Preparations for the autumn term
LiU is planning to increase the degree of physical presence on campus for the autumn term, but restrictions will remain concerning such matters as the size of groups. Everything depends on how the infection of covid-19 continues to spread, and the effects of mass vaccination.
In order to give the best conditions possible in planning for the autumn term, the crisis management team at LiU has decided to specify already now that operations after 1 August 2021 will be carried out in essentially the same manner as at the start of the autumn term 2020. This includes the conduct of additional exams (resits, etc.) that will be held during August 2021. A decision will be made later that specifies how the reception activities for the new students will take place at the start of term.
The main aspects of the decision are that the university is to prepare for a return to somewhat greater numbers of co-workers on campus (in alternating groups that work on campus and at home), while a significant fraction of work in the autumn will continue to be carried out using digital methods, in, for example, teaching and exams. Another important fact is that the presence of students on campus will be increased.
“I realise that this can be seen as the start of a return to a more normal work situation from the situation we have at the moment, but the decision contains a strong reservation for how the spread of infection develops”, says Joakim Nejdeby, leader of the LiU crisis management team.
“Based on what we know today about, for example, how vaccination is being carried out, we want to provide as much transparency and time for advance planning as possible for everyone who is planning for the autumn term at the moment. We will give more details later, but the pandemic has stimulated many changes in the way we work, and by specifying the conditions of planning at an early stage, we allow teachers to strike a balance between traditional and digital teaching”, says Joakim Nejdeby.
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2021-02-18