Preparing for September

A full and memorable university experience in a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment.

The RAU plans to open its campus fully to new and returning students in time for the start of the new academic year in September.

Teaching arrangements will comprise a blend of large group sessions and lectures delivered online, with small group seminars and practical sessions delivered face to face in suitably adapted spaces on campus.

Facilities including the library, study areas, catering outlets and sports pitches will be available with a range of robust protective measures in place for the safety and wellbeing of students and staff and the wider local community.

We have a spacious campus in a rural location and working in consultation with our Student Union, we shall uphold the tradition of quality associated with our students’ experience.

Our plans take into account advice from government and a range of external bodies across the sector. 

If the Covid-19 situation changes then these arrangements may of course need to alter in accordance with government guidance. However, rest assured that we have a dedicated team of staff planning for different eventualities and we will keep students and staff updated.

At the RAU students are our priority

We will have a range of robust safety measures in place from September and will contact current students and offer holders directly with further details in coming weeks. In the meantime, here are some key updates:

Freshers’ Week and Induction

We know the first week at University is really important and we always do all we can to ensure everyone settles in and has a good time. We have a great Welcome and Induction Week planned and we can’t wait for our new students to get here.

Exact details will be sent directly to offer holders in due course but here are some highlights:

We will be staggering people’s arrival on campus so you can all move in safely, and the fun will start as soon as you get here!

  • You will feel part of our RAU community from day one, with our friendly STARS team of student mentors to support you and our great Student Union officers also on campus
  • There will be an academic induction, including the opportunity for you to spend time with your programme manager, and a range of other activities during the days such as meeting with Vice-Chancellor Professor Jo Price

The evenings will feature events such as movie night, a pub quiz and an agri-themed party, all designed to be maximum fun whilst also ensuring your safety.


Teaching arrangements will comprise a blend of large group sessions and lectures delivered online, with small group seminars and practical sessions delivered face to face in suitably adapted spaces on campus.

Our teaching and learning team have developed a framework for how these will be delivered in consultation with the Students’ Union, who have provided valuable feedback to help make sure you get the best learning experience.

We will be able to provide students with more details regarding what each week of Semester One will look like once the timetable has been finalised, which we anticipate will be in the middle of August.

An element of face-to-face delivery is planned for every module, with appropriate social distancing and safety measures in place.


To ensure you get the most from the campus and to reduce the risks to RAU students and staff, as well as the wider community, we will not be holding any external events or conferences or hosting external groups on campus from 6 September through to the end of Semester One (15 January). This means that you will be able to access more spaces on site, as we will be setting up rooms normally used for these purposes as additional socially distanced study/social spaces specifically for students.

There will be one-way systems in place in all the buildings, apart from residential halls, and a ‘keep left’ policy around campus. We will be creating a series of online campus ‘walk rounds’ for students to familiarise themselves with the campus and see how it works.

Student life

The Student Union are working with the University to plan more on-campus activities than ever before, with appropriate safety measures in place. We want to make sure that there are plenty of fun and engaging activities taking place on site for all students, whether they live on campus or not.

The RAUSU and University are eager to make sure that the freshers' experience is safe and enjoyed by all!


The Halls of Residence are being arranged into households to reduce the need for social distancing in communal kitchens and lounges. Each household will have a STAR (Support Team Advisor Representative) on hand to help out, who will be with you from day one.

The University intends to offer on-site accommodation to all new students who wish to reside in halls. If you would like to live on campus and haven’t applied yet, please get in touch with Accommodation Officer Sarah Hall as soon as possible by emailing [email protected] as we have a small number of rooms currently available.

There is also an option for new international students to carry out any required quarantine on campus before the term starts. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Returning international students who wish to quarantine on campus should contact [email protected] as soon as possible.

Any questions?

The University will continue to keep current and prospective students, and staff, updated with more details as plans develop.

We can’t wait to see our students back on campus in September. There really is no place like Our RAU!

In the meantime, if you require further information please contact us: