Reopening planning: Student Frequently Asked Questions

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We can reassure you that we’re doing our very best to keep our staff and students safe and your teaching experience excellent. We have compiled a list of FAQ’s that will hopefully be useful.

 

When will my course start? content

When will my course start?

When will my course start?

Our autumn term started on the usual dates, with the majority of higher education students beginning their studies on Monday 7 September. All students can access our induction information.

What will my learning experience be like? content

What will my learning experience be like?

What will my learning experience be like?

Our curriculum teams have worked hard to ensure you get the best possible learning experience and that your progression onto the next level of learning - or into employment is not disadvantaged due to the Coronavirus situation.

Although your learning experience is likely to be different to those who studied the course previously - the skills you learn and the use of technology - will help you develop a wide range of skills suited for what will be required from the workforce of the future, helping strengthen your employability skills and allowing you to stand out to future employers.

Because of the need to limit people on campus at any one time, we have combined learning materials in the form of pre-recorded online lessons, video conferencing, class projects, online tutorials, paper-based activities, as well as face-to-face teaching where possible and appropriate, depending on your course.

We have been developing and delivering our courses to students across our UHI partnership and the world for over 20 years, connecting our students and our communities, so this style of teaching is normal to us. We use technology to deliver interesting and personalised learning experiences to our students.

Where appropriate, we will encourage collaboration between classmates so you can also enjoy the social aspect of learning.

Students will need access to their Perth College UHI email for all communications and updates. For teaching, we use the online Brightspace Virtual Learning Environment.

What will my timetable be like? content

What will my timetable be like?

What will my timetable be like?

Depending on your course, you will likely be taught in small groups, possibly on-campus for one day a week, and perhaps occasionally out of normal teaching hours, such as in the early evening - when the campus is quieter. 

How will practical classes be taught? content

How will practical classes be taught?

How will practical classes be taught?

Practical classes which require face-to-face teaching - often using specialist facilities such as labs, workshops, kitchens, salons and aircraft equipment – will be taught partly on-campus in small groups.

What if I don’t have access to a computer at home? content

What if I don’t have access to a computer at home?

What if I don’t have access to a computer at home?

We are making every effort to assist our students in accessing the technology and computing skills required to fulfil their studies. 

We contacted new students to ask about their access to digital technology to help us support them as much as possible. We will be in touch with these students as soon as we can.

You can consider applying for Discretionary Funds, but if not eligible, you may be able to receive support from our new Student Support Fund, established thanks to support from Perth College Development Trust. The fund aims to provide assistance for Perth College UHI students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Information will be available shortly.

If you are unsure if you would be eligible for funds, see our student funding pages for information and contact details.

Where can I access support? content

Where can I access support?

Where can I access support?

The Student Support Team are still here to support you as best we can, currently via phone or email. We are here to provide support for mental health and wellbeing difficulties including advice and signposting to other agencies when necessary.

What if I have children or other caring responsibilities? content

What if I have children or other caring responsibilities?

What if I have children or other caring responsibilities?

We understand that some students will have childcare or other caring responsibilities. We will try and support you as much as possible to fulfil your timetable commitments as flexibly as possible, depending on course requirements.

Individuals who previously couldn’t commit to study, might now be able to access a course that can fit around their other responsibilities, opening up new opportunities.

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus? content

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus?

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming onto the college campus?

We don’t currently require routine testing as part of our reopening activities, but will continue to follow any updated guidance.

What if I am shielding? content

What if I am shielding?

What if I am shielding?

Any student who is shielding - as per the Scottish Government guidance - should not come onto campus or access college buildings. We will support self-isolating students on an individual case basis.

What about funding? content

What about funding?

What about funding?

Your course funding will start from the new start date for your course and continue as normal. Funding will be based on course progression rather than class attendance. Updated course dates will be incorporated into funding arrangements.

What about travel to the college campus? content

What about travel to the college campus?

What about travel to the college campus?

We will do our best to support you getting to and from campus safely. We will share any information we can to help you plan your journeys from companies such as Stagecoach on our social media channels.

My course includes a work placement - will that go ahead? content

My course includes a work placement - will that go ahead?

My course includes a work placement - will that go ahead?

We are looking at how we can offer work placement opportunities if applicable to your course. We will work closely with our providers to keep students safe in line with current guidance, while gaining the necessary skills.

Is it safe to come onto the College campus? content

Is it safe to come onto the College campus?

Is it safe to come onto the College campus?

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all of our staff and students. 

Perth College UHI is fully supportive of the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice:

• Face coverings to be worn in enclosed spaces
• Avoid crowded places
• Clean your hands and surfaces regularly
• Two-metre physical distancing
• Self-isolate and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms.

You can see all our student guidance within our return to campus guide for students.

What about residences? content

What about residences?

What about residences?

Student residencies will be open however with certain restrictions as required by the Scottish Government.

• All twin rooms will be operated as a single, should circumstances positively change, twin rooms may then be used as twin rooms again
• Upon entering/leaving each residence building, students must use the sanitiser available
• All bedrooms within a flat are en-suite, however there are shared communal areas such as the kitchen and seating areas
• Flats will accommodate from 2 – 4 persons. This will then become what is known as a ‘household’
• A household must not mix with any other households
• No visitors will be permitted in a household
• Where possible, households will be formed in course groups or building groups
• There is no need for any individuals within a household to socially distance from one another, however you still need to follow government guidance with regards to social distancing in other parts of the College
• Any student offered and accepted a place in the residences who are entering Scotland from another country must adhere to the government guidance with regards to self-isolating if your country falls into this category. You will need to seek alternative accommodation whilst self-isolating and show evidence of this before you are permitted to enter our residences
• Rooms and flats would normally be inspected regularly for cleanliness; however, this may not be possible under COVID, therefore you must ensure that the cleanliness of both your room and your shared communal area and that they are cleaned regularly (i.e. wash and dry all dishes once finished cooking/eating and wipe surfaces clean using detergent)
• If the Scottish Government announces a lockdown due to an increase of COVID, you will remain in your household during the lockdown period
• Should yourself of anyone in your household develop symptoms of COVID, following Scottish Government guidance, all members of the household will all have to self-isolate. You must inform the Residences Office as soon as possible. For Test and Protect purposes and to meet our legal requirements you must share with us and possibly NHS your recent activities and areas/locations you have been to

All students who joined us as a resident in our accommodation received a dedicated briefing.