Future Student Updates (COVID-19)

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Update 1 April 2020

An important message for the LBIC and Brunel University community about arrangements to deal with Coronavirus

Please read this information in conjunction with Brunel University’s Coronavirus Updates.

  • As of Monday 16th March 2020, all face to face teaching will be stopped and replaced with learning resources and support.
  • We will cancel on campus examinations this April and replace them with alternative forms of assessment.
  • Brunel University London campus is now closed. We will maintain on campus security and a minimal number of staff to support students in residences. Costcutter is open for supplies, all other buildings and facilities are closed. Education and support services continue to operate remotely.

Update 1 April 2020

We are now in a position to share with you our plans with regards to how you will be assessed this semester. As you will be aware, in line with the current campus closure, Brunel University has cancelled all examinations during the month of April 2020.

LBIC have been working on adapting your assessments to suit the new online delivery environment.

How will LBIC assess me?

There are a range of assessments now taking place remotely, including but not limited to:

  • Coursework submissions
  • Online quizzes
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Presentation slide and commentary submissions
  • Take home examinations

The new assessments will differ depending on the programme and modules that you are taking. We will be emailing students per programme within the next few days to provide details of the specific assessments.

When are my assessments taking place?

Assessments begun in Week 10 of the semester (30th March 2020) and will finish on Friday of Week 13 (24th April 2020).

The week of each assessment will be given to you when we provide you with specific programme details later this week and the deadline for each assessment will be communicated to you by your lecturer.

The teaching and assessments for the semester will officially conclude on the 24th April.

Are there any other criteria for assessment?

In light of the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we understand that many students will have been affected with their studies and may be at risk of failing their modules.

To increase the opportunities for students to pass, LBIC will also be considering additional criteria when assessing a student’s performance in each module.

Student progression may also be determined by individual student performance from Weeks 1 to 7 of the January 2020 semester and previous semesters where applicable. This includes midterm, formative & summative assessment performance, attendance and class contribution.

Can I complete an extenuating circumstances claim due to the present situation?

In line with Brunel University’s guidance, you will not need to submit any Extenuating Circumstances for missed assessments (including coursework assignments and alternatives to exams). We know that many of you may be directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus, and if you don’t complete and submit your assessments then we are making the assumption that you have valid reasons for not doing so. You will not be asked to provide any evidence. A full explanation can be seen here. Please remember that although all students are now being considered as having an accepted extenuating circumstances claim, this does not automatically provide you with a passing grade but will provide you with the opportunity of an uncapped reassessment.

How will the assessments benefit me?

Ultimately, your assessments will provide you with feedback on your modules and an opportunity to achieve the highest possible mark for your performance. If you fail to complete or engage with your assessments, then there is still the risk that you will be required to undertake a reassessment which could delay your progression to the university.

Pre-Masters Students

Due to the higher level of study, the majority of assessments for Pre-Masters students will be deferred until the May 2020 semester. More information about this will be given to you in due course.

Finally

Please look out for information in the coming days regarding the specific assessments that you will be required to undertake.

These will be emailed to you and will also be available on the individual module pages on Moodle.

If you have any questions with regards to your classes or assessments please contact academicservices@lbic.brunel.ac.uk

Update 23 March 2020

Advice to Students

On Monday 23rd March 2020, the Prime Minister of the UK announced strict new measures to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. As a result of this, the Brunel University London campus is now closed.

The University will maintain on campus security and a minimal number of staff to support students in residences. Costcutter is open for supplies, all other buildings and facilities are closed.

Your Online classes will take place as normal and the college support services continue to operate remotely from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

This means that people must now stay at home except:

  • To shop for basic essentials - only when you really need to
  • To do one form of exercise a day - such as a run, walk or cycle
  • For any medical need - for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • To travel to and from work - but only where this is absolutely necessary

All shops selling non-essential goods such as clothing and electrical items will be shut and gatherings of more than two people who do not live in the same household is prohibited.

You must follow these rules and remain at home/ in your student accommodation.

If you do not follow these rules the police will have the powers to enforce them and you could face fines, and groups of people will be dispersed.

The UK Government will review these measures in 3 weeks’ time and will provide further updates.

If you are unsure what to do, please contact the college via the LBIC Staff Contact List. Alternatively, you can contact the Brunel University London Coronavirus Helpdesk through the following details;

Email: c-virus@brunel.ac.uk

Phone: 01895 265228 or 01895 265229

You can also find the latest advice on the UK Government website.

 

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