How you will be taught next year
Find out all you need to know about how we plan to deliver teaching in September.
PREPARATIONS FOR RETURN TO ALL CAMPUSES
As teams across the University prepare for the 2021-2022 academic year, public health indications are encouraging, and we can finally begin to look to a fuller resumption of normal on-campus operations. Strong progress on vaccination programmes, continued low case numbers and relaxation of public health measures mean that at this stage we are planning for a full return to campus for teaching in Semester One.
As ever, over the coming months we will remain vigilant, and contingency plans are in place to pivot back to online learning for much of our provision should the public health context compel us to do so, ensuring we remain fully flexible, agile and responsive to the demands of any emerging Covid-19 regulations. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, our staff and the wider community in Northern Ireland must remain our number one priority.
OUR NEW BELFAST CAMPUS
We are now in the final stages of completing our new Belfast campus and look forward to welcoming you to this incredible new Ulster University space from September 2021. Its striking academic towers, linked together by open atria bathed in natural light and connected by collaborative spaces, are delivering a unique and distinctive building that already commands an iconic presence on the city skyline and is soon to become the home of our newest campus community. Our new Belfast campus will act as a catalyst for this part of the city and the region. Delivering a creative, innovative, transformative and vibrant environment to inspire staff, students, local communities and wider society. It will come online in controlled phases beginning in late summer 2021 and continuing into Semester One. To enable operational simplicity and maximum responsiveness to any emerging changes in Covid19 regulations during Semester One, the majority of teaching will begin on our nearby Jordanstown campus. In parallel, as our new Belfast campus comes online, staff and students can then begin to familiarise themselves with this impressive new space at their own pace and in their own way. We recognise that after such an extended period of confinement, the resumption of normal activities in an on-campus environment, may be an anxious time. This pared back approach to Semester One operations at our new Belfast Campus will also allow everyone the quiet time and space they may need to engage with this new environment, uncovering for themselves the inspiration and opportunities it can enable. Group tours of our new Belfast campus will be made available to book in due course and we encourage students to avail of these so that they may fully engage with everything the building has to offer them. Students may also wish to explore the campus individually, and both virtual and physical campus maps will be available soon to facilitate this. Course Directors will have the opportunity to schedule ‘teaching taster sessions’ on our new Belfast campus and to schedule a specific lecture or tutorial at one of the 303 new, state of the art teaching spaces and indeed some programmes teams may choose to move across as early as possible following consultation with their students. We will try to accommodate those requests as and when they come in. We look forward to hearing and seeing your first impressions and experiences of this truly inspirational place, and to the undoubted impact it will have on all those it has been built to serve. By the beginning of Semester Two, all lectures, tutorials and all other teaching will have transferred to our new Belfast campus.
A NEW CHAPTER UNFOLDING
Alongside the opening of our new Belfast campus, we have also been inspired by recent developments at our Magee and Coleraine campuses, and we have an exciting vision for the future of our Jordanstown campus. We are planning this new chapter for student and campus experience and look forward to welcoming everyone back in the 2021-2022 academic year. In line with the University’s ‘Campus Life’ strategy, we aim to create thriving and active campus communities so you enjoy your University experience. We are currently working on a diverse range of programmes and initiatives that will introduce a new chapter for student experience enhancements that will make it easier for you to access the services, support and activities you need to succeed at Ulster. As a new chapter starts to unfold at Ulster University, we are committed to ensuring that you, our students, remain central to our thinking, planning and delivery.
The University’s Campus Life team are ready and on-hand to support any student who may need any form of assistance to prepare for return to campus during Semester One. Including those students who will be starting to plan for transition into our new Belfast campus in the 2021-2022 academic year.
STAY UP TO DATE
Precise timetabling will be provided to all students at the beginning of Semester One as usual. You are also encouraged to follow us on social media to stay up to date with the very latest announcements on return to campus and the opening of our new Belfast campus:
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