Supporting students during lockdown and beyond

From lockdown in a student bedroom to shifting all their learning online, students have had a tough year.

Many first-year students moved to a new city, trying to make new friends with the backdrop of COVID-19 restrictions and periods of lockdown. Others needed to adapt to a very new style of learning, with most teaching moving online. Some designated courses such as medicine have continued on-campus teaching, but with strict restrictions to make it safe.

Student wellbeing has been central throughout and has provided the foundation to all student contact. The University has organised activities to help students connect and make friends, amended the criteria for the Student Support Fund to ensure it is more accessible to those who need it and provided a hybrid approach and enhanced its careers offer to further support new and recently graduated students.

Despite a challenging year, we are proud of the resilience shown by all of our students, and are delighted to be welcoming them back onto campus.

To support students facing ongoing hardship as a result of COVID-19, and find out about our research on better COVID-19 diagnosis, treatment, and wide-ranging impact visit Birmingham In This Together.