We are looking forward to welcoming you to Imperial this Autumn. We are writing to update you on some amendments to your programme which we will be making in order to ensure that it can be delivered safely, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Your programme would normally be delivered in-person on campus. In 2020-21, we plan to deliver it in multi-mode format. Multi-mode means that your experience will be a mix of in-person and remote activities. It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the balance in the multi-mode offering may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus learning activities throughout the year. 

If you are unable to travel to campus you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience, and you will be provided with a remote alternative of any in-person activities.  

Further details on the mix of in-person and remote activities and support available to you in your department are provided in the programme delivery section of this letter. 

Institutional guarantees 

All on campus provision will be subject to the requirements of the current Public Health advice from the UK Government, College guidelines on social distancing and any additional health and safety measures. In the event that there is an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19 during your programme then, in line with Public Health Advice from the UK Government, we may be forced to suspend on-campus activity. In the event of suspension of on-campus activity, in-person activities will be delivered to all students remotely/as a remote alternative that delivers the same learning outcomes. 

The College will deliver your programme to ensure the approved learning outcomes are met and will take steps to make alternative arrangements in any extreme circumstances where this is not possible. The College is also developing community building activities to support the multi-mode experience for students.  

Content of the programme 

We have reviewed the learning outcomes for your programme to ensure these can be taught and assessed in a multi-mode format. 

No changes to the programme or module learning outcomes have been made as a consequence of moving to a multi-mode format. 

Scheduling  

Some modules’ (or parts of modules’) teaching and/or assessment(s) may be rescheduled to be delivered in a different term than originally advertised, or in a small number of cases in a different year of study. 

Programme Delivery  

Autumn term 

All teaching activities will be delivered remotely in the Autumn term*, but the following non-teaching activities will be available in person:  

  • Personal Tutorials - small group (typically <8) discussions and activities, led by academic staff 

  • Some learning- and transferrable-skills workshops 

If you are unable to come to campus in the Autumn term, all in-person activities outlined above will be delivered to you remotely/as a remote alternative that delivers the same learning outcomes.  

In the event of suspension of on-campus activity, in-person activities outlined above will be delivered to all students remotely/as a remote alternative that delivers the same learning outcomes. 

* With the exception of selected MSci projects and the Environmental Geochemistry component of the 3rd year module Climate Change and Environmental Geochemistry. 

January 2021 onwards 

From January 2021, dependent on the current UK Government guidance in place and if you are able to come to campus, your programme will be delivered through a mixture of in-person and remote activities.  

The following activities will be delivered in person:  

  • Selected elements of interactive ‘practical’ teaching for at least 50% of modules, e.g. problem sheet exercises, facilitated in-person by teaching staff 

  • Personal Tutorials 

  • Field teaching* 

  • Some learning- and transferrable-skills workshops 

 

The following activities will be delivered remotely:  

  • Lectures 

  • Elements of interactive ‘practical’ teaching not delivered in-person 

  • Field teaching* 

  • Some learning- and transferrable-skills workshops 

 

*In-person trips are subject to college policy approval, based on government advice. If necessary, for safety reasons field courses will only be offered in remote format. 

If you are unable to come to campus from January 2021, all in-person activities outlined above will be delivered to you remotely/as a remote alternative that meets the same learning outcomes.  

Support for remote learning 

To access the content of the programme remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer. The minimum specification is an Apple Mac or Windows PC with 4Gb of RAM, purchased within the last three year. Older machines may also meet the minimum specification, but you should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (m.sutton@ic.ac.uk) to confirm this. You will also be expected to have access to a reliable internet connection and be able to use Microsoft Teams. Your College IT account will provide you with free access to the Office365 suite of tools, and further information about how to use Microsoft Teams.   

Training and support for how to use other systems and software will be provided during the programme induction and through specific modules.  

Final Year Projects  

Some projects can be delivered and completed remotely [e.g. modelling/theoretical based etc]. Other projects will require in-person attendance [e.g. in labs]. If your project requires in-person work, you will be required to attend campus during Autumn term. If you do not wish to do so, you may switch to a project that can be delivered and completed remotely. 

Suspension of on-campus activity  

In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity due to an escalation of the current outbreak or a new outbreak of COVID-19, then we will deliver content to all remotely.  This may require the re-scheduling of some of the activities. 

Programme assessment 

The College has agreed that the default alternative arrangement for any on-campus formal written examinations is to provide a timed remote assessment. For other types of assessment, the method may be amended to accommodate the multi-mode arrangements. All students participating in a piece of assessment will do this is the same way, whether they choose to come to campus or study remotely.  

Length of the programme 

We anticipate you will be able to complete the programme within the timescale previously advertised.  

Additional costs 

To study remotely you will be expected to have access to a computer and to a reliable internet connection, and you will need to cover any associated costs for these. There are no other expected additional costs (beyond those previously advertised) to participate in the programme if you choose to study remotely. 

Field trips 

Some planned field trips may be cancelled, postponed, rescheduled or amended, or replaced with a remotely alternative that delivers the same learning outcomes. 

Year abroad programmes 

Your year abroad (or partial year abroad) may be cancelled or rescheduled.  The College will need to adhere to partner institutions requirements as well as to UK travel advice during the period of your year abroad. You will be entitled to transfer to the version of your programme without the year abroad option. 

Professional accreditation  

Professional accreditation for this programme remains in place even though it is being delivered in multi-mode format for next year. 

Location 

In-person activities will still be delivered at the South Kensington campus, or in exceptional circumstances, in accommodation within the South Kensington neighbourhood. 

Student experience 

Your experience at Imperial goes beyond just your academic studies. With the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Imperial has been working with your Union to ensure that we are able to provide, enhance and facilitate all areas of your student experience under all eventualities.  We identified key pillars of the wider student experience:  academic experience; research culture and environment; amenities and accommodation; student community; wellbeing support; co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities.   Information on how we will deliver these, along with information on our Library Services, considering current social distancing restrictions, as well as a full lockdown, are set out on our COVID-19 pages