INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT STUDENTS - 2020/21 ACADEMIC YEAR

We want to update you on how the Nelson College London is preparing for the start of the next academic year in light of the social distancing restrictions that are likely to still be in place.

The safety and well-being of the Nelson College London community is our highest priority, and we want to assure you that activities will only take place on campus where it is safe to do so.

Nelson College London is committed to continuing to provide a high quality experience both in person and online.

We plan to start next academic year with a blended delivery model, offering part class-based lectures and tutorials, including field-based practical activities where possible, and part online delivery – in order to replace large group teaching like lectures which cannot be accommodated at present due to social distancing.

Five stage system

HM Government COVID Alert Levels is as follows (source*[1]),

5 Tier

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884352/slides_-_11_05_2020.pdf

In line with the HM Government’s COVID Alert Levels, Nelson College London is implementing a five stage system that will define what studying at NCL will be like for the 2020/21 academic year. The stage that we are at will dictate which facilities and services will be open, and to what extent.

OUR CURRENT LEVEL OF OPERATION: LEVEL 4

Level 5 – Lockdown:

  • Education: All online
  • Campus Services: All services delivered online
  • Library/computer-lab/printing facilities: Closed
  • Events: Online (limited)
  • Student Support: Online, email, via telephone

Level 4 – Social distancing continues:

  • Education: All online
  • Campus Services: All services delivered online, except:
    • Marketing & Recruitment: on campus - to attend to potential candidates, following Covid-secure guidelines
  • Library/computer-lab/printing facilities: Closed
  • Events: Online (limited)
  • Student Support: Online, email, via telephone

Level 3 – Gradual relaxation of restrictions:

  • Education: Blended Learning – classroom (with social distancing measures) and online
  • Campus Services: Limited library and computer-lab facilities / printing facilities / socially-distanced essential services are open, following Covid-secure guidelines
  • Events: All services delivered online, including virtual welcome events; some socially-distanced activities
  • Student Support: Online, email, via telephone, socially-distanced face-to-face (following Covid-secure guidelines)

Level 2 – Minimal social distancing:

  • Education: Blended Learning – larger group classroom sessions to resume when safe (with minimal social distancing measures) and online
  • Campus Services: Limited library and computer-lab facilities / printing facilities / socially-distanced essential services remain open, following Covid-secure guidelines
  • Events: Physical events are limited (with minimal social-distancing)
  • Student Support: Online, email, via telephone, minimal socially-distanced face-to-face (following Covid-secure guidelines)

Level 1 – Business as usual:

  • Education: All physical classes to resume
  • Campus Services: Return to normal service operation
  • Library/printing facilities: Open
  • Student Support: Online, email, via telephone, face-to-face

However, we know that things are likely to change over the next few months, so we will be updating you further depending on the Government’s further advice.

A mix of online and face to face teaching

We're doing everything we can to make sure that you’ll get a great learning experience with us with lots of support to do your best when you're learning virtually and face to face.

We’re planning to start teaching you through a mix of online virtual and face to face teaching that we call blended learning:

  • This means your big group lectures might be online while some smaller classes or practical activities could happen on campus
  • You could also move between blended learning and fully online virtual learning during the term
    • If you can’t make it to campus for whatever reason, we’ll work to make sure you can start your course fully online.

We are building  flexibility and resilience into this curriculum so we can either:

  • Increase the face-to-face components during the year if the pandemic resolves more quickly than expected, or
  • Increase the online components if subsequent waves occur and lead to further restrictions.

Social distancing on campus

Your safety and well-being are our priority.

We are implementing social distancing measures across our campuses.

As part of our approach we will use dedicated entrances and exits along with one-way systems, queues and distance markers combined with other safety measures like hand sanitising stations. This will include:

  • teaching and study spaces
  • libraries, computer labs
  • social facilities

We will follow government guidance between now and the proposed physical re-opening of our campus. Any action we take will be made with your safety in mind.

We will clean and disinfect our buildings regularly to reduce the opportunity for transmission and provide extra hand washing and sanitising facilities.

COVID – 19 Risk Assessment

If you have any additional questions please contact us via info@nelsoncollege.ac.uk