Most universities will provide in-person teaching this autumn

updated on 19 June 2020

Most UK universities are planning to provide in-person teaching during the Autumn term, according to a new survey from Universities UK.

The survey revealed that 97% of universities said in-person teaching will be provided to students at the start of the 2020/21 term and 78% of universities will offer in-person social events (eg, sporting and wellbeing activities) to students while following government and public health guidance.

Full student services will be provided, including mental health support, careers advice and study skills, with 95% of universities confirming that these will be delivered via online platforms and in-person. Meanwhile 5% revealed that these services will be provided online.

Of the universities surveyed, 90% have already made prospective and current students aware of their plans, with others planning to do so soon. And 82% have said they are liaising with bars and cafes in their area as plans are being developed.

Chief executive of Universities UK Alistair Jarvis said: "Universities across the UK are well advanced in their planning to welcome students this autumn and ensure they can benefit from a high-quality, full and exciting university experience. 

"Following the latest health guidelines, universities are continuing to develop detailed plans for the new academic year and will be regularly updating new and returning students over the coming weeks.

"Although their first term will be different from previous years, most students can expect significant in-person teaching and a wide range of social activities and support services. Universities are committed to providing an engaging academic and social experience for all while ensuring the safety and welfare of the whole university community."