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Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Dear colleagues and students

I’m circulating a brief note about S2 T&L arrangements.

Covid policy

HKU has now resumed normal operations, subject only to Covid regulations mandated by the HKSAR Government ( This means we no longer require a Vaccine Pass for campus access and we no longer expect close contacts of Covid cases to stay away from work or study.

* Starting from 30 January 2023, the Government will no longer issue isolation orders to infected persons. Colleagues and students requiring sick leave may apply for leave of absence if necessary.

T&L arrangements

All UG programmes will be delivered f2f in S2, with just a handful of courses adopting hybrid or online teaching for pedagogical reasons. Faculties will support students who cannot return to HK for the start of S2, but the experience will not be as good as actually being here. Pls do try to get back as quickly as possible. TPG programmes will make their own decisions about S2 T&L arrangements and inform their students directly.

Teaching rooms

We’ll be occupying teaching rooms up to full capacity in S2. At the same time, we’ll be requiring everyone to comply with our standard health protocols in all classes, whether lectures, tutorials, labs, studios or anything else – masks on throughout, no eating or drinking at all.

Lecture recordings

As in S1, we encourage teachers to upload lectures to Moodle, notably during the add/drop period when many students like to audit courses online. However, this is not required (unless a Faculty decides to retain the policy). To keep everything simple, ITS has created a ‘hide’ button in Moodle. This enables teachers to decide which lectures they wish to share with students and which they prefer not to share.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus. HKU offers an immersive experience, much of which can be gained only by coming on campus and participating in the many activities taking place here.

Best wishes for S2!


Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong