A new academic year structure will come into force in 2014/15, following approval from the University Council.
The undergraduate term structure will consist of two eleven week terms, followed by an eight week summer term.
The new term dates are as follows:
Monday 29 September to Friday 12 December 2014
Monday 12 January to Friday 27 March 2015
Monday 20 April to Friday 12 June 2015
An implementation group, chaired by Head of University Administration Dr Richard Messer, will oversee the changes to ensure a smooth transition. The group were in contact with Schools and Services via Faculty Management Boards and Heads of Service during September to give support and advice.
Professor Gavin Brooks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, said:
These changes are an important part of our continuing efforts to improve the student experience and bring us more in line with our competitors.
A consultation with students and staff earlier this year received over 200 responses. As a result, the Working Group presented a revised model to the University Board for Teaching and Learning and the Senior Management Board, taking into consideration much of the feedback. Comments were broadly supportive of starting and finishing the academic year earlier, which is the main driver for the change.