Hartpury University and Hartpury College are preparing to welcome students on to campus this autumn.
Hartpury has today announced its initial plans to begin the 2020/21 academic year for new and returning students, with all Hartpury University and Hartpury College students able to start or resume their studies this September.
Face-to-face teaching temporarily ceased earlier this year due the Covid-19 situation, and all teaching and assessment moved online in March.
However, Hartpury is now looking forward to welcoming students and staff safely back to its Gloucestershire campus.
Hartpury University and Hartpury College both plan to teach students via a mixed-delivery model.
This blended learning approach will include teaching students face-to-face as much as possible within Government guidelines, combined with online lessons and academic delivery.
To slowly introduce people back to campus and allow for physical distancing, Hartpury plans a phased approach.
It is intended that college and new undergraduate university students will arrive on campus in September, whilst second and third-year university students will enrol online in September and physically return to campus later in October.
Students and offer-holders have received email communications today, with further details relevant to their course, including their planned enrolment date.
Vice-Chancellor, Principal and CEO of Hartpury University and Hartpury College, Russell Marchant said: “Our priority is to maintain the safety of our students and staff, whilst ensuring we provide the highest-quality learning and student experience.
“At Hartpury, we’re fortunate to have a large rural campus with specialist facilities set across 360 hectares of Gloucestershire countryside, providing us with the space to support people arriving on campus in line with the relevant guidelines.
“Our teams are currently putting a range of measures in place utilising the whole campus, for the safety and wellbeing of our student and staff community.
“Based upon our students’ positive feedback this term, we’re confident in our ability to deliver using this blended learning model.
“We’ve been successfully delivering all teaching and assessment online since March and our teaching teams are busy tailoring their delivery to ensure our students are able to progress with their studies in all eventualities.
“We’ll continue to review the situation, making sure teaching isn’t interrupted if Government advice becomes more or less restrictive.
“Our objective is to transition fully to face-to-face delivery as soon as guidelines safely allow.
"However, we’re mindful that a flexible, mixed-model approach may need to be in place for much of the 2020/21 academic year.
“We appreciate the patience and ongoing support of our students, staff and wider-community at this challenging time for us all.”
Hartpury University and Hartpury College will continue to keep current and future students, and staff, updated over the summer with further information and details as plans develop.
Image: Hartpury House at Hartpury University and Hartpury College