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Updated on 04/06/2020 at 4.00pm

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College (NWSLC) is preparing to increase the number of students attending its campuses from 15 June 2020, in line with government advice on managing the coronavirus pandemic.

The college will operate a phased approach to students’ return which will start with increased provision for vulnerable students, as well as final year students including those who can only take technical assessments on college premises. NWSLC will also welcome back students on vocational study programmes in small groups that will be managed in accordance with social distancing measures.

NWSLC has remained partially open throughout the lockdown period at its Nuneaton Campus to support the children of keyworkers, those with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), students in local authority care, and other students that are known to be vulnerable. These students will continue to be part of the NWSLC engagement project where they will be enabled to progress with their studies in accordance with social distancing measures. As more students are welcomed back to the Nuneaton Campus, the college’s Wigston and Harrowbrook Campuses will also be opening to small groups from 15 June. Students will be contacted individually to let them know if and when they should attend.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Principal and Chief Executive of NWSLC said, “In line with government advice, it is our aim to carefully facilitate the safe return of more of our students and apprentices back onto our college sites. In particular, we will be inviting final year students and apprentices who require skill-based assessments to return in small groups and we will continue to support our vulnerable students appropriately.  We are extremely proud of the resilience shown by our staff and students through this challenging period and we look forward to cautiously welcoming more staff and students back into our campuses.”

“We have been working hard to develop thorough plans to ensure that the physical environment is as safe as possible for students and staff returning to our campuses. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and their families is our number one priority and will remain the first principle in any plan to extend the opening of the college.

“We have carried out a range of rigorous risk assessments and activity is underway to address measures designed to increase safety and maintain social distancing as far as possible.”

College activities to increase the safety of its staff and students will include:

  • Making sure that students and staff do not attend if they or a member of their household has symptoms of coronavirus
  • Promoting regular hand washing and good respiratory hygiene
  • Ordering additional supplies of hand sanitiser
  • Cleaning college premises more often especially frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, desks
  • Minimising contact through smaller classes or group sizes and altering the environment as much as possible, including changing the layout of classrooms
  • Reducing mixing between groups through timetable changes and staggered break times
  • Publishing and promoting social distancing guidelines throughout the college
  • Providing PPE for first aiders
  • Installing screens at reception desks and floor markers to help promote social distancing
  • Installing additional hand sanitiser stations with more frequent servicing.

Students who are not attending college, including adults studying for qualifications, have been provided with study packs and their tutors will continue to keep in touch and teach them digitally, checking their progress and providing support where required. Every effort will be made to help these students complete their courses and achieve their qualifications by the end of the summer term.

All prospective students who have applied to start a college course in September 2020 have been assured that they will be offered a place. NWSLC remains very keen to hear from students still wishing to apply for college places for next year and details about how to make an application are available here.

Marion Plant added, “We will continue to actively monitor the situation and are committed to acting in accordance with the advice of the UK government and Public Health England. We are especially mindful at this time of those students who depend on the college for support and are making every effort to ensure their safe return to our campuses as soon as possible.”

Updated on 08/04/2020 at 8:42am

Update in regards to Part-Time courses

As per the update below (18/03/2020 at 15:22), the college has had to suspend all Part-Time and evening classes. Our duty of care to students, staff and guests is paramount and this precaution has been taken in the interest of protecting public health and preventing the spread of Coronavirus. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We are taking enquiries for course interest and a record will be kept by our admissions team who will contact you when the situation changes.

 

Update in regards to Higher Education courses

We continue to accept applications for our courses due to start in the new academic year.

We are doing everything we can to limit any impact the coronavirus may have on current and new applications to study at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College.

If you are awaiting an interview invite or have one that is coming up please note that the college is now closed and your interview will be in the form of a telephone interview. The course leader will contact you using the phone number you have provided on your application.

Please be assured that all applications received in line with relevant admissions deadlines will be considered equally. We will consider the impact of the escalating situation on our applicants and make every effort to ensure that all students are treated equally.

Our HE Admissions team is working hard to process all applications and provide a decision to you as soon as possible, however, there may be a slight delay as the team are now working from home.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your application please contact the HE Admissions team on HEadmissions@nwslc.ac.uk


Updated on 25/03/2020 at 13:53pm

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗱 to the majority of our students. However, for students who need urgent help, we are running a welfare drop-in from 𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟭𝗽𝗺 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 week 𝗱𝗮𝘆 at our 𝗪𝗶𝗴𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝘂𝗻𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀. Just drop-in during these times. Come to reception at our Nuneaton campus, or the Bobbin Factory / Nursery (next to the main car park entrance) at our Wigston campus

You can also contact the safeguarding team via 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲@𝗻𝘄𝘀𝗹𝗰.𝗮𝗰.𝘂𝗸 or using the 𝗡𝗪𝗦𝗟𝗖 𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗥𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 mobile app which is free to download and use.


