Last updated: 27 March 2020 1.08pm
University advice and support
You should not leave your residence or flat for any reason other than:
- Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
As far as possible you should remain in your room and you should not gather with other residents. You should observe hygiene protocols and social distancing at all times.
For students in our residences, catering will be provided centrally for you to eat in your room. Please be aware that if you leave your flat or residence for a non-essential purpose or in a group, you are liable to challenge by the Police.
If you need advice or assistance, please contact the Advice and Support Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We expect this period of lockdown to last for three weeks.
If you live alone in self-contained accommodation and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- Phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms are severe
If your partner, flatmate or a family member is self-isolating, you should follow the guidelines provided and ensure, as far as is possible, that you have no contact with them during the isolation period.
If coronavirus infection spreads in the wider population, efforts to contain, monitor and manage it may be hampered if there are other seasonal infections spreading at the same time.
During self-isolation you should avoid, as far as is possible, any contact with other people. You should not leave your house, flat or room.
The NHS has published a comprehensive guide to self-isolation.
Yes, you need to let us know of your current location. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak, please do not use the Change of Location task to notify us of your current address. Instead, you must use the Personal Details task in MySaint (in the 'My details and development' section), and edit your contact details. Please make sure you updated your 'contact address' there.
Please ask them to read the information on these pages so they are familiar with the steps the University is taking to limit the risk of coronavirus infection in St Andrews.
Please keep in close and regular touch with them to let them know you are okay. This will be a considerable help to our Student Services team who otherwise will receive phone calls and emails from worried parents and families.
Students who find themselves in financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 situation can contact the ASC for support.
Please see the wellbeing advice for students for resources and guidance to help you ensure your wellbeing when studying remotely.
Stay in close touch with them if you can. Encourage them to familiarise themselves with the information and advice available on these pages and to check their University email accounts regularly for any updates.
Encourage them to wash their hands regularly! It’s the best defence against infection with coronavirus.
We have been writing direct to all students for several weeks with updates and advice, and will continue to do that to ensure they have the information and support they need.
If you have concerns about a particular student you can speak to our Student Services team by phoning 01334 462020 but please do try to make contact yourself with the student first.
Yes. The University will deliver all of its teaching and assessment exclusively in online formats from the resumption of the semester after Spring Break (30 March 2020).
There will be no classes or face-to-face teaching in St Andrews for the rest of this semester.
Remote learning means that you will have to be able to receive via the internet either a live-streamed version or a recorded version of your teaching in an environment where you can interact with staff and your classmates online. Alternatively (or additionally), you can watch and make notes on the recorded material later.
We expect that many of the methods of learning you normally employ will still stand you in good stead (though they may need to be adapted). Working remotely will nevertheless be a challenge for all of us and we need to make a concerted effort to adapt to these new conditions. Please make sure you give your tutors feedback and let them know how they can change their teaching so that it works better for you. We will all be learning together!
We are currently working to help with data downloads for students with limited access to the internet, but if you believe you will not be able to receive remote teaching, or your domestic situation substantially prevents you from engaging effectively with learning material, please seek advice from either Student Services or the Director of Teaching in your School(s).
If you feel that you are struggling or that your mental health is affected, you should not hesitate to contact Student Services for help.
All student travel and fieldwork plans must be amended in line with current governmental advice on travel. This means all non-essential travel should be cancelled.
We are preparing advice and support for students for whom cancellation, curtailment or postponement of a field trip may mean a change of assessment or credits.
Assessments and exams
We want you to know that, when setting your assignments and examinations, your tutors will have given careful consideration to the very unusual circumstances under which you have produced the work. Assessment will be adjusted to make fair allowance for the fact that you are now studying in a different environment, away from your library, seminar rooms and laboratories.
Examination formats have been changed to match the different circumstances, and in some modules examinations may be cancelled altogether. You will soon hear from each of your module co-ordinators what your assessments and examinations will look like.
Moreover, once we have overall module results, we will analyse them against the historic record in order to detect any anomalies or dramatic changes and make adjustments accordingly. In short, we will do everything we can to ensure that you will be awarded fair grades.
For undergraduate students nervous about entering your intended Honours pathway, or about the impact of the current semester’s grades on your overall degree classification, we are putting in place two new sets of regulations for this semester only:
- Honours Entry – If you are about to start an Honours programme in 2020-2021 (including entry to Honours in January 2021), any grade-related Honours entry prerequisites for modules taught in Semester 2, 2019-2020 will be reduced from 11.0 (or an average of 11.0 across a range of required 2000-level modules) to a simple pass at 7.0. This means that as long as you have passed all of the required modules for Honours entry and have garnered the requisite number of credits at the right level, you will be free to progress to your intended Honour programme. This will also apply to passes achieved for Semester 2 modules during the re-assessment diet in August 2020.
- Honours Classification – All of our students completing modules at 3000- or 4000-level or taught modules at 5000-level in Semester 2 will have the option of having any module result retrospectively S-coded on the basis of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. This will be in addition to any S-codes awarded for other reasons in line with the current policy. This means that students can, in this circumstance only, ask for an S-code to be attached to one, several or all of their Semester 2 modules (including year-long modules reported in Semester 2) after they have been notified of the module result. S-coded module result(s) will not be used for the calculation of the degree classification if they have a negative effect on the class of degree awarded. Any module S-coded in this way will not count against the overall maximum number of S-coded credits available to students in other semesters and for other reasons.
This means that you can study with confidence, knowing that if – in spite of your best efforts and our determination to grade you as fairly as possible – you are not satisfied with a module result, you can ask for it not to be factored into the calculation of your degree classification.
Please await communications from your School regarding the precise format of the assessment and examinations in your modules.
Postgraduate research students
All supervisory meetings have to take place remotely. Supervisors and students are asked to draw up plans now for online supervision for the duration of this period.
In line with current government advice, we encourage you to work remotely now and prepare for the laboratories and other facilities to be no longer accessible.
Other unavoidable interactions between staff and postgraduate research (PGR) students, for instance interactions in the lab while they are still possible, must follow current social distancing protocols.
If PGR students develop symptoms of a cold or flu-like infection, they are expected to self-isolate and follow national advice.
Where possible, postgraduate research (PGR) students should continue with their studies remotely. If you have been subject to travel disruptions or have been advised to self-isolate, please continue your PGR studies wherever possible.
Some of our PGR students will experience disruptions to their studies owing to a period of sickness, disruption to fieldwork and restricted access to labs, archives and libraries, including our own library and collections. If you are encountering difficulties of this nature, please contact your supervisor and your Director of Postgraduate Research (DoPGR) as soon as possible. There are mechanisms in place to support students in these circumstances.
PGR student travel and fieldwork plans must be amended in line with current governmental advice on travel.
Annual Progress Reviews (APRs) will now all be conducted online. Where the normal format of APRs in your School involves any face-to-face encounters, such as presentations, they will be adjusted appropriately by the School.
All postgraduate (PGR) theses whose submission deadline is in March or April 2020 will be allowed to submit their theses until 1 May 2020 without any detriment.
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, PGR theses will be submitted electronically only. If your end date or your intended submission date is in March or April 2020, Registry will provide you with further details on how to submit via email.
For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, viva examinations are to be conducted online. Internal examiner, candidate and external examiner will be connected from different places. All other University policies, in particular those on good academic practice and the conduct of viva examinations, remain unaffected.
The University is delivering all of its teaching and learning in an online format. Postgraduate research (PGR) students who are delivering teaching in this format will continue to be paid for preparation, delivery and marking.
If PGR students who teach do not have the requisite technical equipment to deliver teaching online, they should make contact with their Directors of Teaching (DoT) to arrange to borrow equipment where possible.
During the COVID-19 outbreak, research students (excluding MSc(Res) and MSt(Res) students) will be able to submit their thesis electronically through Moodle. The temporary arrangement applies both to submission of copies for examination (pre-viva, equivalent to soft-bound copies) and to submission of final copies for graduation (equivalent to hard-bound copy and CD).
You can find further guidance on the process in the ‘Thesis submission during Covid-19 outbreak’ section, in the Research thesis submission webpage.
After careful consideration, the University has taken the difficult decision to cancel graduation ceremonies planned for 22 to 26 June 2020.
Our duty of care to our students, their families, and our staff has informed all the decisions we have made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot guarantee that the UK will be sufficiently free of risk, or the current restrictions on public life, by June to allow graduation ceremonies to proceed.
If you are eligible to graduate this June, you can still receive your degree certificate this summer. Please consider the following options carefully, and discuss them with your family if you wish.
- Option 1 Graduate in absentia and participate in a future ceremony: You will graduate in absentia, receive your degree certificate and HEAR documents to the address you provide on the application form, and opt in to attend a future graduation ceremony (within the next three years). If you choose this option, you will have graduated and you will be invited to participate in a future ceremony.
- Option 2 Graduate in absentia with no future ceremony date: You will graduate in absentia, receive your degree certificate and HEAR documents to the address you provide on the application form, and opt out of attending a future graduation ceremony. If you choose this option, you will have graduated and you will not be invited to participate in a future ceremony.
- Option 3 Defer your graduation to a future date: You will not graduate this year and you will not receive your degree certificate and HEAR documents this semester. If you choose this option, you will not have graduated, and you will be invited to graduate at a future ceremony (within the next three years).
You will be able to specify your choice when applications open in a few weeks, and we will write to you again before that date.
Degree certificates and HEAR documents will be sent as soon as possible after the classification of degrees has been released.
Travel, study abroad, and visas
At this stage, we hope that 2020-2021 Study Abroad placements will not be affected by the current situation. However, it is possible that there may be disruption in some locations around the world.
The University will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate with all students scheduled to study or work abroad next year. If you have specific questions about your placement, please contact the Global Office at email@example.com.
We are working closely with our partners around the world to understand the impacts and precautionary measures being implemented in our Study Abroad locations. Where semesters have been disrupted, we are aware that some host institutions are moving to online delivery where appropriate. We are in touch with all students currently studying abroad and affected by precautionary or containment measures at their host institution.
If you are currently registered in the 2019-2020 academic year and need to return home but are well and able to continue studying remotely, we will let the UKVI know that you have temporarily changed your location of studies.
This will not affect your current visa, and will not mean that you will need to get a new visa when you return to the UK.
You should let the University know if you will not be in St Andrews after Spring Break by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, student ID number and details of your own circumstances.
If you are unwell and unable to study for a period of up to 60 days after Spring Break, because of the current situation, the University will continue to sponsor you during this period. You should let the University know that you are unable to study by submitting a self-certificate as normal.
If you have returned home and you are outside the UK, then you should also let the University Compliance Team know by emailing email@example.com with your name, student ID number and details of your own circumstances.
The lockdown applies to UK citizens. Students from overseas are encouraged to head home if it’s safe for them to do so and if commercial flights are still available.
Please be aware international travel is becoming very limited as air routes close, land borders close, and new restrictions are put in place that prevent flights from leaving.
Also, if you are showing any symptoms, or share a household with someone showing symptoms, you should not travel and should self-isolate.
Fees and funding
A guide to student finance in Scotland and up-to-date information relating to how SAAS are addressing the current Coronavirus situation can be obtained from https://www.studentinformation.gov.scot/