1 September: Welcome to the 2021/22 academic year
See all of DMU’s Covid-19 health and safety information and guidelines.
See list of previous updates.
This important update covers the following topics:
- What your learning and teaching will look like
- DMU Base Camp
- Welcome Back microsite to be launched soon
- Your DMU Safety guidance to follow
In a few weeks’ time, our new academic year will begin and your courses will start. You will soon meet new friends or reconnect with friends you’ve missed over the past few months. You might be seeing our fantastic campus for the first time in a while or going back to familiar spots in the city. Either way, we cannot wait to see you as you are the heartbeat of our university and the buzz and energy you create is something we all thrive on.
We know that the last 18 months have been difficult and challenging for so many of you. During this period, we have carefully listened to your feedback and sought to address the issues flagged to us. We also know how important it is for you to have the real university experience. That’s why we have put an engaging plan in place to ensure that your learning and wider student experience with DMU is exciting and effective this academic year.
The best of both worlds
What your learning and teaching will look like
While lockdown restrictions have lifted and things are getting back to normal, the national picture is still uncertain due to the ongoing challenge of limiting Covid-19 transmission. That’s why our plan for teaching and learning provision in 2021-22 has been created to be future-proof. We are focused on ensuring a consistent, high-quality student experience, maximising face-to-face and on-campus activities where possible but, crucially, avoiding disruption for you should national Covid-19 restrictions have to be reintroduced, or if you are ‘pinged’ and have to self-isolate.
From September 2021, we will focus our face-to-face teaching in small environments such as seminars and workshops, while keeping large teaching sessions online through a mix of live and pre-recorded lectures. There are many benefits to this type of hybrid learning – click below to watch our explainer video to find out more.
Face-to-face teaching in smaller classes will provide you with a more personalised learning experience. At these sessions, you will have opportunities to interact with your peers and tutors, engage meaningfully with your subject and be part of your learning community – and, of course, you’ll be able to make the most of our specialist workshops, studios, laboratories and equipment.
DMU Base Camp
Supporting your learning next academic year and beyond
We’ve also developed an interactive course to boost your learning experience at DMU and help you take advantage of all of the resources available. DMU 'Base Camp' covers key elements including teaching and learning, time management, digital skills, assessment and good academic practices and feedback. It will help you to:
- Understand what skills are needed to be a successful learner
- Explore opportunities to develop digital skills to enable learning
- Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses and take action
- Recognise the services that are available to help you in your studies.
The course is live from today (Wednesday 1 September) and will be available throughout the year to complete via your Blackboard Faculty Community Site. You should aim to complete the course before your studies officially begin - DMU Base Camp is a great way to develop your confidence in studying and achieve the best possible learning outcomes.
‘Welcome Back’ microsite to launch soon
DMU will be with you every step of the way as you prepare to start the new academic year. We will soon launch a new ‘Welcome Back’ microsite that will pull together all of the broader benefits and opportunities that a student life at DMU and in Leicester can bring you now restrictions have lifted. Keep a look out for more information via our internal and social media channels.
Your DMU Safety
With Covid-19 cases remaining high in the population, and in line with Government guidance, we are strongly encouraging all students to protect yourselves and others in the community by:
- Taking a lateral flow test (LFD) before you travel back to university at a local testing site or by using home test kits (available from pharmacies and other healthcare providers). On arrival at university, you should then take two LFD tests 3-4 days apart either using home test kits or at our on-site testing facility. You should then test twice a week through September and until further notice.
- Getting your first and second doses of the vaccine at the earliest opportunity. More information on how you can book or manage your vaccination is available here. We’re really pleased to announce that pop-up vaccination clinics will also be running on campus in late September/early October. To help the NHS provider understand how many vaccines and days they’ll need for our pop-up clinics on campus, please complete this quick survey.
- Reporting to the university if you test positive for Covid-19 and are asked to self-isolate. Please do this within 24 hours by completing our DMU Safe Trace positive case webform.
All of the advice and guidance you need to follow to stay safe on campus (including our face coverings policy and DMU Safe Trace) is on the Your DMU Safety microsite.
If you are an international student please refer to local communications from the international office and programme teams for more details about your return to campus.
We want to thank-you all for your patience and understanding during these evolving times. We are very proud of the way all of you have responded and continue to respond to challenges over the past few weeks and months.
The near return to normality means that DMU’s campus and the city of Leicester is full of opportunity once more. It is our job, this year, to put that opportunity firmly into both of your hands, and give you the experience of a lifetime while you’re here.
We look forward to welcoming you on to campus in September and until then we wish you a continued restful and enjoyable holiday.
The information provided in this email bulletin is for students studying a DMU programme that is being delivered at DMU. Students on programmes that are validated by DMU, but are delivered by academic partner institutions (such as DMUIC, Leicester College, etc.), should refer to their institution/college for confirmation of local arrangements.
11 May: DMU's response to the Step 3 lockdown review; all remaining student groups to return from 17 May; key safety information; a letter from the Universities Minister to all students
14 April: All students can return to university at Step 3 of the Government's roadmap. Read a letter from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP
6 April: DMU's response to the Government's planned roadmap out of lockdown
25 March: Exams guidance
15 March: Important safety information as you return to campus for in-person learning
24 February: DMU's response to the lockdown review; more student groups to return from 8 March and read a letter from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP to all students
18 February: student consultation results and examinations
11 February: Safety-net policy details announced
4 February: A letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, student consultation on teaching and exam periods and Your DMU Safety reminder
3 February: Warning about the consequences of holding gatherings and parties
28 January: Student consultation feedback results, exams/assessments and safety-net policy, financial and student support, health and wellbeing
15 January: Claiming rebate on accommodation, Government hardship fund, AV Loans reopening, IT Access Hardship Scheme, student consultation on academic calendar, exams and hardship fund
12 January: Accommodation, hardship fund, buildings and facilities, academic timetable, IT hardship fund and health and wellbeing support
6 January: The national lockdown: what it means for you
5 January: New national lockdown impact for universities and updated Covid-19 guidance
2 January: A letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities: Updated Covid-19 guidance (a message from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Katie Normington)
31 December: New Government Covid-19 guidance: What it means for DMU (a message from the Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Collop)