Student information & FAQsLearning & teaching

All our programmes have been carefully prepared for delivery initially through online learning, moving to blended delivery which includes on campus and online learning over a 3-5 week period, in line with the Scottish and UK Government guidance. Online activities and content will be 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. 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. 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 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 circumstance; this will continue in the coming academic year, 2020/21.

It is important that you ensure that the University has as much 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.

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 current planned approach for learning and teaching is that the first 2 to 3 weeks will be presented online, including student induction sessions. Following this initial stage, the expectation is that we will transition to a blended learning mode of delivery, with degree programme timing and arrangements made depending upon priorities, discipline, level of study and requirements.

At the current time it is not anticipated that you will need to attend campus in person before early-mid October, although you are of course welcome and encouraged to attend to make use of the Library, study and student support facilities. The campus has been prepared to ensure a Covid-safe environment. You can find out more in the video below.

Departments and Schools are currently reviewing the opportunities for on-campus learning activities across all degree programmes. It is not planned that all subjects and levels of study will return at the same time. Use of the campus is being determined based on the needs of the programme and student cohorts. Your department or school will contact you directly to explain the plans for your programme.

It is important to note that when campus-based learning activities resume, this will be within the 2m social distancing guidelines as set out by the Scottish Government. 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. This will be closely monitored throughout this period.

If you have particular concerns regarding your safety or are experiencing anxiety in relation to the return to campus,  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.

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 July was postponed, those eligible for a degree or qualification award still received their awards this summer; formal awards were granted by the University Senate to enable our graduates to take up offers of employment or further study. We will continue to keep the situation under review for the November graduations. Further information will be issued in due course.