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

 

Date:  22 February 2021

Ref:  Government Lockdown Announcement Update

In line with the above guidance, Nelson College London students will not be returning to face-to-face teaching, until after the Easter Holiday at the earliest. We will update you again, as and when new information becomes available.

 

Date:  02 February 2021

Disclosure:   The information contained here replaces all other similar information provided during the course of Covid-19 pandemic starting from March 2020.

Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England Medical Director recommended in early January 2021 that the UK alert level should move to level 5.

Nelson College London wishes to inform all its existing/prospective students about its arrangements for the academic terms commencing in January and April 2021, which follow the latest government public-health advice.

The safety and well-being of the Nelson College London community is its highest priority. Activities will only take place on campus where it is safe to do so. The  information set out  below reflects the College’s current arrangements to comply with  public health advice.

Area

Changes

  1. Content of the Course

A1. Module

None.

A2. Placement (FdA programmes)

None.

A3. Field Trips (FdA programmes)

Yes. 

No field trips/ alternative arrangements have been made for essential field trips

  1. Length of the course

None

  1. Course Delivery

C1. Delivery

Yes.

From face to face to virtual teaching

C2. Lectures and Seminars

Yes.

From face to face to virtual classes.

C3. One to one tutorials

Yes.

From face to face to virtual tutorials.

C4. Library

Yes.

From physical and online resources to online resources only.

C5. Volume/credit hours

None

C6. Amount of face-to-face teaching

None

  1. Tuition fees/costs for the course

No Change

  1. Assessment

No Change

  1. Awards

No Change

  1. Location

No changes in the College’s physical locations.

  1. Graduation

Yes

Postponed until further notice

Five stage system

HM Government COVID Alert Levels are 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 5

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 (03.02.2021)

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (05.02.2021) 

Redbridge Local Outbreak Plan

 

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

 

Archived Messages:

Message to Students (05.11.2020)

COVID – 19 Risk Assessment (18.05.2020)

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions (2020)

Message from Principal (23.02.2020)