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Letter to LSST/Bucks New University students

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Letter to LSST/Bucks New University students
by Connect Admin - Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 9:54 AM

Dear LSST/Bucks New University students 


On the 22nd of February 2021, as you already know the Prime Minister announced the government’s four-step plan to release England from lockdown, and the Government also updated its guidance accordingly. 


Indeed, Michelle Donelan, the Minister for Universities has written a letter to all students to that effect too.  The Minister explained that from the 8th of March 2021, universities can invite students on practical and creative courses who need access to specialist equipment and facilities back to in-person teaching. 


At the present time, LSST does not offer any practical, or creative courses that students need access to specialist equipment and facilities and thus all classes continue online as currently scheduled. 


We have really missed you and we are excited that there is now a path ahead for our college community to be back together again before too long.  However, we must wait just a little bit longer. 


In line with the Government’s guidance, please do not return to your campus just yet.  When it is time to do so, you will receive another email from me asking you to return to your campus and providing you with relevant guidelines on how to do so.  


As you know, the University has extended specific measures from the ‘No Detriment Policy’ to be in place for the rest of this academic year. That is because the University recognises that students have faced disruption to their personal and academic lives because of COVID-19 and has put in place much additional support including waiving the penalty for late submission of assessments; giving you the full mark rather than a capped one for reassessment work; and, for final years, taking any detrimental impact of grades from 2019-20 into account. Remember that these measures automatically apply, so you do not need to do anything. The University also continues to relax evidence requirements for ‘mitigating circumstances’ claims and requests for extensions which will make it easier for you to follow the process. If you want to know more about the University’s ‘No Detriment Policy’, and in addition to LSST’s announcement about this, you can read it here


You may also have questions about other aspects of your college life. Be sure that we are working on all those details diligently and so please bear with us. We promise that you will have all the information that you need before you return to our COVID-secure campuses. 


We appreciate that you may have mixed emotions about the Government’s latest announcement.  If you do, please tell us if there is anything we can do to help and support you by emailing your campus Student Support Services. 


We are so proud of how you have all risen to the considerable challenges you have faced in recent months and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to our campuses! 


Be safe and stay online for now.

Best regards.

Dr G.

Dr George Panagiotou