We have been working hard to find ways to teach our courses without disruption, while keeping our staff and students safe and making sure we follow government guidance on Covid-19.
We won’t be making any significant changes to the content of our programmes, but there will be some changes to the way they are delivered. Please see below for further details of how this may affect this course.
If government advice changes, we may need to update our plans. If we do so, we will update this information, and will keep current students and offer holders informed by email.
Location of study
Any face-to-face teaching will take place at St George’s, University of London, on the campus that we share with St George’s Hospital in Tooting, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.
We are not making significant changes to the content of the Translational Medicine courses.
The programme includes laboratory-based research projects. These will be offered as planned in 2021/22 with appropriate social distancing measures in place.
There is a possibility that government advice on social distancing may change in the future, and this may restrict access to the campus. If that were to be the case in the spring of 2022, this would interfere with the ability of students to complete laboratory-based research projects; they would have to pursue exclusively data analysis projects instead.
How the course is being delivered
The existing learning outcomes for our modules and courses will remain in place.
From September 2021 all students will primarily access their supporting learning materials via the Canvas virtual learning environment. Some lessons and all hands-on practical teaching and learning activities will be delivered on campus with appropriate social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) measures put in place, and with controls on the number of people in each location.
Face-to-face and online components of the course will be designed to balance interactive real-time sessions with self-paced independent study. Students will have clear learning pathways through the activities they are expected to engage with, and there will be opportunities to check learning and progress.
Tutoring support and all other student support, such as the Academic Success Centre, will be online, using a range of communication methods such as telephone, email and Microsoft Teams.
We are not able, at this stage, to give a clear indication of how much taught content will be delivered online versus on-site.
We are expecting to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable students to progress through the one-year programme and graduate without delay.
During the 2020/21 academic year we have developed online assessments that could proceed regardless of whether students were attending the site during the course. We expect that most of the format of most assessments will remain the same in 2021/22.
The specific format of assessment tasks can evolve from year to year as we improve the course and adapt to changing conditions but the learning outcomes that are being tested remain the same and we will be using the same criteria to assess student achievement. The university has processes in place to evaluate and agree any significant changes to assessments, using criteria that were developed to ensure that assessments remain fair, valid and reliable and do not disadvantage any student.
In order to maintain an inclusive and equitable approach that recognises, for example, challenging domestic circumstances and poor home internet connections, we recognise that students will need to find an appropriate environment in which to take online assessments and make sure that they have IT equipment and a reliable internet connection. This may not be possible for all students.
Our aim is to lend equipment to students if their own facilities are inadequate. We are also allowing students to apply to take their exam on-campus using a networked computer or laptop with Wi-Fi connectivity. Students can request assistance by contacting email@example.com, ideally 4 weeks before their exam if they think they will have difficulties completing an assessment in an adequate environment.
Marking criteria for all assessment are made available to students in advance.
Extensive material on study skills is available for students on the Study+ section of the Canvas virtual learning environment. Teachers and course organisers are always available to answer questions about the module contents.
Learning Development specialists at St George's are offering MS Teams appointments to provide one-to-one support with a range of study issues, including effective study strategies, writing academic assignments and English language help.
We do not expect students to incur any extra costs over and above those that we have advertised on the course page.
Students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet, to participate in online lectures, complete assessments and revise course content related to data analysis. A smart phone or tablet may not be sufficient to cover the required functionalities. Information is available on recommended device specification.
If students are worried they might struggle to meet these requirements, they should email IThardship@sgul.ac.uk so we can look at support options.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided for you if needed.
Consenting to these changes
At enrolment or re-enrolment you consented to the changes we anticipated as a result of the pandemic, which were outlined on the ‘Covid-19 updates’ tab of your course page at: www.sgul.ac.uk/study/courses.
The changes that we are making are the consequence of current public health advice and our need to anticipate changes to that advice. Our capacity to offer alternatives is therefore limited.
We do not feel that the changes will adversely affect students.
If you wish to avoid these changes (e.g. by taking a year out from your studies) please discuss this directly with your course team in the first instance.
We remain, as always, focused on the best experience and outcomes for our students.
Making a complaint
If you have concerns about the quality of course delivery, please raise these with your course team in the first instance.
If you wish to take a more formal route, guidance is available to you in our student concerns and complaints procedure.