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Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education and Students

Today (30 April) Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Students Kelly Coate, sent her regular weekly email to all Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught students.  You can read the full email here:

Dear all students,
It’s a shorter email from me this week, but I do want to stay in touch regularly, and there are some important updates that I would like to share with you.
Firstly, thank you for all the many responses I have received over the past few days following my update last week with details of how we will be administering assessment changes and the no-detriment policy.
As I mentioned last week, please don’t feel you need to spend time now working out how your own personal safety net will be formulated as we will do that for you – and that will happen at the Exam Board stage. Of course you’ll have full access to the marks you have received, so you can see how the policy has been applied to you.
Whilst of course the changes you have had to experience have not been ideal at all, I have been really encouraged to see how so many of you have been able to adapt to the new world we find ourselves in. One thing is for certain, this pandemic has shown us all that whilst we cannot be certain of what is around the corner, we can adjust quickly, particularly through the advances in technology.
For further information:
In case you missed the guidance last week, please do visit the Student Hub for further information on assessment changes and the no-detriment policy. We will be including more guidance on exceptional circumstances next week in this section of the Student Hub – and I’ll remind you of that in my next email.
Our campus:
As well as the many students we have currently living on campus, there are also many students who I know are still living in Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area at this time. I wanted to mention you all specifically as I know that this will have been a strange time for you in ‘lockdown’ too.
We do really wish that we could keep our facilities open to you all during this time, such as the Library and study spaces, but we are having to be very strict to abide by the Government regulations on social distancing. So whilst we do have students living on campus, it is currently closed to everyone else, apart from staff who are involved with running essential services for our students on campus.
Remember the Library is very much open online and all our support services too.
Your feedback and talking to students:
One of things I value the most in my position is the opportunity to talk regularly with students. Obviously I’ve missed doing this in person over the last few weeks, but I continue to meet (virtually) with the Students’ Union Officers most days during this time. In fact, these meetings are more important now than ever.
I’m grateful for the Students’ Union for setting up a forum with Student Representatives (aka Student Reps) too.
In case you’re not aware, Student Reps play a really important role in University life by making sure that the voices of students are heard particularly in relation to academic matters in Schools.
I appreciate the feedback the Student Reps have been providing on your behalf in regards to the no-detriment policy, as well as issues faced by students, such as those who are parents and Post Graduate Researchers (PGRs), who we will be writing to separately. These discussions really help our decision making.
There is still time for you to apply to be a Student Rep. Applications will open again at the start of the academic year and you can register your interest now by filling out this form. The Students’ Union will then let you know when the applications open again.
I wish you all the best for the study period before assessments begin on 26 May. Remember there is a new dedicated module on Canvas – on how you can maximise learning online. This is a really useful resource, which I recommend you cover, if you’ve not been able to already.
As always, please continue to visit the Student Hub for the information you need.
Thank you once again for all your understanding, these are difficult times, you don’t need me to tell you that – but we are going to get through this. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
I’ll obviously continue to be in touch next week – and will be responding to your enquires as soon as we have more answers.
All the very best,
Kelly Coate

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students

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By: Harvey Atkinson
Last updated: Thursday, 30 April 2020

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