CoronavirusAcademic Year 2021/22

The University is currently preparing for the academic year 2021/22, and we look forward to welcoming all our new and returning students to our enhanced campus environment, including our newly opened flagship learning and teaching building and our new Students' Union building.

The last year has been subject to considerable disruption, during which our students and staff showed incredible resilience as we adjusted our plans to keep you safe and we continued to deliver our education and research activities. We are encouraged by the widespread rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the impact that this is having on transmission.

With this in mind, we are planning for the resumption of on-campus learning, combined with online activities, for all our learners, which will be phased according to the needs of the programme.

We expect on-campus activities to include the following elements, tailored to the programme requirements, as appropriate:

  • welcome and orientation activities;
  • small group teaching;
  • small group tutorials/seminars;
  • practical workshops; and,
  • laboratory-based sessions.

We anticipate that some physical distancing measures will remain in place and, as such, we are planning for large-group teaching (e.g. lectures for more than 50 students) to remain online, until such time as physical distancing measures are relaxed. Our planning is informed by our University priorities for students and staff, and this remains aligned to the Scottish Government guidance. Throughout the pandemic, our priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

For the majority of our programmes, the 2021/22 academic year commences with Welcome and Induction Week on Monday 13th September, with teaching commencing from Monday 20th September.

We will welcome our students on programmes within the School of Education from 18th August and the School of Social Work and Social Policy from 23rd August.

On-campus activities will be planned according to the priorities of the subject area and level of study. Your programme leader will be in touch with you in advance of Welcome and Development Week to advise of the arrangements for your programme of study.

Our University Accommodation Services team will communicate directly with students who plan to stay on campus, to outline the timescales and plans for arrival in University accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus in 2021/22. 

Updated 24 June 2021