We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for courses taught within the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) in the academic year starting in September 2021.
In alignment with University plans and guidance, we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety and that of the wider Edinburgh community. Our plans may still need to change based on the Scottish Government’s final guidance for Universities and we will be in touch with details when these are available.
Our current planning for the new academic year
Information on how learning and teaching in the School of Social and Political Science is currently planned for the 2021/22 academic year.
Based on the information available to us, we expect that:
- you will be with us in Edinburgh
- most degrees programmes in the School will run a mix of digital and in-person teaching, and the exact balance will vary across degrees and year of study
- large group teaching, such as lectures, is the most likely type to be delivered digitally because these class sizes are likely to be the most significantly affected by Covid-19 restrictions
- smaller group teaching, such as seminars, tutorials and lab work, is most likely to be delivered in-person and on campus
- digital teaching will either be pre-recorded or delivered in real-time (synchronously) and recordings may be made available after the event (where appropriate), and again this will vary from course to course.
- Planned In-Person Provision on Semester 1 SPS Courses
Hybrid delivery will be used for most SPS courses for Semester 1 of 2021/22 i.e. a mixture of in-person activity and digital (online) activity. A few courses will be taught entirely in-person and a few entirely digitally.
To see more details on the courses we offer, how to choose optional courses and planned delivery for our Semester 1 courses, please see below:
If you are a student on a joint degree programme or are planning to take courses in other schools, please ensure you refer to the latest information on the relevant other schools' web pages:
University information on the 2021/22 Academic year
While we believe that being on campus provides the best environment for your studies and development, the safety and wellbeing of staff and students remains the University’s first priority. A number of measures have been put in place to mitigate the risk where ever possible. These will continue to be adjusted as required by the Scottish Government. For the latest information on how the University is preparing for the 2021/22 Academic Year please see:
- How the University is Mitigating Health Risks
For information on how teaching spaces are continually being managed and adapted to mitigate health risks: Hygiene and safety measures
For the latest updates for students and staff on how the University is responding to Coronavirus please see: Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students
- Accessing Vaccinations
Students, including international students, can access vaccinations: www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19/health-safety-travel/vaccinations
- Covid-19 Testing Schemes
The University is actively participating in and supporting national Covid testing schemes:
We also have our own research project to develop a new approach to Covid testing
- If you're legally unable to return to the UK
If your home country does not permit you to travel to the UK, students can apply for exceptional permission to study off campus.
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