Ben HaywardMay 19th
2020

The University of Cambridge has confirmed it will offer no face-to-face lectures until at least September 2021 due to coronavirus.

However, the university says, lectures will be made available to students online and ‘it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person’ if they can be organised to meet current social distancing advice.

University campuses across the UK have been closed this term following the Covid-19 outbreak, and Cambridge’s decision follows a similar move by the University of Manchester which announced its lectures would be online only for the next term. 

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Cambridge has said it will review the decision if the official advice on social distancing were to change and that it continues to adapt to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

A statement released by Cambridge reads: "The university is constantly adapting to changing advice as it emerges during this pandemic.

"Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the university has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures during the next academic year.

"Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements. 

"This decision has been taken now to facilitate planning, but as ever, will be reviewed should there be changes to official advice on coronavirus."

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Cambridge had already moved all of its teaching online in March and e3xams are being carried out ‘virtually’. 

The university watchdog, the Office for Students (OfS) said students that apply for university places in England this year must be given ‘absolute clarity’ concerning how courses will be delivered.

Applicants for the 2020/21 academic year must be told exactly how their courses will be taught before they make choices for the autumn, said the watchdog, with OfS chief executive Nicola Dandridge, warning universities about making misleading promises about ‘a campus experience’ as courses move online.

Speaking to MPs on the education select committee, Ms Dandridge said: “The important thing here is absolute clarity to students, so they know what they're getting in advance of accepting offers.

"What we don't want to see are promises that it's all going to be back to usual - an on-campus experience - when it turns out that's not the case.”

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