Students in a design workshop

Student handbook What it’s like studying at University

All our courses are taught by a combination of lectures and small group seminars and tutorials. They may also involve lab work, practical lessons or placements depending on your course. You’ll get more information in your course or department handbooks.

Formal academic teaching is only one side of learning at university. Another is independent study – learning to work by and for yourself. This is essential if you really want to get a deeper understanding of your subject. We’ve designed the Strathclyde curriculum to help you develop as an independent learner.

Don’t worry if it’s all a bit new to you as all students are offered guidance and support throughout their studies.

Classroom protocol

We’re committed to providing a safe learning environment where dignity is respected and discrimination or harassment does not occur on the basis of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race, religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • socio-economic background

No student should intentionally be made to feel threatened or excluded from participation in a class.

Please show respect to fellow classmates and staff by following our protocol:

  • attend all scheduled lectures/seminars and practical sessions such as labs, including any additional learning and teaching sessions
  • arrive on time and remain in class until the end of the session. If you need to leave early for any reason, please let the tutor know before or at the beginning of the class
  • try not to disrupt the class by coming in late or coming and going from the classroom during the session. Students arriving late, without justified reasons, may not be able to join the lesson
  • refrain from consistently interrupting another speaker and listen to the ideas of others with respect
  • do not be rude or make personal attacks on individuals during group discussions
  • get permission from the tutor if you wish to record the lecture. The recording must only be used for personal study
  • do not bring food into the classroom, other than for medical reasons, eg  if you have diabetes. The tutor will let you know if you can bring in drinks as it depends on the rules of the room you’re in
  • let your tutors know of any specific requirements you have eg the need to pray at any time of the day
  • ask for permission from students and staff before taking any photos in the classroom
  • on any visit to an external organisation/place remember you’re acting as ambassadors of the University
  • refrain from smoking on premises as this is prohibited in all University buildings
  • follow all emergency instructions and health and safety procedures
If you have any concerns or worries please let your tutor or appropriate University staff member know.