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Arcadia Center Programs & Partner Institution Updates

Last Updated: April 17


Arcadia in Edinburgh

  • Students enrolled in any of the three courses delivered by Arcadia in Edinburgh will be offered the opportunity to complete these courses through online instruction and assessment.
  • Communication from the faculty is forthcoming, and will address the schedule for resuming classes and any required changes to the course syllabi.
  • Students should plan to engage with coursework and final assessments until the scheduled end of the program.


University of Edinburgh

  • The University will be making the transition so that only “essential-services” will operate on campus from Tuesday March 24th.
  • 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 (pre-Honours) exams will be cancelled this semester. Boards of Examiners will give you a mark for your courses based on the in-course assessment (e.g. coursework assignments) you have completed by the end of the semester. In some cases, where the amount of available assessment does not allow the Board of Examiners to give students a secure mark for the course, they will record course outcomes as pass/fail only. On a small number of courses, where there is no (or very little) in-course assessment, there may need to be some form of additional assessment to determine your course outcome. Your department will let you know if this applies to any of your courses.
  • Those in third year and beyond will be expected to take exams or other summative assessment such as additional coursework assessment or timed take-home (“open-book”) exams offered remotely. If your department is setting an alternative form of assessment in lieu of exams, they will let you know the format, deadlines and timescales for this.
    • With the majority of alternative forms of assessment now being delivered by either a 48 hour or standard exam duration +1 hour, Edinburgh will be updating the timetable to ensure the delivery of a “clash-free” timetable to all candidates. Edinburgh will publish the new timetable by 24th April.
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University of Glasgow

  • 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. As of Monday 23 March, all non-essential facilities on campus are closed.  

  • If you are preparing for assessments or need advice on academic writing and skills, you can access guidance here and book 1 to 1 appointments with our team of learning advisers here. Our disability advisors are also on hand to provide guidance in relation to reasonable adjustments. You can contact the Disability Service at or by calling 0141 330 5497.
  • Assessment arrangements: All students were sent a communication on 9th April concerning assessment arrangements. The full message can be viewed here.
  • For Level 1 and 2 (first and second year courses)

    The University decided that the majority of level 1 and 2 examinations would not go ahead. Where assessment has been cancelled, course grades will be calculated as follows:

    • Where students have completed 65% or more of the assessment originally planned for the course and have achieved a grade of D3 or above, students will receive a standard alphanumeric grade (eg A1, B1)
    • Where students have completed 65% or more of the assessment originally planned for the course but have achieved less than a D3, they will be awarded a CA.  This is ‘Credit Awarded’ which awards credits but indicates there is insufficient evidence of achievement to allow an academic decision to be made on a grade – here we are reflecting the fact that students have not had the opportunity to improve their performance through full completion of the course assessment or through resit.
    • Where, for whatever reason, students have not completed 65% of the course assessment, they will receive a CA grade. 
  • For Level 3 and 4 (third and fourth year courses)

    Final assessment for courses at level 3 and level 4 are scheduled to take place as far as possible.  The format of these exams, understandably, has had to be changed to allow for them to be taken at a distance.  The ‘no detriment’ policy for level 3 and 4 assessment gives students the chance to improve their overall grade, not lower it.  More details, including the examination timetable can be found here.

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University of Aberdeen

  • 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:

    • On campus exams will not take place. Assessment will however take place through alternative means.
    • Exams for online learning students conducted outside Aberdeen, will depend on the local conditions at the exam venue. Where an exam cannot go ahead, alternative assessment will be offered.
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Scottish Universities' International Summer School (SUISS)

  • The News webpage for SUISS is kept up to date with the latest regarding the school and the developing Coronavirus situation. This also has links to its policies on refunds, cancellations and accommodation.


University of Stirling

  • Students will continue to have access to Canvas and all relevant learning materials.
  • The University will work to deliver module content online, as necessary enabling students to complete the module content by the end of term (Friday 3 April).
  • Exams have been cancelled in Year 1 and 2 courses (Level 7 and 8). Where assessment of your module is complete, you will receive your grade as normal. Where examinations or further coursework have been cancelled, you will be awarded a pass/fail grade on the basis of your coursework to date. 
  • Courses in Year 3 and 4 (Level 9 and 10) will have remote examinations or alternative assessment. The timetable for the release of assessments and instructions for completing assessments will be available from 1 April.
  • Where assessments are completed, the University is operating a ‘no detriment’ approach. This means that results from the assessment will not disadvantage the student.
  • Stirling recognizes that you may encounter additional and particular personal difficulties that are out of your control and which may impact upon your ability to study and/or complete assessments for a variety of reasons.
    • If you are experiencing difficulties you should apply to your Faculty for extensions, deferral or a temporary suspension of studies, if appropriate, in the first instance.
    • Thereafter, if you feel your module mark will still be affected by personal circumstances which could represent “extenuating circumstances” then you should submit an Extenuating Circumstances Application Form for Spring 2020 modules, with supporting evidence, by 5pm on Monday 11 May 2020. Please see the FAQ for further details on applying for and submitting an extenuating circumstances application.
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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

  • From 4pm on Friday March 20, the campus buildings will close. From Monday, March 16 the RCS has suspended all face-to-face teaching and plans to move to distance learning until further notice.
  • All performances, concerts and public events will be suspended until further notice.

  • Moodle assessments (online submissions etc.) should continue in the normal way. Heads of Programmes or Module Co-ordinators will communicate directly with students to confirm other assessment arrangements in due course. Please keep checking Moodle in the meantime.
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Edinburgh Napier University

  • Campuses closing to students and the public beginning Friday 3/20

  • From Monday March 23, all teaching will be done online and remotely.
  • All outstanding assessment, including examinations, will be cancelled for SCQF level 7 and 8 modules delivered this trimester.
  • 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.

  • SCQF level 9, 10, 11 modules will have online timed exams or timed essays depending on the assessment structure.

  • 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.

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Glasgow School of Art

  • 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. 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. 

  • 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.

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University of St Andrews

  • Remote teaching commenced successfully on Monday, 30 March. There will be no classes or face to face teaching in St Andrews for the rest of this semester. Lectures are provided online via Panopto and the University platform of choice for tutorials and video conferencing is Microsoft Teams. All teaching is being recorded so that students across different time zones or with clashing domestic commitments can watch classes afterwards, if they cannot participate in real time.

  • All examinations this semester will be provided digitally. Exam papers will be available for download by a student at the time of the exam (BST) and for the following 24 hours to allow for time zones, and must be completed within a set time period once opened.
  • Once all results are in, St. Andrews will analyse them against the historical record to detect any anomalies or dramatic changes and make adjustments accordingly. In short, the University will do everything possible to ensure that students are awarded fair and robust grades. As a result, Arcadia expects that it may receive final grades from St. Andrews later than usual.
  • They are updating the FAQs as promptly as they 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.

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Scottish Parliamentary Program

  • Students will have confirmed their research topic with their Director of Studies by March 20.
  • Students should engage weekly with their Director of Studies regarding updates on the research project.
  • Where possible, students can work remotely with their SMP on their research project.
  • Final submission of the research project assessment will continue as normal.