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Durham University

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Covid-19 FAQs

Note: the following information is intended for TEI Staff and Students who are part of the Common Awards scheme. For the latest information for Durham University staff and students please click here.

Last Updated: 22nd June 2020, 13:23

We are conscious that the uncertainty which we face surrounding Covid-19 remains and may do for some time. We anticipate that the impact of Covid-19 will be long lasting and we will need to continuously review our practice as we approach different activities throughout the academic year. Reacting to this fast changing situation has become the priority for the team and we will do everything we can to support TEIs and students.

The information set out in the advice and guidance below - in the form of FAQs - outlines the options available TEIs in light of the University’s response to Covid-19. We would encourage you to review this resource before contacting the team. Where appropriate, responses to questions we receive from TEIs will be shared in these FAQs. Please check the FAQs as frequently as you are able.

Please note however that we will continue to be flexible and innovative to respond to challenges as they arise where we are able. We ask that you please bear with us as we may have to adapt our approach to respond to events as they unfold. We will communicate these changes as clearly and quickly as we can. While we need to ensure that the Common Awards response to Covid-19 is in alignment with the University’s response, we are also very aware of the need to take into account the additional intricacies of TEIs. This may mean that decisions take slightly longer as we liaise closely with colleagues in the National Ministry Team and consider the implications for TEIs.

We are encouraging TEIs to make use of the existing flexibility offered within the Common Awards Framework, therefore permitting some decisions to be made at TEI-level without requiring approval from the University, and seeking to reduce the administrative burden placed on TEIs in what we understand is a much pressured situation. We ask that clear records of decisions are kept so that we are able to take all mitigations into account for students. More details are included in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Following the Government’s latest advice regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, the Common Awards team have been advised to work from home until further notice. If you need to contact the team with any queries, please use our dedicated mailing address: This ensures all team members can access all communications remotely. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for the team to take phone calls while away from the office.

All communications, updates and changes regarding Covid-19 will be communicated on this FAQ section and through emails to TEI Key Contacts and Principals.

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