COVID-19: Teaching and Learning update (a message from the Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic, Professor Jackie Labbe)

Dear students,

The Interim Vice-Chancellor recently wrote to you to give you an update about planning for next year, including that our large-scale lectures will be delivered in an online format for the whole of the academic year. This is to safeguard the health of our entire university community.

We are also actively considering our other teaching, and in particular our studio-, workshop-, and lab-based subjects. I am chairing a Strategic Planning Group, which is working through, among other things:

  • how we can best support your learning needs
  • how we can ensure you have access to the appropriate hardware and software
  • how we take account of different study patterns
  • how we create the best possible teaching and learning environment for you, whether online or face-to-face, given the circumstances of COVID-19 and in particular the need for continued physical distancing.

The Strategic Planning Group has a workstream on the Student Voice, led by your DSU Academic Executive Laura Flowers. This workstream is made up entirely of students, and Laura would like to get as full an understanding of your perspectives as possible:  how you feel the last few weeks of our emergency move to online teaching went, what your concerns are for Semester 3 if you have teaching, and what you expect and need from DMU in the coming academic year.

You can contribute to this workstream by email at

Laura is also holding focus groups on these dates:

  • 2 June, 1-2pm
  • 3 June,1-2pm
  • 4 June, 5-6pm.

You can book a slot at any of these sessions by emailing the address above with your preferred date.  

DMU will be sure to keep you updated about our planning for next year regularly.

I would also like to give you some reassurance about the application of the No Detriment policy. Some of you may have received provisional marks already and might be worried that No Detriment hasn’t been applied. As long as you are eligible, No Detriment will be applied as part of exam board deliberations, which means that your final, confirmed results will reflect the policy. If you haven’t already had a chance to do so, please have a look at our FAQs.

In the meantime, I hope your exams and final assessments have gone well, and that you are all well too.

All the best,


Professor Jackie Labbe 

Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic 


Thursday 21 May: announcement from the Interim Vice-Chancellor
Thursday 30 April: no detriment policy
Wednesday 1 April: Coronavirus update
March 31: volunteering opportunities for staff and students
March 27: accommodation refunds and travel restrictions
March 24: campus closure

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