2021 COVID-19 update

20 August 2021

As you will be aware, Scotland has now moved beyond Level 0 of the Covid Protection Levels. There are a number of significant changes across South Lanarkshire and Scotland which have taken place over the past few weeks, meaning that most restrictions have now been lifted. 

Please remember, that we still need to remain cautious, both in our personal lives and when on campus. You can still catch the virus and it can still make you and those around you ill, even if you have been vaccinated. Our safety measures will remain in place for the foreseeable future to protect us all.

Some of the main safety measures which will remain in place or change across our campus in to the 2021-22 session include: 

  • The wearing of face masks
  • Regular hand washing is encouraged with hand gel provided throughout the campus 
  • Non touch doors will remain in place 
  • Protection screens will remain in place
  • Reduction in social distancing will be introduced in a careful way
  • Some blended operation will remain to ensure appropriate distancing is adhered to and building circulation is carefully managed
  • Testing kits will still be available and we encourage all staff and students on campus to order one 

All of these measures are in place to keep all our students, staff and visitors safe in the new term. It is important that we continue to follow them to ensure that everyone on campus is kept as risk free from covid as possible, whilst ensuring everyone feels safe and comfortable being at the college. We will, of course, keep this under review, with the next Scottish Government update expected on 9 August. 

Your lecturer or Course Tutor should have now informed you of your timetable and whether your class will be taught online or on campus. If not, this will be with you very shortly. We will continue to focus on a blended learning approach, with students learning both on campus and online. Priority will again be given to practical subjects that cannot be taught online, although all students will be on campus at some point for their course in the first few weeks. 

Ordering a Lateral Flow Test 

We encourage all staff and students to test regularly for Covid-19. To order your free kit visit: Covid-19 testing kit 

For more details on Covid protection levels visit: Scottish Government Guidance

As has been the case over the past few months, please do not come onto campus unless you have been invited to do so or without a pre-arranged appointment. Our support staff are all still working throughout the summer and available to help you online or over the phone.

As it is currently the summer holidays there are only a very limited number of students and staff on campus at the current time.

Support

As a college we continue to work creatively and flexibly to support all of our students to complete their course.  We are here to support you and help you achieve your qualification or for applications.  We know this remains difficult time and we are here to help you achieve your potential, despite the current restrictions.  If you need any support, guidance or have any questions when studying with us, speak to your lecturer initially or email student.support@slc.ac.uk where a member of staff will be in contact with you.

We have a range of support services available at the college including trained counsellors, a partnership with Togetherall, a range of external support organisations and college staff, who are all here to support you.

Campus safety

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors is our primary concern. If you are on campus in the new term please adhere to our strict safety guidance to keep yourself and everyone on campus safe.

We have continued various measures to help keep you safe whilst on campus, including:

Daily fogging to all rooms and teaching spaces

Regular cleaning and sanitisation across campus

Use of Perspex dividers in teaching spaces

Social distancing will remain in place

One-way systems in place campus wide and clear signage about distancing

Face coverings are compulsory on campus at all times

Limited people on campus at any one point

Health and Safety reminders across campus, including regular inspections

Risk assessments in all areas across the College, regularly updated and publicly displayed

Blended learning will remain in place

Applications and interviews

We are still accepting applications for courses as normal through our website. If the course requires an interview, and you are invited for one, this will be done online or over the phone currently. Please note that, due to current restrictions, it may take longer to get back to you than usual. If you have any questions or issues please email admissions@slc.ac.uk or by calling us on 01355 270750.

Further updates

Any further updates will be communicated to you through this page, our social media channels and via email. We encourage all our students and applicants to follow our social media channels for update

Student FAQs

We know there are lots of concerns and questions from students at the moment and we want to ensure we keep you as updated as possible. Below you will find some FAQs on the current situation, which you may find useful. These will be updated regularly as things develop.

If you have anything specific that you don’t feel has been addressed – please contact the Marketing team by emailing: marketing@slc.ac.uk

The safety of our students, staff and visitors is of paramount importance. The college campus is now open for staff and students in the new term. Your lecturer will advise if if your class will take place online or on campus. Please do not come on to campus unless you have a scheduled appointment or class 

Most classes will remain as blended learning initially/ Your lecturer will confirm whether your class is online or on campus shortly, if they have not already done so.  

Some classes will continue online and your lecturer will confirm this with you. 

Please do not attend our campus unless instructed to do so by your lecturer or a member of staff or you have an appointment.

We are following all NHS and Scottish Government advice to ensure our staff, students and visitors are kept safe.

Yes the college campus is safe. There are only a limited numbers of staff and students on campus and significant safety and cleaning procedures are in place

The college can support students with hardship funds and other bursaries where required, please email bursaries@slc.ac.uk if you are having an issues with your funding, or run into extra difficulties because of the current lockdown restrictions.

Your student funding will not be affected by the new lock down restrictions.  If you are concerned about finances or need support, please contact bursaries@slc.ac.uk

The College recognises the extra burden being placed on students with childcare, caring responsibilities, or underlying health issues.  Please be assured that we will continue to be as flexible as possible in accommodating these needs as well as addressing other concerns you may have.  Please speak with your Course Tutor or staff in Student Services about any concerns or issues you may be experiencing.

Yes our courses are still open for applications. We are still accepting applications online as normal and alternative arrangements are in place for interviews. If you have questions regarding your application or want to speak to one of our team please email admissions@slc.ac.uk or by calling us on 01355 270750.

Contact your course lecturer in the first instance. They can be contacted by email, or contact marketing@slc.ac.uk and we can direct your enquiry.

If the course requires an interview, and you are invited for one, this will be done online or over the phone during this period. Please be advised due to current restrictions it may take longer to get back to you than usual. If you have any questions or concerns please email admissions@slc.ac.uk or by calling us on 01355 270750

We appreciate that it may be difficult for some students to study at home and staff will be available online to support you. Contact your lecturer in the first instance and they will offer support or direct you to the correct department. They will be contactable by email.

Follow the normal procedures and let your lecturer aware that you won’t be able to attend your lesson.

We encourage all students and staff to test regularly. 

To order your free test complete the form here: Covid-19 testing kit

Our campus is Covid  secure with only a limited number of staff and students on campus at any one time. If you don’t feel safe or you can’t be on campus for any reasons please initially speak to your lecturer, or you can email support@slc.ac.uk

The college library is currently closed. Our Click, Contact and Collect service to access library resources is still operating email library@slc.ac.uk for further information.

Both these services are closed until further notice.

The canteen has now reopened although seating in this area is currently not available due to distancing. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Remember to follow FACTs for a safer Scotland and downloading the Test and Protect App.

Please keep an eye on our social media channels, our website and your email.

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Useful Contacts

We’re here to support and assist you throughout your college journey.  Please see below for contact details if you have any questions: