4 April 2012
Imperial’s Management Board has approved several changes to the College teaching day from next year onwards, to build in time for undergraduates to take part in activities which go beyond their discipline-based teaching.
Changes include a new time-slot on Monday afternoons for cocurricular activities and phasing out the current two-hour free period over weekday lunchtimes, with all Departments still being required to set aside at least an hour for lunch.
Professor Julia Buckingham, Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs) said: “These changes will give room in the timetable to offer undergraduates classes going beyond their own areas of study, helping enhance their employment prospects in the future. We want to provide the opportunity for students to expand their perspectives and gain as much benefit from expertise around the College as possible, and this has meant carefully reviewing how the teaching day is structured.”
Two programmes, Business Imperial and Horizons, have been piloted, allowing students to engage with business and environmental issues through seminars.
The changes will be phased in, with alterations to lunchtimes and the Monday afternoon slot beginning introduced for first year students in 2012–13, taking in second years in 2013–14 and third year students and above in 2014–15.
Wednesday afternoons will continue to be free from teaching.
— John-Paul Jones, Communications and Development