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Professor Kelly Coate, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education and Students

Today (24 July), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Kelly Coate, sent her regular weekly email to all Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students.  You can read the full email here:

Dear students

As ever I hope you are well.

Since the beginning of the pandemic the University has been continuously monitoring the COVID-19 situation so that we can respond with actions that protect the health and safety of all students and staff at all times.

The biggest action we had to take was of course the move from in-person to remote teaching, learning and assessment due to the national lockdown.  Now with restrictions beginning to slowly ease, I was delighted to go to the Library this week to see students using the bookable ‘Click and Study’ study spaces. I’m sure you will want to join me in thanking the Library staff for working so hard to make the opening of study spaces possible.  To find out more about how you can book a study space, and the precautions that have to be adhered to use these spaces please read visit this webpage.

We hope to be able to offer more ‘Click and Study’ spaces over the next few weeks, and I will be in touch to let you know when these spaces become available.

For some undergraduates the 2020/21 academic year will be their final one, and those students will have the chance to complete next year’s National Student Survey (NSS).  The NSS is a UK-wide survey of all final-year undergraduate students and it enables them to provide feedback on their experience of studying on their course.

This year for every finalist who completed an NSS survey the University donated £2 to the Woodland Trust, a national conservation charity that wants to see a UK that’s rich in woods and trees.  They do some wonderful work in preserving and growing forests that everyone can enjoy, which also produces a positive environmental benefit.  As a total of 2253 students completed the NSS this year, we’re able to donate £4506 to the Woodland Trust.  This is a great result and will contribute to the planting of trees that will last for generations to come.

I think this is a fitting donation from a University that is surrounded by the South Down’s national park.

Finally, I’d like to remind you can find everything you need to know about the COVID-19 situation and how to access support if you need it on the Student Hub.

With best wishes


Kelly Coate

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students


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By: Harvey Atkinson
Last updated: Friday, 24 July 2020

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