Our plans for teaching in 2021/22

Our plans

Coronavirus has presented challenges for everyone over the last year, but it has also presented opportunities for us to learn and to re-think our teaching and learning strategies and environment to give students an academic experience with a Bristol flavour – rich in research, helping you to apply your knowledge in different contexts, and challenging you to think in new ways.

We know many of you have questions about how the University will operate in the next academic year.

When you start your studies with us this autumn, we hope that the majority of UK Government restrictions will have been eased as a result of effective public health measures across the UK, including the roll-out of the vaccination program.

In line with the latest guidance, and as long as UK Government advice allows, we intend to begin the 2021/22 academic year with a carefully blended approach to achieve the best balance of online learning and on-campus experiences.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning means receiving a mix of on-campus, interactive face-to-face sessions, together with online teaching in place of some sessions that would normally take place in larger groups, such as lectures.

Students on our taught programmes will have a full timetable of learning activities, including a blend of in-person learning, live online interactive sessions, structured learning tasks as well as independent study.

Teaching on all programmes has been carefully thought through, and adapted as a result of feedback from our students, to give you the best possible experience wherever and however your teaching takes place.

International students

We're aware that travel restrictions may delay some students arriving in Bristol for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

In 2021/22 we are planning to deliver as much in-person learning as we safely can, including lectures, seminars and laboratories on campus. For most students, this means you should plan to be here in Bristol to fully engage with your programme. Schools will be in touch with more details as soon as they can.

Support for international students travelling to Bristol this September

We are very pleased to announce that the University will help with the costs of coronavirus testing and quarantine where required.

If you are arriving from or have travelled through a green list country, we will cover the cost of the test package you need.

If you are arriving from or have travelled through an amber list country, we will cover the cost of the test package you need. You will also need to spend 10 days in quarantine. We will cover the cost of a Test to Release package and provide basic essentials during your quarantine period, including meals.

If you are arriving from or have travelled through a red list country, you will need to spend 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel. We will reimburse you for the cost of this hotel stay (currently £1,750).

The University of Bristol will support you when you arrive in the UK, whichever country you are arriving from.

Green, amber and red list countries

The UK government has placed overseas countries into three categories for coronavirus: green, amber and red.

Each category has different conditions for people travelling to the UK from or through those countries.

Green list countries have the fewest restrictions on arrivals, and red list countries have the most.

You can check which list your country is on, and find out the conditions for arrivals, on the UK government website. 

Eligibility for travel support

This support is available to all new and continuing international students who will be arriving in Bristol for the start of the 2021 academic year.

If you leave the UK during the academic year, you may require a further period of quarantine or testing when you return. The University will not be able to provide support to you for any additional periods of quarantine.

The University is not able to provide support for quarantine or testing for any dependants or family members who travel to the UK with you.

If the government guidance and requirements change, the University reserves the right to review this support package.

Please be assured that if you are unable to travel to Bristol due to travel restrictions in your country, you can study online until you are able to join us (unless you are studying a course that requires in-person teaching, in which case we will contact you with further advice).

Further details of the support available, and guidance on how to book testing, will be provided to you by email before you begin your journey to Bristol.

Your safety

Your safety, and the safety of our community, remains our priority. Our planning is informed by government guidelines, consultation with Public Health England and by the work of the University of Bristol's Scientific Advisory Group, balancing educational priorities and safety.

We are using the UK government's checkpoints of 17 May and 21 June to ensure our plans are in step with government guidelines.

As restrictions continue to lift, we will be working hard to make sure that we adapt our approach safely. All applicants will have an opportunity to review the information for their programme prior to starting their studies with us.

Your experience

At Bristol, we have a rich offer of accommodation, student support, activities for you to get involved that go beyond your programme, an active Student Union and information to help you transition to life as a new student.

We are optimistic about welcoming the whole Bristol community to enjoy our University and its facilities, as well as Bristol and the surrounding area – and we want to thank all everyone in our community for their continued commitment and dedication in supporting our current and future students during these challenging times.

Professor Tansy Jessop
Pro Vice-Chancellor Education

Further details of the support available, and guidance on how to book testing, will be provided to you by email before you begin your journey to Bristol.


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