College Update: Return to college site – from 10 March
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to the college site from next Wednesday 10 March.
There will be a phased return to site between next week and the Easter break. Tutors will let their students know about which lessons will be on site and which will remain online over this period. Some courses will remain online, for example our HE courses, with a review before the summer term.
The College follows the Department for Education guidance and we have revised our risk assessments to ensure that we can operate safely during this period.
Further detailed information will be emailed to all students shortly
College Update: Guidance for students – 23 February 2021
The College is reviewing yesterday’s statement from the government relating to schools and colleges returning to site and will provide an update shortly. We will be following the detailed guidance from the Department for Education.
College Update: Guidance for students – 5 February 2021
Last week the Government announced that schools and colleges in England will not return to face-to-face teaching until Monday 8 March at the earliest. In line with this guidance, the college campus will remain closed and teaching will continue to be delivered online until further notice. You can read about the College’s approach to Remote Learning here.
We will continue to contact you by email and update the website should government guidance change.
College Update: Guidance for students – 5 January 2021
Last night the Prime Minister announced a full and immediate lockdown in England and for all schools and colleges to move to online learning.
In accordance with this guidance, all our classes will move to online learning until the scheduled review on 15 February and tutors will be working with all our students to make sure they are supported to complete their studies. Current students should check their college email regularly for more information and updates.
It is our aim to start our new courses online on the dates scheduled. Any unavoidable changes will be communicated to students and our website will be updated to reflect any changes.
Please do not come on site whilst we are in lockdown as there will be no access for visitors or students. This is for everyone’s safety.
We look forward to being able to return to face to face classes on the college site as soon as it is safe to do so and in accordance with government guidance.
College Update: Guidance for existing students – 4 January 2021
As a result of recent government announcements, we have taken the decision to move delivery online for all students from Wednesday 6 January until Friday 15 January. Tutors will be in contact with students during this week to confirm how your learning will be able to continue at home through either online delivery (Google Meet) or by posting/emailing work to you. You can read about the College’s approach to Remote Learning here.
During this period the college buildings and site will be closed for all visitors and students. Please do not come to site unless you have an appointment to meet with a member of staff.
You may also have seen the information about school and college COVID testing that is being implemented nationwide This is only targeting secondary age school and college students i.e. those aged between 11-18. Our funding body has confirmed that as all students at Ruskin College are over the age of 19, we are not required to carry out testing for our students and staff.
You can contact a member of our Student Services team for any Safeguarding, welfare, financial or other queries by calling the main college phone number 01865 759600 or emailing Enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk
We are planning for all students to be able to return to learning on the college site from Monday 18 January.
Should the guidance for colleges change with the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight or indeed at any time in advance of 18 January we will contact you again by email and our website will be updated.
College Update: January return – 31 December 2020
Further to the Government’s announcement for colleges, all teaching will be online from the start of term next week.
If you are a current student, you will be receive an email on Monday 4th January outlining the plans for your course. If you have applied for a January start we will be in touch with you from Monday 4th January to take you through the enrolment process.
On behalf of all the staff at Ruskin, a very Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for 2021.
College Update: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter – 17 June 2020
In the context of all the issues highlighted since the murder of George Floyd in the USA, we have all been profoundly and very deeply affected. Communities around the world are coming together under the Black Lives Matter cause.
This is a clear opportunity to change that serves to highlight the imperative to act upon what we believe in, and to advance and champion two of our strategic values: respect – valuing everyone all the time and implement an infrastructure designed to uphold Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion within a supportive environment.
We have a long history of anti-racism and tackling discrimination. At this time, we need to champion greater change and contribute through education to create an environment that has no place for racism. At Ruskin, we take our role as educators extremely seriously and as an institution we do not avoid difficult conversations, yet this is a moment where we need to ask ourselves very difficult questions and we are reaching out to our staff, students and our community to help us achieve this. We will be reviewing the whole College approach to defeating racism and this process will be led by our Student Services Manager, Abid Hussain firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Clerk to the Board, Alana Jackman email@example.com. They will lead this initiative to promote our values, support Black Lives Matter and tackle racism. We are here to work with you all. Education has the power to change people’s lives and in turn the communities that we serve.
College Update: Google Classrooms – 14 April 2020
During the Easter break, Google G-Suite has been added and made available to all. As previously advised, all emails have now been transferred to a new account for you in Gmail. Your existing files and documents remain available from the Remote Desktop app previously provided. Your old mail at Exchange will no longer function and Gmail must be used henceforward for email. Sign in via your browser to http://mail.google.com with your normal email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and use the ‘one-time’ password provided that you should have received via a text message. If you have problems accessing or using your mail please call the helpline in 01865 759607 between 9am and 4pm. Teachers also have access to the new Classroom app which will assist course communication in future; your teacher will let you know when this becomes available for your course.