Academic and social opportunities

Our pledge: You will still be able to take advantage of the academic and social opportunities which University life offers – with on-campus spaces made available to clubs and societies run by the Students' Union.

Student in Curzon B

Key points for you to know

  • You will have the opportunity to make friends and learn about life at BCU during Welcome Week in September 2020 or Refreshers Week in February 2021.
  • You will be able to study on campus when you do not have teaching, as long as you respect social distancing rules.
  • The library opening hours will need to change. To compensate for this, we will make study spaces available in Curzon and Seacole buildings for the hours the libraries were previously open.
  • The library will be open on weekdays for you to use and you will be able to book space to study within both Curzon and Seacole libraries.
  • The Students’ Union will still support all clubs and societies, and space will be made available to these groups to meet safely.

What can I expect?

We will deliver services through a mixture of digital and face-to-face delivery. For example, shops, cafes and bars are planned to be open but with social distancing measures in place to ensure student and staff safety. A click and collect app has been made available to students and staff to enable you to purchase food and drinks remotely. 

Large lecture theatres cannot be used for teaching due to restrictions on large gatherings, which provides an opportunity to use these spaces for extending our number of social learning spaces and to enable clubs and societies to meet frequently in smaller groups of 30.

The University and the Students’ Union (BCUSU) are working closely together to ensure all students joining us in September have a memorable and safe Welcome Week and will build upon a new pre-induction welcome. The Welcome Week will feature a combination of on-site and online activity.  Campus activities will be organised by faculty and subject teams in addition to an introduction to student support. The BCUSU Welcome Fair will be designed to ensure all students can join the clubs and societies which interest them.

Our term time dates for building opening will continue as published with the exception of the two main libraries at City Centre and City South campuses. The library opening times will be reduced to allow for cleaning and quarantine needed for physical book loans.  To compensate for these reduced library hours, the ground floor study spaces in the Curzon Building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time. We will also open additional learning spaces at City South campus for the same reason.

An increase in e-learning resources together with 24/7 virtual chat will ensure you are supported to find appropriate learning resources.

Social learning spaces

Social learning spaces across campus will be redesigned to ensure we keep the same number of spaces as in 2019/20 but with allowances for social distancing. Students will be able to use these spaces either individually or with people from the same domestic household outside of scheduled teaching sessions.