Medical Biosciences UG BSc Year 2
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to College and understand that you will be keen to know what to expect from the academic year ahead. In this letter, we will set out our intended arrangements for the delivery of your programme for the academic year 2020-21.
We remain dedicated to offering you a high-quality experience, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to the course, which will begin on Monday 5 October 2020.As you know, the BMB programme is digitally led, and we are ready to deliver our theoretical module teaching online for the Autumn term in 2020-21. Your Lab Pod teaching has been rescheduled for delivery during the Spring and Summer terms. This means that there will be a greater focus than usual on theoretical teaching in the Autumn term.
Autumn Term content will be delivered remotely, with all required teaching materials made available to you via Blackboard, as usual. Information about and links to these resources will be circulated to you nearer to the beginning of term as normal.
BMB is normally delivered primarily at the South Kensington and Hammersmith campuses and we plan for that to continue in the Spring and Summer terms. On-site teaching may be delivered from other campus sites if required, in the event that we must adjust to meet a change to government guidance.
The College does not intend to change the advertised tuition fees for 2020/2021.
No changes to the module learning outcomes have been made as a consequence of moving to the multi-mode delivery format. If the College is not able to deliver any modules in order to meet the programme learning outcomes due to the impact of public health guidance in place at the time, the length of the programme may be extended. If your registration with the College needs to be extended, the College will not charge any additional tuition fee in respect of completion at a later date, but you will be responsible for your own living costs, and the College is unable to guarantee providing you with accommodation beyond your original completion date (if you are living in College provided accommodation).
The BMB programme is assessed through a mix of written and practical examinations and in-course assessments. Following the successful online assessments in the 2019-20 academic year, we have the infrastructure already in place in the event we need to migrate them online again for the 2020-21 academic year. This means that your exams will be delivered online as ‘open book’ exams if necessary. If Government guidance does not allow us to deliver your practical lab pod assessment, alternative arrangements will be made.
We have well-established and robust processes for setting and marking all assessments, and these will operate as normal. For more information about our academic integrity policies, please visit our website. We will not change how your degree is awarded.
Possible resurgence of COVID-19
It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the next academic year, the balance in the ‘multi-mode’ offering may be subject to change. This might mean that in the event of subsequent campus closures due to a resurgence of Covid-19, all remaining teaching is moved online for the entire academic year.
This could also mean that field trips and project placements may be cancelled, rescheduled or amended. The College will need to adhere to partner institutions’ requirements as well as to UK travel advice. Students will either be offered an online option or replacement provision by the College. Should the College be required to make adjustments in order to adhere to national guidance, the School of Medicine will communicate these to you directly.
Spring and summer terms 2020-21
We plan to offer your programme in-person during the Spring and Summer Terms in 2021, and this means that your attendance will be required. We have contingency plans in place in case of further disruption as a result of COVID19 and associated restrictions. Some content will continue to be delivered remotely.
ICT support and requirements
Any additional study skills required by students to ensure digital literacy will be delivered and supported. Students will require a computer or laptop with internet to access remote teaching. A camera and microphone will also be essential for participation in interactive teaching activities. Year 2 students should still have access to their College-issued iPads.
Students working remotely will need to source and pay for any required equipment and supplies themselves. Eligible students may receive financial support from the Student Support Fund.
The School has sourced some accommodation options close to the South Kensington campus, with a variety of lengths of stay available should you choose to be in London. Some of these have a negotiated discount for ICSM students. Full information for these is available on our webpage here.
Your health and safety
All on-campus teaching will be subject to relevant public health guidance, College guidelines on social distancing and appropriate health and safety measures. We are conducting a full risk assessment on our teaching areas and planned activities to ensure that any measures required to meet this guidance are in place ready for the start of teaching.
The College is implementing enhanced infection control procedures, for example, by frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly including door handles, light switches, furniture, handrails, IT equipment, desks, phones, flush plates, taps and dispensers. Perspex screens will also be used across the College in reception and service areas. Around the College, in teaching spaces and in our halls of residence there will be hand sanitisers and multi-surface cleaning wipes for you to use, as well as plenty of hand-washing facilities.
We encourage everyone to wear a face covering in multi-occupancy locations, such as laboratories, teaching and communal spaces. Please note that in line with Government rules, face coverings must be worn for the full duration of journeys on the public transport network across London and the UK if you are required to come onto campus. We expect our students to adhere to UK (national or local) travel advice.
Academic and welfare support
The support provision for all students for the year ahead remains unchanged. Your teaching staff, Tutors, Senior Tutors and the FEO Welfare team continue to be available should you have questions, concerns or find you need extra support at any time.
The School of Medicine Hardship Fund is available to any students struggling with finances, and all students are welcome to apply multiple times as circumstances require. All the information on this is in the Your Finances section on MedLearn.
Whilst the Student Union activities may not be quite the same as normal, ICSMSU and ICU are still active and we are working closely with them to develop as many opportunities for community building and social activities as possible, mindful of any government guidance that may be in place at the time.
Your School of Medicine
Our world-leading educators and researchers will be available to teach and support you both remotely and on-campus, where applicable and where guidelines and circumstances allow. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that some staff within the Faculty of Medicine may be temporarily unavailable due to their professional or clinical responsibilities. This will not directly affect your teaching.
We know that the year ahead is going to present you with more new situations than any of us could have predicted. We know that this may seem daunting, and we wish to reassure you that your student experience is hugely important to us. We have expanded our ability to manage remote learning and assessment, as well as academic and welfare support, to ensure that your educational experience at Imperial is of exceptional quality, especially during these unprecedented times, but also in the years ahead.
Stay safe and well.
Professor Alison McGregor, Director of Undergraduate Science
Dr Liz Want, Head of BMB Year 2