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Covid-19 and degree accreditation

The outbreak of coronavirus is an evolving situation that may require universities to take action in order to protect the health, welfare and safety of students and staff or to follow the advice of local or national authorities. 


The Institute of Physics (IOP) appreciates that universities and individual departments may need to make adjustments at short notice as a result of coronavirus.

The IOP would like to be clear that these measures will fall under the principle of force majeure with regard to meeting the requirements of degree accreditation. Universities and physics departments are responsible for ensuring that their approach to this situation upholds overall standards and mitigates impact on their students and the overall learning outcomes of their programmes.

Accreditation requirements should be preserved where possible but should circumstances beyond the department's control not permit this, temporary deviation from accreditation requirements is likely to be acceptable. Please refer to our guidance (PDF, 222KB) for more information.

The IOP hope this communication will provide reassurance to physics departments that changes to teaching and assessment that prove necessary should not impact on the accreditation of their degrees. Any department that would like to discuss their particular arrangements with the IOP may of course do so and contact details are as below.

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