Our plans for teaching 2021/22

Our plans for the new academic year offer an excellent learning experience while ensuring the safety of our University community.

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What will university life be like in September?

We will be welcoming all students to campus from September to participate in welcome activities ahead of beginning or continuing your studies. Activities will include tours of both our campus and the city and events designed to help you find your feet and meet other students.

International students travelling to the UK for their studies should refer to specific guidance on this webpage.

Once term begins, 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. These sessions will offer valuable opportunities 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.

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. We’ll have teams and resources on-hand, including KnowHow, to help you develop and improve your study skills, including academic writing, referencing, managing your time, working with statistics and more.

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. See our ‘Student life’ section for more details.

Your in-person teaching is likely to 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. Some of your online learning may be held live, using software that enables you to engage with your lecturer and peers. Other sessions and materials may be made available to access and work through in your own time and at your own pace. All online learning will enhance your understanding of topics that you will be able to discuss further during your teaching time on-campus.

Assessments will vary depending on subject, but we expect there to be a mixture of online and in-person assessments depending on programme requirements and learning outcomes. For example, programmes with specific practical and professional requirements are likely to use on-campus, in-person assessments as these will be required at some point in order to progress.

Your learning experience

This planned teaching model is very different to what, due to the unforeseen circumstances, we delivered last year. This year all our students will benefit from regular in-person learning and access to our thriving campus environment.

Of course, the safety of our community is, as always, our main priority. By phasing in the return to normal delivery and maintaining a cautious, balanced, approach over the next few months, this will help keep our community safe while we all adjust to being back on campus, and allow us to respond as quickly as possible to any further changes in restrictions.

Our planning for next year has been closely informed by our students, who have told us that the aspects of online learning they have appreciated this year has been an enhanced ability to pause, rewind, review and learn from a wide variety of materials at their own pace. However, they have also told us that they would like more time to meet with their peers and tutors on campus. With this in mind, the blended approach we will be using next year allows us to reopen campus responsibly, prioritising our space for interactive sessions and socialising opportunities, while continuing to make the most of our excellent digital resources.

Read more about what blended learning is, and importantly what it isn’t, on the Russell Group’s website.

Looking ahead, the University is also planning for how we will deliver teaching in semester two, and all students will receive further details in due course.

Teaching on your programme

For further details about teaching on your programme please visit your departmental welcome page. You can also take a look at your academic timetable for the first semester. Remember, you will need to have completed your academic registration and activated your computing account before you are able to access your timetable.

Changes to programmes

It is possible, in the event that tighter restrictions are re-introduced by the Government, that we may need to move some or all teaching fully online for a period of time. Our experience from this last year has shown that we can do this very successfully, with measures including; external examiners positively satisfied with outcomes, standards maintained, and learning outcomes achieved.

However, we understand that any changes to teaching can be a cause for concern and we will continue to keep all our students regularly informed to let you know if, or how any changes will impact you.

Transitioning to University study

Making the transition to university-level study can take some getting used to. Many of our students find that one of the main differences from learning at university to school/college is the increased emphasis on independent study. What this means is that you will be expected to allocate time every week outside of your scheduled teaching timetable to independent study as a critical part of your learning experience. Independent learning allows you to build on, and gain a deeper understanding of, what you learn about during your classes and to prepare and produce your assignments.

To help support you in making this transition, there are a range of resources and activities to work through before you arrive.

Our 'Get a Head Start' online course includes a collection of resources themed around topics including academic success, as well as fitting in, getting the most of your student experience, study skills and life in Liverpool.

As part of this course, our KnowHow team has developed a series of modules to help all students reach required levels and boost their confidence before joining us. Modules include ‘Expectations at University’, which explores the different ways you will be taught at university and advice from students on how to manage your time, and ‘Reading at University’ which will help you understand all the resources available to you to aid your independent study. You can access these modules under the undergraduate and postgraduate sections of the 'Get a Head Start' online course.

You can also listen to our dedicated pre-arrival podcast, The Liverpool Welcome, to hear from current students about how they found the step up from school or college to university. In episode five, Making the Most of It, our students share with you how independent study works on their course, with tips and advice on managing your own time and workload.

Finally, the Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities including ourselves, and The Open University has launched Jumpstart University, an online hub to help students to prepare for and settle into their studies at university.

The hub provides a range of online materials from OpenLearn, The Open University’s free learning platform, which are aimed at helping students prepare for university with confidence. It includes courses to help with study skills, wellbeing and mental health, and student life, as well as subject-specific courses. Users can search by topic or subject area to get access to the resources they need.

When you arrive on campus, whether you need support with accessing our facilities or help with how to use our digital resources, our on-campus study facilities will be open for you and our staff on hand to point you in the right direction.

As well as preparing you for academic success, this year we will also be rolling out our student success framework across the University. The framework acknowledges that students not only want a great academic experience but to grow as people, and to build their version of a happy, successful, and prosperous, future. The framework will ensure that all of our efforts are dedicated to giving you the best chance to achieve your version of academic, personal, and future success. We know success looks like a lot of different things for different people therefore we are committed to ensuring that every University of Liverpool student has the opportunity to explore what success means to them, and we will be stood alongside you to help you achieve it.

Term dates

Below are our planned term dates for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes. Please note, this will be preceded by a University-wide welcome week running from 20 September 2021.

Unless you are notified otherwise directly by your department, you should plan to arrive in time for the start of teaching (please note, some programmes may start earlier than the dates shown and if this applies to you, you will be contacted directly by your department). International students travelling to the UK should read our guidance on travel and quarantine




20 September 2021

24 September 2021

Welcome and orientation week

27 September 2021

17 December 2021

12 weeks teaching

20 December 2021

7 January 2022

3 weeks break

10 January 2022

28 January 2022

Teaching and assessment period

31 January 2022

1 April 2022

9 weeks teaching

4 April 2022

22 April 2022

3 weeks break

25 April 2022

13 May 2022

3 weeks teaching

16 May 2022

3 June 2022

Teaching and assessment period

18 July 2022

22 July 2022

Graduation ceremonies

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