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While it has been a challenging year for many, the safety of our staff and students has always been our number one priority, as well as ensuring our students get the best experience possible. We caught up with second-year Business Management student, Jade to hear more about her experiences with the University’s new blended learning approach.

“I felt optimistic about returning to University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) this September. We were kept informed throughout the 2020 lockdown regarding any changes that had been made to our learning experience or to the campus by the Vice-Chancellor at Chester or from Shrewsbury staff members. For example, all our learning became remote, some assignments were altered to accommodate the cancellation of exams, and the campus was closed.

Changes to this year include a blended learning approach, which means we can attend lectures in person or online. This is so our university experience is normalised as much as possible, however, the approach also accommodates for any future effects the pandemic may have, which may mean we need to work from home.

All lectures are now recorded, information is uploaded to Moodle and the lectures are streamed live via Microsoft Teams. I have felt positive about these changes because if students are unable to attend a face-to-face lecture, we can still attend online and get a similar learning experience. This means our learning hasn’t been halted by the pandemic. I feel the staff have supported us well, as all my lecturers have embraced wearing PPE and utilising technology for those working from home. Staff are also contactable via email as normal, or via arranging meetings.

I think blended learning and the new safety measures has enabled UCS to stay open and deliver a ‘normal’ learning experience where other universities have struggled. Learning completely remotely and online in March was unusual for me, and so I am glad to have some sense of routine through attending classes.

I would say I feel safe at the University and I feel the staff genuinely care about our welfare. There are frequent sanitising stations, staff and students are required to wear a face covering, there is a one-way system in place, and social distancing is apparent. This makes me less anxious about returning to UCS over time as I know it is a safe place to study.”


Find out more about life and study at University Centre Shrewsbury at our upcoming Virtual Open Day on Saturday 5th December. Find out more and book your place here.

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