Students will return to on-campus learning at the University of Tasmania from next year.
UTAS students have been studying remotely since March, when the university announced a staged plan to take students off-campus due to COVID-19.
Vice-chancellor Rufus Black a team was working on timetabling for 2021, to ensure safe physical distancing and other COVID-safe protocols were in place.
As an example, a 250-seat lecture theatre can now only accommodate 50 students.
"We are absolutely committed to having our students back on campus next year, knowing that we can do so safely and that it is a central part of the university experience,"Professor Black said.
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"This has been a challenging year for our students. We know they have been feeling dislocated and isolated, and we admire how they and their families have navigated what has been a difficult year for us all."
Physical distancing can take place at the Launceston and Burnie campuses, due to larger teaching spaces, but changes are in place for southern students.
Hobart-based students will be spread out across the Sandy Bay campus and at CBD sites from 2010, to allow for physical distancing to take place.
Professor Black said detailed analysis had shown across the Hobart campus, UTAS has only eight spaces that can accommodate more than 30 students at one time.
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To address this, UTAS has secured additional floor space in the KPMG building and is also looking at another option, which is yet to be finalised.
Professor Black said the move was to ensure adequate teaching space for 2021.
"We've done detailed analysis on what we will need to teach in a COVID-safe way," Professor Black said.
"We couldn't meet our new space requirements within our existing operations, and the city had available capacity."
In a message to staff sent last week, Professor Black commended staff on how they had adapted to remote teaching, as well as the way they had overcome challenges, such as the inability to hold face-to-face examinations.
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"We know our students have felt dislocated and isolated this year. We admire the way they and their families, with your support, have navigated this period, but we understand how they miss being part of a thriving community," he said.
Socials hubs will be created from semester 1, 2021, at each campus, with activities planned such as food and market stalls, to help bring vibrancy back to the campuses.
"Being around others, forming new friendships and rekindling old ones, and exploring new ideas together are vital parts of the university experience. Offering this experience to our students - safely - is a priority," Professor Black said.
The academic scheduling team is working on the draft timetable to be provided to schools and colleges by December 14. A final timetable will be published January 18.