In an email to students today, Charlie Jeffery said that, while courses which require specialist facilities will have some in-person teaching, most courses are “likely to remain online only, in accordance with government guidance”.
The email also confirmed that both home and international students will be able to travel home once during the Easter break, but people are being asked to stay where they are if possible, and to take two rapid results tests before travelling if they do.
Separately, the University has announced that the Library building will be open until midnight, seven days a week, from 15 March.
Looking ahead to next term, Jeffery said that the University was “hoping for good news on 12 April,” the Government’s date for announcing whether the country will move to Stage 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown.
While most teaching would remain online, the University is hopeful that this could mean some in person activity, including “academic community building, skills workshops or group study sessions.”
The University’s previously announced new outdoor covered spaces will be available both for learning and teaching, and as bookable student spaces.
As students wait for further detail of sport and society activity next term, Jeffery confirmed that the University was looking at “opening up other in-person activities on campus… including recreational and sporting activities, as restrictions ease.”