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Stirling classes likely to be online next semester

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If you feel like you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Save Lives, Stay at Home.

The university has announced that “it is likely” for Autumn teaching to be online at the start of the next semester for undergraduate students due to Covid-19.

The reason for this is “unless government guidance changes markedly, you will not return to campus initially.”

In an email to returning undergraduate students, Deputy Principal of Education and Students Leigh Sparks said that although the semester start date would remain September 14 2020 due to government restrictions and regulations around social distancing.

He said, “it is unlikely that we will be fully operational on campus for the coming semester.”

The online teaching methods which will be available for the beginning of next semester will mean that “you can study your autumn modules partially or entirely online, if required” although the university are “committed to resuming face-to-face teaching as soon as it is safe to do so.”

University buildings were closed in March and classes were moved online as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Explaining the format of the online teaching Sparks stated “It will often offer more regular contact with academics and fellow students than in traditional face-to-face teaching.

This is a positive move that will offer you a high quality experience and enhance your learning, even once face-to face teaching resumes”

Sparks acknowledged that some students may experience difficulties in accessing the online resources or equipment and added that “If that is the case then we will work with you to try to find solutions. We will provide more detail on this in due course.”

More information about autumn modules will be available in July.

Students are reminded that if they require support the student services hub and student learning services are available.

If you feel like you are experiencing any Coronavirus symptoms, please follow the advice from the National Health Service – found here and NHS Inform. Save Lives, Stay at Home.

Feature image credit: University of Stirling

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