You will be aware of general information circulating in the media regarding plans for the start of Term 2 in Scotland’s universities after the Winter Break.
Following specific guidance from Scottish Government to RCS, I’m pleased to confirm our T2 will commence on 5 January as planned with a restricted blended learning programme of teaching and assessment. Programme teams will be in touch with their students directly to outline what this means for them.
It has also been confirmed that a Student Testing programme – similar to that operating at the moment – will be in place in January. We will be partnering again with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) for this and I’m again grateful to the GCU team for this opportunity. Further details will follow on dates, times and booking procedures. This important information may come after the end of term, so I encourage students to keep an eye on RCS emails over the next week or so.
For students returning from international travel, it’s also important to note that you may still be required to quarantine for 14 days from arrival in Scotland, regardless of testing. You can check here. The RCS Home from Home team will be available to assist you should you need any support during this time.
Together as a community here at RCS, we have achieved so much this term due to the care and consideration each of you has shown in observing safety guidelines and protocols. In spite of the wonderful progress of a Covid vaccination programme, it’s going to be just as vital next term that we keep on working and living as considerately and safely as we possibly can. That will enable our learning, teaching and important in-person collaborations to continue as productively and safely as possible.
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey,