The Covid-19 pandemic shut down our schools at the end of March and sent staff and students alike home to work on their laptops. This meant MSc students finished their group projects using online platforms and started dissertation projects while trying to get back to their home countries, or while stuck in Cardiff.
Although the Summer months are probably the right time to be stranded here when we get more sun than usual but less than in hotter parts of the world.
A new cohort of students will be arriving in Cardiff next month. Our course this year will run both online and in classrooms for the first semester. The computer science courses will be taught online, while most of the journalism work will take place in classrooms.
There is of course a huge amount of data and data-related stories that have been published in recent months because of the pandemic. And, it appears, the data and the effects of the pandemic on societies around the world will keep coming for a while yet. So it is a good time to be working on this kind of material.
And the Americans are planning an election, which should keep us busy in November and the weeks before.