Dear Strathclyde Student
The University is currently preparing for the Academic Year 2021/22, and we look forward to welcoming all our new and returning students to our enhanced campus environment, including our new flagship learning and teaching building which is also home to our Students’ Association, StrathUnion.
The last year has seen considerable disruption, during which our students and staff showed incredible resilience as we adjusted our plans to keep you safe. We are encouraged by the widespread and successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the impact that this is having on transmission.
Based on Scottish Government guidance, we expect restrictions will be eased significantly by early August in Scotland, with the hope that our students will be able to enjoy more in-person teaching this autumn. We are also delighted that the Scottish Government has agreed to prioritise vaccinations for all students (including international students) this September.
With all of this in mind, we are planning for the resumption of on-campus learning, combined with online activities, for all our learners, which will be phased according to the needs of the programme.
The Strathclyde Student Pledge details our ongoing commitment to the University community, highlighting the preparations which are underway to welcome both new and returning students.
You can rest assured that the entire Strathclyde community is fully committed to delivering the highest quality learning and student experience that you would expect of a Leading International Technological University that is committed to being Socially Progressive.
We look forward to seeing you on campus in 2021/22.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
The Strathclyde Pledge
1. A first-class learning experience
For the majority of our programmes, the 2021/22 Academic Year commences with Welcome and Induction Week on Monday 13 September, with teaching commencing from Monday 20 September. We will welcome our students on programmes within the School of Education from 18 August and the School of Social Work and Social Policy from 23 August.
On-campus activities will be planned according to the priorities of the subject area and level of study. Your programme leader will be in touch with you in advance of Welcome and Development Week to advise of the arrangements for your programme of study.
Our University Accommodation Services team will communicate directly with students who plan to stay on campus, to outline the timescales and plans for arrival in University accommodation.
We anticipate that some social distancing measures will remain in place. Consequently, we are planning for large-group teaching (e.g. lectures for more than 50 students) to remain online, until such time as social distancing measures are relaxed. Our planning is informed by our University priorities for students and staff, aligned to the Scottish Government guidance. Throughout the pandemic, our priority has remained the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.
We expect on-campus activities to include the following, tailored to the programme requirements, as appropriate:
- welcome and orientation activities
- small group tutorials/seminars
- practical workshops
- laboratory-based sessions
2. A safe & secure environment
Your safety, health, wellbeing and peace of mind are our priorities.
We have established a wide range of safety measures across our campus and accommodation including the introduction of one-way navigation systems and a requirement to wear face coverings indoors.
Strathclyde Sport, our state-of-the-art sports centre is committed to providing students with the best possible experience regarding their physical health and wellbeing. Details of relevant safety measures are noted here.
COVID-19 vaccines for students
The Scottish Government has confirmed that anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a vaccine when arriving in Scotland. This includes international students who will be offered the vaccine regardless of if they may already have received one shot of the vaccine in their home country.
A traffic light system has been introduced for international travel. If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland, you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up to date information on travel. When you arrive in Scotland from abroad, what you must do depends on where you have been in the 10 days prior to arrival and whether the country or area you have travelled from is on the red, amber or green list.
Scottish Government guidance confirms that full-time international students with a valid visa are permitted to travel to the UK from a UKVI red list country, but are required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine for a period of 10 days from the point of arrival.
To provide support and reassurance to any student groups impacted by this policy, we are delighted to confirm that the University of Strathclyde will meet the additional quarantine costs of up to £1,750 incurred by any of our new and returning students joining us in September. Students arriving from a red list country who are required to quarantine in mandatory hotel accommodation will be able to access this quarantine support funding.
Further details on the process for reimbursement will be published in advance of the new academic year.
Free COVID-19 lateral flow test kits are available to all staff and students to ensure that the campus remains a safe place to live, work and study. Everyone can order them online from the Scottish Government website or pick them up in the local community.
3. An active student life
A large part of the student experience is the social interaction and making friends. Our student community has continued to thrive during the most challenging of times, with thousands of students connecting through a range of online events.
This September, embedded in the heart of the campus, your Students’ Union will open in the new Learning and Teaching building. Led by elected student representatives, Strath Union offers a choice of sports clubs, societies, volunteering and job opportunities, advice and support, food and drink venues, space to socialise and much more.
As the future emerges, we will build upon our strong student community to provide you with the best social experience during your time at Strathclyde.
4. Advice & support
Starting university is an exciting experience but we understand that you may feel nervous or overwhelmed. From pre-arrival onwards, Strathclyde offers a wide range of academic support and mentoring programmes to help you transition to university learning.
All students will have access to our wellbeing team who offer a range of dedicated support services including one-to-one counselling, workshops and resources to help maintain your mental health.
Strathclyde is a community and with that you will be joining a network of support services from your own department or school, but additionally we provide study skills workshops, careers guidance, additional English language support, maths skills drop in sessions and much more.
Our excellent support services provide a comprehensive programme of student support including a wide range of wellbeing services, including access to mental health services.
5. A warm & inclusive welcome
The University of Strathclyde campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow city centre, so students can enjoy world-class architecture and attractions, a diverse culinary scene, vibrant nightlife, breath-taking scenery and outstanding shopping on their doorstep.
The world’s top travel guides have consistently recognised Glasgow as a must-visit destination; National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city.
Glasgow prides itself on being a multicultural city – a place of diversity, where people, culture and traditions from all walks of life are embraced and celebrated.
With Glasgow as a base, students have easy access and excellent transport links to exploring everything Scotland has to offer, including some of the most magnificent landscapes in the UK.