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What to expect in lectures

Lecturers will always have different views on how much students should participate in lectures and you'll have to judge this for yourself. If you can't hear, can't read the notes on the board, or feel that a point has not been explained clearly, you should say so. If you are the only student in the class continuing to experience difficulty on a particular point, then it's best to talk to the lecturer at the end rather than slow down the whole class.

It's important to take detailed notes during the lecture, but you're aiming to record the essential points rather than write down every word. Much of the time you'll be given a hand-out that will support your note-taking,  but you should supplement this with detail from the lecture. It is especially important to note those points you haven't fully  understood, so that you can research them afterwards. Some of these points will resolve themselves by the end of the lecture, but sometimes you may need to seek advice from the lecturer. After a lecture, and while it's fresh in your mind, you should go over your notes, rewriting any sections that are hard to read and sorting out any problems that you noted down or that occur to you while re-reading. It's best to do this before the next lecture.

Policy on recording lectures

We understand that students sometimes wish to record lectures in audio or visual/audio media for various reasons. In all cases students must get permission to record the lecture from the lecturer before making the recording.

Students should note that the copyright of the content of a recording belongs to the lecturer and may not be reproduced without their consent. A student making a recording may only use it for personal study and it may not be reproduced or distributed to others without the express consent of all those recorded.

Teaching and research laboratories: your responsibilities

Depending on your programme, laboratory work may form a significant part of your studies. You can find out more about the particular policies of our departments here: