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Education Quality and Policy Office


The text on this webpage was circulated to all Faculty Boards and Heads of Department on 8 July 2022.

The General Board’s Education Committee (GBEC) has been considering the future of teaching and learning practice as we emerge from the disruptions of the past few years.  GBEC has agreed that the University should retain elements of supportive, inclusive and blended learning as we return to an emphasis on the in-person, residential teaching which is our primary strength.  

With this in mind, GBEC has reviewed its position on lecture capture recording during the pandemic.  The Committee has agreed that there should be an expectation (but not a requirement) of lecture recording for the academic year 2022-23 as a transitional measure, while further exploration of the post-pandemic teaching and learning landscape is conducted.    

GBEC has issued a Statement of Expectation for lecture capture recording.  This Statement outlines an institutional aim to provide recordings for all lectures as standard.  However, GBEC recognises that some courses may wish to conduct further evaluation of the impact of recordings on teaching and learning, or to explore other methods of providing the same benefits afforded by making recordings of lectures available to students.  Consequently, as a transitional measure for the 2022-23 academic year, Faculties and Departments may choose not to implement the Statement of Expectation for some or all of their courses, pending further exploration of the impact of lecture recording during the year.   

All Faculties and Departments are asked to review the Statement and to disseminate it to their teaching staff.  

Where Faculties or Departments wish not to implement the Statement of Expectation for 2022-23 for some or all of their courses, the following must apply:  

  1. No individual member of teaching staff who wishes to record lectures should be restricted from doing so. 
  2. Further consideration of the role and impact of recording on teaching and learning should take place throughout the year, to provide local evidence of the barriers and benefits.  This should entail collective reflection on the pedagogical approaches which best support your discipline, bearing in mind the University’s commitment to an inclusive education.  The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the Technology-Enabled Learning Service, are available to support this reflection as required. 
  3. The student view should be central to decision-making; students must be consulted about their experiences throughout the academic year.  A clear statement should also be issued in all student handbooks before the start of the next academic year to confirm that the Statement will not be implemented, the reasons for this, how the impact of lecture recording will be evaluated, and how students can contribute to this evaluation. 
  4. Faculties and Departments are responsible for ensuring appropriate support is provided to students where recording or notetaking are reasonable adjustments within their Student Support Document.   
  5. During the course of the academic year, Faculty Boards must review the implementation of the Statement on courses which fall into their remit, and contribute to institutional evaluation and review. 


GBEC will monitor the impact of the Statement of Expectations throughout the year, and will conduct a formal review in Easter Term 2023. 


Addendum to the Expectation

On 26 July 2022, GBEC issued an addendum to the expectation, to outline issues and procedures to support recording for disabled students.  This was reissued on 12 October 2022 with additional phrasing, to delineate more clearly our legal duty to provide reasonable adjustments; the context and recommendations of the document are unchanged.  

Download the Addendum, regarding support for disabled students.

If you have any queries regarding the Statement of Expectations, please contact the Education Quality and Policy Office at