How you'll be taught in 2020

We’re planning to begin the new academic year with as much in-person participation in learning as is possible and responsible.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning.

Face-to-face teaching

  • Every student will have the opportunity to access in-person tuition and facilities where we can offer this, in line with Government guidance.
  • Specialist sessions, such as clinical simulations, workshops, and laboratory practicals, will take place face-to-face on campus.

Online interactive learning

  • At least for the first semester, large lectures will be delivered online to ensure we comply with Government social distancing requirements. We will be ready to respond as guidance changes.
  • Some other learning will also be online, as it usually is, through a combination of real-time interactive sessions and materials that you can study in your own time.
  • You’ll be taught through our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, which is a supportive, inclusive and active space for learning. In Blackboard, you will be led through your module material and activities to help keep you on track.
  • Any lectures that are delivered online will be accompanied by the opportunity for you to ask questions and interact with staff. We know from feedback from our students that this is very important in developing the understanding of new topics.
  • Where possible, we will retain the remote learning features that our students have particularly valued, such as off-campus access to e-books and specialist software.
  • Free WiFi is available on campus and laptops can be borrowed from our IT support centre in the Peirson building.

One to one support

  • Your lecturers and tutors will be on hand to answer questions, lead activities and support you, whether you are on campus or online. Feedback and support will be available at every stage.
  • Sessions with your personal academic tutors will continue to be available by phone, online or face-to-face, where possible. Where we can’t meet you face-to-face in person, we will aim to meet you face-to-face online.

Work placements  

  • Physical work placements will proceed where possible and we are working hard with employers to ensure you will be safe and have a good experience in their workplace. In addition, as the working world has moved online, so have many virtual placements and internships, offering a realistic experience of the new work environment. We are working with employers to expand access to virtual placements and internships locally and throughout the world.

Libraries and study areas

  • We are adapting our libraries and study spaces in line with social distancing guidelines and so you can still make use of these facilities safely.

Free software

  • At Worcester we’ve introduced Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and apps such as Teams for videoconferencing; Planner to help plan your time; OneNote to organise your research and notes. These are free for you to use as apps or on other devices and you will have guidance on how to get the most out them.

Support services

  • Supporting your health and wellbeing will continue to be a priority. We have already enhanced the resources available to you, including the online delivery of many of our services for students.

Teaching arrangements and timetables

  • We’ll be timetabling courses in line with social distancing guidelines, so there will be fewer students in rooms than usual. We’ll do this by making full use of the teaching day, including scheduling classes in the late afternoon and evening.
  • We are intending to make Term One timetables available for new and returning students in early September, although this may change if government guidance changes.  We understand that you might prefer access to your timetable sooner however the finalisation process is even more important this year due to social distancing guidelines and other safety considerations.

What happens if you can’t be there for the start of the semester

We recognise that some students may be unable to join us at the beginning of the semester as they have underlying health conditions, which make them particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. Some students may also have to self-isolate if they, or a member of their household, becomes unwell. If this is the case, please contact the relevant School email address and someone will respond to discuss your individual circumstances: