University 2019/20 classes moved online

The University of Liverpool is continuing to closely monitor developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and we have today decided to take a number of additional steps to protect the wellbeing of our students and staff.

From Monday 16 March, face-to-face classes including lectures, laboratory-based classes, seminars and tutorials at the University’s Liverpool and London campuses are now cancelled for the remainder of the 2019/20 academic year.

Most teaching activities will now be delivered online instead, with a limited number of exceptions primarily for students on clinical programmes.

Wherever possible, assessment during the summer term will also be done through alternative means.

In all cases, our aim will be to make sure students can continue with their studies and progress at the same rate as they would with a normal teaching schedule, and that those who are due to graduate in the summer are able to do so.

Meanwhile we have also accelerated plans to ensure the University remains resilient during any disruption resulting from the pandemic. As a result, there will be a step change in the numbers of staff working from home and arrangements made for this to extend further across the University workforce.

Professor Gavin Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, said: “These decisions reflect the University’s commitment to the wellbeing of our staff and students. Although it is important we keep the current situation in perspective – and we are not aware of any confirmed cases among our students or staff – we have decided that now is the right time to enable our students to learn in a way that significantly reduces the need for people to gather together in a teaching environment, and to accelerate plans that protect the University from the disruption likely to occur in the coming months.”

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