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Reunite and respond. How we have adapted after Covid-19

​Last Updated: 21/07/2020​ at 11:30 am – All information is accurate at time of writing.

Arriving or returning to Campus: Keeping you safe

We came to the decision to continue the suspension of face-to-face learning and teaching and assessment for the summer term 2020. This includes moving all face-to-face assessments scheduled up to the end of August 2020 to alternative assessments.

The Waterside Campus and our halls of residence will be open for the start of the new academic year in September 2020.

We are currently putting in place social distancing and hygiene measures on campus in line with our promise to create a University estate that is as safe and secure as possible for all new and returning students. The library and other social and sporting facilities will also be open, subject to relevant social distancing rules.

Teaching in the first term will be a mix of face-to-face with online provision, and you can be sure both your face-to-face and online experience will be of the highest quality. This is because, prior to the pandemic, we devised a flexible method of teaching – supported by an award-winning learning environment – called Active Blended Learning. This exciting way of teaching is one reason why, in 2017, we were ranked Gold – the highest possible standard – in the Government’s review of university teaching. You can read more about Active Blended Learning.

Thanks to Active Blended Learning, the University of Northampton was able to respond quicker than most to the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic. In this digital age it remains one of our greatest strengths and makes studying with us a dynamic and highly relevant experience that is second to none. The academic, professional and employability skills and knowledge you’ll gain will be of the highest, externally benchmarked standards. More importantly, they’ll prepare you for making your way successfully in a constantly changing world.

In short, what you can expect from us are the highest levels of quality education – something we have worked toward for years. We will bring you the very best learning and teaching regardless of what is going on around. We will adapt. We will deliver. We will transform lives and inspire change – together.

Academic and Assessment FAQs for students

Read our Returning to campus social distancing guidance Covid-19.

Staff can see the latest advice and guidance on the staff intranet (password protected).

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest Government advice, which is updated regularly and includes details of ‘Test and Trace’.

We have adapted our campus to keep our community as safe as possible, ahead of face-to-face activities resuming. In this video, Becky Bradshaw – our Director of Estates and Campus Services – shows the measures we’ve taken and what to do as you travel to and work at UON.

Members of the community are welcome to enjoy the outdoor public spaces and riverside walks at the Waterside Campus. Please be aware of, and adhere to, government guidance around social distancing. Our on campus shop remains open to the public, but we’re afraid that we’re not yet in a position to welcome the community into our buildings to our catering facilities just yet.

Members of the community can contact the University with questions and seek reassurance in relation to the University response to the COVID-19 pandemic through our Community Forum. To share feedback, or raise a questions, or to register an interest in joining future meetings of the community forum, contact


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