What if I have individual circumstances that affect my ability to study remotely?

Find out more about how we can support you in your learning and teaching remotely.

We know that many of you face individual challenges in continuing to study and undertake your assessment during the Covid-19 situation, such as not being able to study online. For example you may fall ill, or you may have increased and demanding caring responsibilities (these are just some examples – it is not intended to be a comprehensive list). We recognise that it is important that where you experience such specific individual challenges, these may not be fully addressed by our Safety Net.

The University already has a Personal Extenuating Circumstances (PEC) process that allows you to bring to our attention such individual circumstances, so that these can be considered when decisions on your progression, degree award or classification are made.

We will continue to give you the opportunity to submit PEC requests. Recognising the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 situation, we will revise our PEC process to make it simpler and more straightforward. This will include not requiring additional supporting evidence for PEC claims that relate to Covid-19, or PEC claims relating to any health-related issue. We recognise that in this emergency situation the types of people/bodies who typically provide such evidence (for example medical evidence) will rightly be focusing all their efforts on fighting Covid-19. We also do not want to increase the pressure on you, our students, by placing additional demands of gathering together supporting evidence.

As such, we will do all we can to support and protect our students with disabilities and those facing extenuating circumstances. Rest assured, the university is here for you and we have the facilities and expertise to ensure you get the most out of your university education.