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Teaching and learning overview for the academic year 2021-22

In-person teaching

We are planning to provide as much in-person teaching as we possibly can. We expect to offer as normal the small-group teaching that is at the heart of the Cambridge experience: supervisions, practicals and seminars.

However, where there is a strong reason (for example, it improves the educational experience, or where we assess it to be safer, or where members of staff are unable to teach in person) we will use online delivery. If your Faculty or Department will be conducting some of its teaching online for any of these reasons this will be announced on the web page of the Faculty or Department by 30 September.

Lectures

We plan to deliver lectures in person where possible. We are assessing the safe use of lecture theatres for large cohorts of students during the first term and so there may be circumstances where online lectures are provided. If your subject is taking this approach it will be announced on the web page of the Faculty or Department by 30 September.

Lectures – whether delivered in-person or online – will be recorded and made available on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (via Moodle or Panopto). Students are permitted to use recordings only for their own private study and non-commercial research. See the University’s policy on recordings and in particular information on recordings for students, which includes information on your own consent to be recorded, and on your access. Please note in particular the following information: Where teaching sessions are recorded, you will be provided with access to the recording, which you may use only for your own private study or non-commercial research. Access to recordings will be managed by your course and may be of time-limited duration. You may not share or disseminate the recording or material from it, including excerpts, in any format or media. Breaches may be subject to disciplinary action.

Residence

Students will be expected to be in Cambridge for their studies. Those who cannot come to Cambridge should read the University’s policy on temporary permission to study remotely. Any application made will be judged on a case-by-case basis and in close discussion between the student and their college.

What if the situation changes?

We have contingency plans in place that will respond to changes in the public health situation or if the UK government imposes restrictions. At the centre of our plans is the need to keep staff and students as safe as possible, while retaining as much of the normal learning and wider student experience as possible. Our contingency planning is based on the following hierarchy of actions:

  • If it becomes necessary to have some mitigation measures in place to enable in-person teaching to be delivered safely, we will implement the appropriate measures, which may include social distancing or wearing face coverings.
  • If it becomes necessary to move some or all teaching online due to safety concerns or to government guidance, we will do this and then revert to in-person teaching once this becomes possible. The first teaching to be moved online in these circumstances is likely to be lectures. We will do all we can to preserve small group teaching sessions and practicals for as long as we can.

We will let you know if it becomes necessary to implement these plans.