Information for students to help you study from home.
Go to your Moodle course to watch live or pre-recorded lectures.
Watch this video playlist on how to view lectures or look at the information below.
All lectures to large classes and some smaller classes will be delivered online (remote learning). Schools will communicate the individual arrangements for each module, but you should be prepared to access learning material via MySaint, lecture recordings via Panopto and be familiar with Microsoft Teams for discussions/tutorials and conversations. Training for these software packages can be found on this page.
Schools will provide guidance or training for all additional software that you may be required to use for remote learning.
To reach your lectures online as they become available:
- login to MySaint
- use the 'My courses' tab to navigate to your module
- select 'Moodle course' from your module quick links
- go to the Panopto block in the top right
If you access your module through MMS, click 'Moodle Link' to get to the Panopto block instead.
The Panopto block for your module could look one of two ways, as shown below. The Panopto block is where you'll find:
- Completed Recordings - links to the pre-recorded lectures for your module.
- Live Sessions - links to lectures as they are being streamed for your module.
Another way to watch recordings is to install the Panopto mobile app.
Recordings open in a new browser tab. They start to play immediately (unless auto-play is disabled in your browser).
Move from slide-to-slide using the 'Contents' list on the left. Alternatively, select slides from the slider at the bottom of the screen.
Control playback (play, stop and rewind) with the controls under the main panel. You can also adjust audio speed and video quality.
Search for keywords using the 'Search this recording' box at the top left. Both words from the slides and spoken words can be searched for.
The members of staff leading your module will keep you informed.
Check the Panopto block for your module regularly to see if new recordings have appeared.
If a recording doesn't appear, your lecturer hasn't approved it for release yet.
Tutorials and seminars
Tutorials and seminars will run through Microsoft Teams when delivered online.
Watch videos on getting started with Teams and look at the information below.
You don’t need to request a Teams account, simply log in with your student credentials.
Students can access Teams in a variety of ways.
- Download the desktop app (recommended for best experience).
- Sign in to the Office 365 portal to use the web app.
- Install the mobile app from your app store.
If you choose to use the web app:
- audio and video meetings are only supported in Chrome and Edge browsers.
- only one video feed displays at a time (the person currently speaking in the meeting).
IT Services have created and populated a Microsoft Team for each module.
Membership in Teams modules:
- Students are 'Members'
- Staff are 'Owners'
If you can't find the Team for your module, contact your lecturer. They may be using Moodle for activities instead.
It's important that you change your default notification settings. Do this in each module Team you've been added to. This will ensure you don't miss any activity, such as posts from your tutor about the start time of a tutorial.
Microsoft have a detailed guide explaining how to manage notifications in Teams. The University recommend that you change notifications settings to ‘Banner and feed’.
Tutorials and seminars will be delivered through meetings in Teams. Meetings can include audio, video and screen sharing.
The staff leading your module will give you prior notice of the time and date a Teams meeting will take place. They will then invite you to the Team meeting.
Invites can take the form of a:
- calendar invitation which contains a 'Join Teams Meeting' link, or
- notification that a meeting is starting (most likely).
Recording of sessions
Team meetings will be recorded by the tutor. If you don’t want to be recorded, you should disable your microphone and camera. You can still participate via the text chat tab, and anything you type there will not be recorded.
Recordings will only be accessible to other people on your module, and will be deleted once the module is over for all students currently registered.
Before you join a tutorial or seminar meeting, make a test call to test your device settings for audio and video. Find out how to make a test call.
When it's time for your tutorial or seminar, login to Teams.
If you received a calendar invite from your lecturer, open your calendar to reach the link you need to join the meeting.
Otherwise, go into the module Team, look for the 'Meeting now' post in the channel conversation and click 'Join'.
Audio and video settings
On entering the call, ensure your mic is muted so the lecturer can give initial instruction on how the session will run. Enabling your camera is optional.
If you encounter issues with your camera or mic, you can still contribute in the meeting chat. If you don’t want to be recorded, you should disable your mic and camera.
The below information will help you make the most of Teams when attending your tutorial.
- Enable or disable your camera.
- Enable or disable your microphone.
- Share your screen, a file or whiteboard with meeting attendees.
- ••• - various options.
- Show meeting notes - shows notes captured during the meeting (only one person can enter notes).
- Record the meeting - will be controlled by your tutor, not you.
- Open chat and send messages during the meeting with attendees (use @mention to draw attention of tutor).
- Hang up and end your participation in the meeting.
There is also a 'Blur my background' option, which allows you to maintain privacy.
Teams only allows four participant video feeds to be displayed on the screen at any one time if using the desktop app. If you are using the web app, the screen will only show one participant.
The video feeds displayed will change based on who is speaking, and if there are more than four attendees, they will display as profile pictures on the screen.
If you want a certain participant to always be visible, click the ellipses beside their name then 'Pin'. This will make their video feed the largest. 'Unpin' using the same method.
When the tutorial has come to an end and you're ready to leave the Team meeting, be sure to click the red 'Hang up' phone icon.
The recording is accessible to everyone in the Team. To view it, click on the meeting video displayed in the channel conversation tab.
The video is stored in Stream (another Office 365 app), which you can reach via the Office 365 portal at any time.
Assessment and exams
Exams in May 2020 will either continue as exams that are delivered and returned online or they will be replaced by continuous assessment.
Find out more about assessment during the May 2020 exam diet on the Exams website.
Several teaching and continuous assessment formats have been changed to reflect the changed circumstances. Schools will have communicated the changes that are occurring.
Assessments will, where necessary, 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.
