2020-21 term dates

Term dates

These are our revised term dates in light of coronavirus. These are now the standard university term dates – different dates apply for some courses (such as health care and education)

Standard term dates

Undergraduate courses

Once per academic year you will take part in Block 0, an online-only teaching block, providing you with personalised support, making sure you’re ready for the academic year. When you will take Block 0 will depend on whether your programme begins its teaching in the Autumn or the Spring. Both new starters and returning students will take part in Block 0.

Block Zero (Autumn Term):

  • 21 September 2020 – 16 October 2020

Please note: Nursing and Midwifery professional programmes have the induction on 21 September 2020 and teaching begins on 28 September 2020.

Block Zero (Spring Term)

  • 18 January 2021 – 5 February 2021

There are three, 11 week long, teaching blocks throughout the 20/21 academic year. Your programme will teach during two of them, either Autumn/Spring or Spring/Summer.

Teaching Block 1: Autumn Term

  • 19 October 2020 – 22 January 2021

Teaching Block 2: Spring Term

  • 8 February 2021 – 7 May 2021

Teaching Block 3: Summer Term

  • 24 May 2021 – 6 August 2021

Assessment periods

Teaching Block 1 (Autumn Term) assessments

  • 25 January 2021 – 5 February 2021

Teaching block 2 (Spring Term) assessments

  • 10 May 2021 – 28 May 2021

Teaching Block 3 (Summer Term) assessments

  • 9 August 2021 – 27 August 2021

Student vacations

Christmas vacation

  • 21 December 2020 – 8 January 2021

Easter vacation

  • 29 March 2021 – 9 April 2021

Postgraduate research courses

If you’re a postgraduate researcher, please contact the Graduate School for your term dates.

Postgraduate taught courses

Once per academic year you will take part in Block 0, an online-only teaching block, providing you with personalised support, making sure you’re ready for the academic year. When you will take Block 0 will depend on whether your programme begins its teaching in the Autumn or the Spring. Both new starters and returning students will take part in Block 0.

Block Zero (Autumn Term):

  • 21 September 2020 – 16 October 2020

Block Zero (Spring Term)

  • 18 January 2021 – 5 February 2021

There are three, 11 week long, teaching blocks throughout the 20/21 academic year. Your programme will teach during two of them, either Autumn/Spring or Spring/Summer.

Teaching Block 1: Autumn Term

  • 19 October 2020 – 22 January 2021

Teaching Block 2: Spring Term

  • 8 February 2021 – 7 May 2021

Teaching Block 3: Summer Term

  • 24 May 2021 – 6 August 2021

Assessment periods

Teaching Block 1 (Autumn Term) assessments

  • 25 January 2021 – 5 February 2021

Teaching block 2 (Spring Term) assessments

  • 10 May 2021 – 28 May 2021

Teaching Block 3 (Summer Term) assessments

  • 9 August 2021 – 27 August 2021

Student vacations

Christmas vacation

  • 21 December 2020 – 8 January 2021

Easter vacation

  • 29 March 2021 – 9 April 2021

University closure days

  • Thursday 24 December (PM) 2020 until Monday 4 January 2021 (Christmas closure)
  • Friday 2 April 2021 (Good Friday, UK bank holiday)
  • Monday 5 April 2021 (Easter Monday, UK bank holiday)
  • Tuesday 6 April 2021 (University closure day)
  • Monday 3 May 2021 (UK bank holiday)
  • Monday 31 May 2021 (UK bank holiday)
  • Monday 30 August 2021 (UK bank holiday)

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