Cambridge University has made the decision for all lectures for the academic year 2020-21 to be online-only, and no face-to-face lectures will take place until September 2021 at the earliest.
An official statement was made by the university about the decision, saying: “The university is constantly adapting to changing advice as it emerges during this pandemic.
“Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the university has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures†during the next academic year.
If Cambridge university goes online for the next academic year, how many others will also do the same? This is such a confusing and uncertain time.— Billie (@billiejsmith) May 19, 2020
“Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements.†
“This decision has been taken now to facilitate planning, but as ever, will be reviewed should there be changes to official advice on coronavirus.”
All of the teaching at the university was moved online back in March, and will continue to do so until further notice, however the university has claimed there may be options to host smaller teaching groups in person as long as they can follow the necessary social distancing requirements.
Earlier this week, it was warned to students who are applying for university places in England that they must be told with “absolute clarity” how courses will be taught before they make any official choices as to where they would like to take their education, as universities can charge full fees even if courses are taught online.
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