Coronavirus

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Safe Conduct and the Coronavirus - updates for students, staff and visitors

At North Highland College UHI, we firmly believe that the health and wellbeing of our staff, students, and visitors is paramount. Our priority is ensuring NHC campuses are as safe as possible whilst minimising the risk to everyone on site. This will continue to be in line with relevant Government guidelines. In the event of an outbreak of confirmed coronavirus, the college will support and share relevant information as per the public health Test and Protect measures.

Government guidance (10th July 2020) states that “Universities and colleges can have a phased return with a blended model of remote learning (online classroom) and limited on-campus learning (practical courses) where this is a priority.”

Only those staff and students who have prior agreement will be able to attend an NHC campus at designated times on allocated days.  Stay in College only for the duration of your required activity and then leave the site straight afterwards – do not stay on-site to meet with others.

COVID19 - Standard expectations whilst on and around our campuses

To be able to keep everyone safe we must all agree to follow these simple expectations about conduct in and around our campus. Anyone found not to be following our guidelines can be asked to leave the site.

General

Please read the COVID19 - NHCUHI - Risk Assessment

  • You must stay at home if you or anyone in your household:
    • Have any symptoms of COVID19 or a confirmed diagnosis;
    • Or are waiting for COVID19 test results.
  • If travelling to College on public transport or by sharing a car with someone from another household, you must wear a face covering and sit as far apart as possible.
  • Canteen facilities will not be provided for the foreseeable future so you will need to bring your own refreshments based on how long you will on the campus.
  • If you have any concerns tell a member of staff straight away.

Social Distancing

  • You must adhere to all existing and new signage, and ways to move within the buildings across all campuses.
  • You must always maintain appropriate social distancing within buildings, circulation spaces, within teaching areas and when using the limited seating in break areas.
  • You will need to queue whilst maintaining social distancing when entering or leaving campus or teaching areas. Please be patient and cooperate with each other.

Hygiene

  • You must use hand washing/hand sanitising stations and cleaning materials throughout campus, as directed.
  • If you will be participating in workshop activity you will need to bring a face-covering with you and will need to wear it when 2m distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cover nose & mouth when coughing/sneezing with disposable tissues: bin them immediately.
  • Do not share cutlery, crockery, food or drink.
  • You must clean down your workspace and equipment using sanitising wipes which will be available. Everyone using a workspace is expected to clean it down when they have finished. This also applies to eating areas.

Visitors to North Highland College UHI will be required to sign in to comply with NHS Track and Trace. You can find out more about how your information will be stored in our Track and Trace Privacy Notice

University-wide information can be found at www.uhi.ac.uk/coronavirus

All of our support services including support, funding, library, IT and admissions are still contactable by email. Please see our contact us section for more information.

Students must continue to monitor their North Highland College UHI email account for all communications and updates. 

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Information for applicants

Information for applicants

We are closely monitoring the ongoing advice and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we can support our current and prospective applicants for September 2020 and beyond.

If you are considering applying or already have an application with us, please be assured that our admissions staff will continue to work hard to process your application and keep in touch with you on progress. Please bear with us however as this may take a bit longer than usual.

Currently all face-to-face interviews have been suspended for applicants, however, we will be in touch with anyone affected to explain the alternative measures being put in place where this is necessary.

Exams have now been cancelled in Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as many other countries across the world. We are aware of how unsettling this situation is for all those affected. We are monitoring the processes put in place by the different exam bodies to allow grading and certification to go ahead in the absence of the final exams and will work with this information when it becomes available.

If you have a conditional or receive a conditional offer from us in the coming months relating to exam results, we have been informed that your final grades will come through to us as normal to allow final decisions to be made. There is a small possibility that the final results for some qualifications may change or take longer to process, and if this is the case, we will notify any applicants this affects.

Please rest assured that if you have not achieved the result you hoped for due to the exams being cancelled, we will consider all evidence provided to ensure that you have an opportunity to access education at the appropriate level that gives you the best chance to succeed.  We will keep you informed of any impacts on your application. You can help us by making sure you respond as quickly as possible to offers made and any requests for additional information.

The university is committed to supporting applicants to achieve their ambition and potential and will continue to consider applicants individually, looking beyond grades to do this. We will consider all evidence provided to ensure that applicants have an opportunity to access education at the appropriate level that gives them the best chance to succeed. We are in a unique position because of our network of academic partners to be able to offer our applicants a range of access options to suit their circumstances.

We have had to cancel all scheduled open days and applicant days however we welcome applications for September 2020. Staff are available to answer queries, please use the contact provided in your application acknowledgment or offer letter.

 

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Completion of 2019/20 Courses

Completion of 2019/20 Courses

Update: 27th July 2020:  

National 5 and Highers 

Estimate results were submitted earlier this year for all students due to sit National 5 or Higher exams.  You will receive your results in the normal way from SQA on 4th August.  The post-results service (previously known as appeals) will be open as normal this year after results are issued.  Please view our process for more details of how to apply.

National 2, National 3, National 4, Skills for Work at SCQF Level 4, Skills for Work at SCQF Level 5, National Progression Awards (NPA), National Certificate (NC), NQ standalone units (not part of a group awards) 

Assessments for many students have now been completed and results issued.  Some students will still have assessments to complete in order to complete their course.  Tutors and PAT’s will liaise with students on an individual basis to make arrangements to complete assessments as restrictions are further relaxed by the Scottish Government.

It is important to continue to keep in touch with your tutors and PATs as they will be able to give you specific details about your course. 

Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma 

Assessments for many students have now been completed and results issued.  Some students will still have assessments to complete in order to complete their course.  Tutors and PAT’s will liaise with students on an individual basis to make arrangements to complete assessments as restrictions are further relaxed by the Scottish Government.

It is important to continue to keep in touch with your tutors and PATs as they will be able to give you specific details about your course. 

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ) and Foundation Apprenticeships (FA) 

SQA Accreditation regulate all SVQs and the SVQ element of Foundation Apprenticeships offered by awarding bodies in Scotland.  SQA Accreditation have now provided guidance to the awarding bodies (SQA, EAL etc.).  These awarding bodies will now be providing us with further guidance about how we progress SVQ’s on a course by course basis. 

It is important for all students studying SVQ qualifications, either as a full time student or in a work based setting, to keep in touch with their main NHC contact (assessor, PAT or other member of staff) as they will be able to give you specific details about your course and how it will progress.

If you are a work based student and have been furloughed by your employer, please ensure you discuss your situation with your assessor.

Degree 

All Degree students should now be aware of alternative arrangements for their modules. Please see the UHI Website for more information and discuss any concerns with your PAT or Module Leader/Tutor.