Update from Jamie Newbold, Academic Director, on 5th January 2021

Dear students

In my last email I said that, based on Scottish government advice, SRUC intended to limit on-campus activity for the first two weeks of term.

Following the First Minister’s statement this afternoon, we have taken the decision to delay the start of on-campus teaching until after the 18th of January. This is the earliest possible restart date and it might be delayed further. If you were due on campus before the 18th January, please do not travel and prepare to learn from home.

I apologise for the short notice but as you may know changes to Covid-related restrictions were only announced this afternoon

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the health and safety of the whole of the SRUC community has come first and this will continue to shape our decisions. By delaying the start of the on-campus teaching we can help keep us all safer and reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

For many students, on-line teaching was already planned for the start of term, so this decision will not impact everyone.

For programmes where on-campus teaching was planned, the timetables will need to change. We will update you about the arrangements for teaching on-campus activities by January the 11th.

We will continue to deliver on-line learning and we are working hard to reschedule other activities. Your Programme Leader or Year Tutor will be in touch in due course with more information.

Please do not travel to our campuses until your revised timetable is confirmed. If you are already at one of our campuses, please contact the local Academic Liaison Manager for updated information and support.

I recognise these are challenging times and colleagues in Student Support and SRUCSA have put together an excellent summary of support resources available that can be accessed here.

Best wishes

Jamie Newbold
Academic Director

Information for students

We will continue blended learning until the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

The Scottish Government is providing Covid-19 testing for all students who wish to travel home in the UK for the Christmas break. You will be able to get a test even if you are showing no symptoms. If you test negative, you will know you can travel home with minimal risk of infecting others.

We have collated details on all students we believe may be changing residence and have now been in contact to provide details of how to get tested.

If you have not yet been contacted but believe you need to access the testing, please email

More details about the testing programme can be found here.

For more information (including details for students returning after the break) see the Student FAQ.

If you develop symptoms, please email for advice and we will of course do our best to support you.

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