CoronavirusStudent update: 31 August

Dear Strathclyde students,

As we approach the start of the new semester, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the new academic year and your studies with us at Strathclyde.

We know that whether you are a new or returning student, you want to learn more about how you will undertake your studies with us this semester.

First and foremost, our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff.  Our plans are guided by this approach and aligned to the requirements of the Scottish and UK Governments.  We are committed to ensuring that you have the best possible experience this semester and to support you, whatever your circumstances, in preparing for your studies at Strathclyde.

Across all our degree programmes, our colleagues from across the University are working tirelessly to welcome you back and to provide you with the support for what will be a new way of working and learning for everyone.

We understand and appreciate you will have many questions on different aspects of life at Strathclyde in September and so encourage you to review our new FAQs online.

Alongside these is a video which gives you a taster for the preparation and developments that are underway to support our planned approach for online and blended delivery. This supplements our Pledge to students, and for international arrivals, the details on arrivals via Campus Life 2020.

Over the past few weeks, we were delighted to welcome our Social Work and Professional Graduate Diploma in Education students, who started their programmes in mid-August.  The PDGE is our largest cohort of students and along with the Social Work cohort they were the first to take advantage of our online learning, before moving into blended teaching later in the semester.  In preparation for the new teaching term, some very innovative ways of working have been developed and we have been delighted by the positive students’ feedback from the first week of studies.

We know you will be very keen to learn more about how your programme will be delivered this Semester.  Departments and Schools will be in touch with you from 1 September, to share more details about your particular programme and what to anticipate this semester. These plans will vary according to subject requirements and the level of study. Please be assured that we will share as much detail as possible over the coming weeks to help you prepare yourself for University life this semester.

We will continue to update our University website with details of preparations for the start of the new semester. I am looking forward to personally welcoming you at our traditional inauguration events in September – which this year will be taking place online!

In the meantime, we wish you all the best with your preparations and look forward to welcoming you to the academic year 2020/21 very soon.

With best wishes,


Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal & Vice Chancellor