Student information & FAQsLearning & teaching

During the current period, the significant majority of undergraduate and postgraduate modules are being delivered online, in line with Scottish Government Guidance. Where required, essential on-campus teaching has been delivered for specific student cohorts including: the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE); Pure and Applied Chemistry; Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS); and Prosthetics and Orthotics (Biomedical Engineering).

The University’s Executive Team will continue to have oversight for the mode of delivery for learning and teaching, and will take into consideration a range of factors – most importantly the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff – in the consideration of the planned future transition, in Semester 2, to blended learning, aligned to the requirements of Scottish Government guidance.

Online activities and content will continue to be fully supported with significant staff input and interaction and your programme will adhere to the same quality standards and expectations of our on-campus teaching.

Your online classes will be taught through Myplace, supported by the Zoom web conferencing tool, where appropriate. Your lecturers will be in contact with you regularly through Myplace and email so please make sure that you regularly access the system to review notices and guidance. Coursework and assignments will also be submitted through Myplace, unless otherwise indicated by your Department/School.

Departments and Schools are currently reviewing the opportunities for on-campus learning activities across all degree programmes for Semester 2. It is not planned that all subjects and levels will return to campus at the same time. Use of the campus is being determined based on the needs of the programme and student cohorts and in accordance with Scottish Government advice and guidance. Your Department or School will contact you directly to explain the plans for your programme.

Your Department/School or Faculty Office will stay in contact with you and will keep you informed. You should also check MyPlace, and email for updates.

The University’s Formal Assessment Period for Semester 1 runs from 7-18 December 2020 inclusive.

Semester 1 assessments have been planned and developed to take account of online and blended learning approaches throughout the course of the Semester. It is expected that students will participate in all planned assessments.

Please refer to the Formal Assessment Period FAQs for more guidance.

The University Library opened for individual study from Monday 24 August. There are over 500 study spaces currently available within the Library building, which adhere to the 2m social distancing restrictions. Hand sanitisers and wipes are available at all study stations and staff will be monitoring the environment to ensure it remains safe for all.

Other study environments will be made available throughout the University for students wishing to access campus IT facilities or simply make use of a quiet place to study. Further details will be published within the University’s Coronavirus Information web pages in due course.

The University has arranged access to Microsoft Office software free of charge for all students. Please DO NOT take out a separate subscription to Microsoft Office. We have also arranged free access to lots of other software that you may need during your studies – available through Pegasus. Find out full details on the MS Office suite, other discipline-specific software and hardware recommendations.

The University fully appreciates that the ongoing situation may cause continuing concerns, and that these may be heightened for students with underlying health conditions and for students who have caring responsibilities for individuals with underlying health conditions.

Throughout the pandemic, the University has taken a supportive and flexible approach in managing situations where students are finding it challenging to engage with their studies due to underlying health concerns and specific personal circumstances; this will continue throughout this academic year, 2020/21.

It is important that you ensure that the University has as up to date information as possible to support you if you are in this situation. Please update your Department/School if you are struggling to engage with activities or assessments during the semester. The Personal Circumstances procedure provides support for students who are experiencing particular challenges relating to the pandemic which may impact your ability to engage in on-campus learning activities.

Please note that all our student health, wellbeing and support services continue to be accessible through online facilities. If you have any concerns, you are encouraged to contact Disability and Wellbeing Service on 0141 548 3402 or email studenthealthenquiries@strath.ac.uk.

The first 2-3 weeks of Semester 2, including Consolidation and Development week, will be presented online, from week commencing 11 January, with the expectation that teaching will transition to a blended learning mode of delivery over a 3–5 week period, aligned to the requirements of Scottish Government guidance. Departments and Schools have reviewed modules and the opportunities for on-campus learning activities across all degree programmes. It is planned that there will be a gradual transition to blended learning from Week 3 of Semester 2. Your Department or School will be in touch with you closer to the time, to outline the arrangements for your programme.

The University continues to deliver learning and teaching in line with Scottish Government guidance. Where campus-based learning is provided, this has been arranged to ensure that the 2m social distancing guidelines as set out by the Scottish Government are adhered to. Risk assessments have been undertaken for all campus-based learning activities.

In Semester 1, the return to campus-based learning has been managed through a phased approach, starting with those subjects that have essential practical activities aligned to accreditation requirements of the Professional Bodies. Use of the campus is being determined based on the needs of the programme and student cohorts. Your Department or School will keep in contact you to directly explain the arrangements for your programme and keep you up to date as these evolve, to adjust to the changes in the wider environment and Scottish Government guidance.

Within this phase of the Scottish Government route map, the 2m social distancing requirement means that the occupancy of the campus learning environment will be significantly lower than in a typical academic year. Campus occupancy continues to be closely monitored.

If you have particular concerns regarding your safety or are experiencing anxiety in relation to the return to campus, and your Department or School has indicated the intention to resume on-campus activities, please contact your programme leader to discuss your individual circumstances. They will be able to discuss your options in the context of your needs and the requirements of the programme.

If you have more wider anxieties around on-campus learning, you are encouraged to contact Disability and Wellbeing Service on 0141 548 3402 or email studenthealthenquiries@strath.ac.uk.

