Teaching and learning

Here at Manchester, we aim to offer you the best possible learning experience. We use feedback from our current students to help us improve and enhance teaching and learning opportunities.

Information for current students can be found on the current students frequently asked questions page.

What does teaching look like this academic year?

We are operating both a socially distanced and a non-socially distanced timetable and have offered students a wholly remote study option for Semester 1 this academic year if they want, where their course allows.

We fully expect to continue teaching in person on campus in Semester 2, unless there’s a significant change in the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. We’ll continue to assess the current situation, review the latest guidance, and be ready to make any changes if necessary.

Campus-based courses in 2021 are being delivered through a blended, flexible model.

Students are studying a mixture of predominantly in-person, on-campus activities, lectures and classes, and newly recorded video content and other materials from lecturers.

Some of the activity is ‘synchronous’, where students learn through live lectures with their lecturer/peers and at other times it is ‘asynchronous’, where students access materials such as presentations, video content, online discussion boards and collaborative documents in their own time (within a framework provided by the student's course).

This blended approach helps students study in a way that works for them and allows the University to respond as quickly as possible to any changes in restrictions.  

We 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.

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

All undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will return to on-campus study for Semester 2. This does not apply if you’re a postgraduate research student and are working or researching away from campus.

We fully expect to continue teaching in person on campus in Semester 2, unless there’s a significant change in the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. We’ll continue to assess the current situation, review the latest guidance, and be ready to make any changes if necessary.

If you have in-person assessments during the January exam period, you should be prepared to return in time for these. Otherwise you should return for the beginning of Semester 2, which starts on Monday, 7 February 2022. You'll need to arrive in time to complete any required quarantine period before the start of your exams or teaching activities.

For more information and answers to any questions you may have, you can read the 'reassuring you about studying with us, here in Manchester' article.

What facilities will be open on campus?

University halls of residence, libraries, study spaces, food outlets, sports facilities and other services on campus are currently open as normal. Some COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place to keep everyone safe.

Read our COVID-19 FAQs to learn more.