We are looking forward to welcoming you/welcoming you back to Imperial this Autumn. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, andin order toensure that your degree programme can be safely delivered, we are writing to update you on how the College is planning to support a safe return to studyand on how we intend to deliver your programme in 2021-22. 

We plan to deliver your programme through a combination ofon-campus and online teaching activities (multi-mode), with astrongemphasis on prioritising your time on our campuses.  

We are planning for themostcrucial and engaging learning opportunities to be deliveredin-person andwithout social distancing in place. We anticipate UK government guidelines will support this decision by the time youarrivefor the new academic year.  Lectures may be hosted online when this methodisconsideredto beeducationally beneficial to students, and when it is clear that onlinemode will reduce the risk of sustained COVID-19 transmission as our community emerges from the pandemic. We will use our experience of our past academic year when deciding how best to timetable your teaching.    

It is important to recognise that, depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the balanceof on-campus and onlineteachingmay be subject to change.However, we share students’ hopes that wewill be able toofferon-campus learning activitiesconsistentlythroughout thecomingyear. 

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

Institutional guarantees 

General 

Our priority is for you to experience everything our campuses and London has to offer. However, youwill be expected to adhere to the safety measures in place for the College.  This may include requirements to undertake regular testing and to report the outcome of this testing to the College and strong expectations to have been vaccinated.  The completion of the required safety measures will ensure that we can keep the College community safe and satisfy the UK government and UK Public Health Authorities that we can continue with in-person on-campus activities, wherever possible. 

In the event thatthere is an escalation of thepandemic,then, in line with Public Health Advice from the UK Government, we may be required to suspend all on-campus activity. In the event of suspension of on-campus activity, in-person activities will be delivered to all students online, or as an online alternative, that delivers the same approved learning outcomes.  No additional fees will be charged if the programme cannot be delivered within the advertised timeframe. 

Details for your programme are set out in this communication. 

Attendance and Delivery of Teaching 

As you can appreciate, it is not entirely clear what circumstances we will be working with for the coming academicyear,but we are planning the delivery of your programme on the assumption of a phased return tosubstantial amounts of on-campus teachingover the 2021-22 academic year. To accommodate this, wemayplan to deliver your programme initially through a combination of on-campus and online activities (multi-mode), the balance of which will be reviewed and adjusted as circumstances change.This means youwill beexpected to attend the College in-person from the start of your programme, unless you can demonstrate that you have been impacted by exceptional COVID-19 relatedcircumstances. 

In these exceptional circumstances you will not be disadvantaged in your learning experience, and, where practicable, you will be temporarily provided with a remote alternative of any on-campus activities which you might miss.You should contact our programme administrator Alex Marsh (a.marsh@imperial.ac.uk) if you anticipate not being able to travel to London for the start of termand would like to discuss your options with us. 

As a community, we have learnt a lot from this past year. Our combination of cutting-edge technology and academic excellence resulted in somenew and creativeways of learning and engagingwith each other on campus and remotely.  Many of the changes made to the learning experience have worked well, and therefore your department may retain some of these approaches in the new academic year to enhance your overall experience on campus, and these are specified in this communication. 

In the event of a suspension of on-campus activity due to an escalation of thepandemic, we will deliver some content online and, if necessary, reschedule activities which cannot be delivered online later in the 2021-22 academic year.   

Safety 

You will be required to follow the safety requirements put in place on campus and in all College buildings (including halls)to ensure we keep the campuses and the Imperial community safe and to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, particularlyin our ability to deliver your degree programme and to offer you a full student experience.  There will be requirements and expectations placed on you and other members of the College community to follow the safety measures put in place by the UK government and national and local public health authority.  These may vary over the academic year but are likely to include a requirement to undertake regular testing and reporting the results ofthis testing to the College, and an expectation of ensuring that you have been vaccinated.  Failure to follow the safety measures and report them toCollegemay result in restrictions being imposed on the delivery of your degree programme and on your access to the wider student experience.  

Student Experience 

Your experience at Imperial goes beyond just your academic studies. With the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Imperial has been working with yourStudents’Union to ensure that we are able to provide, enhance and facilitate all areas of your student experience in 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 and College-wide induction arrangements, considering current social distancing restrictions, as well as a full lockdown, are set out onour COVID 19 pages.  

Delivery of your Programme of Study 

Departmental induction 

The core departmental induction activities for your programme will take place online. 

Further details will be provided nearer to the start of your programme. 

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 madeas a consequence ofmoving to a multi-mode format. 

Scheduling  

We are not anticipating changing the term of when modules will be taught or assessed. 

Programme Delivery  2021-22 

The following activities will be delivered in person:  

We are aiming to deliver practical elements such as labs, pilot plant as well as group project work with a notable in person component. Depending on guidance at the time regarding social distancing and room capacities we may require reduced in person attendance on alternate or pre-scheduled days.  Lectures will be delivered via a mixture of in person and online.  

In the event of a partial lockdown, some practical activities will be delivered in person. 

Support for online learning 

To access the content of the programmeonlineyou will be expected to have access to a computer(comparable to the laptop we offer for loan;HP EliteBook 840 G7, i5-10310U processor, 16Gb RAM, 256Gb solid state disk, 14” HD screen,Windows 10 Pro 64, webcam; seehttps://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA7-6811ENUC), reliable internet connectionwith a minimum ofsustained10MBpsdown/uploadspeed andbe 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 is available athttps://www.imperial.ac.uk/admin-services/ict/self-service/connect-communicate/office-365/apps/microsoft-teams/. 

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

Length of the programme 

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

Additional costs 

You will be expected to have access to a computer, webcam, microphoneand 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. 

Location 

In-person activitieswill still be delivered across the Imperial College Campuses.  

Visas and Immigration  

If you require a visa to study in the UK, it is important that you have read the guidance provided by the International Student Support Team at the College athttp://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international- students/visas-and-immigration/covid-19-and-your-immigration-status/      

Imperial has a team of specialist immigration advisers who can provide specific advice on your immigration situation and on the best options for you. They can be reached by email oninternational@imperial.ac.uk.It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct immigration permission for your studies in the UK.