Dear Strathclyde Student,
I am writing to you today about preparation for teaching next year. The University is currently working towards the start of the 2020/21 academic year, commencing on 19 August with the PGDE and Year 4 of the undergraduate Education degree programmes for secondary subjects.
For all other courses, learning and teaching within the 2020/21 Academic Session will commence on 21 September. In doing so, our overarching principle in decision making is to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of all of our staff and students, as we return to the campus.
Subject to the University’s priorities – and in compliance with the Scottish Government Covid-19 Route Map - our planned approach is that the first 2-3 weeks of learning and teaching will be presented predominantly online, including the student induction sessions and early stages of teaching activity. Following this initial stage, the expectation is that we will then transition to a blended learning mode of delivery, over a 3-5-week period, with degree programme timing and arrangements made depending upon priorities, discipline, level of study and course requirements. This may include a combination of face-to-face teaching, group working, project supervision and appropriate lab work, online sessions/workshops, tutorials and on-campus learning activities.
Over the coming period, the quality of our provision, the student learner journey and student experience will remain at the forefront of our planning, decision making and commitment, while prioritising the essential health and safety issues for our staff and students on campus.
This is also the time of year when we traditionally have our graduations ceremonies – the highlight of the academic year. Clearly, given the circumstances we are faced with, this will not be possible although it is essential that we do celebrate the achievements of our students. I am delighted therefore to announce that this year, we will be holding a Conferment Day Celebration on Friday 3 July.
All of our eligible students will receive a video messages from me as Principal, the relevant Dean of Faculty and the Student President, offering congratulations on the degree conferment and welcoming our new graduates into the University of Strathclyde’s family as alumni. Students will have access to an online portal through which degree certificates can be viewed and shared online with third parties to use for employment or further study. More details on the portal will be issued soon.
We will use our social media channels to build awareness and the excitement of the celebrations in the weeks leading up to the event and will be sharing students’ stories and success before, during and after the day.