Teaching at Ridley Hall 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.
With gratitude for your support and ongoing prayers at this time.