From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Sent: 11 June 2021 13:43
To: EnglishHoD, Resource <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: UGEnglish, Resource <email@example.com>
Subject: Teaching update 2021-2022
I hope you’re all staying well. I know many of you will have questions about how we’ll be teaching you in the new academic year 2021-2022. I wanted to reassure you that we’ll be continuing to follow Government guidelines on covid and taking any additional precautions available to us to keep you all safe and well. But we also want to get back to in-person teaching with you as soon as we can.
The University has asked departments to send out provisional teaching plans for the new academic year, which means the plan we want to follow if covid numbers remain low. However, the University has also instructed us to continue to deliver lectures online.
While we will work to prepare pre-recorded online lectures for you until guidance changes, we have planned for most seminars to be delivered in person on campus. Seminars will be scheduled in-person on campus all term except week 6, reading week; and week 10, which the department decided might be a good week to move online to accommodate your travel plans and any winter covid spikes. Many staff will still be working on campus in week 10, however, if you do want to drop into office hours to see us in person.
Our commitment is to teach you in person from week 1 to week 9 on campus, both in our new Arts building and in other spaces across campus. Safety will remain a priority, though, and we will still teach socially distanced, and leave time in between seminars for room cleaning.
All staff are really excited to be teaching back in person in the new year and we hope you are too. You will receive further updates about your modules, reading lists, and any covid-related changes to our plans this term and over the summer. But I wanted to share our plans with you as soon as possible.
Professor Emma Mason
Head of Department, English and Comparative Literary Studies
University of Warwick