UCL confirms that all teaching will remain online until the end of Term 2

Michael Spence has confirmed that no one will go back to face to face before Easter


President & Provost, Dr Michael Spence has confirmed that Term 2 teaching will remain online.

This announcement comes following the university’s earlier decision to put teaching online from January.

Dr Spence has also said the final details of the student no detriment package will be confirmed next week.

It reads: “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to put the UK’s National Health Service, our partner hospitals in London and our community under extreme pressure. The health of everyone at UCL is our highest priority and we also have a responsibility to support local and national efforts to protect the NHS and save lives.

This is why we are now planning for all teaching and other activities to remain online until the end of Term Two. There will be no in-person teaching except for the list of exempt subjects, already announced.”

The decision to teach remotely is to be reviewed on March 8, in line with Government advice. However, the President & Provost warns that only a small number of programmes in specific disciplines would be permitted to return to campus in the case that face-to-face teaching can resume in March.

The Provost also addressed the demand for the No Detriment Policy and confirmed that UCL is working closely with the Students’ Union on a support package. The final details are to be announced at the end of next week.

Dr Michael Spence finished his message by offering some words of reassurance: “This pandemic is more challenging than any of us could have imagined. But there are reasons for optimism as the vaccination programme gains pace and our understanding of this virus and its treatment develop.

“I am proud that UCL staff and students, their work and their research, are making a significant contribution to the fight against this disease. It is inspiring that UCL is part of the solution to the pandemic that has so affected all our lives. I look forward to celebrating that contribution with you when we all return to campus.”

The full message can be read here.