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Flexible learning 2020/21

Flexible learning 2020/21

Important announcements

Tuesday 5 January 2021: update on the start of teaching and travel to campus

The spring term for new and returning Royal Holloway students begins on Monday 11 January 2021 with teaching online for all Royal Holloway courses, with the exception of Social Work. 

The move to online-only teaching follows the announcement by the UK Government on 30 December 2020, and a subsequent letter to students from the Minister for Universities which instructs universities to delay the planned, staggered start of timetabled face-to-face, on campus, teaching.

We advised new and returning students of the move to online teaching on 30 December and that further information would be provided w/c 4 January (see below).

On Monday 4 January the UK’s Prime Minister announced a national lockdown which has implications for our students’ return to, or arrival at, their term-time addresses.

UK-based current students who left their term time address for the holidays and have not yet returned to their term time address, or new students who have not yet arrived, should, where possible, remain where they have spent the holidays.

International students who can rearrange their travel plans should do so and remain in their home nation, beginning their course online on 11 January 2021.  Where it is not practical or possible to rearrange travel plans, we will support students on arrival and through any required period of self-isolation. 

All new students starting their course on 11 January 2021 should enrol by, and begin their course, online on that date.

Research students and staff should work from home where it is possible to do so.

More information will be provided to students and staff this week about what these announcements mean for the spring term.

Wednesday 30 December 2020: changes to teaching from January 2021

The UK Government has today instructed universities to reduce the number of students who will arrive on campus at the start of term in January 2021.  

This announcement does not affect the date of the start of term at Royal Holloway, which remains Monday 11 January, and you should enrol and will be able to initially begin your course online on this date. However, the start of most face-to-face, on campus, teaching will be delayed. There will be a further Government review in mid-January.

We know that this may impact plans you might have to travel to campus. Please bear with us while we work through the information available to us and we will update you again during w/c 4 January 2021.

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