COVID-19 – UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2021

We are open as usual, and you are all very welcome!

As we reach the mid-point of term 2, there are a small number of students from around the world living on-site and studying on-line with fellow students in our global community. Those students who have met the government’s criteria for returning to College and staff working on-site to provide essential services are following strict Covid-secure measures at all times to ensure the safety of everyone on site. However, despite the continuing pandemic, the over-riding message is ‘We are open as usual, and you are all very welcome’.

Our College Principal & CEO, Andy Dipper, says, “We are maintaining a careful pattern of life, where we wear face masks, use plenty of hand sanitiser, keep physical distance from our different households and are running a regular testing centre for everyone on-site. All classes are running with everyone connected on-line. The library is fully available, physically for those on-site and on-line for everyone.

The College is very grateful to all students and staff for their grace and hard work, as we all maintain Covid-secure measures and as we continue to grow as a global community. Regular on-line enquirers sessions are proving popular - it is exciting that so many people from around the world are looking to study with us. We welcome you all!”

KEY MESSAGES

Remote learning - on-line learning for all students on all programmes is continuing pending an expected government review in mid-February.

Adjustments to learning - throughout the pandemic all students (including those who are vulnerable, self-isolating or needing to quarantine) have been able to learn on-line in real time with their cohort via Zoom.

Teaching has been adjusted to reflect the challenges of this method of learning, and we are committed to continuing to provide all students with excellent learning outcomes through real time teaching. Class room teaching will resume as soon as practically possible and when it is deemed safe to do so.

Senior Emergency Management Team - this team (made up of members of the Senior Leadership Team together with our Head students and two other students) is meeting each week to monitor and review the College’s responses to the pandemic, the latest restrictions and feedback received from the College community.

Student experience feedback - students and tutors have responded positively in the early weeks of term to the challenges of on-line learning. Students have appreciated the adaptations to lessons that have been put in place by tutors to ensure they have the resources they need, interaction is maintained and Zoom fatigue is managed and minimised.

On-site Covid testing - all the results so far have been negative…this is what we want! In line with advice from the Government, weekly testing has now been stepped up to twice weekly testing for all living and working on site.

Access to library materials - all enrolled students have access to library resources wherever they are in the world through on-line resources and requests for scanned copies of books or journal articles. 

Pastoral support - tutors are maintaining weekly contact with all students, and pastoral support for students is happening through tutors, tutor groups, the pastoral tutor or the pastoral care team.

Conferences - we are very much looking forward to being able to welcome visitors back onto our beautiful site for day and residential conferences, short breaks, family celebrations and our popular cream tea afternoons. Whilst currently this is not possible, owing to Covid-19 restrictions, please do contact conferences@allnations.ac.uk for bookings or to check availability for later in the year.

Thank you for your continuing interest in and support for the College. We very much value your prayers and encourage you to keep on praying for the work of the College in training and equipping men and women for effective participation in God’s mission in our multicultural world.

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