College update: Online learning extended to 15 March

February 23, 2021

The current period of online learning at NESCol is being extended to 15 March 2021.

This will allow the College to review the latest position in relation to evolving national guidelines.

Face to face teaching is paused – all students should remain at home and follow the guidance of course leaders. Remote learning is being delivered via Blackboard and Teams, as it has been since the festive break.

Principal Neil Cowie said: “The hard work and determination of our students as we guide them through this incredibly challenging period is very much appreciated.

“After 15 March we hope to be able to begin to reintroduce some face to face teaching on a limited basis. It is important to underline that the majority of students will continue to be taught remotely.

“Students and staff demonstrated their ability to operate in a managed and safe environment prior to the Christmas break and our ambition is to return to a similar blended approach when it is appropriate to do so, adhering to Scottish Government guidance and strict on-campus protocols.”

Support services are operating remotely. Any student with concerns or issues should contact their academic tutor or . The online support tools and community at are also available to all NESCol students.

The College has been operating a blended model for full-time students since the beginning of the 2020/21 College session. Courses have been delivered using a mix of practical on-site classes and live online sessions as well as structured remote learning activities which give students flexibility in their schedule. Those limited on-site classes have been suspended since the festive break and will now remain paused until 15 March.