Our Commitment to New Students

We are delighted that you are interested in studying at the University Centre South Devon. We all know that preparing to go to university is an exciting time, but it can also be slightly daunting. You will have great hopes but also many questions.  

I want to address particularly any concerns about what university will be like while the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the UK. Importantly, I want to reassure you that the University Centre South Devon is committed to starting the 2020/2021 academic year for all students in September 2020.  

Of course, it will be wonderful if we are able to start the new year as we would normally. If we can, we absolutely will. But the first important element of our plan relates to your safety and that of our whole community.  

We will follow government advice on social distancing and personal safety to ensure a ‘Covid secure’ working and learning environment. Our facilities will be operational, and you will be able to study and engage in person regularly with other students and staff. After all, this is what university is all about.  

So, this means you will be able to participate in lectures, face-face tutorials, and seminars. You will be able to access laboratory and studio experiences, the library, and all student support and welfare services. If they are needed, either to enable social distancing or to support your individual circumstances, options for remote access or online and blended learning will be available alongside the face-to-face experience. We know that we all may need to adapt if Covid conditions change.  

Our priority is to offer great teaching, learning and a positive experience for all our students. We look forward to being able to welcome you to the University Centre South Devon. 

Many of you may not have been able to attend our applicant events due to the pandemic, and we have been working to develop materials including a programme introduction online.  We are now in the final stages of making these resources live. 

The video below has also been produced to give new and returning students an idea of what to expect when starting or returning to UCSD in September 2020.