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Information for students who are studying remotely - last updated 16 December 2020

Remote study

Remote study

Remote study

Studying Remotely

We know that some students may not be able to attend campus for health, personal or logistical reasons related to COVID-19. In some circumstances you may need to study remotely, and we can offer flexibility to assist with your personal requirements. We are an inclusive university and will seek to meet your individual needs. 

Students are now able to apply to study remotely for the entirety of the Spring Term. Please be aware that January and May 2021 Examinations will take place remotely and for information on them please see our Examinations page.  

Applying to study Remotely

We know that some students may not be able to attend campus for health, personal or logistical reasons related to COVID-19. In some circumstances you may need to study remotely and we can offer flexibility to assist with your personal requirements. We are an inclusive university and will seek to meet your individual needs.

The initial deadline for applications for remote study in the Spring Term has now passed. We are unable to guarantee that applications received after this time will be processed in time for us to adjust your timetable in time for the start of the Spring Term.

If you would still like to request remote study for the Spring Term (Jan – March 2021) please complete our Remote Study Request form but understand this may not be approved before the start of next term. Not all requests can be approved so applying for remote study is not a guarantee of approval. We require at least two working weeks’ notice to process any confirmation of approval for remote study and then also to make changes to your MyTimetable schedule.

If you are approved for remote study, please check the ELE pages for your modules for any online alternatives until your personal MyTimetable has been adjusted.

We will be sharing information on applying for remote study for the Summer Term, if necessary, (April – June 2021) in February 2021.

This information will be shared with your personal tutor and relevant departments to ensure you are supported in this transition. Remote learning may not be possible in all cases, for example because of professional, statutory or regulatory requirements on certain programmes, but we will be happy to talk to you about your options.

Please see additional guidance on teaching adjustments for digital learning online.

 

 Possibly, for some programmes where students studied remotely in the Autumn Term we required students to reapply for remote study in the Spring Term. The deadline for this has now passed and if you chose not to reapply we will assume you have chosen to study on campus instead.

For other courses there was no need to reapply. As the deadline to inform us otherwise has now passed we will inform your college of you intension to continue to study remotely unless you have informed us otherwise.

Unfortunately, some programmes that were available for remote study in the Autumn Term will not be available for Remote Study in the Spring Term. We have already notified all students who have been approved for Remote Study in the Autumn Term if their course is no longer eligible for Remote Study in the Spring Term.  

 

If you need to study remotely temporarily for a period of self-isolation (for example because you have a positive COVID-19 test result or you have been notified by Public Health England), you do not need to complete the remote study request form, which is intended for a full term of remote study. Please review the essential steps and support available for students who are self-isolating here. 

You can review the programmes that have been approved via our Remote Study Spring Term Approvals College Chart. We will continue to update this. If your programme isn’t listed, you can apply using the Remote Study Request form and the team will confirm if your programme is available for Remote Study in the Spring Term. Decisions on applications for Remote Study are made on a case by case basis depending on the requirements of your programme and year stage 

In some cases students who were able to study remotely in the Autumn Term will be unable to do so in the Spring Term. This is because your programme will require you to physically be on campus for Spring Term in order to be able to participate in the required in-person practical elements, which may have been delayed or deferred from Term 1. Please let us reassure you that we will be taking into account at all times COVID-secure health and safety adjustments needed in order for our students to return safely to our campuses.  

We apologise that this is the case but we hope you can understand the reasons for this for certain programmes. If this is truly unsatisfactory to you in the current situation, you will need to have a  discussion with your personal tutor about other options for your academic progression. 

Currently we are unable to accept applications for Remote Study for the Summer Term. We will be sharing information on the future of Remote Study at the university in due course. For Undergraduate students and Postgraduate Taught students who started in October usually the Summer Term would focus on independent study and examinations which will take place online this year.  

For Postgraduate Taught Students starting in January we will be reviewed teaching planned for the Summer Term after the New Year and will provide an update on this as soon as we are able.  

Applying for Remote Study with the University is not applicable to INTO students. INTO Students have had separate arrangements with regard to their formal online study options and If you are an INTO student please contact into@exeter.ac.uk if you have queries in this regard. If you are an INTO student, registered on an individual University of Exeter module, you will have study options the same methods as all Exeter students.  

