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COVID-19 Update: What Will University Look Like Next Term?

With all that has happened over the last few months, it can be difficult to look ahead and try to navigate the future. Unihousing is here to support all our students and care for both your safety and education.


Cambridge University Shutdown


In 2 recently released BBC and ABC News articles it is stated that Cambridge University has become the first British University to cancel all face-to-face teaching in the 2020-21 academic year, due to the pandemic.


Alternatively, the university has decided to create a virtual plan and curriculum for the 2020/2021 academic year. They have stated that all lectures will be held virtually and streamed online until summer 2021, with the possibility of holding tutorials and teaching in small groups, so long as social distancing rules can be followed.


What About Other Universities?


For most British universities, the current working plan is for students to return for the September term. It is hard to tell what coming back will look like for Universities, with regards to lectures, face to face teaching and general studies.


All universities are set on following government guidelines, aiming to keep students and staff as safe as possible. Additionally, to prevent large crowds gathering, it is likely that certain lectures could be held virtually. Make sure you keep up to date with your university’s daily updates and news, as some have said that there could be a slight delay in starting the first term of 2020.


Statement from the University of Birmingham


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham posted a statement on May 21st, explaining the university’s approach and plan to reopen in the Autumn term: “Our current working assumption is that we will open all key academic buildings and related facilities for the start of the Academic Year in September and to welcome our new and returning students.”


The Vice-Chancellor also explained how the university had designed a 2-phase plan with regards to reopening: “Phase 1 will focus on the initial re-opening of the campus starting on 1 June and running over the summer in stages. Phase 2 will run from the start of the 20/21 Academic Year in September.”


Over the following weeks, the university will continue to release more information and detail around what each phase will look like, starting with the buildings re-opening in June.


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