Important information about January 2021 timetables
Staggered start to on-campus teaching
The UK Government requires universities to stagger the return of students in Semester 2. This means that while semester 2 will start in January 2021 as scheduled, the date when your on-campus teaching starts might need to change. The overall timescale is detailed in our article Semester 2 staggered return to on-campus teaching. Your faculties and departments will email you with more details on what this means for individual programmes and you will be notified once your timetable is available.
Your preference for remote/in-person study is independent to the staggered timetable. If you have requested to study in-person, then your timetable will only reflect this from the date the government guidelines allow.
If your timetable is incomplete and/or shows you will be studying on-campus from the start of term
Updates to your timetable will continue to be made in January 2021 so that it contains the most up-to-date information for your module registrations, remote study and/or on-campus teaching arrangements.
Please make sure you continue to check your timetable for changes and in particular, take note of when your academic department has communicated your on-campus teaching will begin because this might not automatically show in your timetable. We expect all timetable changes needed to reflect the staggered return to campus to be published by 17 December 2020.
I’m new to King’s and studying remotely, can I change to on-campus teaching?
Welcome to King’s! Please contact your academic department to make this request. You’ll need to request a change by 15 January 2021 to make sure there is enough time to plan this into your timetable; changes will take up to 5 working days to process.
If you have requested to study in-person, then your timetable will only reflect this from the date the government guidelines allow.
I’ve requested to study remotely, does the staggered start apply to me?
The staggered start arrangements are specifically for when on-campus face to face teaching will begin. Therefore, if your course is eligible for remote study and you are studying remotely, then your teaching will begin online from 15 January 2021 and will not be affected by any stagger times.
I’ve requested to study remotely but my timetable is showing on-campus teaching
There are several reasons why your timetable might show on-campus teaching. These include:
- Your course is not eligible for remote study in Semester 2.
- If you have recently requested a change from in-person to remote study then this can take up to 5 working days.
If your timetable hasn’t updated after 5 working days, please contact your academic department.
In this article:
- Accessing your timetable
- How much face-to-face teaching can I expect?
- What are the scheduled teaching hours for Semester 2?
- Why are some of my seminars taking place at a nearby venue?
- How do I request a change to my modules?
- How can I get help and support with online learning?
- How can I protect my health and that of others at King’s?
Accessing your timetable
There are several articles about timetabling in our Administration section, which include:
- Accessing your timetable
- Understanding your timetable arrangements
- I’m having issues with my timetable
How much face-to-face teaching can I expect?
Throughout the 2020-21 academic year, King’s is committed to delivering as much small group teaching, including clinical and lab-based sessions, face-to-face as we can in line with government guidance, ensuring safe-distancing. This may vary from programme to programme and has been considered carefully in each faculty. Our programmes have been developed to deliver the same high-quality education and with support for remote learning to the greatest extent. We will keep our approach under active review, and hope to increase the amount of small group teaching we can deliver on campus as the academic year progresses.
What are the scheduled teaching hours for Semester 2?
To deliver as much small group teaching, clinical and lab-based sessions on campus as we can, in line with government guidance and safe-distancing, we have extended our core teaching hours to 08:00 – 18:00, Monday to Friday.
On Wednesday afternoons, teaching will not normally take place after 14:00 so that students can take part in other activities such as sports, engaging with societies or further private study.
We have planned on-campus sessions using safe distancing measures and by staggering teaching times where possible to manage the flow of people in our buildings. These smaller group teaching sessions mean our teaching staff will be holding additional sessions on campus and at nearby venues to accommodate all students. This means that lectures and seminars will be spread out over longer hours to ensure we are able to cover all courses and modules as required.
Why are some of my seminars taking place at a nearby venue?
Where possible, we will deliver as much small group teaching as we can, including clinical and lab-based sessions, on King’s campuses. To ensure we can meet two-metre safe distancing guidance, we must limit the number of people inside our buildings at any one time. As a result, we have increased the number of teaching venues to accommodate the safely distanced, smaller group teaching that we are offering this academic year. To find out more about our external venues, please read our article External teaching venues 2020-21.
Some teaching, including large group sessions and lectures, will be delivered online, through our virtual learning environment, KEATS, and Microsoft Teams. This means that you can work at your own pace and from your preferred location. We have an excellent provision for online teaching and our academics will be using interactive ways to ensure you can fully engage with your studies and with your classmates, wherever you are.
How do I request a change to my modules?
If you change your mind about the modules that you wish to take then you should contact your department initially to discuss your options with them. Your faculty and/or department will let you know the final deadline for requesting optional module changes
How can I get help and support with online learning?
You will have access to free software to download on your personal devices and our Service Desk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support you with all your IT queries.
All King’s students can complete a new fully-online ‘Essential Digital Skills Programme’ over the first two terms of 2020-21. The programme will teach you the digital skills required to support your academic, professional, and personal development. Teaching will focus on five main themes: the King’s online learning platform (KEATS); digital tools to equip students for success; being a good digital citizen; wellbeing in the digital world; and resources for studies. Those who complete the course and all assessments will receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) accreditation. You can join at any time via KEATS: Essential Digital Skills Programme.
How can I protect my health and that of others at King’s?
When you enrolled, you agreed to read, accept and keep up to date with all guidance on staying safe on campus and staying safe online. This is part of your personal responsibility to protect your own health and that of others.
If you are concerned that you’re at high risk from COVID-19 then please read our article Coronavirus & individual student risk assessments. If you self-identify as high risk, you should complete a risk assessment.