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You'll find here information, advice and support for new students soon to be joining us here at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

A message from Colette Mawdsley, Dean of Higher Education

Thank you for your application to study here at the Hugh Baird University Centre for September 2020 and I welcome you to our online portal. Here you will find information, advice and support that we offer at the University Centre to assist with your application.

We are all facing very difficult and challenging times at the moment, but we are here more so now than ever to support our current students and also our future students. If you have any further queries relating to your application or the course you have applied for, please don't hesitate to contact us.

I look forward to welcoming you soon to the Hugh Baird University Centre, take care and keep safe.

Latest Update

The information below was last updated: 25 June 2020.

Firstly, as a valued offer holder, I would like to thank you for accepting an offer at the Hugh Baird University Centre (HBUC) and I look forward to seeing you in the new academic year. I understand with the COVID-19 situation you may have some questions, but I want to reassure you that our teams across the College are preparing for our campuses to be open in September. We’re planning exactly how this will work for each of our student cohorts, putting your health and wellbeing at the core of our decision making to ensure that you can still receive the high-quality learning experience that will help you succeed in future years.

This update sets out how the College will be adapting its environment and teaching and learning in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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, remains 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, and the College will ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures will be in place in line with the national guidance at the time. We also have contingency plans in place to let you continue studying if a further lockdown becomes necessary at any stage. 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 to University life

We look forward to welcoming our new students to the HBUC and to helping them settle into University life. Your programme will start with an online Induction and welcome in the week of September 7th with an opportunity to attend in person subject to national guidance in place at the time. Induction introduces you to the University Centre and the College, its services, the campus and the staff who will teach, support and guide you throughout. There will also be an opportunity to meet your classmates online and, with appropriate safeguards in place, to meet some of them in person too. With this in mind if you feel that you will have difficulty in accessing appropriate technology to do this, please make contact with the HE Academic Leads Martin Harrington and Delyth Coles on martin.harrington@hughbaird.ac.uk and delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk.

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 to your studies is the best and most appropriate approach to commence your studies in September. 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.

Should you have questions about the content of this letter or about any aspect of starting your course with us then please contact Martin Harrington and Delyth Coles on the email addresses above.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our University Centre and I hope and trust that you will enjoy your time studying at the College.

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 start your studies with us. We know you may have more questions about your student life so we will be in touch regularly to share more information with you as the new Academic Year approaches.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Hugh Baird University Centre in September.

With best wishes,

David Rigby Vice Principal - Curriculum and Quality

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 delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk 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.

September

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: martin.harrington@hughbaird.ac.uk and delyth.coles@hughbaird.ac.uk.

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,

David Rigby Vice Principal - Curriculum and Quality

Enrolment for new and returning students

We will be writing to new students that hold an unconditional place at the University Centre and returning students over the summer to online enrol with instructions of how to do this. The online enrolment is new to the College this year and we want to ensure it is as easy as possible for new and returning students to access and fill in prior to starting or returning to the University Centre. In the meantime, please keep an eye on this portal for updates for conditional and unconditional offer student enrolment, induction and welcome week (new students) and the start of term for all students.

Enrolment for Access to Higher Education courses

Students holding an unconditional offer will be contacted soon to online enrol at the College, with instructions on how to do this. In the meantime, please keep an eye on this portal for updates on enrolment for conditional offer students, induction and welcome week and the start of term for all students.

Graduation

The Graduation Ceremony is a time for celebration and is the highlight of the Hugh Baird University Centres' year. The ceremony marks the culmination of our graduate's hard work and dedication. It is an opportunity for students to reflect on their time at the University Centre and celebrate with friends, family and staff.

Student Finance

The latest Student Finance information for students can be found here: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/student-loans-company

Our University Partners

We work very closely with our Higher Education partners - the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and our new partner for 2020 the University of Cumbria. All of our degree courses are approved by one of these universities so, whilst you'll benefit from the top class teaching and facilities provided at the Hugh Baird University Centre, you will also be a member of the partner universities community and will enjoy access to a range of their facilities and learning resources as well as membership of the Students' Union.

  • University of Central Lancashire
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Cumbria

Proud to be TEF Gold

In June 2017, the Hugh Baird University Centre was awarded a Gold rating for its higher education provision from a newly launched Government scheme.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced to provide evidence about the performance of the higher education sector in the UK. Through the issuing of Gold, Silver or Bronze awards, the scheme provides students with a picture of excellence in higher education teaching and learning. We were delighted to become one of an elite group who achieved Gold.

