How might Covid affect my studies in 2021-22?

FAQ for students in 2021-22

As long as Covid-19 case rates permit, the Faculty will be offering most lectures in person, except some very large lecture courses. As circumstances change, we may occasionally have to shift online, if for example, a lecturer has to self-isolate. If a lecture room looks overcrowded, we may occasionally have to change our teaching plans. We will be keeping our teaching arrangements under review as the pandemic situation evolves.

Ventilation is key. All teaching will be in rooms where the windows and doors can be kept open. It may be chilly – so do wrap up warm! There may be some noise disruption between rooms, and we’ll be keeping an eye on this. We’ve moved some lectures into other Faculties or Colleges in order to reduce the pressure of numbers, and we’ll be using the Junior Common Room for some teaching. Please do remember to sign in when you come into the Faculty building.

Unless you are exempt, we are recommending keeping your face covered when moving about the Faculty building, and when you are listening to lectures. If you are taking an active role (eg making a presentation or asking a question), you may remove your mask. Mask wearing is an essential part of our risk assessment and while not mandatory, it is one of the factors that is allowing us to offer face to face teaching and a keystone in preventing transmission.

If you have covid or flu-like symptoms, please don’t come to lectures; you should take a test. If you’ve been in contact with someone who tests positive, you only need to self-isolate if you haven’t been double vaccinated. If you have to miss Faculty-based teaching, online versions of lectures will be made available. These may be prerecorded videos, or live teaching that has been captured in the teaching room. College-based supervisions should usually continue via Teams or Zoom. Seminars and classes can’t be easily recorded due to their interactive nature; please talk to the convenor about how you can catch up on any content missed through temporary absence. Hybrid arrangements may be possible in some cases.

Please don't come to lectures if you have any symptoms that might be Covid. Stay in your room and follow your College guidelines on testing. If you feel unwell in the Faculty building, please use the designated room on the fifth floor while you arrange for transport back to your lodgings or consult medical advice. Our first aider in the Faculty building is Angela Wilson, whose office is on the 4th floor.

Please let your MPhil director /Director of Studies know urgently if you cannot be in Cambridge at the start of term, and follow the university guidelines. If circumstances do not allow you to be present, we will do our best to provide all lecture content remotely, and where possible, give access to seminars and classes.

Teaching may have to be postponed if a lecturer is unwell. If they are able to teach but must self-isolate, they will be in touch via Moodle to let you know how the teaching will be delivered – most likely by Teams, Zoom or a prerecorded video.

If you have any queries or concerns about your teaching, your first point of contact will usually be your director of studies, for undergraduates, or MPhil course director, for MPhil students. If you have unanswered questions, do get in touch with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Director of Postgraduate Training. You can also always talk to the Faculty Ombudspersons, who deal with student complaints.

Our students will have a range of additional needs that may be impacted by the different modes of teaching delivery; please do talk to course convenors or MPhil directors about how we can support your needs. The Disability Resources Centre can also often provide advice and resources, and for undergraduates, your Director of Studies can alert your supervisors and provide advice.