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What if I've travelled from another country?

Students must comply with guidance for residents or visitors travelling to the UK. Those travelling from a country not exempt from quarantine requirements must complete a passenger locator form and self-isolate for 14 days. Students and staff who are travelling to and from Scotland should check the Scottish Government website for the latest advice. Institutions and providers must make clear to staff and students, ahead of and on their arrival in Scotland, that this is a legal requirement and it is essential they comply.

How do I safely use a face covering?

  • face coverings should not be shared with others
  • before putting on or removing the face covering, hands should be cleaned by washing with soap and water or hand sanitiser
  • make sure the face covering is the right size to cover the nose, mouth and chin
  • when temporarily storing a face covering (e.g. during classes), it should be placed in a washable, sealed bag or container. Avoid placing it on surfaces, due to the possibility of contamination
  • re-usable face coverings should be washed after each day of use at 60 degrees centigrade or in boiling water
  • disposable face coverings must be disposed of safely and hygienically. You should be encouraged to place face coverings in the general waste bin.

I’m anxious about what the College experience will be like. What support and help can I get?

We understand that coming to College is a big step for some students and learning under the restrictions of COVID will make it a new experience.

Our lecturers will help you adapt to the blended approach and our Learning Inclusion team can help provide additional support where required.  We also have a Mental Health Helpline for all our students, access to counselling services, web resources and an online mental health support platform through Togetherall (previously Big White Wall) which can all provide support and advice should you be struggling with mental health whilst at College.

Can I bring my own stationery in to college?

Courses will be delivered on a blended basis so you will study much of your course online and some practical elements may be delivered in College.  If you are asked to attend College, you will need to use your own stationery and will not be able to share stationery with fellow students under current COVID-19 guidance. The Faculty will let you know what you need to bring with you. 

Will Schools programmes start on 7 September too?

The College is working with local schools to identify when we can deliver our schools provision.  We hope to align our schools-link programme to our other delivery.  Parents and school pupils should contact their school directly for information.

Will work placements be possible as part of my course?

We are looking at how we can continue to give students the chance to gain work experience where that is part of their course. We will work closely with our awarding bodies and placement providers to agree when and how students can safely go out onto work placement in line with the appropriate guidance. 

What will happen if I do not attend my online classes?

All students who enrol on a course will be expected to engage with the online classes and study.  Staff across the College will support students as we deliver learning in a different way and we will monitor student engagement to ensure you are able to keep up with learning activities and maintain any funding you may receive.  If you encounter any difficulties you should contact your course lecturers or student services to discuss the support you need to engage with the course.

Will it be safe to travel to College, if required?

The majority of learning will be on an online basis but travel arrangements for those who will be required to attend campus are part of the plans we are making. With social distancing measures in place, there will be reduced capacity on public transport and we are closely monitoring government guidelines.

How long will these plans be in place?

We don’t know the exact timescales but we are constantly monitoring events and advice. The Scottish Government has outlined four phases for moving from lockdown, with lower restrictions and a move towards near normal activities growing with each phase. Phase 1 began on 29 May, with Phase 2 expected to follow over the summer and Phase 3 in August 2020. Phase 4 is estimated at some point over the remainder of the calendar year – but all timings are subject to change, based on the scientific evidence.

Will I be tested for Covid-19 before coming into any of the College buildings or facilities?

Glasgow Clyde is following Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for Test and Protect. This guidance does not currently require routine College-based testing as part of our reopening activities, but if this guidance changes then testing will be put in place as needed.

What if I am shielding?

Current guidance confirms those groups that should follow the shielding requirements. This will also be supplemented for those that are required to self-isolate under the Test and Protect strategy. The College is fully supporting this guidance and will expect that any student who meets the official criteria will follow the shielding / isolation guidance – including not coming onto campus or accessing college buildings.

I’m a carer how will online learning affect me?

All students will largely be learning on an online basis and it is important all students consider access to a PC or laptop and have an internet connection.  Those with caring responsibilities may find the online delivery supportive of their caring responsibilities.  If you have any questions please contact our Student Advice team on info@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

Will the nurseries at each campus be open?

The Nurseries on each campus will be open for the start of the new term and will be working to the guidance issued by the Scottish Government guidance issued on reopening early years learning and childcare services.

What student support is available?

Student support services will all be in place for the new session but many will be operating on an online and telephone basis.  This will include our Student Association - GCCSA, Student Funding, Student Advice and Information, Learning Inclusion, Libraries and Counselling.

What about part-time or leisure courses?

The College website will provide details on all courses including part time and leisure courses.

What are the term dates for 2020-21?

You can find the term dates for 2020-2021 here.

How can I keep up to date?

The College will provide student messages every Friday and these will be available on the College website and via social media channels.  Our Student Association, GCCSA will also keep students informed and will be updating social media.

Where can I find your health and safety policy statement on Covid-19?

You can find our health and safety policy statement on Covid-19 here.

I have booked student accommodation for starting my course.  Will I need to move to it if I am studying on a blended basis? *NEW*

All courses will be delivered on a blended basis and the level of in-college delivery will vary.  If you have any questions regarding the course make-up you should contact the relevant Faculty who will be able to advise you.