Teaching in autumn 2021
Remotely controlled laboratories, medical consultations conducted entirely in augmented reality, travel-free expeditions, and remote assessments were just some of the novel teaching methods we introduced over the past year.
Learn more about how we adapted to teaching in a pandemic
If you’re joining us to study an on-campus programme, you’ll find more information here about our teaching arrangements from autumn 2021.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on campus for a broad range of teaching and extra-curricular activities, complemented by online activities where effective and necessary.
If you’re joining an online programme, your teaching and learning will run as advertised, though please do get in touch with your department if you have any questions.
If you’re going to be studying at Imperial College Business School, visit the School’s website for more detail about the teaching arrangements for the autumn term.
What to expect in autumn 2021
Teaching arrangements in autumn 2021
Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students
Our priority is for you to experience everything our campuses and London has to offer.
We therefore look forward to welcoming our students back to campus in autumn 2021 for an educational experience that will maximise in-person teaching on our campuses throughout the academic year, unless we are prevented from doing so by UK government restrictions.
As a university that offers a practical approach to learning, we are really excited to be able to open the doors of our labs, lectures, and facilities once again for teaching, extra-curricular activities, and discovery. We hope you are equally excited to join our community.
We have learnt a lot from this past year. Our combination of cutting-edge technology and academic excellence resulted in some new and creative ways of learning and engaging with each other on campus and remotely. You can read more about these innovations in the ‘Technology enhanced teaching’ highlight box above.
Many of the changes we had to make were well received by our community, and we will include some in your learning experience in the new academic year without detracting from your experiences on campus. This will vary course-by-course but, in general, large lectures may be delivered online where necessary, while smaller tutorials/seminars and practical learning opportunities will be hosted on our campuses.
All of this will be complemented by many other enjoyable in-person and online elements of your student experience. This may include social events, clubs and societies or simply being able to enjoy lunch on the lawn with your friends.
This approach will ensure you receive a high quality education, while also giving you peace of mind that your teaching timetable will be flexible enough to accommodate any sudden change in government restrictions.
Research postgraduates including MRes students
We understand how important it is that you have full access to our world-leading laboratories and facilities.
We also know that being able to work on theoretical and computational based PhDs on campus is important for many of you.
We are looking forward to welcome you on campus in autumn 2021, unless we are prevented from doing so by UK government restrictions.
You will also have access to many of the online tools that we have used to great effect in 2020–21 to help our research students interact with staff and other students while the UK was in full lockdown. This includes increased use of videoconferencing and online collaboration tools.
Your department, or your supervisor, will be able to answer any questions about this and on how they will support you to conduct research and provide supervision.
Keeping you safe on campus
Your wellbeing and safety is our priority.
All overseas students coming to England can access vaccination against COVID-19.
Regular testing, along with our other safety measures, will also help safeguard our on-campus community.
The contingency plans for the academic delivery of your programme and the wider student experience, in the event of a potential partial or full lockdown, are being finalised by departments. We expect to publish these at the end of June 2021.