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Monday, May 11, 2020 - 12:04pm

10th May Update

To clarify the University’s position, following the Prime Minister’s briefing tonight, there will be no staff returning to work on site from tomorrow (Monday, May 11th) and similarly, we expect ALL students to stay where they are for now.

Our physical facilities remain closed, although learning and teaching will continue operating online, as they have been since lockdown, including access to extensive e-learning resources.

All learning and teaching activities – foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree qualifications – will continue remotely until further notice.

Campuses will gradually re-open in a phased manner to ensure that the necessary preparations can be made so that we can operate a safe place in which to study and work.  It would not be appropriate to have individuals returning to work in a piecemeal fashion across any of the University’s campuses, so please await further instructions from the University over the coming weeks.

Prospective Students

Cancellation of Examinations for Offer Holders

The Government has announced that examinations due take to place in May and June are to be cancelled.

Like other UK universities, the University of Chester will be following guidelines from the Government, UCAS and awarding bodies to ensure that during these unprecedented events, students do not lose the chance to have a university education this year.

All offers of places at the University of Chester still stand and we will stay in touch with our offer holders over the coming days and weeks as more information is released to support them through what we know is a difficult time.

Please also continue to check updates to the UCAS website for further details.

Open Days

The Open Evenings at Shrewsbury (June 4th) and Warrington (June 11th) and Open Day at Chester (June 6th) have been cancelled. Prospective students have been informed via email.

Virtual Open Days will take place on June 12th and June 13th (these will cover undergraduate courses from our Warrington, Chester and Shrewsbury sites).

For more informaiton, please visit our webiste: chester.ac.uk/opendays.

Experience Days

To view the Chester Virtual Experience, please visit: chester.ac.uk/virtual-experience.

Kitchen Sessions

Take part in a mini lecture and put your questions to the academics by signing up to one of our Kitchen Sessions.

Postgraduate Events

A virtual Open Day will take place on June 11th (this will cover postgraduate courses from our Warrington, Chester and Shrewsbury sites).

Sign up for an update regarding this event by visiting: chester.ac.uk/sign-up-for-updates.

To find out more information about postgraduate courses, join staff and students in our Live chat events.

Current Students

LIS Libraries - Access and Support

Can I access library resources online?

  • Online access to our extensive e-resources collections remains available via our discovery tool Library Search
  • You can also access electronic journals and databases via our Online journals Portal by keyword or subject area
  • Remember to check your elibrary tab for any module specific resources via your module space

I need help finding research material for my studies, what should I do?

  • We have a team of specialist subject librarians who can help with literature searching.  Initial enquiries can be directed via  lis.helpdesk@chester.ac.uk

What about the books I need to return?

  • Due to the extenuating circumstances during this time - when we fully re-open, all fines will be waived during this period of interruption to access our libraries.
  • We have additionally increased our auto renewals policy from 15 to 25 automatic renewals.

Please also continue to check updates to the UCAS website for further details.

All Campuses

The University took the decision to bring forward the end of face-to-face teaching for all students for this term to Tuesday, March 17 at 6pm. This relates to all sites. It affects all undergraduates, taught postgraduates and all those on professional programmes.

Both teaching and professional services staff are now working from home. Campuses are secure and support for students is available through Student Futures and individual students’ Personal Academic Tutors.

Business Support

For businesses working with the University please visit our dedicated Business Growth section of the website for the latest information and contact details.

More Information

Regular emails are being sent to students and staff via their University accounts. Further information is also available on the 'coronavirus' section of the University's Portal intranet site.