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Thank you students!

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We would really like to thank all our students for ensuring your voice was central to decision making around blended learning at UCNL. We had a fantastic response rate for the Online Learning Survey and Student Focus Groups undertaken before the start of the academic year and the data and discussions around were invaluable.
It was reassuring to know that many of the points raised through both mechanisms were points we were already considering, however here are a few examples to show your voice really does make a difference.

You Said

The majority of students understood the current position but didn’t want to completely lose the opportunity for face to face learning and teaching where this could be done safely for all involved.

We Did

Planning was undertaken in a way that considered all modules, and the best way for that module to be delivered. This included consideration for where face to face learning and teaching would be most beneficial. All students will have some level of face to face learning and teaching or contact, this may differ between programmes, depending on the best way to ensure the most beneficial balance of face to face and virtual learning within a blended learning approach. All information was then communicated to students to ensure they were aware of what the new academic year would look like.


 

You Said

Students needed more information and preparation for the online elements of blended learning and were keen to ensure virtual sessions still had a ‘classroom’ feel.

We Did

We developed sessions for students to introduce online learning platforms before the start of the academic year so that students could familiarise themselves with these. Information was provided during the induction period to ensure all students were prepared to start the academic year, this included consideration of etiquette and we attempted to ensure smaller virtual groups wherever possible to enable effective engagement with all students. Additional support is available for students who still require support from the Academic Support team.

You Said

You were concerned about starting the academic year and the impact of being in a position where we had to go back into lockdown.

We Did

All planning included the need for a contingency plan to be built in, just in case the need for a move back to fully virtual learning was required, to ensure an effective student experience could be maintained. We continue to monitor the situation and are ready to adapt if necessary.


 

You Said

You valued the Academic Support Team and would like further access to this.

We Did

We have further increased the amount and type of sessions available and communicated the opportunities available to you. Each programme has a dedicated Academic Support team member, as well as access to the wider team where needed.


 

You Said

You valued the HE learning environment and open door policy.

We Did

We have made all decisions with clear consideration of health and safety. We are working hard on trying to offer space within the HE environment wherever it is safe to do so and to provide opportunities to access staff when needed within these confines. We have also worked hard to build the online community, both at programme level and for UCNL as a whole and all students are invited to be part of the wider community through the Student Society.

You Said

You were worried about how students who were vulnerable could still access a full learning experience.

We Did

Within the planning, each programme considered how virtual sessions and resources could be made available to students if it was necessary to isolate.
Each programme considered the ‘best fit’ for them and we have worked hard to ensure that the technology is available for this to happen.


 

You Said

You understood there was access to e-resources but still valued the physical resources available in the HE Library and that you missed the ability to look at physical books.

We Did

We worked closely with the HE Library to further enhance the e-resources available and really committed to staff training and development to ensure both staff and students are able to make best use of the valuable resources available. We developed a booking service to allow students to access the library with safety in mind and processes are constantly under review to enable us to provide as much access as is considered safe under the circumstances.


 

You Said

You really valued the contact and support from staff.

We Did

We thanked them on your behalf and know they will continue to offer this.

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DN Colleges Group Reassures Students During Covid-19 Pandemic

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The Group, which encompasses North Lindsey College, Doncaster College, University Centre and the UCNL, have tapped into their digital resources and expertise to keep classes running and support ongoing for students and staff. The digital technology available to staff and students have enabled groups and individuals to embrace new ways of working and delivered sessions efficiently to enable as much of a smooth transition for all involved.

Phil Whitehead (Digital Skills Manager and Microsoft Trainer at DN Colleges Group) reported that DN Colleges Group has 1.5 thousand users on Microsoft Teams per day with 600 individual teams created and said, “I am overwhelmed by the staff at DN Colleges Group who have not only embraced this new way of delivery for teaching staff in a digital way; but who are determined to make this a success for their students.

“We have had to create a whole new way of communicating in a very quick timescale, this has demonstrated the dedication of our staff and for that I am extremely proud of what we have achieved.”

Mick Lochran (Deputy CEO of DN Colleges Group and Principal of North Lindsey College) said, “I am so proud that staff at have moved their classes and support online. It is great to see our digital champions leading the way.”

With exams being cancelled right across the UK, the Group have reassured students but current and prospective that they have their full support in the coming months.

The careers teams across the Group have been on hand to offer advice to anyone due to start in September either as a new student, or progressing internally, “The Careers Team are still accessible to current and potential students. Whatever your circumstances, be reassured there is a place for you. We care about you and want to be available to you, to answer your queries, worries and concerns. We can be contacted by for those based in Scunthorpe, please email careersguidance@northlindsey.ac.uk or reach out to us via our social media channels.”