 

 

We know that some students may not be able to attend campus for health, personal or logistical reasons related to COVID-19. In some circumstances you may need to study remotely and we can offer flexibility to assist with your personal requirements. We are an inclusive university and will seek to meet your individual needs. 

The initial deadline for applications for remote study in the Spring Term has now passed. We are unable to guarantee that applications received after this time will be processed in time for us to adjust your learning or adjust your timetable in time for the start of the Spring Term.

If you would like to request Remote Study for the Spring Term please complete our Remote Study Request form but understand this may not be approved before the start of next term.

This information will be shared with your personal tutor and relevant departments to ensure you are supported in this transition. Remote learning may not be possible in all cases, for example because of professional, statutory or regulatory requirements on certain programmes, but we will be happy to talk to you about your options.

We will be sharing information on applying for remote study for the Summer Term, if necessary, (April – June 2021) in February 2021.

Please see additional guidance on teaching adjustments for digital learning online.

If for any reason you are delayed being able to attend your on campus teaching sessions please complete our COVID-19 Online Study Declaration Form. This information will be shared with your tutors and you will be able to continue your studies online, using the materials available on the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). Please note however, that alternative arrangements for some missed face-to-face sessions may not be available if you are unable to attend in person.

This is a difference process than requesting Remote Study for the whole of the Spring Term and we ask that you to provide the dates you intend to study remotely. Should these change you can update them using the same form.

We are aware that some students may wish to continue their current remote working arrangements, for a variety of different reasons. In some circumstances, it may be feasible for students to continue with remote working (i.e. not attending your normal place of study, whether that is our campuses or an off-campus research site) without impacting progress in their studies.   

It is important that you discuss your plans with your supervisory team – even if this will be a temporary arrangement and not a permanent change to your mode of attendance – in order to assess whether studying remotely will impact upon your ability to make progress with your research and ensure you are appropriately supported.  This is especially important where your research requires you to undertake e.g. lab or field work, or access physical resources, such as archives, or where there is training you need to access that is not available remotely, or where there are professional, statutory or regulatory requirements on certain programmes.  

Students may also need to discuss the implication of any changes to mode of study on their funding or visa status. Students who receive support from Wellbeing Services (e.g. those who have an ILP in place) may need to discuss with Wellbeing Services their support needs and what adjustments might be needed if continuing to study remotely.  

If you are unable to attend your normal place of study and it isn't feasible to continue with your studies whilst working remotely, you may need to consider applying for an interruption to your programme of studies. The implications of interrupting will vary depending upon each student’s individual circumstances. As such, students should be advised to carefully consider their circumstances. This may include reviewing any terms and conditions attached to any studentship funding, and any visa implications. Please contact your PGR Support Team to discuss this.   

We are aware that, whilst some students are keen to return to campus, others may have concerns or difficulties in respect to returning to campus, for example due to personal circumstances or medical conditions. If you are concerned about returning to campus, you can find links to further information on how are campuses are being made safe and support for clinically vulnerable students in our Doctoral College FAQs. 

You may be eligible to apply to study remotely depending on your programme of study. You can apply using our January Starters Remote study Request form. When you apply, you also need to email the Global Opportunities Inbound team at inbound@exeter.ac.uk so they are aware of your intention.

Support and Resources while Studying Remotely

You can continue accessing your learning materials while studying Remotely via the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) - from here you can select your modules and continue studying wherever you are located. 

Study Zone Digital offers a suite of study resources in a range of areas including online learning, time management, notemaking, essay writing, referencing, and revision strategies. We also offer 1:1 appointments, Writing Cafés and workshops. To find out more visit the Study Zone website.

Wherever possible, all of your core reading for modules should be available digitally. The Library has invested in a new e-textbooks service and is constantly adding to its e-book stock as well as digitising articles and chapters from books. Check your module reading list in ELE for links to digital resources. You can also check the library catalogue and use our extensive online databases for more content. If you can’t find what you need, get in touch with the Library via their Chat service or email library@exeter.ac.uk.

