Provost message on academics for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year

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Dear All,
As we near the end of the summer break I know that many of you have questions regarding the forthcoming academic year. As we approach the new term, I’m sure some of you may be feeling unsure and possibly even a little anxious about the future. Please let me reassure you that despite Covid-19 your education is assured here at Lancaster University Ghana, and that we will continue to deliver the same high quality education that is the hallmark of LUG.

Like all universities in Ghana, with students no longer allowed on to the campus LUG ceased classroom based delivery of our programmes, following the President’s address in March 2020.
Within 10 days and with minimal disruption, we were able to convert all of our programmes and assessment to online delivery. This was an enormous task and I am immensely proud of the way in which the staff and students of our University rose to the challenge. The lessons and skills that we learned during that time will undoubtedly serve us in good stead moving forward.

Since that time there have been a number of announcements relating to tertiary education. However, these announcements were solely concerned with temporary measures to enable finishing students to complete their programmes. In the months since the President’s original address a number of restrictions have been eased and Kotoka International Airport has reopened. We therefore remain optimistic that students will be allowed back on to campus in the not too distant future.

However, to date there has been no announcement from the Government on the resumption of classroom based lectures or students being allowed on campus. As such the President’s earlier ruling remains in effect and therefore all Universities in Ghana are closed to students at this time. If you are a new student or a returning student, please do not attend the campus until requested to do so.

However, I am pleased to say that the team at LUG have been working hard over the summer months to ensure that your studies can continue, and that all programmes will commence as scheduled. However, until universities are given the go ahead to resume classroom teaching all programmes will be delivered online. We remain hopeful that this will only be a temporary measure for the duration of the Michaelmas term, and that classroom teaching will resume in the near future.

We will of course continue to maintain contact and work closely with the regulatory authorities to ensure that when any announcement is made, we will be prepared to resume classroom teaching without delay.

In the meantime, please note:

  • Programmes will commence as scheduled
  • Ensure you are registered/enrolled on your programme/modules in order to activate your Moodle account and can access the uploaded materials that will support your online lectures
  • Do not attend campus until requested to do so
  • Student Council and Student Affairs Events will be virtual
  • All sporting activities including swimming have been temporarily suspended
  • Remote counselling is still running
  • Registration for 2020-21 academic year commences on Monday September 28th, 2020 and ends of Friday October 16th, 2020
  • Online lectures for 2020-21 academic year begin on Monday October 5th, 2020

Best Wishes & Stay Safe
Professor Malcolm McIver
Provost, Lancaster University Ghana