COVID-19: UK’s Cambridge University to hold all lectures online next year

LONDON: Britain's Cambridge University became one of the first in the world on Wednesday (May 20) to announce that all its lectures would be delivered online over the next academic year because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The university, which shut its campuses to students in March after the British government introduced a strict lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, said teaching would be delivered virtually until summer 2021, although it was possible some smaller teaching groups might be able to occur in person.

Advertisement

Advertisement

READ: UK coronavirus death toll climbs to 41,000, with 10,000 care homes deaths

"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," the university said in a statement.

It said the decision could be reviewed depending on official guidance on dealing with the virus.

"We must all be realistic … about the world-wide challenges posed by the pandemic," the university's vice-chancellor Stephen Toope said in a statement last week.

Advertisement

Advertisement

"University life here, as everywhere, will need to adapt."

A spokeswoman for Universities UK said the Cambridge announcement appeared to be the first in the United Kingdom to apply to the whole year.

California State University decided last week to make fall term classes virtual, one of the first in the United States to do so, amid fears of a second wave of infections.

Britain's universities minister said earlier this month that institutions could still charge the full tuition fee of £9,250 pounds (US$11,320) as long as they maintained high standards of online teaching.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the university watchdog Office for Students, told lawmakers on Monday that studentsRead More – Source