Student information & FAQsLearning & teaching

Classes 22/23

As a campus-based institution, we intend to provide a full campus University experience in 2022-2023, including face-to-face teaching. While many modules and programmes will continue to take advantage of technologies in learning and teaching, the focus of this year’s teaching will be in person and face-to-face on campus.

Check your timetable on our personalised timetables web page.

While these are not required, Scottish Government advice is to wear a face-covering in indoor public places and on public transport.

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.

It's important that you ensure that the University has as much 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 their 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.

Please contact your Department/School at the earliest opportunity to advise them.

On hearing the fire alarm, you 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

On campus

Campus Study Space

There is Wi-Fi coverage throughout the campus, including outdoor spaces, allowing digital access with a personal device throughout campus.  Designated study spaces are outlined below. In addition, software can be used via “Virtual Desktop”. Virtual Desktop can be accessed from older devices and less powerful devices such as Chrome Books, giving students access to more powerful resources.

Library

  • Level 1: Silent floor. Individual (solo) study only.  
  • Level 2: Some talking allowed. Mixed study environment – some tables and larger bookable rooms. Some PCs.
  • Level 3: Some talking allowed. Mixed study environment – some tables, study booths and larger bookable rooms. Includes Family study room. Extensive PC provision.
  • Level 4: Silent floor. Individual (solo) study only with some small single occupancy bookable rooms. Some PCs.
  • Level 5: Silent floor. Individual (solo) study only with some small single occupancy bookable rooms. Some PCs.

Learning & Teaching Building

  • Jocelyn Burnell Wing Level 3: Open study area – mixed study environment for groups and individual study. 
  • Jocelyn Burnell Wing Level 4: Open study area – mixed study environment for groups and individual study
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 5: Small group study rooms
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 5: Open study areas with groupwork tables
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 6: Small group study rooms
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 6: Open study areas with groupwork tables

McCance Building

  • MC321 Dedicated drop-in Computing Lab
  • MC150 Open study area – mixed study environment. Enter through accessible building entrance and turn left through double doors.

Graham Hills Building

  • GH633/633a Dedicated drop-in Computing Lab and small open study area.
  • GH Level 4 Small group meeting rooms
  • GH Level 8 Small group meeting rooms

Livingstone Tower

  • LT Level 6 Small group meeting rooms
  • LT Level 7 Small group meeting rooms

Central Computing Laboratories

These central computing labs are available for use when a class is not taking place:

CU315a & 315b, LT301b, RC434a, CU321a & 321b, CU330a & 330b, SW601a, SW601b, LT901, LT501, GH560, LT517, MC407, CU522, LT502, JA512, LT410, GH634, JW410, JW411, RC434b. 

Use Strath App to see live utilisation and individual capacities. 

The University has several dedicated study areas for group work, located across campus. Please use these for group activities rather than open-plan mixed study areas in the Library to minimise disruption to other students.

Learning & Teaching Building

  • Jocelyn Burnell Wing Level 3: Open study area – mixed study environment for groups and individual study. 
  • Jocelyn Burnell Wing Level 4: Open study area – mixed study environment for groups and individual study
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 5: Small group study rooms
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 5: Open study areas with groupwork tables
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 6: Small group study rooms
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 6: Open study areas with groupwork tables

Graham Hills Building

  • GH Level 4 Small group meeting rooms
  • GH Level 8 Small group meeting rooms

Livingstone Tower

  • LT Level 6 Small group meeting rooms
  • LT Level 7 Small group meeting rooms 

Zoom and Teams are installed on all of the student computers around the campus, and in the Library, and are available for use by students. However, with the exception of a few computers in group study rooms, the majority do not have webcams/headsets/microphones/speakers.

For hygiene reasons, we are unable to provide a loan of headsets.

You can participate in a call (without a webcam) by using a standard pair of wired headphones with mic and with a 3.5mm “aux” jack or a USB interface (assuming the headphones use the standard audio drivers). Basic headphones can be purchased in many shops. Suitable headphones are also available for purchase at the shop in the Library. Please note that Bluetooth headphones cannot be used with the student computers around the campus.

Central Computing Laboratories

These Central computing labs are available for use when a class is not taking place:

CU315a & 315b, LT301b, RC434a, SW601a, SW601b, LT901, LT501, GH560, LT517, MC407, CU522, LT502, JA512, LT410, GH634, JW410, JW411, RC434b. 

Use Strath App to see live utilisation and individual capacities. 

