By Julie Ngalle
This morning, the University of Surrey issued a message announcing the Surrey campus would be opening again for the 2020/2021 academic year. Teaching is set to start on the 28th of September 2020, subject to government guidelines issued in the next few months.
As most are aware Covid-19 will very likely still be around by that time, and the University has made clear its intentions of reopening without putting students at risk. The main difference lies in the fact that “teaching will be delivered via a hybrid model of online and face-to-face”, as shared in their message to students. The details of how this will work depending on students and courses should become clearer in the next couple of weeks.
For final year undergraduate and masters students, it has been confirmed that a graduation will be rescheduled and is likely to take place in 2021. As for current students, more information on timetables, lecture organisation, etc will be shared to us as soon as possible.
Life around campus will inevitably change. Measures are currently being discussed and will be put in place when it comes to social distancing, crowded public spaces within the University, and events. More precision on this will also come over the next few weeks. In the meantime, If you have any questions on this or anything else that was covered in the message, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org