Glasgow Kelvin College, Principal’s Communication
Good afternoon everyone. I hope you are, through your technology, managing to engage with as many resources as possible to support your work and studies during these unprecedented times in the fight against COVID-19.
As you will be aware, the UK and Scottish Governments have announced increased restrictions and that the entire country will be effectively put onto a ‘lockdown’ footing which will mean the only permissible reasons to leave your home are:
- To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
- To take exercise once a day - but alone or with your own household, not in groups
- For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
- To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home.
People are asked to meet in groups of no larger than two people.
All non-essential shops will be closed, as well as public spaces such as libraries, communal parks and playgrounds, and places of worship. The ban extends to ceremonial social events, such as weddings and christenings, with the exception of funerals which will be restricted to immediate family only. The First Minister was clear that these decisions are not taken lightly ‘but are essential for the protection of all of us.’
College buildings will also be temporarily de-commissioned and closed for the duration.
The arrangements will remain in force for, in the first instance, the next three weeks but will be monitored and remain under review throughout that time.
These emergency measures are essential to slow down the spread of this virus, to reduce the peak impact of it, to prevent our NHS being overwhelmed and to ensure that you, your friends and families are exposed to as low a risk as possible.
However, our remarkable staff who are already working hard to support students, will continue to do so through the many channels of communication and technology available.
It is critical that we do our best to remain connected so we can support one another both professionally and socially. The wellbeing of our College community is paramount. If we can achieve personal wellbeing our teams will thrive and we will be able to do our very best to provide support for each other. By achieving this, together we will endeavour to support student and staff wellbeing and to provide as many opportunities as we can.
This is an ambitious and challenging change to the way we provide opportunities to “Transform lives through education”. Glasgow Kelvin College’s clear and unwavering vision.
The College and members of our Board of Management are working closely with Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Glasgow Colleges Regional Board, fellow Colleges, Student Associations, and Trade Unions to quickly put in place support for students and staff, especially those who may be most vulnerable.
We will collaborate with awarding bodies to provide as much certainty as possible for learners so they can continue their journeys into college, onto other college or university courses and into employment.
SQA’s exam diet has been cancelled for this year to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students. We will continue to work proactively with fellow colleges to support collaboration with the Scottish Government and SQA. Colleges are represented at the highest levels to work towards putting in place pragmatic responses to the current situation to secure positive progression for our students. We want to provide as much certainty as possible.
SAAS and our local student funding team have worked tirelessly to rapidly put in place robust business continuity measures to ensure services remain functioning. We will do all we can to continue to fund students on time. We will keep everyone updated throughout.
SFC have been working closely with us to ensure our business continuity actions are sustained so we can support our students and staff to maintain their outstanding efforts and commitment to date.
We will get through this and, eventually, emerge from it with a greater understanding of ourselves, our resilience and the important role our colleagues, friends and families play in our lives.
Remember that we have support available online through the College for your wellbeing and I would urge you to sign up to Big White Wall if you haven’t already done so.
Our priority is the wellbeing of our students and our staff. We will continue to follow the latest guidance from public health bodies and the Scottish and UK governments to provide that safeguard. Keep communicating and look after one another.
In the meantime, please abide by the new measures – Stay At Home.
And stay safe.
Derek Smeall Principal
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - College Closure
The College will close to all students and all but essential staff by 6pm on Friday 20th March 2020. Essential staff are only those required to maintain the Estate, ICT services, Security and some key Senior Management activities. It is anticipated that this will remain in effect until the end of the Spring break and Easter holiday when it will be reviewed.
Preparations are being made to redeploy all staff to work effectively from home as soon as is practicable and by Friday 20th March 2020 at the latest.
Students have been advised to maintain contact with their class tutor and continue to study remotely. Staff have been requested to remain in touch with their Line Manager and colleagues while working from home. Their continued commitment to the support of our students is very much appreciated. Updates and useful links will be published on the College website and you should check this routinely.
Please also remember that Glasgow Kelvin College is invested in keeping its students and staff well throughout these unprecedented times and very useful information is available from the links on this site.
Once again, the College is grateful for the professionalism and support of staff for students, for what they have done so far, and what they will do in the coming weeks.
We will prevail over coronavirus. Please take care of yourself and support one another.
Glasgow Kelvin College Coronavirus Update - Students
The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority, so in the current circumstances Glasgow Kelvin College has taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face teaching by 4pm today Tuesday March 17, 2020.
Students over 70, those who are pregnant and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions should return home and continue their studies at home where possible with immediate effect.
Students showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus - a fever or a temperature of above 37.8°C, a persistent cough - should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period. Students who are members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.
This action is being taken as a precautionary measure to safeguard our students and staff.
At present, we anticipate that these arrangements will be in place until after the Easter break but this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to review our plans. We fully understand that you will have concerns about the impact this will have on your studies, and wish to reassure you that we are working closely with all relevant agencies to provide the very best response possible.
It is important that students keep up-to-date with the college via our online learning platform, website and social media for the very latest information.
We are continuing to follow advice from the Scottish and UK Governments and the relevant health authorities to safeguard our staff, students and visitors from the risk of Coronavirus. It is vitally important that you continue to follow the advice provided by the Governments and public health agencies to keep yourself and others protected.
Please note, this is an evolving situation and the above information may be subject to change. Updates will be posted on the college's website and social media whenever available.
Helpful information on self-care and how this affects your college course or attendance can be found in the links below:
We are working to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the entire Glasgow Kelvin College community and ask for your care and co-operation at this time as the situation develops.
ICT At Home
- ICT Advice for Students during the Coronavirus situation - PDF
- ICT Advice - How to get Adobe Software For Home Use - PDF
Guidance for using Microsoft Teams