The following computing labs are dedicated for drop-in use only and are:

  • MC321 Dedicated drop-in Computing Lab, open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
  • GH633/633a Dedicated drop-in Computing Lab and small open study area, open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
  • Library computer facilities including Computing Labs CU321a & 321b, CU330a & 330b, open as per library opening hours.

Outside of computing labs, you can also join Zoom and Teams calls using your own devices (including phones) with your own headphones using the WiFi network that is available across the campus.

Please do not use a 'Silent' area in the Library for calls like this. Designated study spaces permitting calls are outlined below.

Library

  • Level 2: Some talking allowed. Mixed study environment – some tables and larger bookable rooms. Some PCs.
  • Level 3: Some talking allowed. Mixed study environment – some tables, study booths and larger bookable rooms. Includes Family study room. Extensive PC provision.

Learning & Teaching Building

  • Jocelyn Burnell Wing Level 3: Open study area – mixed study environment for groups and individual study. 
  • Jocelyn Burnell Wing Level 4: Open study area – mixed study environment for groups and individual study
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 5: Small group study rooms
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 5: Open study areas with groupwork tables
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 6: Small group study rooms
  • Mary Dunn Wing Level 6: Open study areas with groupwork tables

McCance Building

  • MC150 Open study area – mixed study environment. Enter through accessible building entrance and turn left through double doors.

Graham Hills Building

  • GH Level 4 Small group meeting rooms
  • GH Level 8 Small group meeting rooms

Please have a look at the Library's webpages to keep up to date with how the library is operating.           

The University has central computing labs across campus available to all students.

Central Computing Laboratories

These central computing labs are available for use when a class is not taking place:

CU315a & 315b, LT301b, RC434a, SW601a, SW601b, LT901, LT501, GH560, LT517, MC407, CU522, LT502, JA512, LT410, GH634, JW410, JW411, RC434b. 

Use Strath App to see live utilisation and individual capacities. 

The following computing labs are dedicated for drop-in use only and are:

  • MC321 Dedicated drop-in Computing Lab, open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
  • GH633/633a Dedicated drop-in Computing Lab and small open study area, open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
  • Library computer facilities including Computing Labs CU321a & 321b, CU330a & 330b, open as per library opening hours.

 

Zoom and Teams are installed on all of the student computers around the campus, and in the Library, and are available for use by students.  PCs with webcams are available in the Eaton Room (level 3 – main entrance level) in the Library and in the group study rooms.  Other PCs in the Library and central labs do not have webcams.   

For hygiene reasons, we are unable to provide loan or shared headsets. 

You can participate in a call (without a webcam) by using a standard pair of wired headphones with mic and with a 3.5mm “aux” jack or a USB interface (assuming the headphones use the standard audio drivers). Basic headphones can be purchased in many shops. Suitable headphones are also available for purchase at the shop in the Library. Please note that Bluetooth headphones cannot be used with the student computers around the campus.

Outside of computing labs, you can also join Zoom and Teams calls using your own devices (including phones) with your own headphones using the WiFi network that is available across the campus.

Please do not use a 'Silent' area in the Library for calls like this.

Computer equipment

The University has more than a thousand fixed PCs available in the Library and in student labs across the campus.  See https://www.strath.ac.uk/professionalservices/it/use/find-a-computer/. The Library’s opening hours are published online  

Generally, you will not have to purchase any software for your time you are at Strathclyde.  All the software you require will be available either free or via the University.

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 vast majority of this software will also be available via our Virtual Desktop.  This emulates a University PC and can be accessed via a browser.  Full details are available at our Virtual Desktop page.

Virtual Desktop can be accessed from older devices and less powerful devices such as Chrome Books, giving students access to more powerful resources.

If you wish to purchase a laptop for your studies recommendations on the specification are available. However, please remember our virtual desktop will allow you to access the equivalent of a University PC via a browser on most devices.

Student PCs and printing are also available, giving access to the University’s recommended software. They are located in the Library and at PC labs across campus. There is free wifi available in the library, public areas, all teaching rooms and in the residences.

For all help with IT contact Information Services. Their website contains information on the services available. Your first port of call for assistance will normally be their Enquiries Desk based in the Library. They can also be contacted at:

Email: help@strath.ac.uk

Telephone: 0141 548 4444 (available 24 x 7 x 365)

Support portal: https://helpdesk.strath.ac.uk

The Library publishes a list of opening hours throughout the year, including when staff support is available.

International students

You should advise your Programme, Department or School of this at the earliest possible opportunity.