We know this is a challenging time for everyone and you may be feeling anxious, particularly if you are currently self-isolating. We have a lot of support available to you, with welfare teams available to talk to you in a confidential and non-judgemental space about any issues issue you need support with.

For students in Exeter, please visit our Wellbeing Services website details on how to access these services.

In Exeter our Residence Life Team also has an in-depth knowledge of the support and wellbeing services on offer at the University, and can provide support to students living in University accommodation. They can answer questions, help with any problems, and keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the University and city. The Residence Life Team will offer a variety of support, events, and opportunities for students to ask questions while they are in self-isolation. Please visit their webpage for more information.

Residence Life also run an instant chat seven days a week from 6pm – 9pm where you can speak to a Residence Life Support officer instantly. Go to the Residence Life webpages for more information and to access the chat.

For students in Cornwall, our Living Support and Wellbeing team offer a wide range of support including self-help, online resources, advice and information, and referrals where needed.

All students can also access our on line self-help tool SilverCloud for support with changing negative thought processes that lead to anxiety, depression and stress.

 

At the University of Exeter we take the wellbeing of our students very seriously. Please inform us if you are unable to attend your remote teaching sessions for any reason. You should report an absence to a teaching session through iExeter. 

 

If you need IT support, including while studying remotelycheck out the Digital Hub which is packed with guidance, help and advice on using technology with your studies.  

If you experience technical difficulties while studying remotely contact SID by logging an enquiry online. If your enquiry is urgent, you can talk to one of our IT support analysts by telephoning SID on: 

We have launched a new virtual desktop service which lets you access a huge range of learning resources remotely that you may need for your course.

With an internet connection and suitable device (including Windows, Mac and Chromebook) you can access:

  1. A software directory with download links for you to install software on your own devices.
  2. Windows Virtual Desktop, providing secure access to a suite of applications to support your study.*

*The software available remotely will depend on the college in which you are studying.

To find out more visit the virtual desktops webpage. If you need more detailed guidance the Digital Hub can help.

If you encounter issues please contact SID or email virtualdesktop@exeter.ac.uk.

The decision to study remotely for any part of the Academic Year is an individual one taken by a student which the University has agreed to support given the exceptional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the University’s desire to support each student’s engagement with their programme, regardless of individual circumstances. 

Supporting a student who has decided to study remotely requires the University to put additional adjustments and support in place in order to maintain the standards and quality of our degree provision. There are also other notable benefits of attending the campus that will be more difficult to achieve, including the social aspects of being at University, and we are working hard to ensure that those students who choose to study remotely remain engaged and included in our learning community.  

It is important to clarify that no reduction in fees will be made for students whose decision to study remotely has been supported by the University. This is on the basis that whichever mode of study undertaken by a student (on-campus, online or blended) we will be delivering a high quality education to give students every opportunity to complete their degree. As noted above a student’s decision to study remotely is a personal decision made by the individual. 

Information for International Students

If you are currently studying remotely and will be graduating in summer 2021, you will need to arrive in the UK by 6 April and study the final term of your programme here to be eligible to apply to the Graduate Route. If you started a Masters programme in January and are studying remotely you will need to arrive in the UK by 27 September and study your final term here in order to be eligible to apply.

You can find more information on this scheme on our website.

If you have been studying remotely during term 1 and will do the same for term 2, you will need a new CAS when you plan to travel to the UK. Please contact Tier4casteam@exeter.ac.uk to request this.  If you are starting your programme in January then you will be able to use your existing CAS to travel to the UK any time until 26th April.  If you intend to travel to the UK later than this, please let us know – tier4casteam@exeter.ac.uk  

Our buddy scheme Global Chums is available in Cornwall this September and on both campuses in January. We aim that these schemes will be in person and online. There are lots of other ways to connect with other students online and these will be publicised in our Induction materials.   

If you are a new student and require a visa, you will need to include the date that you intend to travel to the UK in your visa application. The validity of Tier 4 entry visas has been extended from 30 to 90 days, so if you do have to delay your intended travel date you will not have to apply for a new entry visa if you are able to arrive within 90 days of this date. 

If you are a continuing student and a Tier 4 visa holder you will be able to study remotely, if approved by your College, without this affecting your visa's status. You must ensure however that you continue to engage with your programme throughout this period.