Autumn Trimester 20/21 Guidance for Students 

The School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science has agreed how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the Autumn Trimester 2020/21 in line with current public health guidelines. The School recognises the importance of face to face interaction between students, and between students and faculty in the learning process. We therefore aim to provide the best possible campus experience within a blended learning approach. While the national response to COVID-19 presents challenges in maintaining this experience, we seek to ensure that our students access and use our campus to the greatest possible extent. We encourage you to bear this in mind when considering your accommodation options for September.

The School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science has adopted the following general teaching and assessment principles for the Autumn Trimester 2020/21:


  • Essential laboratory/practical classes will go ahead for all students on campus. This learning experience is integral to our degree programmes and for the most part cannot be done remotely. Where appropriate, practical classes will be supplemented by online tutorials to optimise the learning process while adhering to public health guidelines. Attendance of practical classes in person will be essential for completion of modules. Due to restrictions in the research labs, Stage 4 projects will either be a blended project, with some limited time in the lab and some time spent analysing data or equivalent, or will be a completely dry project for example data, image or bioinformatic analysis, which may be run at distance.
  • Lectures: Current public health guidelines do not allow face-to-face deliveryu of lectures.  Instead classes will be live-streamed using the scheduled timetable slots or will be made available through Brightspace as pre-recorded material. Some small groups may meet face-to-face for tutorial classes.
  • Module assessment will, as far as is possible, follow a continual assessment, 'in trimester' approach. However, there may be a need to maintain some timed and invigilated exams. Module assessment methods will be available in the module descriptor at the beginning of trimester and should be clarified by the module coordinator.


Please keep in mind that all arrangements are subject to change, based on national and university guidelines.  If you have a query concerning an individual module, please email the module coordinator.  If you have more general concerns please email your Head of Subject or contact the staff in the School Office: