Dear students,

I wanted to write to wish you all the best during this assessment period. I appreciate how difficult this semester has been for you in terms of the huge challenge of adjusting to lockdown whilst continuing to study, as well as managing the other impacts on your life. I wanted to reassure you again that we will continue to do our best to support you, ensure that the context you’re working in is taken into account, and help you to fulfil your potential.

This will mainly be through our no-detriment policies and the work of exam boards who have increased powers to support students this semester, as well as the other changes described on our Coronavirus FAQ pages.

Whilst we are confident that our staff and processes will support you, I appreciate the anxiety that taking assessment in these conditions can generate. Personally I’ve found working in the context of lockdown, juggling personal and work demands, and trying to support those around me has been challenging and covered the full range of emotions – I think everyone is experiencing similar difficulties.

Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is always important, but especially now. With this in mind, I wanted to remind you of some of the resources that you can use.

  • We have produced some guidance to help you in taking online assessments, and set up an helpline to support students with urgent, assessment-related queries on +44 (0)1225 387500. The line is open from 8am to 6pm British Summer Time, from Monday to Friday throughout the assessment period.
  • SU Advice and Support
  • Student Services

Our sense of community here at the University of Bath is very strong, and like many of us, you must be missing the day-to-day social and work contact with people, saying ‘hello’ on Parade, working together on coursework or revision or just chatting with friends in person. I am sure you are in contact online, but please do continue to look out for and connect with those around you.

As well as looking out for others, please also take time to look after yourself and use these sources of support (as well as friends) if you need to.

Wishing you the very best,

Peter