Covid-19 Information for Ridley students in 2020-21
In line with the Colleges of Cambridge University, Ridley Hall will welcome as many students as possible to our site in Cambridge for the start of the next academic year, guided always by advice from Public Health England.
We are committed to continuing to deliver high quality theological education to our lay and ordained students and to ensuring a robust formational experience, while ensuring that we respond effectively to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Small group teaching, seminars, supervisions and individual pastoral tutorials will continue in person as much as possible. Given the likely need for continued social distancing, and the fact that the A-Staircase accessibility project will mean that the Lecture Hall is out of action until February 2021, larger lectures in person are unlikely to take place during Michaelmas term. Smaller lecture groups will go ahead in person as teaching space allows. Lectures which would ordinarily be delivered in person to larger groups will be available online; this system is already in place in some University Departments.
Lectures are only one part of the training and formation offered at Ridley. Staff and returning students will be working hard to shape and build up community life, even in the midst of social distancing.
There remains a great deal of uncertainty about the likely course of the pandemic and its impact on universities and theological colleges. We will keep our plans under regular review. Our objective is to restore the full face-to-face teaching, worship and social programme as soon as possible. If we are able to do this sooner than currently anticipated, we will.
Ridley Lay Ministry (RLM) Cambridge
Given current government advice, and the likely need for continued social distancing, larger lectures in person are unlikely to take place for RLM students during Michaelmas term. Module teaching will, instead, take place online via a combination of asynchronous online tasks (tasks undertaken in your own time), and synchronous classroom teaching utilising zoom (all students together with the tutor facilitating). The intention is however, where possible, to provide smaller group teaching on site wherever possible. Teaching provision for later in the year will be reviewed in-line with ongoing government advice.
Given current government advice, the likely need for continued social distancing and the relatively small teaching spaces at Ridley London, module teaching for the academic year 2020/21 will take place online via a combination of asynchronous online tasks (tasks undertaken in your own time), and synchronous classroom teaching utilising zoom (all students together with the tutor facilitating).
The module delivery at Ridley London has been specifically designed for an online environment and utilises a flip-classroom approach to maximise the students learning and engagement with relevant material.
Reflective practice groups for London Diocese Apprentices will also take place online as timetabled.