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Teaching and learning

We have carefully planned the ways in which we are adapting teaching, learning and assessment this academic year in line with Department for Education (DfE) guidelines. Our blended approach combines on-campus and online teaching in a way that maintains elements of a traditional Warwick experience with the need to socially distance and reduce the number of people travelling to and around our campus at any one time.

Planning ahead

Just as we have prepared for this blended approach based on the national situation in the UK, we are prepared for further possible changes in the public health situation over the course of the academic year, taking a pragmatic and open approach by having plans in place for any required changes in our approach, and sharing them with the University community.

Adjusting plans

To ensure that our planning aligns with that of public health officials, we have based it on four scenarios or ‘tiers’ published in the DfE guidance to universities on reopening campuses. Each tier incrementally reduces the volume of people travelling to and around our campus, and requires us to carefully plan a phased move to more online delivery of teaching, learning and assessment.

Our overarching approach at each DfE tier is summarised in this table.

Please note, we are currently at Tier 1.

Tier

Teaching

Assessment

Tier 1

(default position)

A blended approach combining on-campus and online teaching.

All assessment will be online with a small number of exceptions agreed, where the practical nature of the assessment or the requirements of regulatory bodies require this.

Tier 2

(fallback position)

We will continue to deliver the agreed blended approach for first-year undergraduates and for postgraduate taught students, ensuring students who are newer to our community and to higher education are able to build meaningful learning relationships.

We will maintain scheduled teaching that relies on being delivered in our specialist facilities or through placement learning.

Practical assessments related to the lab-based and clinical (or similar) teaching that continues will proceed. Beyond this, we will review previously agreed exemptions with a view to minimising the volume of on-campus assessment.

Tier 3

(where stricter measures are needed)

On-campus scheduled teaching will be reduced to only those activities that would be most challenging to adapt for online delivery.

MBChB practical exams only.

Tier 4

(last resort)

All provision delivered online.

All provision delivered online.


What does this mean for my department?

We have set out what this will mean for teaching in your academic department(s) if we need to move beyond Tier 1. If you study a joint or interdisciplinary degree across two departments, some parts of your course may change before others.

 

Department 

Tier 1  

 

Tier 2  

 

Tier 3  

 

Tier 4  

 

Faculty of Arts 

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance 

Blended on-campus and online teaching as set out by your department at the start of the year. 

Blended teaching continues for foundation year, undergraduate first-year and postgraduate taught students as at Tier 1. 

 

All other teaching moves online. 

 

All teaching moves online. 

Classics and Ancient History 

English and Comparative Literary Studies 

Film and Television Studies 

History 

School of Modern Languages and Cultures 

School for Cross-faculty Studies 

SCAPVC 

As above, plus practical teaching in Theatre continues. 

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine 

Mathematics 

Blended on-campus and online teaching as set out by your department at the start of the year. 

Blended teaching continues for foundation year, undergraduate first-year and postgraduate taught students as at Tier 1. 

 

All other teaching moves online. 

 

All teaching moves online. 

Statistics 

Psychology 

Computer Science 

Blended teaching continues for foundation year, undergraduate first-year and postgraduate taught students as at Tier 1.  

 

Teaching (for all years/levels) that relies on being delivered in our specialist facilities will continue for all years. 

 

All other (e.g. seminars) teaching moves online. 

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) 

Engineering 

Reduced amount of practical teaching continues. All other teaching moves online. 

All teaching moves online. 

Physics 

Chemistry 

Teaching (all years/levels) that relies on being delivered in our specialist facilities will continue. All other teaching moves online. 

Life Sciences 

Warwick Medical School 

Faculty of Social Sciences 

Applied Linguistics 

Blended on-campus and online teaching as set out by your department at the start of the year. 

Blended teaching continues for foundation year, undergraduate first-year and postgraduate taught students as at Tier 1. 

 

All other teaching moves online. 

 

All teaching moves online. 

Economics 

Centre for Education Studies 

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies 

Law 

Philosophy 

Politics and International Studies 

Sociology 

Warwick Business School 

Warwick Foundation Studies 

Centre for Lifelong Learning 

Blended teaching continues for foundation year, undergraduate first-year and postgraduate taught students as at Tier 1. 

 

Placement-based learning continues subject to risk-assessment and context of placement provider. 

 

All other teaching moves online. 

 

All campus-based teaching moves online. 

 

Placement-based learning continues subject to risk-assessment and context of placement provider. 

Centre for Teacher Education 

 


 


Keeping informed

By publishing our plans, we are not saying that we will need to move to another DfE tier. We are simply being prepared and open in our approach so that we are able to change quickly if needed. The University’s Communications Team will notify all students and staff directly if we do need to move to a different tier, and will update these webpages with the latest information. This will be followed by a more detailed message from your academic department(s) setting out the teaching that will move online in each module, based on the approach set out on this webpage.

Whether online or on-campus, staff are working hard to ensure that teaching and learning goes ahead through the year and you have every opportunity to enjoy all that studying at Warwick has to offer. Similarly, we are adapting our extra-curricular activities and our support services, so that you can thrive as part of our community and make the most of university life in new and exciting ways.

Current status: Tier 1