Enhanced learning experience

At Surrey, we want to ensure that you have a supportive, diverse and vibrant learning experience. Since 2020, we have adapted the way we teach to ensure we all stay safe. We call it “hybrid education” – a blend of online and campus-based learning. 

Given the current pandemic scenario and based on student feedback, we have enhanced Surrey’s hybrid education experience for the 2021/22 academic year, with a significant amount of face-to-face on-campus teaching. 

Committed to enabling students to study successfully in a digital environment, and by reflecting on best practice during the 2020/21 academic year, all taught students are provided with free, personal, digital copies of their essential textbooks.  

Teaching and assessment - 2021/22 academic year

Many of our students have enjoyed the flexibility that hybrid education offers, however many missed the vibrant campus life with interactive on-campus sessions with our academic staff.  

For the 2021/22 academic year, we will continue to deliver hybrid education enhanced with a significant amount of face-to-face, on-campus teaching.  Most lectures will be delivered face-to-face on-campus but they will be recorded and/or may be streamed, if appropriate.  

All tutorials, seminars and labs will be timetabled for face-to-face delivery. In semester 1 of 2021/22, assessments will remain online with only a small number of exceptions.   

Face-to-face teaching will be supported by well-curated learning materials on the virtual learning environment known as SurreyLearn. 

Our on-campus learning facilities and student support services are already open as before, and we anticipate that students can return fully to campus as usual from September 2021.    

Safety and wellbeing will always be our priority, and we will continue to take all necessary measures in accordance with government guidelines on Covid-19. We are also making contingency plans should there be any changes to this guidance. 

How does enhanced hybrid education work? 

Our enhanced hybrid education will include lectures. These are large teaching sessions, mostly delivered live and in-person but some are pre-recorded. Most lectures will be delivered face-to-face on-campus but they will be recorded and/or may be streamed, if appropriate.  

The rest of your in-person teaching will include small group sessions, tutorials, workshops, seminars and any sessions in laboratories, studios and simulation suites. We highly recommend that you join these sessions in-person to get the most out of the interactions. These interactive sessions cannot be meaningfully recorded.   

Guided learning activities will also be provided to you through our virtual learning environment known as SurreyLearn, to further help you in your learning and prepare you for your assessments. You should also expect to take the time to do your own study, through researching beyond what you learn in class.    

You will be assessed, mostly online, through exams and coursework but also through many other types suited to your course, such as lab experiments.  

A message to our students

Our Chief Student Officer, Lucy Evans, explains to our new and returning students what learning, teaching and assessment will look like in the 2021/22 academic year, including how our enhanced hybrid education model will work.

What our students said about online learning during lockdown