Northumbria Uni confirms they will be introducing blended learning in September

But it’s emphasised that they will be focusing on in-person teaching

Northumbria University has confirmed they plan to structure teaching in the upcoming term as blended learning.

This news follows the announcement from Newcastle University, and most Russell Group universities, who will also be introducing blended learning on all courses this year.

However, Northumbria has stressed that they will be emphasising in-person teaching.

A spokesperson said: “At Northumbria, there will be an emphasis on face-to-face learning in a supportive community, led by world-leading academics. Our blend of on-campus and online learning means that core learning will take place on campus through interactive group sessions such as seminars, workshops, specialist lab sessions and supporting tutorials. ”

Students are expected to be able to get a full on-campus experience, with the spokesperson adding: “Students will have access to classrooms, laboratories, studios and clinics, and the University Library.

“This will be supported by online content and materials, enabling students to access learning at a time that suits them via our user-friendly virtual learning environment, Blackboard Ultra.”

The Students Union president Gaz Smith was also optimistic about the social opportunities on campus this year, stating: “The Students’ Union has committed to hosting in-person events and is excited for freshers and students returning to campus.

“We have planned a very busy few weeks of inclusive events for those who want to join us in person but recognise that some students may not be ready for that and are also here to support them.”

Northumbria Students’ Union, Newcastle

As part of a re-enrolment email sent to students next week, the university will also give further information explaining just how learning will work this year. But it’s also previously stressed that arrangements could change, “We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.”

Earlier this week, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was praised for suggesting that universities still refusing to offer face-to-face teaching shouldn’t be allowed to charge full tuition fees recognising student’s cries of poor quality and disappointing value for money.

Northumbria students are due to return to Newcastle next month, with freshers’ week events taking place from Friday 17th September.

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