Decision by some institutions to end lectures and seminars prompts others to quickly follow suit
A growing number of UK universities are moving away from face-to-face teaching as the coronavirus crisis escalates.
After the London School of Economics announced that it would be delivering teaching online for the rest of the year, and Durham University said there would be no classroom teaching in the last week of its term, other institutions have moved to clarify how they will continue the delivery of courses.
In an email to staff and students, Louise Richardson, vice-chancellor at the University of Oxford, where term ends this weekend, said that although it was following government advice and would “remain open until instructed to do otherwise”, it would use the Easter break “to prepare for the transition to online teaching and assessment”.
She added that all domestic undergraduates were being advised to return home for the break “unless they have a compelling reason to stay”. There were six confirmed student cases of Covid-19, the email said, but they were all “recovering well”.
Other universities where changes have been made include the University of Southampton, which has brought forward the end of term by a week to 13 March (although the campus will remain open), the University of Glasgow, which said exams scheduled for April/May would not take place in buildings on campus, and UCL, which confirmed it was ending face-to-face teaching for the rest of the academic year.
Read more : Simon Baker : Times Higher Education : 13 March 2020