We recognise that for some of you this will be the first time you will be learning online. Please be reassured that there are staff available to provide support and guidance on accessing any new systems for web-based conferencing. Technical guidance to support you through this period is available online. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the IT helpdesk at: help@strath.ac.uk or telephone 0141 548 4444. For all queries relating to teaching and learning materials and activities within Myplace, please contact your lecturer/tutor as normal. 

Please continue to complete online registration as per the instructions with the email sent by Student Business. It is essential that you register with the University for the 2020/21 session in order to continue with your learning remotely.

If you are a Tier 4 student, you will receive guidance on the requirements to study under the recently published UKVI guidance.

If you are an overseas or EU student currently residing in a country for which there are UK quarantine restrictions in place, please be assured that you will be supported to undertake your learning remotely, until the period of quarantine has ended.

Please be assured that you will not be academically disadvantaged if you are unable to attend for blended learning due to international travel restrictions. Throughout Semester 1, the University has exercised a flexible approach to the commencement of on campus study and this will continue in to Semester 2.

The University continues to remain committed to ensuring that that no student will be academically disadvantaged if they must return home due to Covid-19.

If you do need to return home, you must notify your department, or school, so that we can support you appropriately to continue your studies and (for Tier 4 students) to satisfy visa requirements.

If you are a Tier 4 visa holder you must read our Visas and Immigration information.

Myplace, with Zoom and other software provided by the University, will continue to be the focus for the delivery of learning and assessment. Should another UK-wide lockdown occur during the period when the University has transitioned to blended learning with some on-campus learning, your Department or School will communicate with you on the continuation of learning for the period of lockdown. You should continue to prepare for assignments and formal assessments as normal. Should your individual circumstances be such that you require a coursework extension, please apply for an extension request via Myplace. Guidance on how to do this is available online.

If for any reason you are not able to submit this request via Myplace, you should contact your Department/School to note your request for an extension and ensure that you have a response from a member of staff.

Professional accreditation bodies are in contact with your Department/School leaders to provide national level advice on potential measures being taken in the event of disruption to study/assessment. If you have any specific queries, please contact your Department/School.

In the first instance, please make contact with your Programme Leader. All organisations are required to undertake risk assessments and prepare their workplaces to be Covid-safe environments. Your Programme Leader will have details of the arrangements that are in place within your placement organisation.

If you are experiencing particular anxiety concerning attending a placement, you are encouraged to contact our Disability and Wellbeing Service on 0141 548 3402 or email studenthealthenquiries@strath.ac.uk.

Your Department/School will be in touch to discuss arrangements for field trip activities planned for Semester 1; this will be in line with the current Scottish and UK Government guidance.

While the ceremonial aspect of our formal graduation ceremonies in November are postponed, those eligible for a degree or qualification award will still recive their awards in the autumn. Read more about our plans for conferment.

The University of Strathclyde is an internationally leading technological university that is committed to being socially progressive.

This year our plans for learning and teaching have been adapted to align with government guidance to keep our student and staff community safe. This means that some of our teaching is being delivered online for an initial period with a transition to blended learning during the First Semester.

Throughout the academic year, we will continue to maintain the highest academic standards, ensure a high-quality learning and teaching experience for our students and tuition fees will remain unchanged.

The University does recognise that some students are experiencing financial challenges as a result of Covid-19 and has established a dedicated Covid19 Hardship Fund.

The University has also established a Covid-19 Relief Scholarship Fund for returning students, to address individual financial issues, including outstanding and ongoing tuition fee payments.

Please contact student-advice@strath.ac.uk 

Find out more general advice and guidance on student financial support here.

On-campus teaching

If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, please do not enter the building. 

  • If you are able, you must wear a covering while moving around indoor and in all classroom settings on campus with the exception of those who are exempt from wearing face coverings and teaching settings where PPE is to be worn. Please see FAQ 'Am I required to wear a face covering in class?' for further guidance
  • Follow the access and egress routes indicated in the building.
  • Adhere to the signage, queue, and lane markings in place in foyers/entrances.
  • Always observe 2m physical distancing, including on entry and exit to the building and in common areas, stairwells, corridors, and walkways.
  • On entering a teaching room, adhere to any instructions on movement within the room and maintain 2m distancing.
  • Use the stairs where possible and avoid using the lifts.
  • Lifts should only be used by one person at a time, unless otherwise indicated by signage, with preference given to those physically unable to use stairs. Floor markings will be used to ensure physical distancing for those queuing to use the lifts.
  • After pressing lift buttons, hands should be cleaned, or a suitable implement or elbow can be used to press the button.

All rooms have been configured for maximum capacity within Scottish Government guidelines.  This includes a minimum of 2m distancing and a maximum room capacity of 50.  Processes around the use of rooms have been designed to minimise risk and keep our learning community safe.

The University is using the ULab system to record attendance in teaching rooms for contact tracing and to help manage room usage. If we are notified of a positive case, this information will be used to track and inform all relevant people appropriately.

Take a look at our ULab QR codes instructions for students.

