Information for timetablers

The New Approach to Timetabling and the Partial Block Structure

We are moving to a new way of timetabling in which we will develop a stable timetable that stays largely the same each year. We will be using an institution-level ‘partial block’ structure, with modules placed into ‘pillars’ and ‘baskets’, where needed, to support with viability of module combination. Some modules will be treated as ‘off-block’ where teaching patterns are irregular (e.g. due to use of specialist space).  This structure will allow the timetable to be published far earlier, enabling students and staff to plan ahead. Each year, changes to the timetable will be possible, but will need to meet certain criteria.

View the guidance on the approved block structure (PDF 391 KB) for further details. 

For further information on the New Approach to Timetabling Project please visit:

Timetabling deadlines for 24/25 release

Timetabling deadlines for 24/25

Please refer to the Timetabling Roadmap (PDF - 243Kb)  for the deadlines for the 24/25 academic year. 

Summer term academic progression and transition deadlines for 23/24

Summer Term deadlines for 23/24

Please refer to the  Summer term activity roadmap (PDF - 110 KB) for the deadlines for the 23/24 academic year. 

Term dates 2023-24

Term dates table
Semester 1 2023 25 September 2023 - 12 January 2024
Semester 2 2024 15 January 2024 - 21 June 2024

For further details of the breakdown of the 2023-2024 academic year please see Key to Weeks.

For dates further into the future, please see the main university term dates page.

Key to Weeks

The Key to Weeks details the term weeks for each term and how they are numbered on the timetabling system.

Key to Weeks 2023-2024  (PDF - 136KB) 

Key to Weeks 2024-25 (PDF - 96KB)

Standard teaching hour

Schools are reminded that the standard teaching hour begins on the hour, and finishes at 10 minutes to the hour. Timetabling would be grateful if you could ensure that all teaching staff within your School/department are reminded of the arrangements.

University teaching day

University teaching day
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  0900-1900
Wednesday  0900-1300
 Friday  0900-1800
For guidance on Wednesday afternoon timetabling, please consult the Timetabling Policy.

Access for disabled students and staff

If you have any students or staff with mobility difficulties or particular equipment needs, please contact Timetabling as soon as possible to discuss the options available. Please also refer any students with disabilities to the Disability, Mental Health and Learning Support service for advice.

How to make changes to teaching bookings or student groupings

As part of the Timetabling Project, a Change Control process has recently been introduced for submitting timetable change requests, and changes to student groups. Please see Timetable Change Control Process for details.

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