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Birkbeck continues to put student safety first

The College announces that due to concerns over the Omicron variant, all on-campus teaching will be paused until the end of January 2022.

Birkbeck Malet Street campus

Birkbeck has temporarily paused most of its on-campus teaching, announcing that it has moved it online for the first month of the Spring term (10-31 January) to maintain student and staff safety.

The university guarantees that students who study online continue to benefit from live interactive sessions led by its world-leading academics, alongside pre-recorded and pre-prepared learning opportunities and materials which enable students to study at times that suit them.

Birkbeck is well-placed to flex to online provision because its model of providing on-campus, in-person learning supported by online study opportunities means that its programmes and courses are designed so that they work across both environments and its unique, high-quality learning experience can be enjoyed both on-site and online.

Lynn Grimes, Director of Marketing and External Relations said: “We wanted to continue with on-campus sessions but the safety of our students and staff is paramount and the Omicron variant has spread rapidly in London, so we have temporarily moved our teaching online, apart from essential laboratory sessions. Our Library is also open for students who want to use it.

“Our courses are designed to be delivered on campus with supporting learning opportunities provided online, so we can maintain their quality in both environments. Our students consistently rate our online provision highly.

“We will review these arrangements in the second week of term and make a decision then about whether to return to campus or whether we need to pause onsite teaching for a little longer. We intend to return to campus as soon as it is safe to do so, so I would urge any students thinking about enrolling not to delay doing so.”

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