Your learning and teaching
Page last updated: 22 September 2020
We've adopted a range of blended teaching and learning techniques, to make sure you meet your learning goals. We will support you with online and face-to-face teaching to ensure you receive the best interactive NTU experience.
We are adopting a range of blended teaching and learning techniques, including some face to face where we can, to make sure you can meet your learning goals. Our teaching is gold standard, we know what works and we know some things need to stay the same.
Our courses will still include collaborative learning, which we know helps our students to succeed. We will continue to make the most of and support you with technology, combined with face to face activities to ensure you receive the best interactive NTU experience.
Every course will still have work-like experience embedded within it to enhance your employment opportunities and our Employability team will support you in every aspect of how to boost your prospects.
But we are also making changes so you can get the most out of your learning journey whilst staying as safe as possible. These will be shared on a course by course basis when possible.
So that you can fully engage with teaching and other online opportunities with NTU, we recommend you have a personal laptop, or tablet, and internet access – you will be able to use the free access NTU WiFi whilst you are on campus. If you do not have a personal device that you can bring with you, we will be operating a laptop loan scheme and also have a range of IT spaces available on our campuses for you to use.
Please visit our 2020 entry course pages for further details on how we might be adapting your course to ensure student safety and the high quality student experience you can expect from NTU. If any significant changes are made to your course, you will receive an update by email.
Unless it is necessary for students to be assessed on campus, our assessments will be conducted online.
- Redesigning classrooms, laboratories and specialist facilities to support active collaborative learning in a safer environment.
- Timetabling courses in line with social distancing guidelines, so there will be fewer students in rooms than usual and, where possible, allowing students to remain in consistent groups.
- Installing additional signage to mark which direction people should walk in.
- Installing hand sanitiser stations in every building.
- Replacing standard taps with sensor control taps.
- Arranging enhanced regular cleaning of commonly used areas in buildings.
- Installing screens to facilitate face to face meetings where it is not possible to adhere to social distancing guidance but deemed necessary to reduce the risk of cross contamination.
- Making innovative use of the University’s campus to provide the most positive student experience.
We have published our term dates and you will receive more information about your course via email, so keeping checking your account. Term One timetables will be available for all students on Monday 21 September. Once they are released, you'll be able to log in to NOW and check the Learning Room for each of your current modules. Advice and support for learning online is available on your MyNTU dashboard.
Our staff are here to support you on your learning journey. Our library services are working to make sure digital texts are available and that they can support your study virtually until it is possible to do otherwise. Our award-winning Student Support Services team has also increased its online offer to students, to support your health and wellbeing.
What happens if I can’t be there at the start of Term One?
Whilst all courses will be taught through a mixture of face to face and online teaching, we recognise that due to restrictions on international travel, self-isolation and shielding issues due to COVID-19, there may be some students unable to attend campus.
Our course teams are building new module content and the learning rooms on NOW will be laid out as if you are attending an online only course. This means that any student who is unable to attend campus will have access to some teaching online and other study resources. You'll also be able to enrol online and join virtual induction and welcome events. We will support you if you are not able to attend campus sessions, although it will not be possible to provide you with the full teaching experience through study online only and we would encourage you to attend as soon as you are able to.
If you are a UK student living in a region with a local lockdown, then please follow Government guidelines about travelling from your area.
If you are an international students and are unable to be on campus for the start of term please visit our dedicated international students page, which provides details about travel, self-isolation, visas and who you should contact if you need to notify us of your delayed arrival.
The School of Art & Design have been the first ones back on campus with students accessing the workshop and studio facilities over the summer. We caught up with Wallace Murdoch, Head of Academic Projects in the School to find out how they've been adapting.
Supporting success for all
We've introduced an Equality Impact Panel to ensure that, now more than ever, we continue to find and deliver ways to reduce the attainment gap and support the success of all our students.
Hear from NTU representatives as they explain how NTU is tackling inequality across unrepresented groups, and what it means to them in areas such as inductions, online learning, teaching on campus, and extracurricular activities.
Term One assessments
Course teams are determining the best way to assess students and more detail will be published when available. The dates and calendars for assessments are expected to stay as published.
