Postgraduate taught 2020

What will postgraduate study at Cardiff University look like next academic year?

Email to students on 29 June 2020

Dear student,

I am really pleased that you are considering joining us at Cardiff University for the academic year 2020/21. I am writing to provide you with the first of a series of communications on what postgraduate study at Cardiff University will look like this coming year. We will ensure that you receive the Cardiff University experience you expect in a safe environment that puts your well-being first.

Study and learning

We will be staggering start dates for some of our postgraduate programmes to give you more time to prepare to join us. Having some programmes start later allows us to put your health and safety first, it will allow us to manage the number of students on campus, arrivals in University accommodation and to provide appropriate induction and enrolment. A list of programmes that have an amended start date can be accessed here and for all other programmes (not listed) the start date will remain as planned and quoted in your official offer letter.

Your health and safety is at the centre of every decision we make so it is also necessary to look at new and innovative ways to deliver the Cardiff University experience. Our approach to learning and teaching will need to be flexible and adaptable to ensure that you continue to receive the high-quality learning experience that will help you succeed.

Where social distancing requirements can be met, we aim to deliver classes on campus. This is likely take the form of small-group teaching such as tutorials or clinical, studio and laboratory sessions. To enable this, we are currently reworking our buildings to maximise the space given over to teaching. We have a dedicated team working on this so that we can deliver as much learning on campus as possible. Large lectures will not take place on campus but will take the form of high-quality enhanced online learning activities.

We understand that you may be new to the experience of studying online. At Cardiff we have a team in place to design students’ digital learning experiences, ensuring that it is interactive and engaging, and complements our planned face to face teaching. Full support will be provided to you during induction to facilitate this. Digital learning provides you with the opportunity to access elements of information and learning resources at a time and place that suits you. Our academic staff are determined to ensure you receive personal engagement and contact during your time with us.

Of course, there are other aspects of your study that may have to change, such as placements or field study visits, for example. We need to consider the feasibility of all aspects of postgraduate study in response to the measures in place across the UK and internationally. Where activities cannot be delivered or need to change, we will be open and honest with you, and share information with you as soon as we have it.

Accommodation and living in Cardiff

If you require accommodation, you should continue to apply for your place as planned. Our residences team are working to facilitate social distancing and ensure your health and safety while in student accommodation. You will receive more information about this in a future email.

We know life in Cardiff is one aspect that is important for our students and we work closely in partnership with Cardiff Council to ensure a positive experience. You can find out more about what’s happening in and around Cardiff in readiness for re-opening the city centre. Cardiff is a compact city with many green spaces: as the vast majority of our accommodation and University buildings are only a short walk away, you’ll benefit from the increased space the Council is creating for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cardiff University, Wales and the UK are looking forward to welcoming you

This week, the UK Minister of State for Universities published an open letter to international students which outlines Government support and guidance that you may find helpful. Most importantly she sets out the welcome you can expect as an international student in the UK, the quality and value you will gain from your studies at a UK university, and provides some long awaited reassurance about the new Graduate route.

We are here to support you

We hope this update reassures you that we are committed to giving you the highest quality student experience, and that any changes we do make will be designed to enhance your learning experience, while protecting your health and wellbeing.

We know you may have more questions about postgraduate student life with us than we have been able to answer currently, so we plan to send you a series of future communications. These emails will provide you with further information as we prepare to welcome you at the start of your programme. We recommend checking your emails regularly, so you don’t miss these.

In the meantime, please check our Coronavirus advice for prospective students. If you have any immediate questions, please contact us at international@cardiff.ac.uk.

We'll be in touch again soon.

Stay safe,

Claire Morgan

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students