Individual Schools will communicate their specific requirements for the completion of coursework. Please be aware that there may be changes to the deadlines for work and in the way your work is submitted.
If you normally receive support in completing assessments as part of a disability plan, and this support cannot be satisfactorily delivered remotely, please contact the Disability Team at Student Services to discuss options.
If you are unable to participate in an exam (even if just temporarily), a remote tutorial or seminar, or submit coursework by the deadline, you should follow the normal procedure of submitting a self-certificate via MySaint, and contacting the appropriate member of staff to discuss alternative arrangements.
While teaching is being delivered remotely, academic alerts will be used as normal to alert you to potential academic problems so that you have an opportunity to address them. An ABSENCE alert may be issued if you do not attend a scheduled online event.
Students completing modules at 3000 or 4000 or 5000 level in Semester 2 2019-2020 may retrospectively S-code them on the basis of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis. This includes 5000-level dissertation modules taken during Semester 2 but not those that will be completed over the summer. These S-coded modules will be available in addition to any S-codes awarded for other reasons in line with the current policy. S-coding in this way does not require you to produce evidence of the disruption experienced.
This means that if this is your final semester of Honours study, your degree classification will not be lower than the result calculated using your previous non-S-coded Honours grades, provided that you pass all remaining modules. This is sometimes referred to as a ‘no detriment’ arrangement. If you have S-coded modules, your results will be run through the degree classification algorithm twice: once with the S-coded modules included; once without the S-coded modules included. If the results differ, you will be awarded the higher classification of degree.
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, with the proviso that the classification of postgraduate taught degrees must be based on at least 60 non-S-coded non-dissertation credits. If necessary, postgraduate taught students may request the removal of previously awarded S-codes. In future academic years, any student will be able to request the removal of S-codes requested on the basis of Covid-19 disruption in 2019-2020, if they change their mind.
It is not possible to S-code a portion of a module, only the complete module. This applies also to year-long modules.
In the academic year 2019-20 only, you can ask for S-coding after you have been notified of the results, for modules in the following categories:
- Semester 2 Honours modules and 5000 level modules (including 5000 level dissertation modules completed before the end of the semester)
- Year-long modules completed in Semester 2
- Semester 1 modules for which deferred assessment or reassessment is due to be completed in the May or August examination diet
- Semester 2 and year-long modules for which deferred assessment is granted and due to be completed before or during the August examination diet
- Semester 2 and year-long modules in which you have the right to reassessment in the August examination diet
- Modules taken at another university as part of a study abroad programme in Semester 2
- Modules taken by BA International Honours students at the College of William and Mary in Semester 2
Postgraduate dissertation modules completed in the course of the summer cannot be S-coded.
Where a module grade of zero has been awarded as a sanction for academic misconduct, the module grade is not eligible for S-coding.
S-coding does not remove the need to gain a passing grade in order to be awarded the credits for a module. Where a failed module is S-coded, you have the right to reassessment for the module as if for the first time: the grade obtained at reassessment will not be capped at 7 as is usually the case.
S-coded modules will appear on the transcript with the annotation ’S’ alongside the module grade. The explanatory text on the transcript says that ‘S’ means: “Special circumstances”.
For academic year 2019-20 only any requisite modules or groups of modules for entry to Honours on a BSc, MA, BD, MTheol or BA International Honours programme where the previous grade threshold for Honours entry was 11 or an average of 11, will have the grade threshold and averaged threshold reduced to a 7. This is regardless of which semester the modules were taken in. The requirement for grades to be achieved at first attempt is also removed, so you must simply pass all requisite modules, at first sitting or resit.
If you are entering Honours on an Integrated Masters programme, the required grade threshold for automatic entry to Honours, and whether or not the grades have to be obtained at first sitting, will be set by the School, and communicated to you. If you do not gain automatic entry to Honours, you will be automatically considered for the relevant BSc programme.
Other aspects of the policy on Entry to Honours remain in effect, in particular the requirements to gain at least 80 credits at 2000-level, and at least 220 credits in total.
University of St Andrews
- The University will administer rigorous examination processes at all times, leading to secure grades for students.
- The University will maintain its academic standards throughout, providing confidence that a student’s module outcome is representative of their performance.
- The University will consistently and fairly apply all approved reasonable adjustments for students with declared disabilities where possible throughout the examination process.
- The University will consistently and fairly implement mitigation for students whose examinations are severely disrupted through significant illness, difficult working environments, technological difficulties or other unforeseen circumstances.
Schools and Departments
- Staff will mark work with the consideration that examinations have been delivered remotely and in an open book format.
- Staff will use the full 20-point marking scale in accordance with existing university policy.
- Marking will be conducted fairly and in a manner that is supportive of the difficult circumstances under which students are completing exams.
- Schools will provide feedback on all examined work, in accordance with the School’s standard process.
- Schools will review all module outcomes against historical performance within the same module.
- Schools will engage fully with External Examiners throughout the examination process, involving them in all key decisions.
- Students will complete examinations with academic integrity and in full awareness of the University’s policy on Good Academic Practice.
- Students will communicate any circumstances impacting their exams to the School in a timely fashion, and normally before the scheduled examination. Self-certifications must be submitted for all missed examinations.
- Students will retain the right to appeal their module outcomes in accordance with the published student appeals policy.
Help and support
If you experience system performance issues, check the IT Service status page to see if the University are already aware and working to fix it.
If service health reports as normal, contact your lecturer or School administrator.
If they are unable to resolve your issue, submit a support call.
A repository of email updates from the Proctor, Deans and Provost can be found on the student updates web page.