The way we deliver some of your lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals will be different this year – but you'll still get the same level of outstanding teaching, support and guidance.
If you're studying with us in 2020/21, you'll get a blended and connected learning experience. You'll use our virtual learning environment, Moodle, and other digital tools – so you’ll get plenty of contact time with your lecturers, but through a blend of face-to-face and online delivery.
Of course, some teaching is more tricky to deliver online. We can't replicate all of the lab, workshop and studio-based material online, but you won't miss out. You'll still do practical learning, with the relevant safety measures in place. We'll also provide simulation experiences where relevant.
We're also looking into the feasibility of providing you with access to powerful, cloud-based virtual machines. You can either use these for individual work or group sessions that need a pop-up virtual IT lab. Using the virtual machines, you can do activities like advanced modelling, animation or data-crunching in the cloud during an online teaching session or for course work.
We'll make sure every lab, workshop and studio space is adapted, cleaned and equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). We'll require all staff and students to wear face coverings indoors on campus. You'll learn in smaller groups, so we can make sure the appropriate social distancing rules and other safety measures are respected.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
You can read more about our plans for how we'll teach you below.