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Faculty of Philosophy


The Faculty is looking forward to returning to teaching in-person this year

However the pandemic continues to have an impact on how we do this, and we will need to remain flexible in our arrangements.

We’ve been working hard to make sure that everyone stays as safe as possible, and that your education remains as high quality as ever.

In line with guidance issued by the University, the Faculty's default position is that university teaching – lectures, seminars, discussion groups and logic classes – will happen in person this year. This will be reviewed throughout the year, and it is possible that it will need to change, in light of guidance from the University, or Public Health England.

There will be exceptions to this: some instructors cannot teach in person because they are at higher risk of infection. Others may be affected by on-going travel restrictions associated with the pandemic, particularly at the start of the academic year or may have to isolate at short notice. In addition, some instructors will choose to retain elements of on-line teaching in their courses for pedagogical reasons. We know that some students found these features helpful last year, when used in the right way. For all these reasons, some lectures may take place either entirely on-line, or lecturers may choose to couple an on-line element, such as a short introductory video, with an in-person discussion.

The key thing is to check the Lecture List to see if courses are listed as having an in-person location, or as happening on-line, and to look on Moodle for further information about what form that on-line element will take.

Who can attend lectures?

Undergraduates registered as taking the paper (including those in other Faculties and Departments who are formally borrowing the paper) as well as all postgraduate students in the Faculty are allowed to attend our lectures. Other current members of the University may also attend provided that there is sufficient space in the lecture room. (These are sometimes referred to as "auditors".) Auditors should email asking for access to the Moodle page on which handouts and other relevant materials will be posted. (NB Some materials on Moodle are not accessible to auditors (e.g. scans of book chapters) due to copyright restriction.) In the case of seminars, where those attending may be expected to contribute to discussion, those from outside the Faculty should email the instructor in advance to ask permission to attend.