All lectures during the first term of the new academic year at the University of Bristol will take place online.
There will still be face-to-face tuition in small groups, with university vice-chancellor Hugh Brady calling it a “blended approach to teaching and learning”.
Brady said: “We are committed to continuing to deliver high quality education to all our students and to delivering a research-rich, world-class, interactive education, while ensuring that we respond effectively to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
He said that staff have been working on plans that enable the university “to be flexible, respond to changing public health guidance and, most importantly, protect the wellbeing of our students and staff”.
The autumn term will start on the later date of October 5 for all students, with social distancing measures due to be introduced both inside and outside across the university’s estate.
With freshers week, officially known as Welcome Week, a big part of the university experience, Brady said he will “ensure new students will still get an exciting introduction to live in Bristol”.
Brady added: “We are also working closely with SU (student union) colleagues to focus on maintaining and strengthening our bonds as a community, even if we are not able to be physically together as in more normal times.”