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Will we get issued with a list of do’s and don’ts about college life? *NEW*

Each course will provided a list of do’s and don’ts as part of the induction that will start on week beginning 24 August.  The induction period will provide all the information you need and will introduce you to your lecturers and fellow students.

When will I receive my timetable?

Detailed course start dates, induction plans and timetables will be sent to all students directly using the contact details we hold for you. Timetables may have to be delivered differently at the start of this year and we are working on timetabling for all courses and will confirm with students when we can, but this is likely to be in August. 

We understand that students who have children in school or nursery may be concerned about how their college course can fit in with school and nursery attendance patterns that may be in place from August.  Wherever possible, we will try to fit your college timetable in to meet your caring and employment requirements.

Will class times change?

The College is planning what a college day might look like as we prepare for a blended learning approach, which will require online learning alongside some on campus delivery. We will contact you directly to confirm how classes will be delivered.

Will I have to come in to college for my classes or to access support services?

All courses will have an element of online learning and in some cases, the majority of the first teaching block may require online delivery. Glasgow Clyde is the first college to launch Canvas as its new online learning platform (VLE) and we are confident this will improve the student experience and provide an accessible virtual environment for our learners.

Support will be provided to learners where needed and any student who requires additional learning support should contact the College depending on which campus they plan to attend:

ELSAnnieslandCampus@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

ELSCardonaldCampus@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

ELSLangsideCampus@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

What skills will I need to do some of my studies online?

The main difference between blended and face-to-face learning is that you will use online communication platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  Many of us have been using these for communication with family and friends and your studies will see lecturers using these to communicate with classes and individual students.  During the first couple of weeks we will help you learn to use these.  We will also give short courses on digital skills and study skills as part of your induction that will give you the skills you need to study online, at home and in College.  Staff from the library will also be on hand to support you with any digital queries and we have a student ICT helpdesk which will provide helpful information.

What is blended learning?

Blended learning involves undertaking some of your studies online via various social media platforms (e.g. using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Canvas or using Zoom or Microsoft Teams). This means that you will not be in college but will take part in online teaching and tutorials, study groups and projects at home. We will be able to provide you with more information as we complete our delivery plans.

Will I be supported to work online?

Your induction will include introductory courses to Canvas and will allow you to see how online learning might work.  Your induction will give you a chance to update some of the skills you might need for your studies.  Classes may also be delivered using Zoom or Microsoft Teams to improve the student experience.

What funding and financial support will be in place?

It is vital that students apply for funding as soon as they receive an unconditional offer. Students on a FE course may apply for bursary/EMA funding  and students on an HN course may apply for SAAS funding. Visit Student Funding for more information. 

Funding will be available on the same basis as every other year.  Your course funding will start from the new start date for your course and continue as normal. We will ensure that the updated course dates are incorporated into funding arrangements – so you don’t need to do anything extra. Travel expenses will only be paid if the individual is required to travel to college as part of their course and study costs will be paid at the point students need them. We are always available to provide advice and support to any student with financial concerns. 

If you have any funding questions you can email us directly on funding@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

How much time will I have in College?

At the moment, we are planning for some courses to be delivered partly in-college and partly by blended learning (online and not in college). However, some courses may initially be delivered with a significant element of online teaching. Curriculum teams are currently working out the practicalities for each course and we will provide more information as soon as it is available.

What about practical classes?

Currently, the national guidance asks us to limit the number of people on campus.

Each Course Team is looking at this to get the right solution for the students on their courses. We need to limit the number of people on campus at any given time so we can adhere to social distancing guidelines. That means that at least some of your classes and learning will be done off campus (like online sessions or projects and activities that you will complete from home).

Where part of your course requires you to have access to practical areas, like workshops, kitchens, salons or labs, we hope to provide you with access to these learning spaces, but it is likely to be in smaller groups. We will continue to review this as guidance changes, and it may mean increasing or reducing your time on campus.

What if I cannot access online classes and resources?

All learning will require access to a PC or laptop and an internet connection.  The College is working to identify ways to support student access including possible lending and purchase schemes. If you are worried about ICT access, please contact the relevant curriculum contact address or email the College on info@glasgowclyde.ac.uk

If I cannot study at home, can I come into college?

We know every individual’s circumstances are different. The current restrictions on social distancing and wider government guidelines mean we do not expect significant access to buildings at the start of courses.  We are investigating how we may offer limited access within the current restrictions.  If you have particular difficulties working online, make contact with our student advice team or your course team and we will work with you to find a solution.