Coronavirus: What will University be like in 2021?

Coronavirus: What will University be like in 2021?

There’s been a lot of confusion recently about what we might see happening at universities next year. But you’ll be glad to know that we’ve found out some of the planned changes…

Will university teaching be online in 2021?

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You may have heard reports that teaching at some universities will be delivered online next year, but it’s important to note that many universities are actually planning to offer some classes on-campus, too.

Rather than teaching entirely in-person or entirely online, many unis are instead considering a ‘blended‘ approach to teaching…

What is blended learning?

Blended learning combines both online and in-person teaching.

Of course, it’s difficult to know what social distancing measures will be in place in September, but it’s unlikely that huge lectures packed with loads of students will be possible. Therefore, it’s probably no surprise that universities are planning to run lectures online in 2021.

UPDATE – Most universities plan to offer in-person teaching

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A recent informal survey by Universities UK asked unis if they’re planning to offer some in-person teaching in the autumn term – and a huge proportion confirmed that they are.

Out of the 92 universities that responded to the survey, 89 said that they intend to provide in-person teaching during the first term of the 2020/21 academic year.

This means that, as 97% of the surveyed unis confirmed this, it looks like the majority of students can expect to have at least some classes on campus in 2021.

Will it be safe for universities to teach face-to-face in 2021?

The NUS recently asked 1,067 students whether they feel safe returning to university for face-to-face teaching. Here are the key findings from the survey:

  • Over a third said they wouldn’t feel safe at all with face-to-face teaching in September 2020
  • 13% (less than one in seven) said they wouldn’t feel safe at all with face-to-face teaching in January 2021
  • 22% would feel extremely safe to enter/return to uni accommodation in September
  • Around 90% of students would feel safe if they were taught exclusively online.


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