25 June 2020:
We hope you are well and are continuing to adjust to the current situation. As promised, we wanted to remind those of you that finished your exams and assessments in May that your results will be available via My UCLan on Monday 29 June, if you are a final year student, and on Tuesday 30 June for all other years.
If you are getting your results next week, please remember UCLan have invoked a ‘no detriment policy’ to support students whose activities have been affected by the current pandemic. The no detriment policy acts as a ‘safety net’ to ensure that by attempting your assessments, you obtain at least your weighted average grade up to the start of COVID-19, depending on the results of your assessments and exams.
Please be reassured that provided your assessments were attempted, your performance will be judged as equal to, if not better than, previous assessment.
If you have any questions, before or when you see your results next week, please remember to check the frequently asked questions on the UCLan website, which will give further information and explanation. If there are any questions that we haven’t answered there, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Don’t forget that even though most of our colleagues are currently working off campus at the moment, your lecturers and Student Support are available to support you and can answer any other questions you may have. Our course teams will also be available to give feedback on assessments should you require it. However, please be mindful that staff will be embarking on annual leave as of w/c 29th June and therefore may not get back to you straight away.
For those of you who are returning in September, we wanted to reassure you that we are carefully preparing our campuses to open. Please keep checking the College website for further updates.
We want to provide as much face-to-face learning as our campus spaces will allow, as well as continuing to deliver lectures online with the ability to watch again at a time suitable to you. We are in the process of confirming the exact details of campus life and what September learning will look like for each course and will update you with more information as enrolment time approaches. In the meantime, take care and stay safe.
18 June 2020:
I hope this message finds you well and that you have been able to finish your semester 2 study without too much disruption. If you have experienced disruption to your study, or other individual difficulty, please remember that the support services of the University Centre and College are still here for you. In writing to you now, we are assuming that you will be ready to go on to your next year of study in September; but if you have encountered some academic or personal challenges to prevent that, course teams will contact you after the assessment boards to set out your next steps.
We have communicated to you through Teams and the College website throughout the lockdown to give you some information about how the University Centre and College is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic; I am happy to say that we can now share more with you about our plans for the start of the new academic year.
As a provider of education, we continue to follow all government requirements and advice from Public Health England (PHE), and our University Centre, like all UK Universities, remain closed at the moment. However, as you will have seen in the news, the government is moving to gradually ease the lockdown restrictions as the prevalence of COVID-19 drops nationally and regionally and consequently, we intend to open our campuses in September 2020 for the start of the new academic year.
We take your health and safety, and the wellbeing of all our students and staff, very seriously. Our plans to reopen the campuses involve detailed planning to ensure social distancing can be maintained: we will control the numbers of people on campus every day, the introduction of aspects such as one way systems will minimise the chances of contact and an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place.
Your teaching and learning
We know that one of the reasons that our students choose to come to the Hugh Baird University Centre is for the excellent student support and small group sizes. It is important to us that you still receive the best possible experience and we are planning a mixture of both face-to-face and online teaching, with timetables adjusted to limit the number of students on campus at any one time, where necessary, and all College campus sites will continue to be open 5 days a week. we will continue to review the latest situation and to follow Government guidelines to provide you with a safe environment.
From September the College will offer you a carefully designed programme of Blended Learning which will include elements of online learning and attendance at lessons held on campus. We will also ensure that you have the opportunity to access learning resources, study skills development and personal support (remotely and on-campus) when needed. We are planning to deliver some sessions live online with the ability to watch again at a time suitable to you, along with small group teaching, laboratory experiences and access to studios and specialist teaching. We have a dedicated team working to create a safe environment so that we can deliver as much learning on campus as possible. Our digital learning provides a flexible and interactive experience for more standard sessions and gives repeated access to material. We are very proud of our digital learning infrastructure and our achievements which predate the current circumstances. This is supported by the great feedback from our current students regarding their online learning experience and we are working with them to understand further improvements we can make in the course materials that we are currently preparing for you.
Welcome back to University life
Your programme will start with a short online “welcome back” programme, and your first classes, in the week of September 14th. We are investing now in additional tech tools and other resources to enhance your online environment, and we are confident that your experience of learning online and on campus will engage you, challenge you to achieve your best, and support you to progress in your subject. With this in mind if you feel that you will have difficulty in accessing appropriate technology to do this, please contact the HE Academic Leads Martin Harrington and Delyth Coles at:
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping you safe
Your safety is our number one priority and we have designed our campuses for September with safety in mind. All appropriate health and safety measures will be in place to enable you to access and study at the campus we also have contingency plans in place to let you continue studying if a further national lockdown takes place. We will have one-way systems, social distancing signage in every area, managed capacity numbers in meeting rooms, swipe card access to buildings, hand sanitiser stations across campus and a rigorous cleaning regime in place.
Keeping you informed
I would like to direct your attention to the College’s FAQs for the most up to date information about our response to COVID-19. This is updated regularly and can be accessed here: https://www.hughbaird.ac.uk/coronavirus
We’re here to support you
While none of us would choose to be in this situation, we believe that this blended approach is the best and most appropriate offer we can make to you so your studies can commence at the start of the 2020/21 academic year. We think it’s extremely important that you have the opportunity to start your course as planned, and we are committed to enabling you to do that safely with us. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to our University Centre.
I hope this message reassures you and those close to you of our plans at the College to give you the best experience possible as you continue your studies with us.
Should you have questions about the content of this letter or about any aspect returning to us then please contact Martin Harrington and Delyth Coles on the email addresses above.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the University Centre and I hope and trust that you will continue to enjoy your time studying at the College in September.
With best wishes,
Vice Principal - Curriculum and Quality