We are excited to be able to plan for the majority of students to study on campus (Egham or London depending on your course) for courses starting September 2021*.
Your learning will be mainly face-to-face, on campus, teaching and learning support, with some digital elements. This is building on the positive feedback around taking part in digital learning from students over the last year.
We use a range of teaching techniques for blended delivery, for example, the ‘flipped classroom’ which is when you’re introduced to the information before the class, perhaps via podcasts, videos, recorded micro-lectures or items to read online, and then you come together with your tutor and classmates to talk about the information. We’ll be maintaining 1m+ social distancing in our teaching spaces, so some lectures will be face-to-face and some, with very large numbers of students, will be online. We also use lecture-recording, which means that you can watch many lectures when it’s convenient to you. Our students really like this flexibility, and the ability to watch the lecture again and again.
Although Government restrictions have now been lifted, the health and safety of our community remains a top priority. Many of the effective measures we have had in place over the past 18 months will remain, to help protect you, and everyone on campus. The university, the Students’ Union and clubs and societies are planning a full programme of face-to-face events and experiences. We are also planning for facilities such as the library, gym, cafes and bars to be open and we will provide a full range of student support services.
Some online events and activities were very popular last year and so we are building an online programme too. While we are making plans for a full return to campus, we are also planning so that, if there are further legal restrictions, we’re prepared and can support you and your learning.
* Based on the information available to us now (24 August 2021)