Students who took exams this summer and wish to recap on the assessment and reassessment process, which includes details on our no detriment policy and the safety-net score calculator please visit the following pages:
- NTU's approach to assignments and assessments
- Assessments at NTU this summer
- End of year exams and assessments frequently asked questions.
Study abroad and exchange arrangement information
NTU remains committed to enabling students to complete their planned overseas study or exchange programme while also making sure you are aware of the measures that need to be taken to ensure your safety while travelling outside the UK.
Students will not be authorised to travel until the relevant risk assessment forms are completed and signed.
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) published a list of countries that are exempt from self-isolation restrictions. This means that residents of the UK can travel to and from these countries without having to self-isolate in either country.
Our policy at NTU is to support you in whatever decision you take and is conditional with complying with the guidelines.
My host country is currently on the FCO list of exempt countries
NTU will continue to facilitate your study abroad and exchange arrangements where your host university is open, and you want to continue with this option. You must still complete the risk assessment forms sent to you by email from your School or you can email the NTU Global team to request a copy of the forms.
My host country has been removed from the FCO list of exempt countries shortly before my departure
If FCO advice should change prior to your departure and your host country is removed from the list of exempt countries then we will work with you to complete updated risk assessment forms for your trip that meet the conditions of the insurance provider.
My host country is not on the FCO list of exempt countries
If your host country is not currently on the FCO list of exempt countries, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to risk assess your trip and determine whether or not we can authorise your travel.
My host country has been removed from the FCO list of exempt countries after my departure
If your host country is removed from the FCO list of exempt countries after your departure, we will contact you to ensure you are aware of the latest FCO advice and to discuss your options for continuing your programme or returning to the UK. While you are in your host country you should stay in regular contact with your host university and closely follow any local advice about safety measures and restrictions.
Travel restrictions for your host country
Prior to departure, we also urge you to regularly check the advice from the FCO for your host country to keep up to date with their travel restrictions for visitors entering the country. Please note that some countries may require you to quarantine upon arrival. You will need to contact your host university or accommodation provider prior to your departure to arrange this.
NTU travel insurance
NTU’s travel insurance provider is U. M. Association Ltd (UMAL). We urge you to review this information carefully and let us know if you have any questions. Please note a clause added by UMAL this year, under the section titled ‘Disruption’, stating there is no travel cover for any disruptions to your programme arising out of Covid-19 for journeys booked after 18 March 2020. Please check with the airline or other travel provider on their policy and fees for making changes to your return ticket in the event of a Covid-19 related disruption to your programme.
UMAL insurance provides emergency medical cover only. If standard health or medical insurance is required during your study abroad or exchange programme, as is often the case for any non-Erasmus exchanges (particularly in North America), then this will need to be purchased separately.
Risk assessment forms
The guidance we have received from UMAL says that ‘as long as you are travelling on a University approved activity that has been suitably risk assessed and authorised, taking into account the current government advice against all non-essential travel, then travel cover will apply in the normal way.’ As a result, we have updated our standard risk assessment form and created a supplementary form to highlight the risks around Covid-19. Given that sudden changes can be made to a country’s status on the FCO list, all students must complete both forms and submit them for authorisation to your School Exchange Coordinator as soon as possible. As noted above, we will not authorise your travel until we have received, reviewed and signed your completed risk assessment forms. These forms will be sent to you by email so please check your email regularly.
Your School Exchange Coordinator will continue to be your key contact at NTU, but NTU Global is here to support you through the risk assessment process so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
If you are unsure as to whether you still want to proceed with your study abroad or exchange, please speak to your School Exchange Coordinator about your options as soon as possible and they will provide the deadline for withdrawing.
Your health and wellbeing is our priority so we will follow all UK government and travel insurer advice closely as we continue to monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation.
CERT Student Mentors
Each first year undergraduate student is assigned a Student Mentor, they play an important role in helping new students settle in to life at NTU. Known as CERT (Collaborative Engagement and Retention Team) Student Mentors, they are second year, final year, or postgraduate students who studied the same course as you. You'll find out more about meeting your CERT Student Mentor as part of your induction.
Interested in becoming a CERT Student Mentor?
If you’re interested in becoming a CERT Student Mentor, keep an eye on Futurehub, where vacancies will be listed as they become available. If you’d like to be notified when the positions are open, please email CERT@ntu.ac.uk.
Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and communal areas and corridors on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.