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6th August Update

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about what September will look like for students here.

23rd June Update

September is sorted!

If you are coming to study at the University of Chester for the first time this autumn, thank you for choosing us and we look forward to meeting you.

The University has been open for learning all year, and if you are returning to our friendly and inclusive campuses after lockdown, we’ve missed you being here physically – although your tutors have been in touch with you regularly online. Welcome back!

Our next academic year heralds a new era in higher education – which makes you all pioneers. What you may not know is that before COVID-19, the University of Chester had already been planning to adopt a more flexible approach to teaching and learning, investing in the technology to deliver that. The pandemic has just meant we’ve been advancing things sooner than expected.

Through blended learning, you will still have the face-to-face learning, which we know you find valuable, wherever possible, in small, safely socially-distanced groups. Larger, online lectures for larger numbers of students can be viewed from the comfort of your own room. Some will be interactive, and some recorded, to watch at your leisure. The quality of our teaching, your degree and access to learning resources – many of them electronic - will remain at the same high standard.

Alongside developing the knowledge associated with your subject, we will equip you with new digital skills to complement your own. We have a model for virtual work placements, which mean you can build a portfolio for prospective employers while working from home. And a personal tutor will help support you throughout your course, with progress meetings periodically to discuss your needs.

For your down time, we have been working closely with our Students’ Union to devise a wide range of socially distanced sports and activities, played safely with your friends under ‘Chester Rules.’ And creative volunteering opportunities are available for those of you who value putting something back into the community.

As soon as you’re able to visit, you’ll notice we’re adapting our sites and ways of working for the autumn, to ensure that they meet the latest public health recommendations. For example, cleaning and hygiene measures such as hand sanitisers are being stepped up across all campuses and one-way systems will be in operation in communal areas. Lecture theatres, laboratories and other specialist facilities will be available for group sessions, which are more spaced out. Our catering outlets will focus on take-away food, with a click and collect service. There will be an option to use accommodation on a pay as you go basis. We want you to enjoy our community in the knowledge that you are also as safe as possible.

We’ve all had to face the unforeseen over the past few months, but change is something which universities do really well – we specialise in innovation and leading the thinking around how we live our lives, now and in the future.

We will see you in September – sometimes on a screen, sometimes in person, but always looking after your best interests. Meanwhile, stay safe and well.

Prof Eunice Simmons
Vice-Chancellor

11th June Update

You want to know what’s happening in September. This is fair enough. These are, of course, unprecedented times that we are living in but rest assured that we’ve got a plan that will ensure that your student experience is not only a safe one but also a highly valuable and memorable one. It may initially look a little different, but we’re taking as much as we can from the traditional experience and adding some new elements.

Read our update on our plans for undergraduates starting at the University of Chester this September

Read our update on our plans for postgraduates starting at the University of Chester this September and October

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.