Academic and Social Opportunities

You will be able to take advantage of the academic and social opportunities which University life offers whether on campus or online.

Students in the Social Kitchen

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 2021 or Refreshers Week in February 2022.
  • You will be able to study on campus when you do not have teaching, provided that this is permitted by the government guidelines and that you follow any COVID-19 measures put in place by the University at that time, such as requirements around social distancing and face coverings.
  • There may be a need to change library opening hours, for example due to the need for enhanced cleaning regimes). Where reduced operating hours need to be implemented, we will ensure study spaces are still available in Curzon and Seacole buildings during hours the libraries were previously open, where possible.
  • It may be necessary for a click and collect service to be introduced to enable access to library resources in a safe manner.
  • The library will be open both weekdays and at the weekend for you to use unless government guidelines or the University’s own risk assessment prevents it. However, the School of Art Library and School of Jewellery Library will open on weekdays only.
  • Your Students’ Union will continue support all clubs and societies, and space will be made available to these groups on campus to meet safely where it is possible for them to do so.
  • BCU Sport will continue to support our sports teams with weekly competitions and training sessions.

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 COVID-19 related measures may still need to be in place, such as social distancing, to ensure safety. You will be able to use our click and collect app to order food and drinks remotely while on campus. 

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 start to life at BCU. Welcome Week will feature a combination of on-site (where permitted) and online activities for all new students to enjoy, including Welcome Fair where you will be able to sign up to societies, speak to current and new students, get discounts from shops and places to eat in town and pick up range of freebies.  Faculty and Course teams will also run activities related to your course to give you the best possible start to life at BCU.

We anticipate that our term-time dates and opening hours for campus buildings will continue as published. However, it may be necessary to revise the scheduled opening dates and times in line with government guidelines or as a result of further national or local lockdowns or local health and safety concerns. In the event of changes being made, we will contact you on your BCU email to notify you of the changes.

Study spaces on the ground floor of Curzon Building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term-time, where permitted, and we will also open additional learning spaces at City South Campus.

It may also be necessary for library opening times to be reduced to allow for cleaning and quarantine needed for physical book loans.  To compensate for any reduced library hours, study spaces on the ground floor of Curzon Building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term-time, where permitted, and we also open additional learning spaces at City South Campus.

Social learning spaces

You will be able to study on campus when you do not have teaching provided that this is permitted by the current government guidelines and that you follow any COVID-19 measures put in place by the University at that time, such as requirements around social distancing and face coverings.

Any queries?

If you have any queries about our arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year, you can visit our FAQ page for more information or speak to your School Office.

The arrangements that we have introduced for the academic year 2021/22 are necessary in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the associated government guidance, health and safety legislation, the University’s own risk assessment and have been made in accordance with the terms and conditions of the student contract.

If you are a current student or have already accepted a place to study with us, and are unhappy with the arrangements for the 2021/22 academic year there may be options available to you such as transferring to another course, to another provider or deferring your place to study with us. Please contact Student Governance to discuss your individual circumstances further. If you remain dissatisfied, the University’s Student Complaints Procedure can be found here and you should also be aware that students are able to request that the sector ombudsman, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, conducts an independent review of your complaint in certain circumstances (further information can be found here). In addition, you may have rights of redress under consumer protection law.