Teaching students who are unable to travel to the UK for the start of Semester 1, 2021

The University is committed to providing a campus based learning experience for its students from Semester 1, 2021-22. There will, however, be some students who are unable to travel to the UK for the start of the semester due to lack of flights from the country where they are based (or other travel restrictions). In this situation, departments and programme teams will need to make local decisions about how to ensure that all students have an appropriate learning experience. This guidance aims to support your decision making. It provides information about:

  • possible approaches for the different scenarios that you are likely to be facing
  • support available

Key principles

  • The experience of students in Sheffield must not be compromised by any arrangements for teaching students who are not able to travel.
  • Arrangements for teaching students who are not able to travel must be seen as temporary, with the expectation that students will start to arrive in Sheffield whenever flights are available and any other travel restrictions have eased.
  • Departments / programme teams are responsible for having clear plans in place for which approaches and tools they will use. These must be clearly communicated to staff and students.
  • Arrangements should be consistent across a programme to avoid confusion for students. Where this is not possible due to the sharing of modules across programmes, students need to receive clear communications of what to expect.
  • You do not need to substantially change your curriculum, but you do need to make the structure of the programme clear to students.

Guidance on teaching students who are unable to travel to the UK for the start of S1, 2021

You may also find this general guidance about teaching students in different locations helpful.

General guidance about teaching students in different locations