CoronavirusStudent update: 24 March

Dear Strathclyde students,

Examination Arrangements:

Throughout the period of our contingency planning and actions undertaken to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has kept options for examination and alternative assessments under review.

Today, the University Executive Team, following detailed consultation with the Faculties, confirmed that:

Year 1 and 2 students will progress to the next year of their studies without the requirement for a final examination.

This decision has been taken following the review of existing assessment data for each course module, to ensure that academic progress decisions can be made in line with our academic regulations.

NB - The only exception to this are the specific progression requirements of Professional, Statutory & Regulatory Bodies (PRSBs). Where Years 1 and 2 final examination is required for accreditation with  PRSBs, programme leaders will liaise with students directly to advise on alternative assessment plans in place.

For other forms of course work and assignments due for submission within the formal assessment period, the University is aware of the significant challenges of the ongoing situation and the impact this is having at a personal level in homes across the community. In this situation, Programme Leaders can exercise flexibility on deadlines for the submission of existing assignments.

The University is continuing to review alternative assessment plans for Years 3, 4, 5 and postgraduate taught students with a view to deciding on this next week.

The University’s decision to progress on this basis has been informed by academic review at a subject level, the requirements of PRSBs, the ongoing unpredictability of the current situation and the impact this is having on the wider community. We will continue to keep this situation under review and will post updates to the Frequently Asked Questions as we move through this period.         

It is important that you keep monitoring this information.

Degree Awards and Graduation Ceremonies:

In support of the Government announcement to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus and in the interests of your own safety, health and wellbeing, and that of your family and friends’, the University has decided to postpone the formal graduation ceremonies until the autumn. While the ceremonial aspect has been postponed, those eligible for a degree or qualification award will still receive it this summer. Arrangements are being put in place to ensure that formal awards are granted by the University Senate to enable you to take up offers of employment or further study. Those eligible to graduate will be given the option of graduating in absentia this summer and participating in a future ceremony in the Barony Hall; or graduating in absentia this summer and not participating in a future ceremony. Further information will be issued in due course.

Please continue to adhere to the public health advice and minimise the risk of your exposure to the virus.

Best wishes,

Jim