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Semester 2 Teaching 

You will be aware that the Government has identified a small number of subjects and courses / programmes where on campus face to face learning can be delivered at the beginning of Semester 2, principally from January 2021.  
This is all part of the UK Government’s efforts to help stop the spread of Covid-19, whilst allowing Universities to continue to deliver high quality teaching, and for students to receive the learning required as part of their course. 

The list below, based on current government guidance, are those programmes that will deliver on campus face to face teaching at Northumbria from the 25th January 2021.  

  • Nursing – Adult  
  • Nursing – Child  
  • Nursing – Learning Disability  
  • Nursing – Mental Health  
  • Midwifery  
  • CPD in healthcare  
  • Occupational Therapy – Year 3  
  • Physiotherapy
  • Initial teacher training, PG Art, Craft and Design

For those of you who are eligible for face to face teaching, you should arrange to be tested twice on your return to the University and then regularly thereafter. Please refer to the specific testing FAQs for more information on regular testing.

For the rest of you not studying one of the courses listed above you should remain where you are wherever possible, and you are expected to start the new Semester from the 25th January online, and learn online for the time being. We will, throughout this period, continue to review the guidance from the Government and provide you with regular updates. 

Your Semester 2 Timetable will be published shortly and also, look out for communications from your Programme Team who will provide you with regularly updates to your campus and online delivery  


If you are scheduled to be on a placement which has been approved by the University, you should continue as planned – your Programme team or the Placements and Internships Team will contact you if there are any exceptions. If you have any concerns about attending your placement you should contact your Placement Tutor or Programme team for support.  If you have not yet informed us about your potential placement or as soon as you become aware of your potential placement provider please contact 

If you are on a placement you should follow and participate in any testing requirements in place at your placement. It is not necessary to travel to university to be tested before travelling to a placement unless this is advised by the placement provider. 

Semester 1 Examinations 

For those of you who have been advised that you will have an on-campus examination, you will also have been notified by of the time and location and you should continue to prepare accordingly including arranging to be tested. 

Post Graduate Research Students

PGR study spaces with the inclusion of offices remain open. However, all students are advised to work at home during the national lockdown. If for some reason this isn’t possible, please contact your supervisor. 


Further details on testing process and when you can book is contained within our Continuous Covid-19 Testing FAQs.

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