Professor Peter Mathieson has delivered a message to the University community outlining a number of measures which will be implemented within the University:
From March 23rd, the vast majority of teaching will be carried out remotely
First and second year exams will be cancelled this semester
Those in third year and beyond will be expected to take their exams online
The University of Edinburgh is very sorry that the COVID-19 outbreak is interrupting your stay. Please ensure that you follow these steps:
You should return home if instructed to do so by your home institution.
The university will be in close discussion with your home institution about your academic progress and the nature of the academic assessment that will be conducted. Please continue to use the online materials available for your program.
The Visiting Student Office is your first point of contact for CAHSS students if you have difficulties in arranging your travel home.
We have decided that from Monday March 16th, all face-to-face teaching on our campuses in Glasgow and Dumfries will end and that course materials will be placed online. The University will not be closed. While campuses remain open, they understand if, given that face-to-face teaching has ended, you would like to return home. The University can assure you that you will not be penalized academically if you do so.
For international students who intend to go home, we would ask that you check the quarantining arrangements of your home country, to minimize the risk of transmission. You should also check your travel insurance. If you do go home, the University will maintain sponsorship of your Tier 4 visa, providing you continue to engage in your studies whilst you are away. This means your visa will remain valid and you will be able to use it to return to Glasgow at a later date.
Assessment and progression: As you know from previous communications, exams scheduled for the April/May assessment period will not be undertaken in exam halls on campus. However, the University is committed to ensuring that all students can complete their academic program and graduate or progress on time. Schools will be in touch with their students about teaching provision and students should continue to work on assignments which have already been set.
The University had already decided on Friday March 13 to suspend face to face teaching at our Aberdeen campuses for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and to move progressively to home working for staff.
The University has taken the decision that students will not be required to complete any further assessment for undergraduate Level 1 and 2 courses this semester, and that credit will be awarded on a pass/fail basis (with some limited exceptions for professionally-accredited courses).
Any student who needs a result to enable credits / courses to transfer back, or who wishes to receive a graded assessment, will be provided with assessment to enable a grade to be awarded. You will need to inform Aberdeen if this is the case.
The University wishes to reiterate that:
All undergraduate and taught postgraduate students are free to travel home if you are able to do so.
Exams will not be taking place on campus in this academic year (2019/2020), you will not need to return to campus until the 2020/2021 semester commences.
The continued well-being of students, staff and audience community is the top priority of the RCS.
Given the continued spread of the COVID-19 outbreak and in line with our colleagues across the Scottish Higher Education sector, the Senior Management Team has agreed that from tomorrow (Monday, March 16) the RCS will suspend all face-to-face teaching and plan to move to distance learning until further notice.
All performances, concerts and public events will be suspended until further notice.
Campuses closing to students and the public beginning Friday 3/20
Students on SCQF Level 7 and 8 modules undertaken this trimester will automatically receive a pass grade for the module and students will achieve academic credit, but no overall mark for the module.
All outstanding assessment, including examinations, will be cancelled for SCQF level 7 and 8 modules delivered this trimester.
SCQF level 9, 10, 11 modules will have online timed exams or timed essays depending on the assessment structure.
From Monday March 23, all teaching will be done online and remotely.
All scheduled, time-tabled face to face teaching will end at the close of Tuesday 17 March, with a few exceptions where specific course activity can’t be conducted remotely.
By stopping the majority of our face to face teaching early in the week, colleagues will have this time to transition all teaching material to Moodle and Panopto by Friday 20 March.
The university will conduct all assessment for exams online or they will be delivered in an alternative format, so the April/May assessments, scheduled to begin on 27 April, will be done remotely, where possible.
Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and in light of the U.K. Government’s transition from the ‘contain’ phase to the ‘delay’ phase of its response, access to the campuses will be closed from Tuesday March 17th at 6pm until further notice.
GSA has ceased all teaching, tutorials and crits and there is no access to studios, library and workshops. It is currently unclear how long this will last, therefore staff are putting in place academic continuity plans which will cover assessments working on the basis that undergraduate students will not return to campus this academic year. The position regarding Semester 3 for postgraduate taught students is at present unclear.
Program teams are looking at how students’ work can be assessed both for continuing and final year students. Details specific to your program and year will be issued by Schools on Canvas by the end of this week.
Canvas continues to be the primary source for accessing program materials and information and where you will find announcements and updates from your teaching staff. Program teams will be considering how students can be further supported online through content such as Planet e-Stream where appropriate. Please ensure when looking at Canvas content that you are checking regularly on a desktop/laptop as some content may not be immediately visible when viewing on a mobile or tablet.
Students have been advised to go home without delay if they can. However, St Andrews will do everything they can to look after those who remain on campus in the weeks and months ahead.
The University will deliver all teaching and assessment online only when semester resumes after Spring Break (March 30th, 2020).
They are updating the FAQs as promptly as we can to outline the measures students and staff can take to mitigate the risks of coronavirus infection, and the steps we have taken as a University to prepare.
Students and staff should check their University email accounts at least twice daily for further updates.