Advice for Higher Education students

We want to continue to reassure you we are doing everything possible to limit the impact of Covid-19 on your studies and your student experience, whilst ensuring that we safety deliver our courses under current restrictions and government advice.


Please see the latest information relating to Semester B: January 2021 for our Higher Education students

 

  • Students will be taught online from the start of semester B, which is now 1st February 2020.  Full details of the change to Semester B has been emailed to students and is detailed in the document here. 

  • Residential students will be able to return to halls accommodation once the current government restrictions are lifted. A detailed Q&A for residents can be found here. Once we are able to confirm the date for moving back to WUC, we will email all residential students to book moving in dates and a lateral flow test.  

  • We are expecting ALL students and staff to have a Covid-19 test before commencing in-person delivery on campus. Students who are living in an area which is offering community testing should seek to get tested before their return. If you are unable to access community testing,  we will be operating on-campus facility offering the lateral flow test for all students and staff.  The lateral flow test requires you to have 2 tests, 3 days apart.  

  • It is important that you email trackandtrace@writtle.ac.uk if you receive a positive test result and follow government guidelines in relation to self-isolation.

  • As previously communicated, Covid-19 testing will be necessary for our residential students on their arrival to their halls accommodation. A separate booking system for booking your arrival and 1st test will be sent on Monday to our resident community.

To protect your health and wellbeing, we encourage vulnerable students not to travel back onto campus whilst we are in Tier 4.  Please ensure that your course tutor is aware of your circumstances and please reassured that you will not be penalised in anyway.

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Please see a link below to our guide for September delivery.

GUIDE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS for September 2020 

 

Individual Course Guides can be found by Clicking here

COVID-19 Procedures

COVID-19 Student Code of Conduct

Face Coverings Policy

Track and Trace Procedure

How will teaching be delivered for the next academic year?

 

We are now working on the detailed plans for delivery of our courses in September and looking at how we can safely bring our students back on to campus.  Subject to any further changes announced by the government, our intention is to offer a blended delivery with some online theory as well as practical/studio sessions on campus. We are a small and specialist institution with a large open campus and already teach many of our courses in small groups.  Students have been sent individual course emails with how this will look for their year group. If you have any queries or concerns, please email our Course Tutor. 

Will students have to make up missed lectures if they are ill?

 

Please do not be worried about being absent from your studies for a short period of self-isolation. We expect you to take reasonable steps to make up any teaching you have missed up but encourage you to seek support from your tutor(s) as needed. For any queries , please speak with your course tutor.

Will I still be able to graduate?

 

Our priority is to ensure that our final-year undergraduate students and our Masters students are able to complete their courses on time and be awarded their degrees. At the moment, we are confident that we can deliver the remaining teaching and assessment in enough time to run our examination board as normal in the summer.

Though we plan to confer awards as normal, we sadly are unable to host our usual Graduation Ceremony in September. Instead of cancelling this wonderful opportunity to celebrate your success, we are looking to postpone this event to April 16th 2021. 

Will my attendance record be affected?

 

The move to online delivery 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?

 

In order to manage the number of students on campus we ask that you only do so when you have a in-person lesson or activity.    In all cases, you must not come to campus if you feel unwell, or if anyone you live with shows symptoms of the virus. In these situations, you should self-isolate at home for 14 days. The symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, fever, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms. If you are worried about your symptoms, please self isolate and follow the WUC track and track procedure and arrange a test. Please phone 111 for advice rather than going to your GP.

If you have to come onto campus eg for lessons/activities or to work or care for our animal population, you must adhere to social distancing guidance of 2 metres and ensure that you follow guidelines in relation to frequent hand washing and avoid touching the face.  You will be required to wear a face covering in all communal areas and corridors. 

Can I still use the library?

 

The library is in the process of reopening safely. 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. 

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

 

All students will need a personal laptop for their use from September 2020 as we move to blended learning.

 

If you have concerns over financing a laptop, please let us know as we have some funds available to support you. As necessary, they will refer your request to the IT Support department as we have some 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. We appreciate that this is disappointing, but we will ensure that this doesn’t disadvantage you when it comes to your assessments.

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 - you will need to follow the latest quarantine regulations. 

Before travelling, or making plans to travel, you must check the latest advice from the Government’s 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

No individual who is in the UK legally, but whose visa is due to expire, or has already expired, and who cannot leave because of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, will be regarded as an overstayer, or suffer any detriment in the future.  
Anyone whose leave expired after the 24 January and who cannot leave the country because of travel restrictions or self-isolation will have their visas extended to 31 May 2020. Individuals must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team email to advise of their situation. Please follow advice on Home Office guidance

Home Office’s Coronavirus Immigration Helpline remains open: 0800 678 1767 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – calls are free of charge if made from within the UK).  

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

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 Well-being Team by emailing wellbeing@writtle.ac.uk to arrange an appointment.

Face-to-face sessions with the Student Success team will be available via a booking system. 

 

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.