Key dates 2020-21

ACADEMIC SESSION 2020-21

 The following are confirmed dates for Academic Year 2020-21

Please note: Teaching Block dates primarily relate to the academic year structure for undergraduate students.  Postgraduate Taught programmes may have alternative start dates – Please check with your Department or School for further details.

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DATES

ACADEMIC YEAR STRUCTURE*

Semester 1 14 september 2020 - 10 January 2021 
Term 1 (2020/21) 14 September - 18 December 2020
(14 weeks) 
Welcome and Development Week
(1 week)
Teaching Block 1 (11 weeks)
Formal Assessment Period (2 weeks)
University Closed 28 September 2020 
Student Holiday: Winter Vacation 21 December 2020 – 10 January 2021 (inclusive) Winter Vacation (3 weeks)
University Closed  24 December 2020 – 4 January 2021 (inclusive) 
Semester 2  11 January 2021 – 23 May 2021 
Term 2 (2020/21) 11 January 2021 – 1 April 2021
(12 weeks)
Consolidation and Development Week (1 week)
Teaching Block 2 (11 weeks)
University Closed 2 April 2021 and 5 April 2021 (inclusive)
Student Holiday: Spring Vacation 5 April 2021 – 18 April 2021 (inclusive) Spring Vacation (2 weeks)
Term 3 (2020/21) 19 April 2021 – 21 May 2021
(5 weeks)
Formal Assessment Period (5 weeks)
University Closed 3 May 2021 and 31 May 2021  
Student Holiday: Summer Vacation 24 May 2021 - 12 September 2021 (inclusive) Summer Vacation (16 weeks)
University Closed 16 July 2021 and 19 July 2021 (inclusive)
                                                                                                            Last updated: 07/10/20


* This represents the University’s academic year structure as outlined in the Policy on the Academic Year and Teaching Calendar.  Senate has overall responsibility for determining the shape of the academic year.

Registration
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Graduation
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Exams
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Additional Information for Tier 4 Visa Students

Students who are Tier 4 visa holders are entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during official University vacations in line with the parameters of a Tier 4 visa. Please note that for these purposes, the summer vacation runs from the end of semester 2 to the beginning of semester 1 in the following academic year.

Undergraduate Tier 4 students are therefore entitled to work full time during the Christmas, spring and summer University vacations.

Postgraduate Masters Tier 4 students are not on vacation from their course during the summer University vacation and therefore, within the restrictions of the Tier 4 visa, are not entitled to work more than 20 hours per week during this period, but are entitled to work full time during Christmas and spring University vacations.

MRes, MPhil and PhD Tier 4 students undertaking research are not regarded as being on vacation from their course of study during the spring and summer University vacations and therefore are not entitled to work more than 20 hours per week during this period.  The may work full-time in line with University Christmas closure.

All Tier 4 students, however, can work full-time for up to 4 months after the official end date of their course, if they are marked on PEGASUS as 'completed', until their visa expires.

The University of Strathclyde is obligated by our UKVI Sponsor Licence to report to them if we become aware of any breaches of these conditions.  This could result in the cancellation of your visa and a potential ban on future visa applications.

If you require further information on working conditions for Tier 4 students, please contact the International Student Support Team at infoandadvice@strath.ac.uk, on 0141 548 4273 or at their office - Level 1 McCance Building.