Please visit this page regularly to receive the latest updates, advice and guidance on Covid-19. As an anchor institution in North Lincolnshire, UCNL remains committed to utilising all its resources to support its staff, students and the wider North Lincolnshire community during these difficult times.
Students returning to, and starting, Higher Education in Spring Term 2021
Following the government’s announcement on 22 February detailing the four-step roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England, we write to confirm the arrangements in place for UCNL while we await further government guidelines that are expected before the end of the Easter Holidays.
While determining our next steps, we have considered the guidance produced by the Department for Education ‘Students returning to, and starting, higher education in the term’, which can be accessed via https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses.
Return to the UCNL Campus
DfE Guidance States:
‘Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online.’
‘As in January, by exception only, a very limited number of additional courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and /or other PRSB mandatory activity which is scheduled for the Spring term and which cannot be rescheduled (although the presumption is that in the majority of cases, these will be rescheduled outside the period of national restrictions), can return to in-person teaching.’
We have reviewed all of our programmes to identify those that have practical or practice-based content and require specialist equipment and facilities. Students studying on these programmes will be invited back into UCNL to complete these practical and practice elements from week commencing 08 March 2020. Programme teams will be in contact to confirm these arrangements. All remaining courses will continue to be offered online as they have been from the beginning of term. We await further information from the Government before we can confirm return arrangements for students whose programmes can reasonably be continued online.
The Government’s asymptomatic testing strategy is designed to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) in education settings by identifying asymptomatic positive cases. Those who test positive, and their close contacts will then self-isolate, helping to reduce transmission of the virus. Up to one in three people who have the virus have it without symptoms (they are asymptomatic) so could be spreading the virus unknowingly. Whilst testing is voluntary, we strongly recommend that all staff and students participate in the regular lateral flow testing program. You still need to be tested even if you have had your vaccination. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 you do not need to participate in testing for a 90-day period from the day you tested positive.
The following testing facilities will be available to you upon your return:
On-site testing will be available at our Kingsway campus. (North Lindsey College, Kingsway, Scunthorpe, DN17 1AJ)
Test centre opening times for week commencing 08 March:
8:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00 Monday to Friday No booking will be required.
and register for a test via the government website here (location code DCGV). You will need to collect a registration card and barcode from the test centre before registering.
Home testing kits will be made available from UCNL. Further information will be available shortly regarding this provision.
We encourage all students returning to campus to take up the testing on offer.
You should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at your placement provider. Students, staff, contractors and visitors must not attend UCNL if:
they have one or more COVID-19 symptoms
a member of their household has COVID-19 symptoms
they are required to isolate e.g. NHS Test and Trace
they have had a positive test
Isolating and online reporting arrangements continue.
In order to support teaching and learning, the following facilities will be available at UCNL.
UCNL Library/North Lindsey LRC
UCNL: Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 7.00pm Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm North Lindsey LRC: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm
When visiting the library please adhere to our guidelines. Please keep 2 metres apart. A maximum occupancy of 38 people applies (including staff), and face masks are mandatory. Please bring your own face mask with you, if you choose to wear a visor a mask will need to be worn underneath the visor.
We are currently operating a booking system to study in the library. Please contact the library on 01724 294164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a table or a computer for a maximum of 2 hours. Further time is available subject to availability. The study tables/computers are for individual study only.
Sanitising equipment is available within the library and we ask students using the tables and computers to adhere to our red/green cards on the tables/computers. Green denotes the table/computer is ready for use and red denotes the table/computer requires cleaning. Please clean the table/computer after use, so it is ready for the next person.
Our ‘Click and Collect’ service is available, and we ask that you reserve books using Heritage Online via Moodle. If you are unsure how to use this service, please contact us or ask at the counter. Please refrain from eating in the library and remember to bring you student card with you.
Drinks and confectionary are available from vending machines situated in the UCNL building. Starbucks and the Bistro will not be open.
It is our expectation that all staff, students and visitors will provide and wear a face covering in all indoor environments, unless exempt. You can remove a face covering to eat or drink, to take medication, for identification purposes and when lone working. Staff are not expected to wear a face covering in staffrooms and offices where a 2m distance can be maintained or whilst lone working. You will not be required to wear a mask while outside the UCNL building however we encourage you to maintain social distancing.
We strongly recommend and encourage everyone to wear face coverings responsibly, learning will not be disadvantaged to those refusing to wear a covering.
Please remember the safe wearing of face coverings requires the:
Cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on
Safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use.
The UCNL Academic Support Team will continue to provide academic and pastoral support through Microsoft Teams. The UCNL Academic Support Team can be contacted at: email@example.com
EU Settlement Scheme
If you need support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, help is available from Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire. The deadline for the Scheme is 30th June 2021 but it is worth applying as soon as possible. Contact Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire by email or phone:
Freephone: 0800 448 0734
CASL can provide free support and advice for your application to the EU Settlement Scheme.
We thank you for your support and patience during this extremely challenging time. We expect to be able to provide a further update following receipt of revised Government guidelines.
Should you have any queries, please contact your Programme Leader or Academic Advocate, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours sincerely, Alan Girvin
Director of Higher Education
Online learning and teaching
for week commencing
7th & 14th December
This is in line with the government’s announcement for Universities to move their provision online to support the mobility of students in the week leading up to the 7th
December. While UCNL does not tend to attract students from outside of the local area, we have a commitment to ensuring that staff and students do not have an increased risk of having to isolate as a result of someone within their face to face cohort testing positive.
Learning and teaching activities will be delivered through online means and full details will be provided by your programme team. With regards to assessment, some exceptions may apply whereby individual assessments will continue to take place as planned. Again, your programme team will keep you informed as to whether this applies to your assessment plan.
We want to ensure that everyone can make the most of the holiday period, continuing to follow government guidance and requirements. We have had a number of positive cases during the term, many of which have resulted in peers within learning bubbles also having to isolate. With an easing of government restrictions between 23 – 27 December, we do not want individuals having to self-isolate as a result of attending sessions at UCNL in the build up to holiday period.
Self-reporting of positive COVID cases and self-isolation:
While learning and teaching will move to online methods for these two weeks, we still have a responsibility to report any positive COVID cases and instances where individuals are required to self-isolate. Please could all individuals continue to self-report any cases using the form below.
The Physical UCNL campus:
From Monday 7th – 17th December, the UCNL building will remain open between the following hours:
Monday – Thursday 08.30 – 17.30
Friday 08.30 – 16.30
Starbucks and The Bistro will not be open during these two weeks. Vending machines will continue to offer hot drinks and confectionary.
Students will be able to access the UCNL Library during these two weeks (Please note that UCNL will close at 4pm on Friday)
A Click and Collect service for library books will be in operation during these two weeks, with students unable to attend during the day to be able to collect book orders from North Lindsey College. Further details will be provided by the UCNL Library Team. We would normally encourage all students to prepare for the holiday period, ensuring that you have the necessary books and resources to support you over this period.
The UCNL Academic Support Team will continue to provide excellent academic and pastoral support through Microsoft Teams, so please ensure that you use this facility.
Any student accessing DSA support can continue to do so online. The UCNL Academic Support Team can be contacted at: email@example.com
We do not anticipate that the government will close education buildings so expect, in January, that we will return to the blended models of learning and teaching experienced this term.
The UCNL Team would like to thank you for your continued support and to also wish you a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Director of Higher Education (UCNL)
Thursday 26th November 2020
Covid Vaccine Info
We have been provided with the following video which gives info on the Covid vaccine for BAME students.
Further Information for New and Returning Students
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