Important information about 2021/22 at NESCol
Welcome to North East Scotland College
We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students for the 2021/22 session.
Everything is in place to ensure a safe, productive and enjoyable year.
On this page you’ll find information about the measures in place at the College as well as about what you’ll find at our three main campuses.
You can also browse maps of each campus and discover more about support services, including how to book appointments with our teams.
Keeping our College community safe
The health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is the priority for NESCol.
All those enrolling for 2021/22 have been contacted directly outlining the steps we have taken and the way everyone can play their part.
Guidelines have been created in partnership with the NESCol Students’ Association and in line with the Scottish Government’s national framework for the safe return of colleges and universities.
- Face coverings must be worn in all areas, including corridors and lifts as well as learning areas and social spaces. These can be removed when seated to eat or drink.
- Maintain physical distancing. A 1-metre rule is in place throughout the College and must be observed. This includes dining and social spaces. The only exception is for risk-assessed activities.
- Avoid crowded spaces and don’t gather in groups. One way systems are in place in some areas and are clearly marked.
- Clean your hands regularly using the sanitising stations available. This is one of the easiest and best ways of preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
- Do not attend College if you experience any Coronavirus symptoms. If you do, stay at home and book a test through the NHS. Students should inform their Academic Tutor or lecturer and staff must contact their line manager.
Access to testing
Students and staff can access lateral flow test kits and we recommend everyone who attends campus takes part in regular testing. Twice-weekly testing is advised.
These kits are for use for anyone who does not have symptoms related to Coronavirus. Further information is available by email at email@example.com.
Students planning to move into term-time accommodation should take a PCR test before relocating and follow-up with lateral flow tests.
Reasonable adjustments will be made and additional support provided for any students who are required to shield or self-isolate, and students are requested to contact the student advice and support team or their academic tutor to ensure arrangements are put in place.
Use of the Protect Scotland app is also advised and the College is actively supporting the NHS in promoting the availability of vaccines. To check your eligibility and for further information of local vaccination clinics click here.
Your first day at NESCol
To ensure your College experience runs smoothly, please plan your journey and familiarise yourself with the route to your learning area.
Don’t worry if you don’t know your way around. Staff will be on hand when you arrive to help you get to where you need to be.
Please remember you should only attend campus if you are timetabled to do so or if you have a support appointment.
The following entrances should be used:
- Construction – M block
- Automotive – D block
- Electrical Engineering – F block
- Mechanical Engineering – B block
All students to report to main entrance except Hair, Beauty and Professional Cookery students who should use the side entrance.
- Business Industries – 2nd floor
- Social Sciences – 3rd floor
- Computing – 4th floor
- Care Professions – 5th floor
- Science – 6th floor
- Sport and Uniformed Services – 7th floor
- ESOL – Library
- Tourism, Hospitality and Events – East Block
Intuition entrance (off Spring Gardens):
- Hair and Beauty
Loch Street entrance:
- Creative Industries – South Block/Tower Block basement
- Learning Opportunities – Dinos seating area
Induction and access to devices
This year our inductions for full-time students are taking place online with a monthly series of short videos, presentations and question and answer sessions to give you all the information you need to get started at NESCol.
These include information on Student Support, Student Funding, How To Get Online, Study Skills, Learning Technologies, the Student Association and Catering, Health and Safety at each of our campuses. You will also be introduced to the curriculum area you have applied to.
If you have applied for a place on a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) course you will need a laptop to help you complete the course. Information was emailed to you earlier on the minimum specification of the device.
If you already have the offer of a place at College, either conditional of full, you will have been sent a questionnaire to complete.
This helps us determine where we can provide support with any issues you have accessing the internet, using digital technology and whether you will require a device.
As access to College campuses is still limited at the moment, we are planning on delivering devices to your home address.
For students enrolling on a non-advanced BYOD course, devices may be funded by your Bursary if you are eligible.
For students enrolling on other courses if you do not have access to a suitable device we may still be able to provide you with a loan device if you meet the criteria for digital poverty fund.
Further information is available here.
The Student Advice and Support Team offer a range of sessions and events throughout the year for students who need support, advice or just a chat. Updates are posted regularly for students to access on MyNESCol.
The Student Advice and Support Team are available to help prospective students, applicants and enrolled students with a variety of different topics, including:
- Alternative assessment arrangements
- In-class support
- Support needs assessments
- Pre-entry and pre-exit guidance
- Resilience and wellbeing
- Study skills
- Employability skills
- Money management
- UCAS and university progression
You will find out more about all the services offered to students at your online induction. If you are an applicant or are considering applying for a course at NESCol, you can find out more on our Student Support page.
You can also find resources to help you get started with your studies on our Ready Steady Study page.