Thursday 26 August 2021

PGT emails (three versions, depending on course) clarifying teaching arrangements for the Autumn term

Version 1: Important: Teaching and learning for Autumn Term

Dear postgraduate students,

Hello, you may have heard from me already as part of your application process to join us if you are new - a warm welcome.

I’m the Vice-Chancellor at York, here to lead the University and support our incredible community of staff and students.

I share regular email and video updates, which has been especially important throughout the pandemic, making sure you are aware of key decisions and advice.

Your plans for Autumn Term

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the University. Over the coming weeks, there will be lots of updates from our Colleges, Departments, Accommodation and our Graduate Students Association (GSA) to help you make the most of your time with York.

All academic departments will be offering in-person teaching and learning from Monday 27 September 2021. To support those international students who may be unable to travel to York for the start of term because of the pandemic, some teaching will also be online, but we expect that students will be here on campus as soon as possible and by November at the latest.

Welcome events

Autumn Term is one of our favourite times of the year and we look forward to bringing everyone together with a mixture of in-person and online welcome events.

Together with GSA, we are extending our welcome programme to have a ‘rolling welcome’ spread out over several weeks, so no-one misses out.

Next steps

To ensure that you don’t miss out on any important communications from us in the future, please ensure that you have completed the enrolment process for your course and have set up your student IT account and email. Details on how to do this are outlined in the ‘University of York Joining Instructions’ email you will have received. If you have any questions about enrolment though, please visit www.york.ac.uk/enrol or contact Student Services at enrol@york.ac.uk.

Whenever you are able to arrive, I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus and City.

Best wishes

Charlie

PS. Many of our plans for the Autumn Term have been made possible by the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK.

Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other, so we are asking our staff and students to get vaccinated if they can, as soon as they can. NHS England has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you may find helpful.



Version 2: Important: Teaching and learning for Autumn Term

Dear postgraduate students,

Hello, you may have heard from me already as part of your application process to join us if you are new - a warm welcome.

I’m the Vice-Chancellor and President at York, here to lead the University and support our incredible community of staff and students.

Travelling to the UK

In addition to our preparations here at York, the UK’s Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has written a letter to all international students, offering some extra guidance and support from the UK government on travelling, vaccinations, and post-study work offers.

All academic departments will be offering in-person teaching and learning from 27 September 2021. To support those international students who may be unable to travel to York for the start of term because of the pandemic, some teaching will also be online but we expect that for your course you will come to campus as soon as possible and by 7 November at the latest.

We know that some international students have asked us to clarify what online learning will be available for the whole of the Autumn Term, if it is impossible to travel.

Following a detailed review of all Masters programmes, studying online for the entire Autumn Term is not going to be possible for your course. This is because there are certain elements of your programme that cannot be completed remotely as they require access to our specialist facilities on campus. We need to be able to ensure that the teaching and learning we deliver meets all of the learning outcomes required for you to progress through your programme.

Next steps

We will contact you soon to find out when you plan to get to York, so we can coordinate the term arrivals. To ensure that you don’t miss out on these important communications, if you are still intending to study with us please ensure you have completed the enrolment process for your course and have set up your student IT account and email. Details on how to do this are outlined in the ‘University of York Joining Instructions’ email you will have received. If you have any questions about enrolment though, please visit www.york.ac.uk/enrol or contact Student Services at enrol@york.ac.uk.

Once you have enrolled, there is nothing else you need to do at this stage until you hear from us again. Please continue to check your student email account regularly.

If it is impossible to travel to York during our Autumn Term, there are different options available to support you in the future, so please wait for us to get in touch with you, so that we can discuss these with you.

Our plans for Autumn Term

We do hope you are able to join us this year and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the University. Over the coming weeks, there will be lots of updates from our Colleges, Departments, Accommodation and our Graduate Students Association (GSA) to help you make the most of your time with York.

Autumn Term is one of our favourite times of the year, and even if you’re unable to get here for the start of term, we look forward to bringing everyone together with a mixture of in-person and online welcome events.

Many of our plans for our Autumn Term have been made possible by the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other, so we are asking our staff and students to get vaccinated if they can, as soon as they can. NHS England (the UK’s national healthcare service) has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you may find helpful.

Welcome events

Together with GSA, we are extending our welcome programme to have a ‘rolling welcome’ spread out over several weeks, so no-one misses out. We hope for those unable to join us straight away, our online welcome events and activities will inspire you about all there is to follow.

Whenever you are able to arrive, I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus and City.

Best wishes

Charlie


Version 3: Important: Teaching and learning for Autumn Term

Dear postgraduate students,

Hello, you may have heard from me already as part of your application process to join us if you are new - a warm welcome.

I’m the Vice-Chancellor and President at York, here to lead the University and support our incredible community of staff and students.

Travelling to the UK

In addition to our preparations here at York, the UK’s Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has written a letter to all international students, offering some extra guidance and support from the UK government on travelling, vaccinations, and post-study work offers.

All academic departments will be offering in-person teaching and learning from 27 September 2021. To support those international students who may be unable to travel to York for the start of term because of the pandemic, some teaching will also be online but we expect that for your course you will come to campus as soon as possible and by 7 November at the latest.

We also know that some international students have asked us to clarify what online learning will be available for the whole of the Autumn Term, if it is impossible to travel.

Following a detailed review of all Masters programmes, I can confirm the following: if you are unable to travel due to restrictions in place and you cannot physically get to York, we will commit to teaching you online during Autumn Term. This means that if travel is possible, you do need to get here as soon as you can.

This option isn’t available for all programmes, as some require access to specialist facilities on campus, but we are able to provide the teaching and learning online for your chosen programme in order to meet and support your learning outcomes. At this stage, we anticipate a full return to in-person teaching for all students, across all courses, from January 2022, though we will keep this under review.

Next steps

We will contact you soon to find out when you plan to get to York, so we can coordinate support and arrivals. To ensure that you don’t miss out on these important communications, if you are still intending to study with us please ensure you have completed the enrolment process for your course and have set up your student IT account and email. Details on how to do this are outlined in the ‘University of York Joining Instructions’ email you will have received. If you have any questions about enrolment though, please visit www.york.ac.uk/enrol or contact Student Services at enrol@york.ac.uk.

Once you have enrolled, there is nothing else you need to do at this stage until you hear from us again. Please continue to check your student email account regularly.

The plans for Autumn Term

We do hope you are able to join us this year and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the University. Over the coming weeks, there will be lots of updates from our Colleges, Departments, Accomodation and our Graduate Students Association (GSA) to help you make the most of your time with York.

Autumn Term is one of our favourite times of the year, and even if you’re unable to get here for the start of term, we look forward to bringing everyone together with a mixture of in-person and online welcome events.

Many of our plans for our Autumn Term have been made possible by the success of the vaccine rollout in the UK. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other, so we are asking our staff and students to get vaccinated if they can, as soon as they can. NHS England (the UK’s national healthcare service) has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you may find helpful.

Welcome events

Together with GSA, we are extending our welcome programme to have a ‘rolling welcome’ spread out over several weeks, so no-one misses out. We hope for those unable to join us straight away, our online welcome events and activities will inspire you about all there is to follow.

Whenever you are able to arrive, I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus and City.

Best wishes

Charlie