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COVID-19: ADVICE FOR STaff, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY
Teaching and Assessment

Studying at RGU

Learning and Teaching

Answers to the questions you have on how we will deliver teaching, learning and assessment.

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Your Learning Experience

Will I be able to start my course in September 2020?

Yes, while COVID-19 will be with us for some time, we are planning for the new semester in the Autumn. We have taken the decision to delay the start by two weeks to Monday 28 September 2020. This will provide some additional time to prepare for the new semester and for student enrolment to the university.

What teaching arrangements will be in place for new semester?

We will be delivering safe on campus teaching and digital learning for the start of the new semester. This will mean that there will be digital delivery of lectures, tutorials, forums and class activities and we will be making the best use of our campus with appropriate measures in place.

Our on-campus activities will follow government guidelines, including the use of our facilities for practical work in labs, studios or clinical teaching. You will be able to use our study spaces on campus with robust public health measures in place to keep you safe. You will be able to take part in on campus activities wherever possible and engage in a meaningful digital learning environment which meets the same quality standards of our on-campus delivery.

How robust is RGU’s provision of online education?

We are the third largest provider of online learning in the UK. RGU has many years of experience and success of operating a combined model of learning. In fact, in normal circumstances about a third of our students are studying online. Our extensive experience in this area allowed us to rapidly transition to remote learning for all of our teaching and assessments in response to the pandemic.

Many of our courses are approved by professional and regulatory bodies and we will continue to ensure we satisfy their stringent requirements. Whether studying online or on campus, our teaching standards meet the same quality.

How will my course be delivered?

All of our courses will be delivered through a combination of safe, on-campus teaching and digital learning. The university has a wide range of subjects so specific teaching arrangements will vary from school to school. You can find an outline of what your teaching arrangements will look like for your course on CampusMoodle. Our plans will continue to be responsive to the latest guidance and may be subject to change. The specific details of the delivery of your modules will follow in late August. 

What will a typical week look like?

Your week will be dependent on the latest government guidance and public health measures and the most effective way to deliver the learning experience for your course. You may be on campus for some learning activities and engage in digital lectures, tutorials, forums and podcasts. Course specific guidance and instructions on the arrangements will be available on Moodle as soon as possible.

Will I have the same number of teaching hours as I would under normal circumstances?

We will provide the best possible learning experience that is authentic and safe. There will likely be adjustments to the way in which your teaching is delivered, your timetable and the structure of class. For example, while social distancing measures are in place there will be no large group lectures. Instead, a lecture may be delivered via a shorter recorded session by the academic staff member with more time allocated for interactive discussions online. Schools will provide further details to you when available.

If I can’t travel to Aberdeen for the start of the academic year, what does this mean for my learning?

We are following government guidance for the most effective way to deliver the learning experience and ensure the safety of our community. You will be able to start or continue your studies with us no matter your circumstances. If you can’t travel to Aberdeen, you will be able to start your studies online wherever you are and then join us in Aberdeen when you can.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I cannot attend campus but other students can, and so benefit from face to face teaching?

No. We will be working to support the teaching and learning of all our students, regardless of where you are based. You will have all the support that you need whether you need to study online to start with, or whether you are on campus.

Will there be a point in the academic year 2020/21 when I will definitely need to be on campus?

We are following government guidance for the most effective way to deliver the learning experience in a way that is safe. Our planning is ongoing as the situation evolves and it is our intention to welcome students back for all teaching activity usually delivered on campus as soon as possible.

My course requires lab or studio work or clinical teaching. Will this still take place?

Practical work in labs, studios or clinical teaching will still take place, in line with government guidance. We are prioritising the delivery of on-campus teaching where practical skills in studios, labs and clinical settings are essential. Teaching spaces will be organised to accommodate social distancing and public health measures. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.

Will there be opportunities to interact with my peers out-with teaching time?

Yes. We recognise that the student experience is not just about the teaching. There will be activities and social opportunities for you to get involved with so that you feel part of the RGU community. We are working with our Students’ Union to deliver a programme of events to welcome our new and returning students, whether on campus or virtually, to university life.

What safety measures will be in place on campus?

The health and safety of our community will remain our priority. When people are on campus we want them to feel welcome and as safe as possible at all times. This includes robust hygiene measures such as providing of hand sanitiser at key locations, detailed guidance for students and staff on physical distancing, and measures to ensure that building occupancy levels adhere to national guidance.


Student Absence

As a student, what should I do if I am not able to study or remain on placement because I am sick?

If you are unable to study or attend placement because you are sick please inform your school on the first day of your absence follow your school’s normal protocol for absence.  In addition, a COVID-19 absence form should be completed and submitted through your RGU email account to your School at the designated email address.

If you are on placement and your enquiry is regarding your return from outside the UK due to the COVID-19, including support regarding insurance, reimbursement, accommodation, or how your studies are affected, please contact placement@rgu.ac.uk.


Graduation

Will the COVID-19 emergency affect graduations?

We are regrettably postponing our graduation ceremonies this summer in light of the COVID-19 emergency. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The safety of our students, their families and the wider university community must be our priority.

We are holding a virtual graduation on Friday 7 August. These are unprecedented times, and a mass gathering is not permitted in the current climate. However, it is right that we celebrate your achievements, overcoming shared challenges, and mark the culmination of years of your hard work and determination.

The university will ensure you retain the opportunity to mark this truly significant milestone in your life at a time when it is fresh and exciting, as well as in person at a later date when it is safe to do so.

Can I receive a certificate by post as proof of qualification?

Yes, following the assessment boards all eligible students will receive their Degree Certificates by post. A modified graduation registration process will be initiated towards the end of April to make sure we have the correct postal address details for you – more details regarding the process will be sent to you soon.

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