Your education

Check the latest guidance on how you will learn and be assessed at Sussex in the 2021/22 academic year.


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How you’ll be taught

Discover the different ways you will learn throughout the 2021/22 academic year below.


As the pandemic continues, there is the potential for the situation to change and develop. We will keep you up to date on any adjustments we need to make to teaching delivery.

We will continue to follow Government guidelines and, if required, we will be able to deliver teaching and learning online to ensure you can meet your learning outcomes.

The primary method of teaching at Sussex is through an in-person experience. We will strive for this as much as possible.

We have also learnt from the pandemic valuable new ways of teaching and supporting you. Where these have been effective, we will be keeping them.

As long as the global pandemic continues, we will need to make some adjustments depending on the situation. But we are committed to ensuring that you will not be disadvantaged as a result of any changes to our ways of teaching.

Different ways of teaching

Even before the pandemic, there were various methods of learning.

We aim to provide a level of consistency while ensuring access and support for students who need to study remotely.

Large lectures

We are planning a return to large lectures.

This will only happen:

  • once permitted by Government requirements, and
  • following an updated risk assessment.

If there are restrictions on numbers of people, you will find out from your lecturer in advance whether you’ll attend in-person or view a live stream.

Small group teaching

We are planning for small group teaching to be primarily in-person, wherever possible. It may be necessary for some classes to be offered on-line and your tutor will plan groups depending on the needs of all students.

Practical sessions

Your course staff will plan these sessions carefully and following risk assessments. You’ll be told if there are extra personal protective equipment needs (such as masks).

Dual-mode teaching

This teaching method (sometimes called “simultaneous teaching”) will vary depending on the situation.

It means that some students turn up for a lecture or seminar while other students on the same module engage with it through a live stream.

However you need to access your learning, you’ll have the opportunity to watch a recording or turn up in-person, and achieve the same learning outcomes for your course.

Teaching terms defined

Throughout your course, you may hear your education referred to in the following ways:

  • asynchronous learning – learning that isn’t accessed at the same time by students on the same module. You can access resources (such as lecture recordings) and communicate at any time
  • blended learning – an established educational approach that includes both in-person teaching and online learning opportunities
  • contact – scheduled hours where you meet your tutor
  • in-person teaching – a teaching session delivered to a group of students on campus in a timetabled slot
  • dual-mode – sometimes referred to as “simultaneous delivery”, this is a teaching session delivered both in-person and online at the same time
  • synchronous learning – a teaching session delivered in real time.

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Rules of the classroom

Covid-19 safety guidelines will be displayed in all rooms. In particular:

  • Wash or sanitise your hands before entering a room. Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to kill germs and help reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should also wash or sanitise your hands each time you readjust your face covering and when entering a building.
  • Wear a face covering. Face coverings are an effective way of limiting viral particles in your breath from being passed onto others. Wear a covering unless you have a medical exemption or you’re presenting within the marked zone at the front of the room.
  • Maintain safe social distancing. Coronavirus can be spread much quicker when people are closer together. Be especially mindful when entering or leaving to avoid congestion in large groups. Remain in marked seats only when undertaking group or paired work.
  • Do not relocate furniture – it should remain in the layout displayed at the front of the room. Also avoid moving between seats if possible.
  • Wipe down your desk when you arrive and leave. This helps kill any particles that may contain coronavirus. This includes ITS equipment (mouse and keyboard) and any shared items. Cleaning materials will be provided during taught sessions.
  • Avoid eating or drinking – if you need to drink, it should be from a closed container you return to your bag or pocket. Put rubbish in the bins provided at the end of the session.
  • Avoid sharing resources, such as paper, where possible and clean any items that need to be shared.
  • If you’re exempt from wearing a face covering, you can wear a lanyard – see information about face coverings and exemptions.

We’re encouraging all teaching staff to use face visors, which will be made available by the University. This allows easier communication during teaching.

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Students who can’t arrive for the start of term

We are planning for students to join us in September 2021 and to return to mainly campus based teaching and learning, recognising that some students may need to study remotely because of ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obviously, the travel situation across the globe is changing constantly and we recognise that some students (through no fault of their own) may be delayed in reaching Sussex.

We will do all we can to support students if they are delayed in reaching the campus.

You should aim to arrive as soon as possible, but if you are delayed we will still be able to accept you as long as you can arrive by Friday 15 October 2021. If you are an international student joining Sussex on a Student Visa then this ‘latest arrival date’ of 15 October will automatically have been included in your CAS.

We recognise there may need to be some limited exceptions to this. We will update this page with details of exemptions to this policy as soon as possible.

It will be important for you to begin the registration process when this opens. You must also start engaging with teaching and learning once this begins (from Monday 27 September).

If you think you will be delayed beyond 15 October then please contact the Admissions Office:

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Learning online

You need to ensure that you have equipment which is suitable to study and prepare for online assessments, and to access online teaching should government advice change.

Find out more about the equipment you will need – and the systems which the University uses for online teaching here.

We also advise you download the SussexMobile app to your smartphone.

Other Sussex materials designed specifically for you include Skills Hub, which has tips on time management, essay writing, referencing guidance and advice on digital wellbeing.

See our guidance about assistive technology for students, such as support for learners with literacy difficulties.

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Contact us

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