Picture Credit- AFP - Students walk through Cambridge University in Cambridge, east of England


Cambridge University has announced that due to coronavirus pandemic, its next academic year shall be conducted online till the summer of 2021.

Face-to-face teaching has become risky due to coronavirus mode of transmission, which is through human-to-human contact.

The school shut down its campuses this year to help contain the virus. While lectures are going to be conducted online only, however, small group teachings can only be observed face-to-face if the group observes the rules for good social distancing.

The school management can only review its decision if the rules for social distancing changes. The school had already begun to carry out exams virtually since March.

According to its statement, "Given that it is likely that social distancing will continue to be required, the university has decided there will be no face-to-face lectures during the next academic year.

"Lectures will continue to be made available online and it may be possible to host smaller teaching groups in person, as long as this conforms to social distancing requirements.

"This decision has been taken now to facilitate planning, but as ever, will be reviewed should there be changes to official advice on coronavirus."

In a similar move, University of Manchester had also announced its plan to conduct its lectures online for the next academic session.

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