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 the rest of this article. 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.
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.
The UK Government has asked universities to only deliver on-campus teaching in January 2021 for a limited number of programmes which require practical learning for professional qualifications. This means that while Semester 2 will start in January as scheduled, the date when your on-campus teaching starts might need to change. More information is available in the government’s guidance Students returning to higher education for spring term.
Below is a summary of the staggered start for on-campus face-to-face teaching. Your faculties and departments will confirm what this means for your programme of study and you will receive a notification once your timetable is live.
Summary of staggered return:
For students on clinical, laboratory-based and practical programmes, term will begin as planned on 15 January. In a few cases, teaching and placements begin earlier. Your department will communicate directly with you on this.
For all other programmes, term will begin as planned on 15 January. All teaching will be online until at least mid-February and your department will communicate directly with you on this.
If you're an incoming Study Abroad student, term will begin as planned on 15 January. All teaching will be online until at least mid-February and your timetable will be updated in time to show when on-campus teaching begins. If you have any remaining questions please contact Study Abroad.
If you're a PhD student then you can return to the university from 4 January if you can't undertake your work from home.