TEF Gold | Teching Excellence Framework

Bursary Gift

At the University Centre we are committed to helping all our Foundation Degree students to purchase course related equipment as well as contribute towards the cost of international trips. All new full time Foundation Degree students will be allocated a Bursary Gift of up to £500. This will be paid in two parts, the first in Year 1 and the second in Year 2. The Hugh Baird University Centre Bursary Gift is linked to student attendance, punctuality and achievement.

We continually review our Bursary Gift and Terms and Conditions. For the most up-to-date information and to view Terms and Conditions, visit our Financial Support page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on your course you should expect to be in College for up to 14 hours a week. Health related courses which involve placements will be less than this. Where possible we try to ensure that your time here is timetabled in blocks of no more than three days.

Our College facilities include access to course appropriate computers and software although we recommend you invest in a home computer.

You do not have to let a lack of money stop you from coming to Hugh Baird College. We have bursaries and grants in place to help support those students that may find it more difficult to cover the costs of participating in further education, these include help with things such as tuition fees, childcare and travel. Visit our Financial Support pages for more information.

Depending on your course, we will usually have a Top Up available at the College although progression routes to our Partner Universities are usually available.

We will provide on campus access to appropriate equipment for your programme, although there are some areas where you may be expected to purchase specialist kit. You will be fully advised as to any requirements at interview.

Usually group sizes can be up to 25 students depending on the style of delivery and in some cases the class size can be a lot smaller. For some sessions e.g. general lectures these groups may be larger.

Our academic year normally lasts for 32 weeks (September - June). Depending on your course, you will be advised as to start and end dates. Please be advised that term dates may not always coincide with school holidays.

Reading lists will normally be issued by staff in advance of your course start date.

Full time course costs range from between £6000 to £8500 depending on the subject you choose to study and the level. More specific information can be found on each course page of our website. Tuition fee loans cover university/college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university/college by Student Finance England, so you don’t need a pot of money up front.

They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than a certain amount.

Maintenance loans to help with day to day living expenses/ childcare are available from Student Finance England and, depending on circumstances you may be entitled to a grant. Disabled students may also be entitled to extra allowances for equipment and support under the DSA scheme.

All new full time Foundation Degree students will be allocated a Bursary Gift of up to £500. This will be paid in two parts, the first in Year 1 and the second in Year. The Bursary Gift will be linked to student attendance, punctuality and achievement. To support students who may not otherwise progress to a Full Honours degree, we will allocate a limited number of awards for 2nd year students from our Foundation Degree programmes who have been accepted for a full time Top Up year at the Hugh Baird University Centre. In both cases terms and conditions apply.

We recognise the importance of working closely with learners who have dyslexia and have specially trained staff to assess, teach and support you. Support can come in different forms and this will be discussed when we meet you to put together an individualised support plan. The different forms of support can range from assistive technology to use in the classroom or to use at home to support you with your studies, additional tuition with an Additional Support Lecturer, specialist tuition with a tutor who specialises in dyslexia to equip you with strategies to work with more independence in the future, in class support and exam support if eligible.

Refer a Friend

If you refer a friend to the University Centre and they enrol onto one of our Access to Higher Education or Degree courses in September 2020, you will receive a £20 High Street Voucher! Terms and conditions apply. Download more information.

Refer a friend

Access to Higher Education

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas are a well-established set of qualifications designed for those who do not have the UCASD points required for a university level course but who do have life experience and a willingness to learn.

Approved by Access Validating Agency, Ascentis, they will provide you with the foundations you need for progressing to study at university level. They will build confidence and develop skills in maths, English, Information and Communications Technology, research and study skills. At the same time, their employability focus will prepare you for working in a professional environment or returning to the world of work.

  • Ascentis

Need more information or have a question?

If you have any queries in relation to your application/enrolment, courses or the University Centre in general, we have staff from all subjects and support services who would be happy to help.

Simply email admissions@hughbaird.ac.uk and we can ensure your query gets to the correct member of staff.

360° Virtual Tour

Explore our campus with a 360° virtual tour. If you've ever wanted to check out what the campus looks like before you visit or start your journey with us, now you can from the comfort of your own home. Stay tuned as we expand the virtual tours to include our other facilities.

If you have a VR headset, you can view the tour in Virtual Reality. Tap the image below to launch the tour:

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