Teaching and learning

Our programmes of study for 2020/21 will be delivered through a hybrid active teaching model with a combination of face-to-face teaching in smaller classes, laboratories and other environments as appropriate, together with virtual teaching sessions in place of lessons that would normally take place in large groups.

You may have read that the Government has recommended that universities prioritise re-opening face-to-face teaching for those students on practical and creative courses that require access to specialist equipment and facilities. This decision has been made to ensure studies can continue while preventing, as far as possible, the mass movement of students across the country, and subsequent potential transmission of the virus.

This means that all students who are currently receiving in-person teaching or taking part in placements, including mainly those on clinical courses and other programmes exempt from the current restrictions, will continue to do so as planned.

Furthermore, we are now finalising plans for students who are not currently receiving in-person teaching, but who need to undertake practical work on campus this academic year, to resume those elements of their studies from the week commencing Monday 12 April, following the Easter holiday period. You will receive further communications from your school/department shortly, if this applies to you. If you are asked to return, you should aim to do so in time for your first timetabled session, however we would recommend not making travel plans until you have heard from your school.

For now, however, all students who are currently studying wholly online will continue to do so until the end of term on Friday, 19 March.

The Government has said it will provide a further update before the end of the Easter holidays about the possibility of other students, who do not require access for practical elements of their studies, returning to campus during the current academic year. We are planning for this possibility and will give you as much advance notice as we can about how any further changes to Government guidance affect you.

Please be assured that if you have already been informed that you can continue to study online for the remainder of this academic year then your position has not changed and we will continue to support you remotely. There is no need for you to take any further action now.

We can also now confirm that we will not be running on campus written examinations in semester two and most assessments will be online.  If you are studying a clinical or practical subject which requires skills-based or other assessments you may be required to complete these on campus; your department will provide details about this. We will provide further information about assessments for all students in due course.

Find out more about when you should expect to return to campus

Postgraduate research students

The Government has confirmed that researchers and research students should follow the same guidance as university staff. The staggered return arrangements announced for other students do not apply to our research community.

If you are able to work from home, you should continue to do so. However, COVID-secure access to facilities needed to complete your research (e.g. laboratories, fieldwork and specialised equipment) remains available. As before lockdown, this needs approval from the Head of Department in conjunction with your supervisor and building COVID Lead.

Supervision should remain online except where clearly necessary for student welfare. PGRs continue to have access to libraries and COVID secure study space on campus.

PGR Viva examinations are to remain mediated (online) following Liverpool Doctoral College guidance.

For further details, please see the PGR COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Impact on your studies

It is extremely important to us that you continue to get the support you need to successfully pursue your studies, regardless of how your teaching arrangements change through the academic year. We fully appreciate that studying through the pandemic is unusual and difficult.

We have introduced a new set of Learning & Teaching Principles to balance the requirement to keep staff and students safe while ensuring the University can continue to deliver outstanding teaching and support for learning.

We have also recently adapted our approach to delivering teaching, learning and assessments online for Undergraduates in 2020/21. Equivalent measures will soon be communicated to Postgraduate Taught students.

If you have any difficulties accessing online sessions please contact your school office.


From Monday, 1 March we will begin to re-introduce individual, bookable study spaces in the Sydney Jones Library. Read more about this update here. You can also still book spaces elsewhere on campus, again through the library website. Please, remember that many of our library resources are available online, and recently introduced services including Click and Collect and the Book and Copy Delivery Service will continue to operate.

Online resources

Many of our student services and support are fully accessible via our digital channels. This includes among other things, support with your studies through KnowHow, online access to our library services, help identifying and pursuing your chosen career, access to advice and guidance on everything from mental health to money issues, and a range of activities to help keep you occupied away from your studies. We’re always here for you, so please continue to take advantage of any support that may be beneficial to you.  We will also be increasing access to campus based services over the coming weeks in line with government guidance please check the web pages of the relevant services for up-to-date information.

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