Updated on 23/03/2020 at 13:33pm

Student Welfare Drop-in Service

The College is closed. However, for students who need urgent help, we are running a welfare drop-in from 11am to 1pm every day, at our Wigston and Nuneaton campuses. Just drop-in at reception during these times.

You can also contact the safeguarding team via safe@nwslc.ac.uk or using the NWSLC LEARNING mobile app which is free to download and use.


Updated on 19/03/2020 at 08:40pm

Following Government guidelines and official advice received yesterday, North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College will be closing all campuses 𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟐𝟎𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 𝐚𝐭 𝟒.𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐣𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟. Details of the provision of our revised offer in response to government instructions will follow in due course. All campuses will be open for the rest of this week and students are asked to attend their classes. The health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to follow advice and monitor this situation closely while ensuring that we remain the cornerstone of the community during this uncertain time.

Please be assured that the College has put robust plans in place to ensure that the vast majority of curriculum and business functions can continue during this enforced closure. Information for students about studying from home, exams and how we can support our College community through this challenging time will be sent to all staff, students and stakeholders in the coming days.

We understand and recognise that you may have concerns and ask for your support as we work together to ensure the good health of all of our staff, students, stakeholders and our local communities.

We will keep staff and students informed via email, social media and the website of any changes to the situation. Please continue to monitor North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College email addresses, the website and social media outlets for updated communications.


Updated on 18/03/2020 at 15:22pm

In response to the current worldwide crisis of Coronavirus and in the preparation for the inevitable temporary closure of schools, colleges and other education providers, please be advised that regrettably, we are temporarily suspending evening classes until such time as the national position becomes clearer.

Whilst we have not yet received Government instruction to close the College, we are required to continually monitor and assess all curriculum provisions and as a result, the delivery of our evening provision has been reviewed and temporary suspension arrangements put in place.

Please be assured that this is a temporary measure. We will be continuing with our evening provision as soon as possible and your classes will continue as normal from that point onwards. Our tutors remain at your disposal where you can complete work from home, and should you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact Sally Denning, who is our Director for Adult provision and can be contacted via the following email address: sally.denning@nwslc.ac.uk.

The College remains committed to providing a high-quality service to you, our wider student body and our community and anything we can do to support you individually during this significant period of uncertainty, we, of course, will endeavour to do.


Updated on 18/03/2020 at 12:19pm

It is with regret that due to the current global situation we have closed our Hair & Beauty Salons and will be closing the Glebegate restaurant, The Gym and all our hire facilities from this Friday 20th March. We apologise for the disruption caused by these much loved and used services.

The College takes the health and safety of its students and staff extremely seriously and will continue to follow the advice of Public Health England on this matter. We will monitor the situation closely and keep our wider College community informed should there be any developments.


Updated on 13/03/2020 at 14:40pm

Dear Students,

As you may be aware, the Government has now moved to the delay stage in their efforts to combat corona virus. The College is following Government guidelines and we are awaiting further direction in terms of what measures we are expected to take. This might include Campus and/or a whole College closure to prevent of the spread of infection.

At this moment in time, we remain open for business as usual and you must continue to come to College, attend classes and complete your coursework at this vital time of the year.

What to do if you feel ill?

Common symptoms of corona virus include:

  • a fever;
  • a dry cough; and
  • shortness of breath.

Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have corona virus. However, if you have symptoms, and feel unwell, you must not attend College. You must notify the College by telephone as soon as possible. If you have recently returned from Iran, China, South Korea or Italy the current advice is to self-isolate. If you are unsure please contact the College.

If in any doubt, you should visit the 111.nhs.uk website, where you can get further medical advice via telephone. There is a tool at 111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 for you to carry out an initial check if you think you have symptoms.

If in the event that the College is instructed to close, your tutors and managers have been preparing carefully behind the scenes to ensure, wherever possible, your studies are not disrupted. This might include setting work remotely, and asking you to complete work from home to ensure you remain on track. The College will be releasing special email addresses for students and parents to be able to communicate concerns to us and we will respond in due course.

Our students remain our top priority and whilst we appreciate this might be worrying news for you, please be assured that we will only close the College should it be absolutely essential and if instructed by Government. We will be putting special support in place for vulnerable students to ensure they have a direct line of contact with the College for relevant support.

We would like to reassure all of our students that we will take every measure to make sure that they not only pass their qualifications with the highest grades possible, but that we catch up on any missed learning in the best way possible for each individual student once this current National crisis is over.

Best wishes

Marion Plant OBE

Principal and Chief Executive Officer