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DN Colleges Group Nominated for Top Education Award

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Now in their seventh year WUSCA offer prospective students an unbiased, student-led alternative to traditional university ranking systems. The awards are based on averages taken from tens of thousands of reviews submitted by students and published on Whatuni.com.

DN Colleges Group, which comprises of North Lindsey College, Doncaster College and University Centre and the UCNL in Scunthorpe, has now made it into the shortlisted categories for HE in FE Colleges for three years in a row, winning last year and runner-up the year before, evidencing the excellent experience their higher education students receive.

Debbie Jensen (Head of Academic Programmes, UCNL) said, “We are delighted to have been shortlisted again after winning the award last year. This award is particularly important to us because it is our students who have taken the time to go online and provide the excellent reviews we have received. Knowing that the students value their time with us and appreciate the support provided, means the world to our staff.’

Winners of the awards will be chosen on the night which was due to be hosted by award-winning and BAFTA nominated presenter Claudia Winkleman. The celebration has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak across the UK, but the award winners will be announced as planned.

UCNL Sport and Exercise student Leigh Sharpe said: “It’s quite a big thing, it puts our name on the map. When you study here the lecturers are always available to help you, I would encourage people to come here 100%.”

Steve Johnstone, Director of UCNL adds: “What this demonstrates is that there is a consistent level of support provided to our students. It’s important to us that we create measured growth, but that alongside that we maintain student satisfaction and a great student experience.” To read all the student reviews, visit: https://www.whatuni.com/university-course-reviews/north-lindsey-college/6895/

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Caring Student Hands over Donations to Frontline Workers

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Body Shop Consultant, Emma Devai (28) has already gifted 40 Body Shop hand creams as a donation to ward 22 at Scunthorpe General Hospital and is on track to donate 50 more to other local key workers. The idea came about after Emma has experienced the need for quality hand care when she worked in a caring profession.  

Currently studying at North Lindsey College, Emma is due to start at the University Campus North Lincolnshire in September to study FdA Counselling. Emma is already displaying her caring qualities from combining her part time job to help those in need.   

Emma said, “Having been a support worker for a number of years, I know from experience how sore hands can become from the constant hand washing. I can only imagine how sore front line workers’ hands are right now.  Many nurses have asked to purchase these hand creams, so I decided to raise money to enable me to give them one for free.”  Emma continued, “I didn’t think I would get as many donations as I did, but my lovely customers raised over £200, which helped me to initially purchase 90 hand creams.”  

Emma has selflessly donated all her commission to the cause which was received by staff on ward 22 at the hospital.  Emma has already ordered another batch which will be packaged up to be sent to ward 23 at Scunthorpe General Hospital.  

Student, Emma Devai
Student, Emma Devai who has donated the hand creams.

Shellie Colebrook (26) Senior Healthcare Assistant received the donation on behalf of ward 22 and said, “Thank you so much for the donation of the hand creams, everybody is so grateful for them. We can’t explain how sore and cracked our hands are getting from the PPE, so these are fantastic. Thank you again from everyone.” 

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College Teams up with the UCNL to Help Shield the NHS

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Darren Farrar (Technician/Instructor Engineering Industrial Technologies, North Lindsey College and UCNL) was inspired to get involved by making PPE after hearing of the shortage with the NHS.

After further investigation, Darren found that people up and down the country have been using their home printers to produce visors and wanted to put to good use the printers that the college own. Students would normally use the printers for creating 3D parts that they have designed for their engineering projects.

Four printers were kept running for ten hours a day at Darren’s home; which produced 20 per day. The process involves spools of plastic PLA filament being melted and extruded which enables the printer to create and print out the visor, one layer at a time to build up the 3D shape.

The visors also had to be sterilised before staff using them on the front line could access them and were split to The visors were split between the community nurses based at Global House, situated within the grounds of North Lindsey College and the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust.

The visors were taken delivery by Richard Somerset, MCIPS (Head of procurement at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust, who said, “DBTH are very grateful to the team at North Lindsey College for providing us with high quality visors, visors are in high demand and this donation will help massively to protect our frontline staff for Covid 19, due to the high quality of the visors provided these will mainly be used within our Theatres were the demand on visors is highest, we are very grateful to North Lindsey College especially as they went beyond the norm by sterilising the visors as well, thank you very much.”

The creation of the visors has been a team effort, involving the colleges estates team also who had to work alongside Darren to ensure social distancing has been adhered to at all times; and that that the supplies of all the equipment required to create the end product were received safely.

Darren said, “It has been an honour to create the visors, supporting our local NHS by helping out in any way that we can.  We will continue to create them for as long as they are required; helping to protect those that are in need of them.”