Find out the latest guidance and information about the impact of COVID-19 on the University.

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

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

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CAN I RETURN TO UNIVERSITY BEFORE IN-PERSON TEACHING RESUMES?

Although restrictions are being gradually lifted, your safety and wellbeing, both mental and physical, are critically important to the University. While there might be some light at the end of the tunnel in returning to what we viewed as normality, the university is taking a cautious approach to a physical return to campus. 

However, in recognition of the lifting of some restrictions and to allow some students to access the campus to undertake essential studies and practical work, the following changes will apply from 17 May. These will remain under review as the Government updates its guidance and we will provide you further updates in due course.  

  1. You should continue to study off campus unless your specific teaching arrangements requires you to physically attend lectures or undertake lab work. 
  2. The same measures, including social distancing, the wearing of masks when moving around campus, and strict hand hygiene, will remain in place, and we urge all students to continue to follow the FACTS advice, wherever they are. 
  3. Any students coming on to campus will be required to use the RGU Check In app and should re-familiarise themselves with the Covid-19 health and safety guidance.

I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND HAVE ALREADY MADE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS TO RETURN TO UNIVERSITY AT THE START OF TERM. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

The Scottish Government has announced strict measures which require anyone arriving in Scotland from outside the UK, from Monday 15 February, to quarantine in a designated hotel for 10 days and at a cost of £1,750, at present paid by the traveller.

Although these new restrictions are stringent, they are for the safety of the wider community. The health and wellbeing of our students will always remain our number one priority.

In light of this, we are advising all students who were scheduled to commence in-person teaching at RGU to very carefully consider the Scottish Government guidelines, the public health considerations and the financial implications associated with travel at the current time. We would recommend that students, not currently in the UK, strongly consider continuing your learning through our comprehensive online provision.  

For any students who were due to join RGU-owned accommodation on 15 February or after and had hoped to be able to quarantine there on arrival, you will no longer be able to do so with the current restrictions. Those students who have already paid for self-isolation accommodation with RGU and are no longer able to do so, will be given a full refund or can have this transferred to their tuition fee account. 

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 in line with Scottish government guidance, through a combination of digital learning and safe, on-campus teaching where appropriate. 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.

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.

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.

In order to ensure buildings and facilities are as safe and clean as possible the university will carry out the enhanced and frequent cleaning regimes using a new range of cleaning products, scientifically proven as being effective against COVID-19 virus. We will install sanitisation stations at entrances and receptions of all buildings and wall mounted hand sanitisation points throughout the campus.


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.

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