Maximising opportunities for face to face delivery in support of the student experience

Anticipating a continued requirement for social distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety restrictions for the next six months, we are maintaining our current blended approach to learning and teaching into semester two (the semester that begins in January).

Our blended approach involves a mix of on-campus and online activity. The actual number of hours you will be timetabled for, and the balance of that mix, will vary by programme and level of study, and for some programmes from week to week but, Scottish Government guidance permitting, all students will have some scheduled learning on campus each week (unless you are out on a health or teaching placement).

The variation in hours across programmes and levels of study is to take account of students' different levels of familiarity with the University's approach to learning and teaching, its support systems and the requirements of individual programmes, and the extent to which students have already had the opportunity to form social networks with their peers.  

Digital learning opportunities (such as recorded online lectures and online live discussion) will be provided to compensate for any reduction in standard levels of timetabled on campus learning.

Students can access lectures recorded online at a time that suits them. The removal of lectures from the face to face timetable also frees up space and time for the other elements of teaching, such as seminars and tutorials, where students will gain more benefit from face to face interaction.

We are allowing for physical distancing in our face to face teaching.

Access to the library

The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is available for self-development. As it forms a full quarter of our main academic building, we are well placed to provide physically distanced study space.

Strong personalised support

As we are a small university, with a strong community focus, joining us you can rest assured that you will receive strong personalised support, and we appreciate this support is needed more than ever at this time. Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, and we offer a full range of support services ranging from effective learning to wellbeing, and from the library to careers. All services have been available online throughout the pandemic and are also offered face to face whenever appropriate.

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