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Settling in at University

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) (Warwick Scholar) Contact Vikram

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog on OurWarwick. My previous series focussed on moving into university. Whether you are completing this term from home or in the local area, this term I will be focussing more on university life in the Covid-19 pandemic, and key parts of term.

Background:

I want to begin by giving a brief background to what will be my Final Year at the University of Warwick (2020-21). I aim to graduate next summer; BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (pathway focus on Politics and Economics).

Similar to most First-Years, I am living on campus this year. There is an option for Final-Years to return to campus as you can apply for a place through a ‘ballot’ system. The move from home to university, and then settling in, has been a real challenge. It’s been quite enjoyable though to have a change in environment.

Back on Campus:

It’s great to be back on campus. Campus has been a place that I have missed. As I walked around, it really hit me that I last stepped foot on campus 6 months ago. However, walking around felt so natural and normal – as though I had been here just last week. In some ways, the previous 6 months feel as though they have flown by, but a lot has happened in-between.

One thing that I had to quickly get accustomed to, following welcome week, was how relatively quiet campus has become. Normally, as I walk from one side of campus to the other, I would usually bump into friends. This is something that I will really miss this year because students are more likely to stay at home, especially if they have to self-isolate.

Blended Teaching and Learning:

At the time of writing this blog, the University’s blended teaching and learning model hasn’t been too greatly affected, for now, by wider governmental rules and regulations. I have had a few in-person seminars. For one of my seminars, it involved visiting the temperature screening station outside the seminar room (ground floor in the library). I wanted to share this because it used cool technology to ‘authenticate’ me. I walked up to it and it scanned my face to provide a temperature reading. These stations aren’t everywhere on campus though, but look out for signs, such as in the library or Senate House (these are the 2 places that I have seen them thus far). In the classroom, every student has a table for themselves (this doesn’t include lecture hall classes). Everyone must wear face coverings as part of the guidelines and respect social distancing.

Most of my learning is online. This involves watching asynchronous pre-recorded lectures and then participating in the live, synchronous, Q+A type lectures. The type of online teaching and learning varies between departments. A lot of material has been posted on Moodle and then you can virtually speak to your tutors. Online classes have been unique experiences. From ensuring you mute yourself to raising your virtual hand if you want to participate. It’s something that we will need to get used to for this academic year.

These have been some of my experiences of being back on campus. In my next blog, I will be discussing ‘reading week’.

Vikram Kumar Khosla | Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) (Warwick Scholar) Contact Vikram

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