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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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

What teaching arrangements will be in place for this term?

For the rest of Term 2 (Friday 30 April) the vast majority of the university’s teaching will continue to be delivered online. This decision has been made to provide some certainty to both students and staff to enable them to plan their activities in the face of an uncertain external environment. We have not taken the decision lightly and have considered evidence from Public Health clinicians and discussions between universities and the Scottish Government.

There will be limited exceptions to this, where teaching and learning is essential and time sensitive, such as critical assessment and learning, and placements. 

The library, which was due to reopen on January 18, will now remain closed until further notice and will continue to operate online. There will be a limited number of study spaces within the Sir Ian Wood Building study areas (N336 and N346) and IT labs (N339 and N340), which can be booked by emailing timetabling@rgu.ac.uk. These are strictly for essential purposes and those who cannot study from home and will operate with strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place.

Refreshments on campus will only be available via vending machines located in the main refectory area in Sir Ian Wood Building. 

There will also be a host of ‘Refreshers Week’ online workshops, events and resources provided by the University and the Students’ Union during the first week of term, to help with the transition back to your studies.

CAN I RETURN TO UNIVERSITY BEFORE IN-PERSON TEACHING RESUMES FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING REASONS?

If you need to return to university earlier than advised because of health and well-being reasons, please contact your course leader to discuss your circumstances and the support available to you.

How can I prove I am travelling for essential teaching?

The university recommends that you keep your student ID on you at all times and are able to access your RGU timetable, which will indicate when you have scheduled in-person teaching. You can access timetable quickly and easily via the MYRGU app.

I’M A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT. WHEN CAN I RETURN TO UNIVERSITY?

The Scottish Government has outlined that postgraduate teaching and research is essential and time-sensitive, so any postgraduate teaching and research which cannot be done online will continue as planned. We will of course let you know if this guidance changes.

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.

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 Scottish Government guidance permits us to do so.

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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