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Lancaster University Ghana is reopening its campus to conduct blended learning classes for the 2020-21 academic year starting January 2021. The University will adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ghana MOE, MOH, NAB and other relevant government agencies. The University is working with Lancaster University in the UK implement this reopening plan. View the plan for the reopening of our campus here.
Lancaster University’s values are built on honesty, integrity, respect, innovation, societal development and service excellence. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and our commitment to the well-being of our community, in March, we brought our Easter break forward by a week, which also enabled us to invest further efforts into setting up a sophisticated method of online delivery for our world class curriculum.
Our physical campus was closed in March, and all our departments went digital, however we are conducting blended learning for the 2020/21 academic year. Our students are benefitting from the same immersive quality teaching in lectures, seminars and tutorials fully online. As part of the global Lancaster community, our students continue to be able to access our library of resources, which includes over 10,000 journals and over 9,000 e-books.
Announcement from Provost – 15th December 2020
As we approach the end of the Michaelmas term, I know many of you have questions about the Lent term and when you can return to campus. As you will no doubt be aware, earlier in the summer the President of Ghana announced that universities will be allowed to open, with students attending campus from January 2021.
In accordance with the Presidential announcement I am pleased to confirm that Lancaster University Ghana will be permitting students back on to campus from next month. However, Covid19 still poses a risk to students, staff and the wider community. Therefore, in order to minimise that risk and ensure the safety of all it has been decided that a number of safety measures be put in place and that a blended learning approach will be adopted for the delivery of the Lent Term. This means that some of your programme will be delivered on campus and some of it will continue to be delivered online. Please contact your programme lecturers for further details of when you will be expected to attend classes.
It has now been nine months since the pandemic forced universities in Ghana and around the world to close their doors and transfer their programmes to online delivery. It has undoubtedly been a challenging time for all of us, but I am immensely proud of the way in which the students and staff of LUG responded to that challenge. Students continued to attend their online classes, engaged with their lecturers and successfully sat exams, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your hard work, patience, understanding and above all your continued commitment.
I look forward to seeing you back on campus soon and wish each and every one of you a safe and happy Christmas, and a healthy and successful new year.
Professor Malcolm Peter McIver
Provost, Lancaster University Ghana
Announcement from Provost – 11th September 2020
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
Announcement from Provost – 2nd June 2020
I’m sure many of you will have heard the Presidents 10th Address to the nation on Sunday 31st May. In that address he announced that universities could re-open from June 15th to permit final year students to take their exams. By that date all but a very few Lancaster University Ghana students will have already completed their exams. Therefore, in order to ensure the continued safety of our students & staff, and to maintain equity across the exam schedule, senior management have decided that the campus will remain closed. Consequently:
• Students who have exams on or after the 15th June will take them remotely as previously planned.
• All timetabled teaching and learning activities will continued to be delivered online as scheduled.
• Please do not go to the campus until asked to do so by senior management.
Best Wishes to all of you, and please stay safe.
Professor Malcolm McIver
Announcement from Academic Services – 27th May 2020
As part of the upcoming Take-Home Examinations, all students that have any technical challenges (i.e. unstable Internet, unstable power or no laptop, etc.) should inform Academic Services immediately.
As part of efforts to mitigate this challenge, students that have any of these challenges should report this to ACS (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12 noon on Friday May 29th, 2020.
Students with these challenges will be emailed the exam questions on the day of the exam and will be required to hand-write the paper, scan upon completion and email to ACS prior to the 24-hour deadline.
Students should note that scanned papers should clear and legible for marking and are strongly recommended to use Microsoft Office Lens to scan these hand-written exams.
Announcement as of 8th May 2020
It is now almost 8 weeks since the Government of Ghana announced that all schools and Universities must close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then we have all had to make major adjustments to the way in which we live, work and study. As a University we have had to radically change the way in which we deliver and assess your programmes. As students you have had to adjust to a different way of learning.
Regulatory Authorities and Professional bodies have also had to adapt and amend their requirements to reflect the changing landscape. Unfortunately, there is no handbook or procedure anyone can refer to, no university has ever been in this situation before. What we are experiencing is a unique event, and sometimes we may not get it right first time, where we haven’t, I apologise and thank you for your patience and understanding.
We are now approaching the exam weeks and I know many of you have questions about how your modules will be assessed. I am also aware that anxiety levels are rising as a result of irresponsible posts on social networks such as WhatsApp. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to reassure you that there is no substantial change from my earlier announcement on the assessment regulations.
In that announcement I stated that “Students scheduled to take traditional exams during the Summer Term as part of their module’s curriculum, will now not be required to do so. However, they will be assessed through alternative means.” Earlier this week Lancaster University informed us that those alternative assessments must have an exam like component to them. This decision was informed by a recent communique from the National Accreditation Board of Ghana. For many of you nothing will change as a result of this decision, and I would like to reassure you that the assessment burden will not increase for any student.
In practice what this decision means is that the alternative assessment that will replace the traditional exam will be a remote examination. We are currently finalising with Lancaster University the precise nature of those remote examinations, and your module leaders will contact you once that has been done, but it is most likely that an open book exam with an extended turnaround will be the preferred option in most instances.
I am also very much aware that the exam weeks are scheduled to commence on the 18th of May, and whilst the change in assessment strategy is relatively slight, we are endeavoring to reduce the disruption to students and ensure that no one will be disadvantaged. We are therefore negotiating with Lancaster University to postpone the exam weeks until June. Again, once the dates are confirmed your module leader will inform you.
Best Wishes to all of you, and please stay safe.
Professor Malcolm McIver