Everything you need to know as University of Leeds announce transition to online classes and cancel lectures due to coronavirus

The University of Leeds has announced immediate transition to online classes - with physical classes of more than 200 students cancelled from Tuesday.

By Daniel Sheridan
Saturday, 14th March 2020, 9:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 14th March 2020, 9:24 pm

The university announced the new plans on Saturday night (March 14).

In a statement released on their website, the university confirmed ll physical classes of over 100 students will be cancelled from Monday 23 March (at the latest), with students instead receiving online classes.

The full guidance from the university said: "We have been following National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England (PHE) advice and guidance in recent weeks, and we will continue to do so. However, in fast moving circumstances we are making changes to our current teaching practices with effect from Monday 16 March.

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"Over the next two weeks (weeks commencing Monday 16 March and Monday 23 March), we will make a significant transition to online learning.

"Thereafter, we are planning to deliver all lectures and non-laboratory (or other practical) classes online following the Easter break, that is from Monday 27 April.

"The University will remain open, and our intention is that student services, the library, sports facilities and residences will function normally next term.

"In response to student and staff concerns about teaching events involving large groups, we are making the following changes:

"All physical classes of over 300 students will be cancelled from Monday 16 March, with students instead receiving recorded learning materials via Minerva

"All physical classes of over 200 students will be cancelled from Tuesday 17 March, with students instead receiving live online classes, via Collaborate Ultra

"All physical classes of over 100 students will be cancelled from Monday 23 March (at the latest), with students instead receiving either live online classes or recorded learning materials.

"Our current assessment is that lectures and classes with fewer than 100 students can continue to be delivered in a face-to-face mode, in a way which is consistent with appropriate social distancing; but we will review that question early next week.

"Further details of what the above change will mean in practice will be given in module-level communications to students.

"This is a significant change to make quickly, and we would ask you, please, to bear with us if there are a few glitches.

"Progress will be monitored closely and of course the University stands ready to take further measures to protect the health and wellbeing of students and staff if this proves necessary."