Friday 30 October 2020

UG and PGT student email

University of York - update on move to Tier 2 teaching

Dear student,

Following the announcement on Wednesday 21 October 2020 that the University was moving from the Department for Education (DfE) Tier 2, we want to provide you with a brief update on how this move is progressing.

This week has been a transition week, during which the majority of teaching has taken place online to enable our teams to reconfigure all of our teaching spaces to accommodate 2m social distancing. In addition, Departments have reviewed and reworked their plans for DfE Tier 2 to deliver some in-person teaching activities.

We are pleased to say that from Monday 2 November 2020 there will be revised provision of in-person campus teaching opportunities for many of our Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Your Departments have been creative in what they are offering - and we encourage you to engage with these activities for the rest of the academic term. We know it is important not just for educational reasons but also for student mental health and wellbeing that we retain what we can of in-person teaching despite the wider restrictions the City of York now faces. So while these new arrangements will provide excellent opportunities for learning and being part of learning communities, they also continue to provide you with the chance to mix with peers outside your household.

For a small number of programmes, in-person teaching may not be in place until the week commencing 7 November, and we appreciate your patience as we finalise our arrangements. I am very grateful to our dedicated staff who have worked tirelessly to make all of this possible.

Your timetable remains the key way of knowing whether your scheduled session is taking place online or face-to-face. You will be able to see your timetable for the rest of term from 1pm on Friday 30 October. Do also keep an eye out for communications from your academic department who will continue to keep in touch with you in the usual ways.

Hopes and expectations have been upended by the Covid pandemic and I recognise this has an impact on the wellbeing of everyone in the University community. That is why we are doing everything we can to support you as comprehensively as possible. In addition to all of the work by departments on teaching plans, we are also working very hard to create as many safe on-campus study spaces, social spaces and venues, and recreational experiences as are possible under current conditions.

We all need to support each other, and we all need to follow the rules that now apply in our city - so please continue to stay up to date with information posted on to make sure that our University community stays smart, supportive and safe.

Best wishes,


Professor Charlie Jeffery