Newcastle University announces first semester lectures will be taught online

‘Our priority is to make sure that your experience is safe’

Newcastle University has announced plans to deliver lecture material online for the first semester.

An email sent to students yesterday explained: “Our priority is to make sure that your experience is enriching, exciting and above all, safe.”

‘To do what we can to keep everyone safe we will need to limit the number of people on campus, for the first semester at least. For this reason, we are preparing for all lecture material to be online for Semester one. In addition, our plan is for students to have some on-campus face-to-face teaching each week, and we will increase student time on-campus as and when the restrictions on physical distancing are lifted and it is safe to do so.’

The return to campus will take place on a phased basis from Monday, the 5th of October, with the first day of face-to-face teaching commencing two weeks later on Monday, the 19th of October.

The University has furthermore announced that students will be supported if they are not in a position to return to campus. All teaching and learning materials will be available to access online to cater to those who may be affected by global travel restrictions or may not feel safe returning to Newcastle.

Newcastle will be one of the first cities in the United Kingdom to trial the “test, track and trace” policy, set up by the Government to stop the spread of the virus.  When returning to campus, students have been assured that extensive safety measures will be in place across all buildings and public spaces, including one-way systems and dedicated entrances and exits.

The University also announced that information is to be conveyed to prospective students next week and that they are working on separate plans for postgraduate research students which will be shared once they have been finalised.

More to follow.

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