LSE is putting in place comprehensive health and safety measures on campus to keep you safe and secure while on campus and in the halls of residence.
We hope that London does not experience another lockdown in the 2021-22 academic year. However, we are also preparing for a range of scenarios that will allow us to flex our approach to teaching and learning swiftly with the minimum disruption to our community, should we need to respond to changing health advice over the winter months.
If we are required to reintroduce social distancing we could pivot a minority of in-person classes and seminars online to ensure the majority of face-to-face teaching can continue in a safely distanced and secure environment.
If we are no longer permitted to teach in-person on campus for a period of time, all teaching and learning will pivot online, similar to Lent and Summer Terms 2021 where we kept campus open as much as possible.
A key aspect of planning for all scenarios is keeping lectures normally online in Michaelmas Term.
Below is a summary of the actions the School could take in the event of further COVID disruption:
- Issue clear guidance from the School and your department regarding the plans for teaching, learning and support;
- Implement government advice regarding student and staff access to campus;
- Provide lectures online;
- Pivot in-person teaching to synchronous and asynchronous online provision using the mechanisms in place in 2020/21 to support those students unable travel to campus;
- Deliver departmental teaching materials via Moodle;
- Provide support services remotely, via Zoom, Teams, email, telephone, Livechat, etc.
- Provide support and guidance for your health and well-being via Zoom appointments and web-based information;
- Continue office hours with class teachers and academic mentors online;
- Maintain access to the online Library materials;
- Deliver department-appropriate assessments online, taking into account the specific needs of quantitative and qualitative programmes;
- Provide support and advice to students resident in LSE and UoL halls of residence;
- Make available hardship funds for vulnerable students adversely affected by the pandemic;
- Offer practical guidance and adopt a sympathetic approach to students seeking to interrupt or defer their studies.