Dear students and colleagues
As we prepare for a well-deserved mid-year break, allow me to share with you the arrangements for learning, teaching and assessment for the second semester, which commences on Monday 18 July 2022.
At the final meeting of our Institutional Committee for Business Continuity (ICBC) (on 12 April), we indicated that, as a residential university, we intended to return to full face-to-face teaching and learning as soon as possible. Following the recent repeal of Covid-19 regulations such as those on the wearing of masks and restrictions on gatherings, the University is ready to resume full face-to-face learning and teaching at the start of the second semester.
This, however, will imply changes to the timetables that students and staff may have become accustomed to under emergency and augmented remote teaching, learning and assessment (ERTLA and ARTLA). Therefore, students are reminded to consult their module frameworks and SUNLearn for updates on second-semester timetables.
While Covid-19 was a major challenge and affected our activities, we also learnt valuable lessons regarding hybrid learning and teaching. Moving forward, faculties may therefore supplement face-to-face learning and teaching with online materials in a blended approach.
As we slowly return to 'normal', let's keep in mind that Covid-19 is not yet over. The pandemic taught us some valuable hygiene practices, and I encourage you to continue to implement these where appropriate. The University will continue to provide appropriate health and safety measures, including hand sanitiser and face masks. We also continue to urge all members of our campus community to get vaccinated.
I thank each and every one of you for your adaptability, hard work and perseverance, and your commitment to the academic programme. This allowed us to complete our 2020 and 2021 academic years successfully and record many other institutional highlights as well.
Keep safe and enjoy the break.
Prof Deresh Ramjugernath
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching