Semester 1 2021-22

Information about Semester 1 teaching in the 2021-22 academic year


Our intention for new students taking Chemistry 1A is to live-stream lectures in the scheduled timetable slots. These will be accessible through Microsoft Teams, but will also be recorded and made available via the University’s lecture recordings interface, Media Hopper Replay. These are made available through Learn, our virtual learning environment, and will not expire. For all other undergraduate year groups, due to timetable clashes with adjacent laboratory sessions, we will release lecture recordings. These will be made available according to the schedule stated on Learn for each course and will remain available for the entire academic year.

Small Group Teaching

Tutorials will be in-person for all students. The precise arrangements for each tutorial (size of group, staffing) will vary depending on the needs of the course, the number of students to be accommodated, and the number and size of allocated rooms. These will give students an opportunity to interact with peers and staff, and to participate fully in discussion and problem-solving activities.

Laboratory classes will be restricted in capacity according to guidance around maximum laboratory occupancy, and our aim is to deliver as close to the ‘normal’ number of lab hours as possible. We will also be providing sessions for continuing students at the beginning of the semester to address some of the gaps in experience that resulted from a lack of in-person lab sessions in academic year 2020-21.

Academic Support 

Academic support will be provided by your Personal Tutor, and specific arrangements for start-of-year meetings will be communicated by email nearer the time. If you require support before then, please contact your Personal Tutor or the Senior Personal Tutor, Dr. Peter Kirsop.

Access to Research Labs and Study Spaces

Research labs are open to those who require access, and from September 2021 this will include final year undergraduate students. Arrangements for access will be communicated at the beginning of semester 1. Current safety measures include the wearing of face coverings, observing physical distancing at all times, and adhering to the building access arrangements and one-way system.

There are no bookable study spaces available within the Joseph Black building currently, with the exception of the taught postgraduate study space.


Exams at the end of semester 1 will be online and open-book. Arrangements for the Spring 2022 diet are yet to be finalised.


Arrangements for enrolment on 2021-22 elective courses will be communicated by email in August 2021. For new students this will be completed during Welcome Week 2021 after discussion with your Personal Tutor.