Manchester University confirms all law lectures from next term will be delivered online

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Social distancing measures may remain in place for some time meaning traditional fresher experience could look very different

The University of Manchester has revealed all of its lectures for the start of the coming academic year will be delivered online, including those run by its law department.

The Russell Group institution is the first to confirm that from next term all of its lectures will continue ahead, virtually, amid continued coronavirus disruption.

“As we anticipate social distancing measures will be in place for some time, we have taken the decision to conduct all lectures for semester one online, as a lecture theatre environment does not easily support spatial separation,” a Manchester University spokesperson told The Telegraph.

However, the university said, subject to government advice, it hopes to continue with some face-to-face teaching through small groups and tutorials.

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With social distancing measures likely to stay in place for the foreseeable future, it seems a number of other universities will follow suit.

Moreover, Legal Cheek understands some institutions are rethinking their plans for new joiners from September. Manchester University, for example, is staggering its first semester start dates and said that freshers’ week will consist of a series of online and on-campus events.

Current students have already filed petitions calling for cuts to tuition fees as lectures move online, while we anticipate offer holders to await universities’ COVID-19 response before they potentially defer their course start date over concerns that their first-year uni experience won’t be the same.

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Confused TC holder

Genuine Question:

I’ve been offered a TC at a firm that has an office in London but also regionally and I’ve been given a choice… the firms regional office is very close to where I live and I wouldn’t have to pay for bills or anything like that as I live at home with family so it will all go to savings. The Trainee salary is 20k and nq salary is around 40k.

But I could also choose London, where the salary is more than double the regional salary but the rent and the living costs would be high plus I’d have to probably rent a tiny room in a shared house with a bunch of strangers.

I genuinely don’t know what to do. I’ve heard horror stories about the realities of working and living in London and I question if I’ll have a better quality of life if I pick the regional office



Of course it includes law school lectures if it is THE WHOLE UNIVERSITY

Don’t you have any news where the link to law is a little less tenuous?



Yes, the headline was very misleading as it implies it’s only law degrees that are being taught online.


I’m so 3008 you so 2000 and l8

this isn’t news. Unis have got away with doing powerpoint slides and recorded online lectures for the past few years and they don’t even change the content from year to year, but the uni fees continue to go up


CMS Trainee

I wonder what my alma mater Manchester Metropolitan University will be doing.



Is that a real uni? Never heard of so many of these places.



That’s probably because you dropped out of your BTEC admin course before you got the chance to even know what a UCAS was. Manchester Met has produced many elite fee earners.



No, it was because I went to Oxford.



Yeah you did, Oxford Brookes – also another breeding ground for elite fee earners. I guess that makes us colleagues.


Nice use of the ole’ Oxford comma there, mate.

Manchester grad

It might have changed, but when I went to uni its biggest appeal was being a wall to wall piss up with reasonable career prospects.

Online lectures absolutely ruins it.


CMS Trainee

Feel sorry for ya, pal – could’ve had a much greater time at Manchester Met AND ended up at an elite firm like CMS.


Harry Street

Manchester closed its law school last year. It now has a smaller department of law in the school of social sciences.



Wow! I have carefully added that to my list of things I do not give a flying fuck about.



I’ve just finished my last assignment for Criminology in Manchester Metropolitan University (1st year going to 2nd year in September). Wonder what they doing, especially for both University overseas students ditching them.



McDonalds or not McDonalds. That is the burger flipping question.


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