COVID-19 – UPDATE – MAY 2021


At the start of Term 3, and with the gradual easing of lockdown measures across the UK, there are an increasing number of students and staff living, studying and working at our Easneye site alongside others in our global community. Students, staff and volunteers are all continuing to play their part in keeping the College free from COVID-19. We are so grateful for your support and prayers and to God for His provision and protection over us all not only in keeping the virus away from our Easneye site but also for sustaining and guiding us through these challenging times.


Students on site – students who are studying practical courses this term and some additional students with particular needs have now returned to join those students already on site in accordance with the Government’s plan for students returning to Higher Education.

Teaching – as permitted, practical courses are being taught once again in the classroom with Covid precautions in place. Up until 17 May (at the earliest) all other courses continue to be taught in an online blended mode. After 17 May (and subject to the next level of easing of lockdown measures) all other students will be able to return to the site and in-class lessons will resume for all courses.

Blended delivery – as a result of the recent investment in technology and with permission from the Open University, all undergraduate and postgraduate courses (as well as En Route) will continue to be taught in blended mode this term to allow students from any part of the world to access learning through the internet so that travel restrictions do not preclude anyone from learning.

Library – the library is open to resident students for browsing and studying and to commuting students and external library users for browsing. After 17 May, at the earliest (and subject to the next level of easing of lockdown measures), the library will reopen to all library users for browsing and studying.

Pastoral support – pastoral support for all students continues to be of paramount importance. Tutors are maintaining weekly contact with all students, and pastoral support for all students is happening through tutors, tutor groups, the pastoral care tutor and the pastoral care team.

Covid testing – participation in regular, twice-weekly lateral flow testing is now an accepted part of College life during this pandemic. All visitors to the site are requested to take a lateral flow test before travelling to the site and to show evidence of a negative test result on arrival.

Applications for 2021–2022 – recruitment for courses commencing in September 2021 is in full swing with online Open Days having very positive levels of attendance from potential students from around the globe. Details of all of our courses and future Open Days can be found in the ‘Courses’ section of this website. (or click here)

Conferences and hospitality – with our ‘Good to Go’ accreditation in place, from 17 May at the earliest (and subject to the next level of easing of lockdown measures), we are looking forward to welcoming guests to our beautiful site for day and residential conferences, short breaks, family celebrations and our popular cream tea afternoons. All activities will be subject to Covid precautions to protect everyone involved. The Conferencing department will be working with group leaders to support them in enacting Covid precautions for their event. For more information about Conferences, please see Conferencing on the Facilities section of this website (or click here) There is still some limited availability for residential groups in July and August. Contact for all enquires about bookings.

Please continue to pray for the work of the College in training and equipping men and women for effective participation in God’s mission in our multicultural world at this critical time in history as our world continues to be affected by the consequences of the pandemic.

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