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2020/21 Student Enrolment Information

Please see the information below to understand the expectations of our approach ahead of enrolment for the 2020/21 academic year. 

Programme start and enrolment 

We are currently planning for the programme to start normally with enrolment and induction taking place the week of September 14th, 2020. Whether we will be able to invite you to college at this stage, or complete enrolment online, will depend on government and Public Health England guidelines. You will receive a separate invitation in due course. 

Teaching and Learning 

We expect that teaching and learning will take place in the form of blended learning. This means that some learning will take place at the College and some learning will take place online. Initially, you will be invited to attend college on fewer days than during full onsite delivery. Your programme team is currently working on the detailed plans for this and we will make them available as soon as possible. 

While we aim to increase the amount of onsite learning on campus throughout the academic year, we will be guided by public health regulations in doing so to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. 

Your programme teaching teams are preparing high level online learning to supplement any onsite teaching making use of digital technology. This will ensure you will receive the same quality of teaching and tutor support, even when you are not physically on campus. 

Digital learning will also be to the benefit of the department in the case that public health restrictions change and contact needs to be limited further again at any time during the academic year. 

Some courses include trips, placements or delivery onsite at employers’ locations. The programme teams are currently considering whether these can take place safely.  

Assessments 

Assessment methods will include different types of assessments which can take place on site at College or remotely. We are not currently expecting any changes to the assessment methods but will let you know if this becomes necessary due to public health regulations. 

Technology and support 

In whatever way the situation evolves between now and September, and beyond, online learning will be part of our blended learning approach. This means that some learning will require you to access our resources remotely, so please consider how well you are equipped to do this, for example with hardware and broadband access. 

We have a bursary for HE students for which applications will open in mid-September. Students whose household income is below £25,000 can apply for the bursary which amounts to £500 paid out in 5 instalments of £100 each throughout the academic year. We have 20 of these bursaries available. Students on franchised top-up degrees (BA Public Services Management, BSc Animal Biology & Wildlife Conservation, BSc Animal Sciences) can apply to University of Kent financial support instead of our utilising financial support through the College. 

If you are concerned about your ability to participate in either onsite or online teaching, please contact us at highered@eastkent.ac.uk so that we can look into the support we can make available to you.  

Learning resources 

The Higher Education Learning Resource Centre provides a number of computer work stations on site at Canterbury College as well as online access to a vast variety of journals, books and other study material. This is accessible through our online learning platform (Moodle) for students at Ashford, Broadstairs and Canterbury Colleges. 

All students will be provided access to Moodle at enrolment. 

The Moodle platform is also used by your lecturers to provide programme specific resources and links to online sessions.  

Additionally, all students will receive free access to Office 365 and collaboration tools such as MS Teams which will be used for online learning. 

If your programme includes work to be carried out in a laboratory or studio, we will prioritise these for face to face delivery on campus. In some cases, units may have to be changed to a later time in the year to meet physical distancing regulations.  

As you are aware, the government and Public Health England advice about dealing with the current pandemic is rapidly changing and updated regulations are being made regularly. Therefore, we may have to make amendments to our current plans to continue ensuring everyone’s health and safety. We will always let you know should any changes need to be made.  

Concerns and questions 

If you are worried that your higher education experience may be impacted this September or throughout the next year from this initial guidance, and in order to discuss any other options available to you, please let us know by  email (highered@eastkent.ac.uk), so that our team can address your concerns formally.

In the meantime, if you do have any further questions, please contact us at highered@eastkent.ac.uk. We are all continuing to work remotely from home, so email is the best way to contact us.