Hybrid learning experience

At Surrey, we want to ensure that you have a supportive, diverse and vibrant learning experience. But we must adapt the way we teach to ensure we all stay safe. This means for the academic year 2020/21 we have moved to 'hybrid education' – a blend of online and campus-based learning. Committed to enabling students to study successfully in a digital environment, all taught students are provided with free, personal, digital copies of their essential textbooks.

What is hybrid learning and how will it work?

Hybrid education is a mix of online course delivery with face-to-face sessions for elements of your course which can be delivered safely in person bearing in mind government guidelines.

You can find further information about how this will apply to your chosen programme and modules.

Our campus learning facilities and laboratories are open, but with added safety measures.

You’ll also continue to benefit from the University’s support services, for help and advice on matters such as finance, healthcare and wellbeing, and faith.

To find out more about the Covid-secure measures we have put in place to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus website.

Hybrid education principally provides lectures online via captured content through a virtual learning environment, for example, voiceover PowerPoint, podcasts etc.

In most cases, lectures will not be timetabled for face-to-face delivery but will be delivered in this online format via captured content. Core programme materials including guided learning and other resources are also provided on the virtual learning environment.

Given the risk of further Covid-19 lockdowns, the hybrid education model has also been designed by the University so that your course can be delivered fully online for at least short-term periods (and in many cases long terms periods) should the University be subject to stringent local or national lockdown restrictions that might prevent access to campus facilities.

Most tutorials/seminars/workshops, lab-based, studio-based and simulation-based sessions are currently timetabled for in-person delivery. These will be delivered in accordance with government guidance. Students will be expected to attend these face-to-face sessions, however, where you are unable to attend due to extenuating Covid-19 related exceptions or other agreed extenuating circumstances, online access to these sessions will also be provided where possible.

In the event of a Covid-19 lockdown which would prevent face-to-face sessions, the University has measures in place to ensure that such sessions can either be delivered via an alternative online format or rescheduled for delivery at a later point in the academic year.

All assessments in hybrid education are administered online using the virtual learning environment.

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