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Campus life 2020/21

Campus safety, learning & support for our students

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. We want to ensure you'll have an excellent student experience, whether you're a returning student or a new student joining us this January.

A new semester: January

On Monday 4 January The Scottish Government announced new COVID-19 stay at home guidance for the month of January.

A further Scottish Government statement outlines the expectation that University students will be taught online throughout January and February, with the vast majority not expected back on campuses until the start of March. This is part of a revised plan for the managed return of students to University campuses in light of the spread of the new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Within this guidance, the University is able to continue with in-person teaching where attendance is time-sensitive to the course or assessment, especially relating to the ability to graduate.

If you are in this category, your Department or School will confirm the plans for your programme. Once you have this information, you should book a COVID-19 test to enable you attend campus.

The new semester commenced on Monday 11 January with Development and Consolidation week, followed by the commencement of teaching online during the week commencing 18 January.

As is the case each year new postgraduate research students will start their studies on the date agreed with their Department. Your Department will be in touch with you directly about this.

Travel for international students

If you have already booked your travel to the University, our current advice is that you do not need to amend your travel plans. You are welcome and we will support you. Please note that travellers arriving in Scotland from overseas are required to have proof of a negative coronavirus test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel.

If you have already made your visa application and received your entry clearance vignette in your passport, please check the date on this to make sure it is still in date at the time of your travel.  If this will not be in date, please contact the Visa Compliance team at for further advice.

Many students will need to self-isolate for after arrival in the UK. There are some exemptions to this requirement depending on where you are travelling from, any transit stops you make, and also your point of arrival in the UK. To check if you need to self-isolate and for more information please consult the UK Government information.

Scottish Government guidelines for self-isolation:

If you are required by to self-isolate in your accommodation on arrival, we will make sure you have time to do this, you’re appropriately supported, and can undertake any programme activity.

Unless you are within the category of essential teaching (which would have been confirmed with you directly) you should adhere to the Government’s message of ‘stay at home.’ This means that if you have not already made plans to travel to Scotland, you should remain where you are and begin your studies online. You should delay confirming your travel plans until further guidance is issued.

Accommodation information

If you have already booked accommodation, please contact our residences team to keep them updated with your plans and delayed arrival

We understand that some of you may need to come to campus for your term time accommodation or for wellbeing reasons. Please be assured that you are still able to do this within the terms of the Scottish Government guidance.

Further guidance

If this is the case or you need any further support and guidance please contact your faculty:

If you are a postgraduate research student, you should agree attendance and arrival date directly with your department depending on your mode of study.


Online registration for courses commencing in January will be available from Wednesday 6 January 2021. You must register no later than 25 January in order to access learning and teaching resources for your chosen course. For international students – you can register as long as you have the confirmation of application for your visa, you do not need to wait to receive your visa to register. 

You can find more information about how to register, including the documents that you will need to upload, on our Registration webpages.

Induction & welcome

If you are commencing your course in January; an online induction programme will be delivered by your department.

Your department will also be providing bespoke induction activities to introduce you to your course and classmates.

Quarantine in accommodation

If you are travelling from outside the UK and are required to quarantine by the UK Government in your accommodation on arrival, we'll make sure you have time to do this, you're appropriately supported, and can undertake any activity you may miss at a later date.

Scottish Government guidelines for self-isolation:

Find out more about our on-campus accommodation Covid-19 guidance.

Keeping you safe

Our campus and accommodation has been reconfigured to provide appropriate physical distancing. This includes in our laboratories, teaching areas, walkways and social spaces. 

We're limiting the number of people on campus at any one time, and there will be clear signs about physical distancing and hand washing. One way systems will also be implemented, where appropriate, to make sure you can enjoy our campus in a safe way as we introduce you to life at Strathclyde.

Cleaning & hygiene

We have increased our cleaning activity on campus - buildings and other areas across campus. Hand sanitisers, soap, and paper towels will also be provided.

Face coverings

Face coverings should be worn indoors wherever two metres distance cannot be guaranteed and must be worn in the Library. The University is providing staff and students with three University of Strathclyde branded, washable and re-usable face coverings.

Students can pick up three face coverings from the cafes in our Lord Hope (Aura) and Lord Todd (Todds) buildings. You can collect them from 9am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please collect your face coverings from the counters in the cafes.

A limited number of face coverings are also available in the University library. As with many face-coverings, they will need to be washed before use.

For more information please refer to the Covid-19 Guidance on the use of PPE and face coverings.

Safe accommodation

Being able to live on or near the campus is part of the student experience. We're taking steps to ensure that you are provided with a safe, clean and social space to enjoy while at Strathclyde. 

Health, safety & support in accommodation

Our experienced accommodation team will also be available to help you, offering advice and support to keep you safe and well 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We will be providing regular extra cleaning in our University accommodation, and social distancing signage and one way systems will be in place, as appropriate, to keep you safe.

If you live in our student residences and have to self-isolate you’ll receive deliveries of food and cleaning packages, and sheets and towels if you need them.  If you live off-campus, we can still help.
All of our students have access to a wide range of online student services. This support includes a variety of ways for students to stay in touch with each other and there is a wide range of support for health and mental wellbeing - online, by video, email or over the phone

You can be paired with a staff member as part of our buddying scheme for additional regular contact and guidance throughout your time in self-isolation

Next steps & keeping up to date

We're determined to maintain the highest quality learning and teaching experience to give you a fantastic student experience, and we continue to keep your best interests at the heart of our decision making.

Rest assured we will be providing you with more detailed arrival and induction information over the coming weeks.

Please continue to check our student FAQs and join our social media community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WeChat and Weibo, to keep up to date with life at Strathclyde.

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