You are also encouraged to use the Protect Scotland NHS tracking app.

Cleaning stations will be provided in all teaching rooms.  This will allow you to wipe surfaces as required.  They will have some spray disinfectant, surface sanitising wipes, a disposable roll in a dispenser and signage/instructions on how to use safely.  Spray should not be used on keyboards or touch screens.  Please dispose of used cleaning materials appropriately.

This provision is in addition to the standard sanitisation undertaken by the University’s cleaning team each day.

Hand sanitiser stations are available at building entry points, at lift call points and other points within the buildings.  These should be used as required. 

You may find it useful to carry your own hand sanitiser for your convenience.

We expect everyone to contribute to staying safe on campus and behave in a responsible manner while on campus.  You are encouraged to make use of cleaning equipment as appropriate during campus activities.

Any specialist equipment which is essential for the class activity will operate with a clean-use-clean policy.  Please make sure that you dispose of any used cleaning materials appropriately.

Staff have arranged a 30 minutes gap between each teaching event to allow everyone to safely move between sessions.  Please make sure that you leave each room promptly and do not arrive at a new room any earlier than 15 minutes before your class starts, to help avoid congestion in common areas of the building. 

If the teaching room is empty, please enter immediately.  If waiting anywhere in the building, please observe physical distancing at all times.

Face coverings are required when on campus inside buildings, including classroom settings, with the exception of those who are exempt from wearing them, and teaching settings where PPE is to be worn.

When entering your teaching room, you should sit in the empty seat furthest from the entrance first so that the last students into the room are able to sit in the seats nearest to the entrance.  Do not leave any viable seat gaps.  You may wish to collect cleaning materials from the cleaning station prior to taking your seat.

The general principle is to avoid having to walk past someone who is already seated to find a free seat.  To achieve this, you should not wait for friends at the door or in the room but should enter the room and move to the next available seat as soon after you arrive.

In fixed-seat lecture theatres, the seats available to sit in are identified with a green tick.

When exiting the room, please follow a reverse process to entry - last in, first out.  The students nearest the door should leave first.  Everyone else should leave in order of proximity to the exit door with the students furthest away from the exit leaving last.  Please leave the room promptly.

Due to the process for entering teaching rooms safely, available seats will be those nearest the entrance.  Please follow the process for FAQ “How do I enter and exit my teaching room safely and where do I sit?”

No. Teaching room furniture has been arranged to comply with 2m physical distancing in accordance with Scottish Government guidelines.  Under no circumstances should furniture be moved, even if you live in the same flat.

Yes. Some teaching rooms have been configured to facilitate seated group working activities for small groups, whilst maintaining 2m physical distancing. Please maintain 2m physical distancing in campus work areas even if you live in the same flat. 

Zoom is available for you to meet with your team online and this is the safest way to complete your group work. We encourage you to meet online whenever possible. 

If you are working with team members you should use Zoom to share your screen. Using Zoom will also allow your distributed team to work together if people are both off and on campus at the time of the meeting.

You should exit the room maintaining 2m distancing wherever possible, whilst wearing a face covering if able to do so.  This may require you to ask other students to move to allow you to safely pass.  Please follow the same process on returning to class.

Normal fire evacuation procedures will apply.  Do not adhere to the 2 metre physical distancing during a fire evacuation.  On hearing the fire alarm, building occupants must:

  • Leave the building immediately by the nearest available fire exit;
  • Follow the green fire exit signs;
  • Do not use a lift to evacuate the building, unless this has been identified in a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan;
  • Upon exiting the building, make their way to the fire assembly point, where physical distancing must be adhered to.

If you will not be speaking then you can engage in your online classes in any of the individual work areas on campus, as long as you are using headphones.

However, if you will be speaking please use the computer labs or levels 2 and 3 in the library for this activity, as the noise will not disturb other students in the same way as the other study spaces on campus. Remember to bring your headphones with you and always use them, and remember that face coverings must be worn at all times in the Library.

Library staff have been delighted to welcome users back into the Curran building and we are keen to be able to keep the library open. To do this we are working hard to protect all our community of users (students and staff) by enforcing some new rules:

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times when in the Library (with accepted exemptions as outlined by legislation)
  • All library seating has been arranged to support the 2m social distancing and has been designed to support solo study - library users must not move chairs or tables together even if they live in the same domestic bubble. Note that anyone repeatedly failing to comply with Covid-19 social distancing measures will be asked to leave the Library and disciplinary action may be taken in line with the University’s Covid-19 Community Commitment and the Student Discipline Procedures.
  • Library Users are advised to do any Group working activities outside the library and preferably using the collaboration technologies such as zoom.  You may speak with other students at an adjacent (2m distanced) seat on levels 2 and 3 of the library while ensuring 2m distancing is maintained at all times.
  • The Library has 543 seats under current social distancing arrangements. All are wi-fi enabled and some also have fixed pcs.
  • You do not need to book to come to the library unless wanting to use one of the small library study rooms now converted for solo use – bookable via the University App.

We are working hard to extend the Library opening hours for early morning/evening and Saturday– watch the library website for any changes