Teaching in the autumn term
We have designed a blended learning environment, combining face-to-face interactive sessions and online core course content. We believe that this approach offers you the best quality learning experience in the current circumstances, for students on campus and for those who may need to study remotely temporarily.
In the autumn term, we are:
Publishing all core course content available online
Content that would typically be delivered through large lectures will now be provided digitally, on Blackboard in most cases. This reduces the health risks from large groups in confined spaces and enables us to use teaching rooms for interactive sessions with smaller groups. It also means that you can review the materials in your own time as often as you wish, wherever you are geographically based, and around any other commitments you may have.
Providing regular interactive sessions on campus and online
Alongside the provision of online course content, we schedule interactive sessions appropriate to the relevant discipline (for example, seminars and workshops), to enable you to develop and apply your understanding of the topic with your lecturer and classmates. In many cases these sessions will be face-to-face on campus, complemented by online interactive activities for those studying remotely.
We continue to provide academic support through lecturer office hours (in person and online), individual or small group support from Academic Tutors and our Study Advice Team, complemented by our range of specialist welfare support services accessible both on campus and remotely.
We have designed this approach to offer the greatest flexibility. It gives you more control over your learning, with support from us depending on your individual needs, while also allowing us to respond to the latest developments and health requirements as the year progresses. We will constantly review our plans to ensure you receive the best education and university experience possible.
We are very aware that you value face-to-face teaching, and this will continue to inform our plans for the rest of the academic year. We are currently working on our timetable for the spring term and we intend to offer as much scheduled on-campus activity as we can safely accommodate while adhering to current social distancing requirements. This is, of course, subject to any change in local or national restrictions.
As with the autumn term, we anticipate that students on most programmes will be able to continue to study at a distance in the spring if they cannot be on campus. However, there are some programmes for which it will be difficult for students to meet their learning outcomes without being on campus in the spring term, even if it has been possible in the autumn. We will write to all students on these programmes with more information by the end of November.
We will continue to share information as soon as we can confirm further details about our plans, including for exams and assessments in the summer term.