17th March 2020
Higher Education students of Hull College Group,
As you will now be aware, we are taking measures to close down the Hull College Campus and move to online resources where applicable. As of Wednesday 18th of March 2020 all physical, face to face teaching, workshops and seminars will cease. Where your programme leaders can, and it is possible, they have placed all learning resources online for you to access and your individual tutors and programme leaders are returning emails directly to you with any queries. I would urge you, where possible, to complete your studies in the timeframe you have already been given for assignments if possible, in some cases I know studies have already moved into 1-1 tutorials and support for example.
If this is not the case, and you are needing extra time on your assignments due to ‘Covid-19’ related issues, and/or limited internet or computer access, then a flexible 15 day extension has been empowered to your programme leaders. Above this you would need to submit a ‘mitigating circumstances’ application. Again, your tutors will be able to email the link to you for this application and please be assured that if it is ‘Covid-19’ related, your applications will need limited evidence to be granted. We will support each and every one of you to complete your studies with us. If you feel you cannot submit due to the current unfolding situation, additional teaching, tutorials and seminars will be allocated where necessary once we know the extent of the closure.
For students of the arts in particular, where access to theatres, studios and workshops are needed for assessment, then please contact your programme lead. These are prime examples of where extensions and alternatives will be put in place over the coming weeks. If you need to collect any physical work to take home, you will be granted access this week until 4:00pm on Friday 20th March.
For student finance enquires and how this may affect you over the coming weeks of study, please contact student finance England and keep up to date via our website and social media pages.
Thank you for your support at this time and please stay safe. If you need support to finish your studies, it will be provided in the coming weeks.
Message for students:
Coronavirus (COVID 19) update: transition to online teaching, learning and working
Following Public Health England’s latest guidance on social distancing and at risk individuals, and alongside growing concern from our students, staff and parents, we have taken the decision to move from direct delivery of our curriculum to remote delivery and working wherever possible.
At the end of the day today (Wednesday 18th March 2020), due to the growing number of students and staff who are not able to attend college for reasons linked to COVID-19, we will be switching to home on-line learning on all of our courses until the start of the Easter break (5 pm on Friday 3rd April). We hope to be able to resume normal college operations after the Easter break on Monday 20th April; however, it is entirely possible that this date could change – if it does, we will post a message on the college’s web-site.
Hence, until further notice, students are no longer required to attend classes or external work placements after the end of the day today (Wed 18th March). Apprentices are still expected to attend their place of work until advised otherwise by their employers.
It is therefore essential that you check your college email and the college’s social media accounts including the webpage for regular updates.
Staff and student safety is our overriding priority, so with that in mind we are supporting all staff and students to ensure that they are prepared to teach and learn from home.
This decision has not been an easy one but government advice on self-isolation means that it could become unsafe to operate the college as normal within the next few days.
We realise that the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus will be making some of you anxious. If you are feeling unwell, either mentally or physically, you should seek medical advice via NHS 111 or your GP.
Please continue to follow government advice during the days/weeks ahead. And please find ways of staying in touch with your friends and family, even if you are required to self-isolate.
We are all looking forward to a time when all members of the Hull College community can get back to normal operations. For now though, we must all commit to doing the best that we can to look after ourselves and each other in these extremely unusual and challenging circumstances.
The HU1 Riverside restaurant and Salon QG are now closed to the public and all appointments cancelled until further notice.
At the present moment in time the college continues to follow Government and the Department of Education (DfE) advice.
This is the government/DfE advice:
DfE guidance to schools and colleges
The DfE guidance for schools and colleges can be accessed using these links:
The College remains open. The most important advice continues to be maintain good hygiene and specifically had washing, cough or sneeze into disposable tissues.
If you show symptoms
1. If you have symptoms of a continuous cough and a high temperature. The you should stay at home and self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days. You or your parents, must report your absence to the college as with any sickness.
2. You do not need to call NHS111 to self-isolate.