We are taking advice from the Office for Students (OfS) who are working with the Department for Education and with universities and colleges to ensure you have the information and guidance you need. The intention is to give you an overview and to reassure that further updates will be made to you through your regular contact with your course leaders. By following official guidance we will ensure you, as a valued student, do not take on unnecessary or worrying circumstances to secure the completion of your courses.
We have summarised three main areas of concern, drawing together current advice from the OfS, the OIA and the DfE. A fuller briefing by the OfS can be found on the Office for Students website.
Continuation of your studies – your teaching and learning
We have already taken the decision to move to remote, online teaching for the remainder of your studies. This is an important way to help uphold the safety of all staff and students.
Students will still receive high quality teaching and support in this form and direct contact with your lecturers will be made available. We have considered the impact of any changes on vulnerable students, to ensure that all types of students are appropriately supported during a difficult and challenging period. This endeavour is to support groups from backgrounds of: care leavers; estranged students; disabled and mental health students; and students who live with high risk groups, recognising any additional challenges they have.
Should changes be made to the ways in which your studies are assessed, then these changes will be notified to you in good time.
As was reiterated in the personal email sent by the HE Office recently, the College is committed to doing everything possible to continue your studies and support you to achieve the grades you deserve. Your first point of contact should be your lecturer or course leader.
Nottingham College’s policy relating to our commitment to the continuation of studies (Student Protection Plan) can be found below.
Student finances – your fees and support as a current HE student
Information, here, also supplements the personal email sent to all HE students by the HE Office on behalf of the Department for Education recently. This confirmed your ongoing entitlement to all student loans and maintenance grants, irrespective of changes to your ways of learning with us.
The College’s own Access to Learning Fund is still open to students in hardship; please make enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel your circumstances require support.
Our own Fees Policy, and HE section within, can be viewed below.
Updated guidance on quality and standards state an expectation that registered HE providers will make “reasonable efforts” to implement a “broady equivalent learning experience”, to put in place “flexible but reliable assessments” this summer, to make reasonable adjustments for those with disabilities and to maintain “regular communication with students”. During this period, OfS will expect providers to report where they plan to cease teaching some or all of their courses. OfS will also monitor concerns raised by students and third parties.