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COVID-19 Teaching Update – University of Reading

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    Some helpful advice for our current applicants

COVID-19 Teaching Update

We understand that choosing a university and a degree programme can be difficult even in normal circumstances. We know this must be particularly hard with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been developing our teaching to provide a supportive environment for our students during this difficult time and would like to share our experiences with you. Here are some of the ways we teach and how we can use these methods to support your learning whatever situation arises during the next academic year.

We are comfortable with teaching in person, face-to-face and at a distance and have a wealth of teaching expertise as you can see from the examples below. We are always learning and have already been moving away from didactic learning styles (such as lectures) over recent years.

Our experiences

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have changed the way we deliver teaching, building on our expertise in using technology to enhance learning. For our science programmes, we have employed different methods to ensure you gain the most appropriate learning experiences when developing core knowledge and skills.

Moving forward we will observe social distancing measures and we have adopted a blended learning approach providing on-line access to learning material for classes that are too large to be taught face-to-face, with additional face-to-face teaching to smaller class sizes:

How will we teach you?

  • We will use a Blended teaching approach that uses technology to support your learning.

  • Your safety is of upmost importance to us, and we will use social distancing practices to ensure you can engage in the practical elements of your course.

  • If you can't travel for the start of term, you will be able to join your course and engage in activities from a distance initially, until you can join us in person.

  Lectures We already provide our lecture material online (as podcasts, screencasts or videos) to support our lectures. While we intend to offer face-to-face sessions, with appropriate social distancing in place, we will also offer online delivery using live interactive methods to provide you with new knowledge or provide supportive and interactive tutorial classes that complement recorded lectures. We also support lecture material with additional support material, online quizzes, and discussion boards.
Workshops We hope to run some sessions face-to-face with reduced class sizes, to allow for social distancing. Other sessions will be delivered as webinars using resources such as Blackboard Collaborate or Teams.
Laboratory practical classes Students are taught practical skills via many different face-to-face and online methods, but we are committed to developing those skills through face-to-face laboratory sessions whenever we can. We will use reduced class sizes for social distancing when needed.
Clinical skills practical sessions You will develop your clinical skills through face-to-face practical experience in role playing scenarios, and through simulated and placement-based tasks. Social distancing will be used where appropriate and we will work to re-timetable classes if needed.
Physician Associate placements These will continue to be offered in line with requirements for physician associate training. Hospital placements start in year 2 with the majority of placements in years 3 and 4 of the programme.

If you are a current student at the University, you can find more information on Essentials

 If you are an applicant or are interested in applying, please also look at our information for prospective students and applicants

 A Physician Associate (PA) is a trained healthcare professional who works as a member of a medical team under the supervision of a doctor or surgeon in GP practices, community health services, and all types of hospital care.

PAs support doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients, and are trained to perform a number of roles including:

  • Taking medical histories
  • Performing examinations
  • Diagnosing illnesses
  • Analysing test results
  • Developing management plans

Further information on being a Physician Associate can be found on the NHS Careers Website, and with the Faculty of Physician Associates.

Excellent career opportunities

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