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Campus life 2020

Ready to welcome you to campus

Your safety is our main priority

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to arrive at Strathclyde. Take a look at our health & safety video to find out how we'll help.

Learning in a safe environment 

We are working hard to make sure we give you the highest quality learning experience in a safe and secure environment.

The Strathclyde Student Pledge

The entire Strathclyde community is fully committed to ensuring and delivering to you the highest quality learning and student experience and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you on campus in the near future.

Read our student pledge

Student frequently asked questions

Our frequently asked questions will help you find information on learning and teaching and financial implications of Covid-19, and much more.

Read our student FAQs

Covid-19 Community Commitment

The University of Strathclyde Covid-19 Community Commitment is for all of our students, staff and visitors. All those living, working, studying and visiting our campus are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with our values, uphold the University’s good name and reputation, and adhere to its principles.

Read our Community Commitment

Campus safety, learning and support for our students

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. Rest assured we're planning for the return to campus and we want to ensure you'll have an excellent student experience, whether you're a returning student or a new student joining us this autumn.

A new semester

Term start date is 14 September 2020. Teaching for new and returning undergraduate and postgraduate taught students will then begin on 21 September.

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.

We're making all the arrangements for arrivals and induction, and you'll receive detailed plans from your department closer to your start date. 

Arrival dates for International Students

We know COVID-19 is having a particular impact on our international students, with exam results delayed while English language centres and visa offices are only just starting to reopen. In recognition of these particular challenges, undergraduate and postgraduate taught students will be able to start their course online from 21 September and we encourage arrival on campus by Monday 26 October.

We understand you may have further concerns about your ability to arrive on campus by this date and we appreciate that visa delays and other factors may cause a late arrival. It is important that you keep us informed of your plans and we will endeavour to do all we can to provide as much flexibility as possible. Please search for the course you have applied for and click ‘contact us’ to discuss your options with the department or faculty team.

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

Your arrival


Registration will be open online from the end of August. If you are a national from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will be able to register for your studies online but you will need to upload your registration documents, including documents that show your UK immigration permissions.

After you have arrived, we may ask you to make an appointment so we can see hard copies of these documents.  We will notify you when these appointments are available to book. You will receive emails with important information about registration to the personal email address you used in your application.

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

Induction and welcome

A tailored online induction programme will be delivered for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. 

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

We're also working with our Student Union to create online social activities including an introduction to our clubs and societies to help with orientation to University life make friends and introduce you to the city.

Quarantine in accommodation

It's currently uncertain if quarantining will be a requirement upon entry to the UK this autumn. However, if you are advised by the UK Government to self-isolate in your accommodation on arrival, we'll make sure you have time to do this, you're appropriately supported, and can undertake any face to face course 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 are being 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 and hygiene

We're increasing our cleaning activity on campus - buildings and other areas across campus will be given a full deep clean and service prior to reopening. 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.

Your learning experience

Undergraduate & postgraduate taught students

We'll maintain the highest quality learning and teaching experience. Your best interests are always at the heart of our decision making.

Flexible ‘live’ learning

The first few weeks will be presented predominantly through Online Learning, including your induction sessions and lecturer interaction.

Online Learning is planned and delivered to ensure flexibility of study in terms of where you study, and - for some activities - when you study. Following this, we expect to transition to a Blended Learning mode of delivery, throughout a 3-5-week period. The level of each will depend on your programme priorities, and more detailed information will be provided during the summer, before you start your course.

Blended learning

Blended learning combines aspects of face-to-face learning with Online Learning.

Where Blended Learning is adopted, this will consider aspects of campus teaching that cannot otherwise be delivered to the same standard. This may include:

  • face-to-face campus teaching, either whole-class or group activities, aspects of which may be modified in the form of a Flipped Classroom – this is where lecture or workshop-style activities are replaced with engaging online content. This is developed through either traditional seminars, or some form online discussion 
  • mixed-delivery teaching where face-to-face aspects are simultaneously provided online eg live lecture also streamed online
  • on-campus practical and laboratory teaching, where this cannot adequately be provided through other means

Nearer the start of term, we’ll let you know the balance of on-campus and online teaching for courses and the support available to help you get the most out of your University experience.

We'll adapt these plans as appropriate to keep you safe in accordance with the appropriate guidance from the Scottish Government.

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Postgraduate research students

We understand how important regular contact with your supervisor is. This may take place virtually initially, moving to face-to-face as soon as it is practical to do so. We will provide more detailed information on your induction and access to campus facilities to support your research in advance of your start date.

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. 

Arrival and induction

We’re introducing a staggered arrivals process in line with physical distancing measures. This means only small numbers will be arriving at the same time, allowing you to meet and interact with people in a safe way.

Our residences team are working on a programme of induction and social activities for you to participate in to help you settle in and make friends.

On arrival at University accommodation on campus you will be allocated to your room, where you can stay throughout this period. If you have been assigned to accommodation with shared facilities, you will be provided with further information about how to use these areas safely.

Health, safety and 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.

At any time throughout the semester if you are required to self isolate on campus you will be provided with information to assist you in ordering food deliveries from local supermarkets, restaurants and takeaways. You will also be provided with a food pack on arrival to get you started. The pack contains enough food to last you for at least a week as well as other essentials such as washing up liquid, cleaning products and toilet roll.

We will offer guidance and assistance to ensure you have access to essential services and support while you isolate. Whether that be access to medical assistance, online group activities, or wellbeing and counselling support. Our accommodation team will keep in regular contact to check how you are and to offer assistance. Your health, safety and wellbeing is our priority and we are happy to help.

Next steps and 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.

We can't wait to welcome you to Strathclyde in the autumn. See you soon.

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