Covid19: SPIRe Teaching Plans, Undergraduate


ALL Politics lectures and tutorials for the entire Autumn trimester will be delivered via ONLINE only. (updated on the 7th of October.)


Health and Safety

On Campus

The public health and Dept of Education guidelines state that social distancing (2 metres) should be practiced, wherever possible. Where social distancing cannot be maintained, masks should be worn.

In the classroom/lecture theatre

As much as possible, social distancing (2m) should be maintained in lecture theatres and classrooms. For the added protection of all our staff and students, SPIRe asks that students (unless medically unfeasible) wear masks in the classroom/lecture theatre for the duration of the lecture or tutorial and also when entering and exiting the classroom. Lecturers will be wearing either perspex screen visors or masks. While an enhanced cleaning system is in operation throughout the university, students should bring their own sanitising wipes for desktops, chairs, etc.

Masks are also requested for the entering and exiting of classrooms. A one-way system will be operating in many areas. To ensure a quick turnaround between lectures, students are asked to keep any questions for the lecturer until outside the classroom or theatre (while maintaining social distancing) or better yet, to ask the questions online.

School Offices

SPIRe is currently undergoing a refurbishment of its offices. This means that most lecturers will be working remotely for the Autumn trimester. The school administrative staff will be relocating to the F3 corridor for the duration of the refurbishment but will be operating on a rotational basis. The individual offices are small and not well suited to social distancing. Therefore, the best method of communicating and asking questions is by email.

The email address for undergraduate queries is If it is necessary to meet with the undergraduate administrator (Yuko Conlon), this is by appointment only and will take the form of a Zoom call, where possible.

Undergraduate Teaching (Autumn 2020)

Where possible, SPIRe has prioritised ‘core’ modules for ‘blended’ teaching i.e. a mix of online and face to face lectures and tutorials. Students will have the opportunity to select whichever option suits best. For social distancing purposes, face to face lectures for the larger modules will take place on a rotational basis. All face to face lectures will be also made available online so that any student who does not wish to attend campus will have access to the same content. With some exceptions, the remainder of modules will be conducted online.  Some of the online modules will be live with a recording available afterwards. Others will be pre-recorded.

A decision on the second teaching term (beginning in Spring 2021) has not been made yet but at this point we expect teaching to take a more traditional face-to-face format.

Assessment (Autumn 2020)

All assessments will be conducted online. Some of these may occur during a specific period of time (e.g. an assessment to be downloaded, completed, and uploaded during an hour). Further details on assessment will be provided by module coordinators.

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