Advice for Further Education students

We are proud of how our students and staff have adapted to new ways of teaching and learning in these unprecedented times. Over the course of the coming weeks we will welcome back a limited number of our FE students to complete necessary practical work, under strict guidelines and safety advice. 

We ask that all students remain in good contact with their course tutor and check their WUC email regularly. 

Please see below for recent communications relating to the phased return to campus and how we are developing our plans for starting the new academic year in September. 

Updated information will be displayed on this site when it becomes available.

How will my course be taught?

 

Writtle University College previously announced, on Monday 16th March, that we would be ceasing all face-to-face FE teaching with immediate effect.  We have since that date replaced most face-to-face teaching with online learning and received positive feedback as to how this has been delivered.

We are now working hard to develop plans for the reopening of our campus from September and how we plan, subject to any further government advice, to deliver our college courses and apprenticeship programmes. It is our intention to offer a 'blended form' of delivery, with some theory taught online and practical sessions in person at our campus. 

In line with the Government's plans of the gradual easing of lockdown , we are running some specific sessions for FE students before the end of the summer term.  Course teams will be communicating with students directly on these plans once confirmed.  Please see the link at the top of the page to a letter about 'Easing of lockdown' from our FE Director and the Guidelines for Students coming back onto campus. 

How will I get the qualification I need?

 

You will and we are working with our awarding bodies to ensure that this is done appropriately. We know that you've worked hard all year and will be very worried about not being able to finish your course. For further information on plans for your specific course, please speak to your course tutor. 

 

Will I still be able to go to college this September?

 

Yes of course. Our course programmes will continue to run and we look forward to you joining our community in September. We are in the process of working through how we can safely open up our campus and how we will deliver our course programmes from September. It is likely that this may involve a combination of online learning as well as some taught lessons on campus. We hope to provide an update on this over the coming weeks, including clear direction on how GCSE enrolment days will run in August, following results day. 

What happens about planned work experience?

 

Currently, our advice is that you should continue your work placement provided your employer is happy to do so. We are working through this at course level and ask that you speak directly to your course tutor for advice and guidance.

Will my attendance record be affected?

 

The move to online delivery, as required, will not affect your absence record. However, if you are unwell and/or if you are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus, please continue to report this using the guidance published last week: call 01245 424200 or email absence@writtle.ac.uk

 

Can I still come to campus?

 

Following Government advice in this period of nationwide lockdown, the campus is closed - with the exception of essential services, including the care and support of WUC students still living on site, the care of our animal population and for estate security. 

Essential staff and students remaining onsite or coming onto the campus must follow Government advice to keep yourself safe, including regularly washing your hands and covering your coughs/sneezes and follow social distancing guidelines. 

Can I still use the library?

 

The library is now closed for in-person access. The team will still answer any queries you may have at the following email address thelibrary@writtle.ac.uk. Online access to library resources remains the same via Moodle. We encourage you to make the most of our online resources by keeping informed about how to access material remotely, and using our quick guides and videos to help you. 

All books have been automatically renewed.

We will update you with further changes when available.

I don’t have a laptop/adequate internet at home - what should I do?

 

If you do not have access to a laptop, PC or other suitable device to support your studies remotely, please advise your tutor / course leader so that we can look to find a suitable solution for you. As necessary, they will refer your request to the IT Support department. We have some very limited equipment that we may be able to loan to you.

 

Will my study trip be going ahead?

 

No. Following Government advice, we have suspended all study trips, both in the UK and abroad until further notice. Any payments already made for upcoming study trips will be refunded.

 

What do I need to do if I am planning a personal trip abroad?

 

Advice for those intending to travel abroad and for those returning to the UK from specific countries is changing rapidly.

Before travelling, or making plans to travel, you must check the latest advice from the Government’ Foreign Travel Advice website. This has links to detailed advice for every country/territory, and you should make sure to check the ‘Summary’ and ‘Health’ sections for the country/territory you are travelling to. There is also a facility to sign up for email alerts for the country/territory you are visiting.

 

I'm a Tier 4 student and I'm worried about my visa. What should I do?

 

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) have released guidance on the immigration implications caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. For more details see Home Office guidance. Please continue to check this information for further updates, as we expect further news from UKVI on this concession shortly.

The campus will remain open to continue to support our residential students.

Please contact admissions@writtle.ac.uk for further advice and support.

What will happen if the University College has to close?

 

The University College currently remains open.

We are facing a rapidly changing situation and the WUC Leadership Group is reviewing decisions on a regular basis, in response to Government advice. Our priority is to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. We will do all that we can to support students to complete the remainder of their study and assessment for this academic year.

Will I still be able to access support services such as DSA, Wellbeing, Student Success etc?

 

Yes. These services remain available for you to use and you can contact staff via email or phone.

We realise that this is a concerning time for everyone and you may experience anxiety or feelings of isolation. We encourage you to speak to someone by contacting the Wellbeing Team by emailing wellbeing@writtle.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

Face-to-face sessions with the Student Success team will no longer be going ahead, but we will replace these with online support sessions, enhanced online materials and other resources as needed.

What should I do if I experience harassment, bullying or racism?

 

Sadly, we know that there have been incidents of xenophobic and racist behaviour and abuse in the UK. No one should have to suffer this and we have a zero-tolerance approach to any such behaviour at WUC.

If you experience, or are witness to, any behaviour of this type, please report it to the police immediately. You can also report it to the University College via our Wellbeing Team: wellbeing@writtle.ac.uk.

We emphasise the need to show care, respect and kindness to each other during this uncertain time.

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