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2020/2021 Trimester 1 Guidance for Students

Fri, 3 July 20 10:00

2020/2021 Trimester 1 Guidance for students

The School of Medicine has agreed details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, in line with public health guidance.

We aim to give you the best possible campus and blended learning experience, and the School considers face-to-face interaction between students, and between students and faculty, as integral elements of your learning journey. While the national response to COVID-19 presents challenges in maintaining this experience, we seek to ensure that our students access and use our campuses to the greatest extent possible. Therefore we encourage you to book accommodation as close to campus as is possible.


The School of Medicine has adopted the following general teaching and assessment principles for the Autumn Trimester:

  • Essential practical teaching sessions, small group teaching, tutorials and PBL sessions will be prioritised for face to face delivery.
  • Where this isn’t possible, lectures will be delivered remotely; synchronously using scheduled timeslots (and recorded and made available through Brightspace) and asynchronously, through pre-recordings, in some cases.
  • Clinical placement planning and calendars have been amended to account for ongoing social distancing, and other restrictions, in primary care and in hospitals.
  • Module assessment will, as much as possible, incorporate an in-trimester or continuous assessment approach. However, there will be a need to maintain some timed and invigilated examinations.

For more updates, please see the School of Medicine 2020/2021 Academic Year page.