Our summer courses will also be conducted online, as planned.
At the end of May, the government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden announced that as of 1 June the recommendation for distance learning would be removed, so that higher education institutions could return to teaching on campus. Importantly, the return to campus should be a gradual process and regional infections rates should be considered. Moreover, the Public Health Agency's other recommendations must continue to be followed.
Certain teaching activities will be conducted on campus
University of Gävle's decision that teaching will mainly be conducted online during the beginning of the autumn term still applies. However, several teaching activities such as laboratory work and method exercises can be carried out on campus. Other teaching activities that can be carried out safely can be conducted on campus as well.
“We have mapped what teaching activities programme directors regard as necessary to carry out on campus,” says Maria Strand, head of the Division of Educational Support and chair of the University’s coordination committee for pandemic-related questions.
“We would like to send a signal now that we can be more generous than before when deciding what teaching activities that can be carried out on campus already from the beginning of the autumn semester.”
Members of staff at University of Gävle will continue to work from home as far as possible until 15 September, in accordance with directives from the government regarding government employees.
Decision for the second study period
To create beneficial planning opportunities, a decision for study period two, starting from 7 November, will be taken no later thant the last of August. Most probably, the University will be able to return to announced teaching formats for each study programme and course at this point.
“According to the authorities' current timetable, the restrictions will have been lifted at this point so that we can return to campus-based teaching. However, we want to monitor developments a little longer, not least in our region, to have a solid basis for such a decision. We are also trying to monitor the prognosis for the vaccinations. Here, the picture is relatively diverse; our students come from different regions as well as from different countries,” Maria Strand says.
Students are welcome to Gävle
New students and current students will receive information via their welcome letters about the University's plans. Students should expect that teaching in the latter part of the semester will most probably be carried out on campus to a large extent.
“We encourage students to plan for teaching activities on campus, when planning accommodation, for example. Students should plan for taking part in teaching on campus and in other parts of student life that have been on pause for a long time now,” Maria Strand says