Words By Jasmine Crowhurst

Whilst some universities are continuing with online or blended learning, University of Sussex students should expect a full return to in person learning, as the academic term begins at the end of September. 

 It is apparent individual universities across the UK are taking different approaches to delivering their learning this year, with some continuing Online or blended learning, and others making a full return to in person learning. 

Latest communications from Pro Vice- Chancellor Kelly Coate say the university is still expecting a return to in-person teaching in line with the Government guidance. 

By law, face coverings are no longer mandatory. However, they are still expected and recommended to be worn in crowded spaces, such as on public transport and inside campus buildings. 

The health and safety of students and staff continues to be the universities top priority, and will continue to communicate covid related guidance on what to do on campus.

Library services have been changed to prepare for the upcoming academic year. The library will reopen to visitors and users will now be able to access the library without pre-booking a space. On the 23rd August, ‘click and study’ and ‘click and collect’ services closed and the collection shelves were removed.

The library has responded to student requests in trialling a renewed click and study service where a small number of study spaces will be bookable. Further details will be announced as the autumn term approaches. 

The university’s eagerness to give its students in person teaching was echoed earlier in the year, as then Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell said he wanted to get all students back for in-person teaching as soon as possible, wanting students to be able to participate in learning and other activities on campus. However, he stressed that the university “would have to work on this as we go along” in March this year.

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