College update: Key measures to remain in place after the October break

October 8, 2021

Key measures to keep the College community safe will remain in place after the October break.

Although there are lots of encouraging signs nationally and regionally, it’s essential to continue to protect all those connected with NESCol.

When students return on 25 October the existing College guidance will be observed. This includes the need to maintain a 1m distance and wearing face coverings throughout the campuses, including within teaching areas.

NESCol continues to support the NHS in promoting the availability of Coronavirus vaccinations. It is one of the most important steps in protecting students, staff and visitors.

Learning will continue to be a mix of online and on-campus classes, in keeping with the latest Scottish Government guidance.

Plans are in place for a managed increase in the numbers attending campus after the October break, remaining within the reduced capacity required to ensure distancing is maintained in all areas.

For many students there will be no change. Any adjustments to timetables will be notified in advance and discussed with groups and individuals.

NESCol Principal Neil Cowie said: “We miss having all of our students together and understand that being able to use our specialist facilities, work in-person with our expert staff, be part of a course group and enjoy the social side of College are all important parts of the experience.

“With that in mind, and within the existing restrictions, we aim to gradually and carefully increase the number of groups who are timetabled to attend campus in the months ahead. There will be a focus on those who have been working fully online up to now.

“Students and all connected with NESCol can be assured that health, safety and wellbeing remains our first priority and underpins the measured approach being taken.”