We will be opening our campus to students in September.
As long as the social distancing requirements remain, there will be differences to how we will operate, but our priorities are to provide the very best student experience possible whilst keeping everyone safe.
Take a look at our frequently asked questions below for more information, or if you need any further information please get in touch.
When will term start?
The term will start on the 28th September 2020.
Will the campus be open in September?
We are planning on opening the campus in September. How the campus will operate will depend on social distancing requirements and any other restrictions with which we have to comply at the time.
Will there be face to face teaching on campus in September?
We will provide you with a Blended Learning experience. This is what you can expect:
- On-campus live sessions such as seminars, practicals and tutorials will be delivered in small groups so that you are able to socially distance. The size of the groups will depend on the social distancing measures in place at the time.
- In subject areas where it is appropriate, staff are also working on delivering practicals online, including the use of cutting-edge laboratory-based software.
- You will receive “normal” lecture sessions online. These may be recorded or may be live. In addition staff are working on new innovative and exciting ways of delivery, such as short recorded sessions which would include interactive activities to develop learning communities with fellow students and high quality learning experiences.
- Your own self-directed learning will also be part of your programme as is usually the case. (e.g., reading, preparing for assignments, watching other video resources, working with your fellow students on learning activities).
The amount of your programme that will be on-campus live or online will depend upon a number of things. Firstly, how much of your specific course is made up of large lectures, seminars, practicals and field work. Secondly on the rules and guidelines related to Covid 19 which we have to comply with as we go through the academic year. We are trying to ensure that we have the flexibility to increase the amount of on-campus live teaching as and when we can.
Will online teaching be available all year?
We plan to make online content available for the whole year so if you are unable to be on campus due to Covid 19 you will still be able to continue your studies. However, you will be expected to commit to participating fully in all aspects of your course, including on campus.
I have applied for a course which normally would have been delivered on campus, can I opt to study entirely by distance learning next year?
No we are sorry, this is not an option. We are aiming to make all of the core content available on line to be used where students are unable to be on campus due to Covid 19.
This is to protect students from missing elements of their programme if they are unable to attend campus for a short period or if parts of the programme, such as large lectures, can’t be delivered on site because of social distancing.
The key strengths of Bangor University are around our community and the broad range of activity and support that we offer.
We will therefore expect you to make yourself available to participate in as much of the on campus support, delivery and activities as possible.
What if I can’t attend classes because I have to self-isolate?
If you need to self-isolate you will be able to use the online resources to continue your course until you are able to participate in face to face activities again.
Will Student Services be open on campus?
Yes, there will be student services staff on campus to support you. They will also be available by phone and email.
Will there be a Welcome Week?
Yes there will, this year it will be called Welcome 2020. We are planning a range of activities, with online content, to help you settle in to University life as quickly as possible.
Will I be able to join clubs and societies?
Yes, our sports clubs and societies will be running from September. We will be making the most of the outdoor space on our doorstep to provide a programme of socially-distanced sports club and general activities, as well as an online offering.
I’m from England, I’ve heard there is a cap on new students from England studying in Wales, will I be able to get a place?
We expect to be able to provide a place to all new students from England who would like to join us in September.
I haven’t got a laptop/ PC for online working. Can the University advise/ help?
A means tested Digital Hardship Fund is available for new and returning students. This fund can provide means tested support for unexpected costs that students are unable to cover. Contact email@example.com for information.
What student support will be available?
To make sure students can access support wherever they are, all of Student Services will be available online to support students. In addition, students on campus will be able to book face-to-face appointments with Disability Advisers, Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and a range of other Student Support staff.
What is the Policy on Face Coverings?
The University strongly recommends that all staff and students wear face coverings within buildings. In certain circumstances there may be a requirement to do so.
Will the University provide me with PPE?
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings are two different items. The University will provide PPE for those activities which require their use, such as close interactions and laboratory work. The need for PPE will be specified in individual risk assessments or protocols. With regards to face coverings, the University will not be providing face coverings for staff or students. In line with Welsh Government recommendations, the use of (washable) three-ply face coverings is recommended.
Will clubs and societies run?
Yes, many of our extra curricular activities will be running from September. These are led by Bangor Students’ Union, and exceptionally, are completely free of charge to all students to join.
We will be providing a programme of socially-distanced activities for many of our societies and clubs, as well as an online offering where social distancing can’t be maintained.
Bangor University has won the WhatUni Best Clubs and Societies Award for three years running, and we are working very hard to ensure that we live up to this reputation next academic year.
Specific details about the range of extra curricular activities on offer will be available closer to September.
Living in University Accommodation
Will University accommodation be open in September?
Yes, it is our plan to have University accommodation open in September, apply now if you have not already done so.
Will I be charged for University accommodation if the campus has to close?
If the campus has to lock down and you are unable to use your accommodation, you won’t be charged.
How will social distancing work in University Halls of Residence?
You will be allocated a room within a flat, your other flat mates will become your ‘household’ so you won’t need to socially distance from your flat mates. You will have your own en-suite facilities but will share kitchen facilities with your other flat mates.
Will I be able to travel / go home to visit family or friends at weekend once I’m in Bangor?
You will be free to travel, provided such travel is in-line with Government advice. The University won’t impose any restrictions.
Will there be any social activities for students in accommodation?
Halls Campus Life are planning an online programme of social activities. You will of course be able to organise your own social activities face to face with the other students in your flat as they will be part of your ‘household’.
What if I need to self isolate whilst I am living in Halls?
You will self-isolate in your room. You should let the Halls staff know straight away and then we will support you to ensure that you get all the help you need including supplies of food.
For frequently asked questions which relate to international students please visit this page: www.bangor.ac.uk/international/coronavirus
If you need any further information, please get in touch.