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Education Quality and Policy Office


This page was updated on 2 July 2021 to reference the 2021-22 academic year.

In support of the expectations to record lectures in 2021-22, the General Board’s Education Committee agreed the following points with regard to availability of recorded lecture material: 

  • Limiting access to lecture recordings is not desirable and may disadvantage some learners.    
  • Students should be expected, and supported, to engage with recorded material in an appropriate fashion. To support this, departments should provide clear and consistent information about the content of recorded materials. Where appropriate, it may also include scheduling short ‘live’ online question and discussion sessions and/or indicating potential relevance for students’ small-group teaching such as supervisions, seminars or classes.  
  • The default expectation is that recordings, once published, should be made available to students for the remainder of the academic year.  This will encourage greater inclusivity, not only on disability and health grounds, but also in the adjustment to new modes of learning.  It will enable students to engage fully and responsibly with the material as adult learners.   
  • Where departments identify a pedagogical reason to limit access, this may be done under the following conditions:   
    • It must be a course-level decision supported by the Faculty Board, and not one made by individual lecturers;  
    • Where such restrictions exist, they should be no shorter than the Term in which the teaching takes place, plus 2 weeks;  
    • Departments must show clear consultation with students in developing such a policy;  
    • Departments must provide advice and guidance to students about how they can engage with online material in ways which are appropriate to their education and to their circumstances; for example, a suggested timeline for watching recordings, or to identify when supervisors can reasonably expect them to have engaged with certain topics or elements.  
  • Students should be encouraged to communicate with course organisers regarding any concerns about availability of lecture recordings. 


Page updated 02/07/21; to access archived statements regarding the 2020-21 academic year please contact Melissa Rielly,