Keep learning: How to get the most out of the mixed-mode experience

On campus education, depending on the subject area, is likely to be a mix of seminars, small-group teaching, practical sessions, and laboratory work. Lectures and large-group teaching will largely be online. We must plan for the possibility of continued international travel restrictions; any student who cannot join us at the start of the Semester should be able to follow their course online.

Learning online

To ensure that you can access a world-class education whether or not you can join us on campus, we’ve developed a ‘mixed-mode’ educational experience.

The backbone of this is a full programme of online educational activities, fully accessible to all wherever you’re studying. This ensures that you have full access to education and that learning can continue uninterrupted whatever happens in the coming months.

There are a variety of sources of information and support to help students with all aspects of online learning:

In-person learning activity

Teaching is now over for the academic year (apart from Postgraduate Taught programmes), but our campuses and facilities are still open. 

The UK’s vaccination programme is progressing well, with all UK over-18s due to be vaccinated by 31 July. We've invested significantly in making our campuses Covid-secure and we'll continue to focus on this as we get ready for a new academic year in September.

If you’re unsure of the in-person learning activity available to you, you can contact your School or Institute for details.

Campus facilities

  • Our library services are open and accessible online to all students, as well as open and safely set out for students to use on campus.
  • Study spaces are also open across all campuses. If you’d like to use study space in these buildings, or in the Library, you need to book in advance.
  • Full information about the Library and how to book study spaces is available on the Library website. SMD students can also book study space at Whitechapel via QMPlus.
  • Our Students’ Union also has a wide range of facilities across all campuses, including meeting places, sporting facilities as well as places to shop and eat.
  • The Students’ Union are also continuing to run events and sports programme.

Since government-mandated social distancing is ending, we will timetable for the new semester with full capacity. The full range of facilities and activities will be available on campus in the new semester, so you should be ready to join us then. In terms of teaching, our plans for your educational offer in the new semester are unchanged – there will be a mix of on-campus and online education.

Sources of support and advice

  • Individual Schools and Institutes can help with academic and pastoral concerns you may be facing.
  • First-year undergraduate students have the opportunity to take part in the Buddy Scheme, designed to help students settle into university life, socialise and meet new people by matching incoming first-year students with trained Queen Mary students from the same academic School in a group.
  • Help is also on hand for all students – whether isolating or not – who are struggling with stress and anxiety. You can access a range of support services through the University’s Wellbeing pages and on the Students’ Union Advice and Support page.
  • Remember that the University’s Financial Assistance Fund is also available for students facing financial hardship, including those needing support in buying equipment to access online learning.