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We’re open for the autumn term

We are busy getting ready for the autumn term and are looking forward to welcoming students back to the College. The way we will work and how each of our campuses look will be a bit different.  

Keeping you and our staff safe 

In line with government guidelines, we have carried out a lot of work to help keep staff and students as safe as possible and ensure that our campuses are Covid safe.  

  • Immediately on entering the campus you will find hand sanitiser stations at every entrance; extra stations can be found around the campus and outside the toilets. Please use these upon entering and exiting the building, as well as in between your lessons.  
  • You will notice more signage which advises you on how to keep yourself safe on campus – this includes regularly washing your hands, maintaining 1 metre plus distance from your peers and following the one-way systems we have put in place.  
  • You will be expected to wear a face covering while on campus (unless you have a medical reason not to do so) – to protect both you and your friends, other students and staff.   
  • Social distancing will be maintained in classrooms, this means that most class sizes will be reduced, and teaching will be a combination of online and onsite lessons for the foreseeable future.   
  • At each campus, our receptions and student services centres now have Perspex screens to keep both you and our staff members safe.   
  • Only people who need to use a lift because they have difficulties with breathing or mobility for example will be permitted to do so. Only one person will be allowed in a lift at a time.  
  • Enrolment will be online. You can find out more about enrolment by looking at our FAQs 

Teaching and lessons 

Term starts on Tuesday 1 September. After enrolment you will be sent a timetable showing when you should come into College.  

To maintain social distancing, we are changing the way some things are taught. Timetables are still being planned but it is likely that some of your lessons will be taught remotely and you will be expected to do more independent study away from College. There will still be lots of contact with your tutors and if you find that you are struggling with any of the work, support will be available .  

You should only come into College buildings when you are timetabled to do so or if you need to access other facilities such as the library.  

We understand it may take some time to get used to the new normal, but we are looking forward to welcoming you back on campus.   

Frequently asked questions

How can I contact you with a query?   

If you want to contact the College with a general query you can fill in our contact form. If you are a student and have a query about your course or work for your course you should email your tutor directly.  

What has the College done to make sure that it is safe for students to return to College?  

We have thoroughly cleaned all the College buildings and rooms. Screens have been installed at reception areas and other key points around the campuses to keep staff and students safe. Hand sanitisers have been installed around the campuses and everyone entering the building will be instructed to wash or sanitise their hands immediately.   

One-way systems have been put in place and classrooms have been assessed and their capacity reduced to ensure that social distancing can be maintained, in line with current government guidance.  

Will the refectories be open to get food and drinks?   

Yes, but the menu will be limited initially  

Will the College continue to pay for College meals for students who are eligible for free school meals?   

Student who are eligible for free school meals will either receive money for meals in College and/or will be sent money by bank transfer to cover days studying away from campus.  

Do I have to wear a mask to come into the College buildings?  

Everyone who is able to do so will be expected to wear a face covering when they are in College. If you are unable to do this because you are exempt in line with government guidance please talk to a member of staff at an info centre and you will be issued with an orange lanyard to wear to show that you are exempt. 

Will lifts be working? 

Lifts will be working but should only be used by staff and students who have mobility issues or a medical reason to do so. Only one person will be permitted in a lift at a time, unless someone needs to be accompanied by a carer or support worker. Please let a member of staff at an info centre know that you require access to the lift and you will be given a lanyard.

Will staff be in College to support students who are in?   

Yes, teaching and support staff will be in College to work with and support our students.  

Will the College provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?  

We will carry out risk assessments and where we identify that PPE is required we will supply it.   

Will the toilets be open?  

Yes, toilets will be open but there will be restrictions in place, and everyone will be expected to follow good hand hygiene measures and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

Will there be drinking water available?   

Yes, water dispensers will be available in Food Inc. However, the water fountains will not be working. You should bring your own drinking bottles to fill up.  

The College has been closed for a long time and water has been sitting in the pipes, it is safe to drink?   

College water systems have been flushed throughout this period. The water is safe to drink. 

Will there be first aiders on site?   

Yes, there will be first aiders on site and Covid secure measures in place for anyone who takes ill. 

What will happen if there is a fire alarm or emergency evacuation?   

If there is a fire alarm or emergency evacuation staff will escort students out of the building to assembly areas as usual. You will be advised to maintain social distancing during this process, as much as is practical. 

When returning to the buildings, everyone will be instructed to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands.