Coronavirus (COVID-19) and UK Applicants
See answers below to common questions if you've applied, or are thinking of applying, to the University of Bradford.
At Bradford, we want to ensure that you have an outstanding and vibrant learning experience. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on all our lives, to do this means we have to adapt the way we deliver learning and teaching to ensure you can study and enjoy University life safely.
Blended learning basically means that you will have a mix – a ‘blend’ – of on-campus, in person delivery and online teaching and learning activities to engage with and participate in. We are working hard to make sure that we can deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can and the elements of your course that can be delivered safely in person will be. Our campus-based learning facilities (for example, laboratories, workshops, the library, and most of our classrooms) will be open, but with added safety measures to meet national safety guidelines. Find out more at our Teaching and Learning page.
All our programmes have to adapted to our blended teaching model in a way that best suits the subject and their students. For example, courses that require access to scientific laboratories or include placements, or require students to work in practice, all have distinctive needs that require distinctive approaches.
Most seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab-based sessions have been timetabled for in-person delivery. While these activities are being delivered in accordance with national guidance to make sure you are safe, they offer valuable opportunities to interact with other students and learn from your tutors. You will be expected to attend these on-campus sessions because we believe they are an essential part of your learning experience and a key part of our blended approach. If you are unable to attend campus for any reason, please visit our Support arrangements for students unable to come onto campus page.
We are using a variety of methods to support your learning online. At the heart of this will be Canvas, our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Through Canvas you will not only have access to Zoom and Microsoft Teams, but a whole range of specialist platforms, materials, and resources designed to help you learn effectively.
Some of your lectures will be ‘live’, that is to say delivered online to the whole group at a specific time. Others will be ‘captured’ (pre-recorded), and you will be able to engage with these at a time that suits you.
Some smaller group sessions may also be held online (seminars or tutorials, for example). This gives you the opportunity to work digitally with other students on particular tasks or assignments, as well as to discuss your ideas with your tutor. Similarly, you will have the opportunity to meet individually with your tutors to talk about your work, discuss your progress, and receive feedback on your assignments. Online learning is face-to-face too.
To supplement these ‘live’ sessions, you may be asked to engage with online educational materials (sometimes called learning objects or packages). These are pre-prepared resources uploaded to the VLE that you will be able to work through at a time and pace that suits you so that you can make sure you fully understand the content, ideas, concepts etc. before moving on to the next one.
As with our approach to teaching and learning, we have adopted a blended approach to assessment. Some of this will take place on campus (certain examinations, or lab exercises, for example) and some online (perhaps multiple-choice questions, or portfolios). And, of course, other assessments such as essays or dissertations will carry on as normal.
We know that the experiences you gain from placements, work-based learning, and studying abroad are important and highly valued by you. Indeed, they are a fundamental component of many of our professionally accredited courses.
Given this, we are working with partner organisations and institutions to make sure placements in industry and opportunities to study abroad as part of your course go ahead as planned wherever possible. If this is not possible, we will discuss alternative or equivalent options.
Yes, to reassure you and protect your health, social distancing measures will be in place across our campus, along with a range of other COVID-19 safety measures.
Social spaces on campus will be open and ahering to social distancing guidelines, so that you can come onto campus and enjoy taking a seat in the Atrium and other spaces around the University.
Yes. You can apply through Student Finance England.
For more information about how student finance applications are being processed you can view Student Finance England’s Coronavirus FAQs for prospective students.
The University will be aware of the challenges you will have faced in finding and completing work experience and will take this into account when shortlisting our applications next year.
The NHS has launched a volunteering scheme with several different types of volunteer opportunities, which are available during the coronavirus outbreak. These opportunities will provide you with a range of transferable skills, which you will be able to tell us about in your personal statement.
You can also let us know about anything you have done to support elderly or vulnerable people in your community.