School of Informatics

Teaching in the School of Informatics 2021/22

Key information for new and returning undergraduate and postgraduate taught students on teaching, learning and academic support at the School of Informatics in the 2021/22 academic year, as we adapt to the current circumstances.

We know you may have some questions and concerns about what to expect in the next academic year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We will be updating this page as more details become available.

Planning assumptions

We are closely monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we will adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes. Based on current information we expect physical distancing measures are very likely to still apply when the academic year starts in September 2021

Group numbers capped at 50

We expect the physical distancing guideline to be reduced from 2 metres to 1 metre, which will allow us to carry out small group teaching activities, however occupancy of large lecture theatres to be capped at 50 students. We expect to be able to deliver a variety of teaching activities on campus except large classroom teaching which will be delivered digitally. Tutorial group sizes will have to be fitted to available rooms (14, 19, 20, 40, 50)

Pre-honours and selected courses teaching prioritised

Pre-honours teaching (years 1 and 2) will be prioritised but we will make sure all year groups have some of their teaching scheduled on campus. Selected courses for each year (UG1 to 5 and MSc) will be given priority for on-campus delivery in consultation with course organisers.

We will do our best to offer as many contact hours on campus as possible.

We will support our societies CompSoc & Hoppers whenever they require space for on-campus meetings and events

Planning ongoing

If Government regulations allow more on-campus activity we will plan for that, but in case of tightening restrictions, we will have to move some or all of our activities online.

These arrangements will be reviewed for semester 2.

More information on the specifics of the School of Informatics approach will be published in due course.


Small group teaching

Laboratories and study spaces

Campus safety  

Still have questions?

Read the University's guidance on coming to Edinburgh

Coming to Edinburgh

Read general University's guidance about Learning and Teaching in 2021/22

University guidance 2021/22

Please get in touch with us using the enquiry forms below. 

Undergraduate Enquiry Form

Postgraduate Enquiry Form