The University of Cambridge has confirmed all face-to-face lectures will be held online for the full academic year spanning 2020/21.
Higher education facilities stopped in-person teaching back in March, with universities closing all around the country due to coronavirus.
The launch of virtual lessons has enabled most courses to continue, and whilst this was initially recognised as a temporary measure, the University of Cambridge has become the first institution to extend online-only teaching into summer 2021.
Other education facilities could now follow suit – and The University of Manchester has already announced staff are planning to migrate lectures online at the beginning of Semester One.
UoM stated on their website: “We are following UK Government advice closely and plan to either begin the new semester wholly online, or deliver some activity on campus but provide our lectures and some other aspects of learning online.
“What this means is that you will still be able to engage with your programme effectively, and receive a really high quality learning experience, no matter what the circumstances.”
The new semester will also be staggered at UoM, with different courses beginning on separate dates.
Students are standing by all over Britain as they await news regarding teaching during 2020/21.
Many university exams have been cancelled entirely since the pandemic began, whilst other students are having to revise under lockdown and take tests in a virtual arena.
Some final grades have been calculated based on the average marks acquired for the preceding semester or academic year as a whole.
With social distancing measures expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future, UK universities will now be looking at ways to safely host practical exams and group projects to ensure the survival of hands-on modules.