Teaching and learning

Here at Manchester, we aim to offer you the best possible learning experience. We're using feedback from our current students to help us to build on what we have learnt from 2020 to improve and enhance teaching and learning opportunities.

What will teaching look like for the 2021/2022 academic year?

We’re currently planning for both a socially distanced and a non-socially distanced timetable and are offering you a wholly remote study option for Semester 1 of the next academic year if you want it, where your course allows. You should have received specific detail from your programme team in April or May, outlining whether you have a remote study option for Semester 1, and what the ‘mix’ of delivery will look like for your course (as this will vary between disciplines).

Campus-based courses starting in 2021 will be delivered through a blended, flexible model. Generally, when you join us, your studies will be a mixture of predominantly in-person, on-campus activities, lectures and classes, and new recorded video content and other materials from your lecturers. Some of your activity will be ‘synchronous’, where you learn live with your lecturer/peers and at other times it will be ‘asynchronous’, where you access materials such as presentations, video content, online discussion boards and collaborative documents in your own time (within a framework provided by your course).

This blended approach will help you study in a way that works for you and allow the University to respond as quickly as possible to any changes in restrictions over the coming months.

We’ll continue to shape our flexible learning approach in partnership with our students and staff.

What is blended learning at Manchester?

Blended, flexible learning opportunities at Manchester provide greater flexibility and choice. Our commitment to blended and flexible learning is part of our University strategy to create increased student choice and flexible learning through combinations of face-to-face, online and blended learning. This is not online teaching, but about augmenting your in-person lectures, seminars, labs, Q&As, discussions, and workshops with high-quality online materials for self-study. The exact mix of learning styles will depend very much on what works for each subject of study and we are continuing to shape our flexible learning approach in partnership with our students and our staff.

Steve Pettifer, Deputy Programme Director for Flexible Learning has produced a short video explaining more about what blended learning looks like, in practice.

Will I be able to study remotely in Semester 1 of 2021/2022 academic year?

Remote study isn't intended to be the default study route next academic year but we think it's important that we plan for every eventuality and to offer an accessible option for those that may still need it.

For some programmes, remote study won't be feasible, particularly where students need to access specialist teaching and learning facilities, or due to professional and accreditation requirements. Remote study will therefore only be available (on an opt-in basis) for certain programmes and cohorts.

Your programme team will have written to you to confirm whether there is a remote study option for your programme/year group in Semester 1 of the 2021/2022 academic year and if so, will provide more information to help you make your decision and the deadline for letting us know.

Can I also study Semester 2 of 2021/2022 academic year remotely?

The University hasn't decided whether remote study will be available to students in Semester 2, but we will update this information when we have more details.

Will other facilities be open on campus at the start of next year?

We aim to have other facilities such as libraries and study spaces open.

However there will likely still be additional procedures and requirements in place to keep everyone safe, depending on government safety guidelines at any time. We will keep you updated as we approach the return to campus in the autumn.