Life Sciences Welcome Week 2021/22

We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Life Sciences and helping you to achieve great things here at Liverpool.

Welcome Life Sciences Students!

A word from the Dean of School Prof. Mike Speed


Dear Year 1 Life Sciences students. 

Just to wish you all a very warm welcome to the University, to Life Sciences and to the new academic year. 

We hope you have been familiarising yourself with the University’s Welcome page, for information on how you can prepare to start University, what to do when you arrive in Liverpool and how to quickly settle in and find your feet.


Welcome and Orientation Week

As we start the year, the University is planning a mix of in-person and online teaching; our Labs will be on campus, and all your theory modules will have one live session per week on campus, backed up with learning materials such as videos, readings & other tasks online. You will likely have tutorials largely on campus, and will follow some other parts of the year 1 curriculum - quantitative skills -  through live online sessions. You can also look forward to our Employability Week at mid-term. 

There are a number of events and activities taking place over Welcome and Orientation Week which will run from 20th-24th September. Some events and activities are designed to introduce you to University life and to help you get to know the campus. Others will introduce you to the School of Life Sciences and to the University as a whole, and will provide you with a foundation to ensure you gain maximum benefit from your time at Liverpool.

Please make sure you download the My Liverpool App to get information on all the events scheduled! You can download this from the App Store or Google Play. The SoLS Welcome Week Timetable 2021 is now available, either click on the link, view on the MyLiverpool App or save the picture below:

SoLS Welcome Week Timetable 2021


Teaching Plans 21/22

For semester one, your time spent on campus will include timetabled, in-person teaching sessions for interactive elements of your course such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical classes and lab-based activities. Wherever possible, you will be expected to attend your timetabled sessions on campus. You will also be expected to undertake independent study, outside of your timetable, and you will have access to our two libraries which will be fully open, with appropriate public health measures in place, to support you with this.  

While on campus you’ll be able to benefit from our many and varied student facilities, which we anticipate will all be open with appropriate public health measures in place. These include our sports and leisure facilities, on-campus catering, Guild of Students, Student Support Services and Careers Studio. 

These in-person sessions will be, at least for the first semester, supplemented by online sessions. This is most likely to apply to large group sessions, which are best suited to a virtual experience, and form just one part of your programme delivery. 

Read more about the University’s teaching and student experience plans here



For us in Life Sciences, we are planning to start the academic year with a mix of in-person and online teaching, including campus-based lab sessions. Hence, we have the expectation that all students will be in Liverpool from the start of term (unless directly notified otherwise).  

Work is currently underway to fully understand room capacities ahead of issuing your academic timetables, however, in terms of teaching delivery, you should expect the following:  

In-person teaching 

Our in-person learning sessions will offer the valuable opportunity to regularly interact with other students and your tutors to discuss topics, engage in thoughtful debate, or ask for support. They will also provide full access to any specialist learning environments, including laboratories, studios and practical training rooms, that you need as part of your programme. 

In programmes that come from Life Sciences you should expect to attend in-person teaching for the following types of sessions; laboratories, workshops for theory modules, tutorials, and drop-in help sessions for quantitative skills. Typically, this will account for about 40-50% of your scheduled teaching hours per week.  

Online learning 

In-person teaching will be supported by online sessions. Many of our online activities will be in preparation for an on-campus face-to-face session where you can then engage and deepen your understanding through active learning activities. 

In Life Sciences programmes 

  • Some sessions, especially lecture materials, will be recorded and available on Canvas, our virtual learning environment platform, for you to work through at a time of your choosing. You can set the pace, go back as many times as you like to topics that you are unsure of, and take breaks as and when needed. 
  • In other modules, such as when you study quantitative skills, online delivery will include live lectures and live workshops, during which you will work to understand and solve quantitative problems. As with in-person sessions, this gives you the opportunity to actively participate by connecting with others during the session and asking questions in real-time.
  • Typically, we’d expect you to dedicate 50-60% of your working week to online learning exercises, and the private study that goes along with all teaching at University level Education.

Programme material changes 

This new way of teaching also means that our ability to deliver some modules during 2021/22 and the ability to deliver some content or assessment types within a given module may be subject to change. The vast majority of changes are minimal, and we believe will not significantly affect your learning experience with us.  


In-person teaching 

On this programme, you should expect to attend in-person teaching for the following types of sessions, seminars, tutorials, workshops. Typically, this will account for 30-50% of your scheduled teaching hours per week.  

Online learning 

You will be expected to listen to 90 – 120 min pre-recorded videos per module per week, plus one interactive session per week per module 45-50 min, where you will have a possibility to ask questions (which can be submitted before or during the session) and to check your knowledge and understanding through formative exercises (e.g. example questions, quizzes, small tasks). 

Research project 

You will be working under the supervision of your project supervisor over the course of the year. This should include roughly fortnightly meetings that may be in person or online. 

Programme material changes 

This new way of teaching also means that our ability to deliver some modules during 2021/22 and the ability to deliver some content or assessment types within a given module may be subject to change.  The vast majority of changes are minimal, and we believe will not significantly affect your learning experience with us.  

A lot has changed over the last year to find out more in regards to how teaching will look this year please check the University website


Reading List

Before you join us you should make use of the Year 1 Reading List that has been put together by our Life Sciences staff featuring their favourite popular science books. Most of them will be of interest regardless of which of our Programmes you will be joining. However, where they will be of particular interest to students starting on specific Programmes, that has been noted. You can access the list here: Reading list for first years.


Student Support Services

Your first few days at university can be quite confusing and it may take time for you to settle into your new surroundings and life as a student. It may also be your first time away from home.  The University has lots of support on offer for you to access.

Please visit

The School also has various avenues of support;

Your Learning and Teaching Support Officer

Our LTSO Dr Tom Winfield holds an in-person Drop-in on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 10.00 – 12.00. No appointment is necessary – just visit the LTSO office on the mezzanine in the Life Sciences building. Your LTSO can offer pastoral support for students with personal or academic problems that could affect your studies.  

Your Academic Advisor

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor who can offer advice, help, and support relating to academic and pastoral matters. For complex queries you can contact your programme director or the Senior Academic Advisor team using

Your Departmental Disability Contacts

The School has a team of Departmental Disability Contact (DDCs), who look after the programmes within the School of Life Sciences. The role of DDC is to liaise with the central DAG team to ensure your recommended adjustments are implemented within the School in line with your support plan

Undergraduate Student Experience Team

If you have any other questions you wish to ask before you start term you can contact our Student Experience Team at  Please include your name, programme you will be studying and student ID number in the email.

Chat with a student

If you’ve got any questions about what it’s like to study in Liverpool, don’t forget that our current students are here to help. Why not head over to our “chat to a student” page to start a conversation.

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