Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


Education planning 2020-21

How we are preparing to deliver an excellent and distinctive education to all UCL students in the next academic session

UCL is committed to continue its mission of excellent teaching and research during Academic Year 2020/21. The global experience of COVID-19 will require some adjustments to our activities, but it also reinforces the importance of our distinctive UCL approach. The innovation, creativity and collaboration we champion across our disciplines is proving vital to combating the COVID-19 pandemic, and will remain fundamental to the future of our world.

Update 1 May 2020: with the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic changing daily, it is too early to say when campus will re-open fully and we can deliver teaching face-to-face. However, we are working through all the possibilities, including returning safely on campus and educating our students remotely where social distancing is still needed.

So that UCL can continue to function smoothly for the duration of this crisis, and emerge from it stronger and more resilient, we have implemented a Gold/Silver/Bronze crisis management structure.

As part of this structure, Project Silver Sapphire 2 (SS2) is planning UCL’s education activities in 2020-21. Led by Professor Piet Eeckhout, SS2 will ensure an excellent educational experience for returning and new undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Faculty Education Teams have been established to work in collaboration with the Gold/Silver/Bronze structure. They will coordinate consultation on proposals arising from Bronze Groups and lead the implementation of actions agreed by Gold/Silver.  Led by the Dean, and with a nominated Convenor, each Faculty Education Team comprises a small number of senior staff with some departmental representation. See the full membership of your Faculty Education Team [UCL login required]. 


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UCL Emergency Resilience Framework for programmes and modules

Using data and insight to support Deans and Faculties to evaluate their offer of programmes and modules. Bronze workstream led by Professor Nora Colton.


Preparing for remote or socially distanced teaching

Developing a model for education delivery from September 2020, including different modes (blended, online, face to face), assessment, technical infrastructure and staff training. Bronze workstream led by Professor Norbert Pachler.

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Supporting positive transition or return to university

Planning a smooth arrival and induction process for returning and new students, whether on campus or remotely, that supports a positive transition or return to university. Bronze workstream led by Professor Deborah Gill and Derfel Owen.