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Cambridge University turns to Online Education till 2021

Cambridge has become the first university to set out measures for the full 2020-21 academic year, announcing that it will move all “face-to-face lectures” online for the duration.

The institution added that it was “likely” social distancing would continue to be required.

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The university said lectures would continue virtually until summer 2021, while it may be possible for smaller teaching groups to take place in person if it “conforms to social-distancing requirements.

Here is a link to the Chancellor’s message as well as a quote from his message.

Our Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) is launching a University of Cambridge Virtual Summer Festival of Learning, and is asking Cambridge academics to contribute to the programme by pre-recording short talks on their areas of expertise for a non-specialist audience. Please contact [email protected] for further information, including advice on the type of content required.

The ICE has been at the forefront of provision of online education from Cambridge. One of its aims is to provide accessible higher education to motivated adult students, and over the past few weeks it has strived to ensure that that anyone affected by the pandemic (adults who are shielding, adults who are living with others who are vulnerable, those aged over 70, busy key workers, international students who may face travel restrictions) can still access continuing education.

I can now share the news that all ICE undergraduate award-bearing courses will be delivered by fully remote means for the entire 2020-21 academic year – crucially, with no residency requirement. These will be the first Cambridge awards ever conferred without the requirement for a period of residency. We hope this will address concerns around travel and social distancing measures. ICE will also be providing up to 1,000 COVID-19 tuition fee bursaries specifically targeted at individuals who have been made redundant or furloughed, key workers and adults aged 70 and over who due to the extended lockdown may be socially isolated.

Some of you may know that the ICE is located on the astonishing grounds of Madingley Hall, where, since the beginning of last week, catering staff have been offering a selection of food and drink hampers and takeaway meals. The food hampers and prepared meals are available for local delivery in the Cambridge area or for collection. Further information about this wonderful new service, including the full menus, is available here.

Tell us what you’re going through if you’re home bound studying in the comment section below…

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