Message From Principal

MESSAGE TO STUDENTS FROM PRINCIPAL PAUL LITTLE

For the first time in Scottish education history, all schools and colleges across the country have closed. Many of you may be anxious about what happens next so I want to make absolutely clear that we will do all we can to support you over the coming weeks and months. 

We are continuing to work with colleagues in the Scottish Government and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) so that they understand the various circumstances students may encounter, and make sure you’re supported and that no current or prospective student is disadvantaged in any way. 

So be assured:

  • You will continue to receive your student financial support/funding as usual.
  • We can offer hardship payments to those most in need - email our student advisors, for more information.
  • Moving to online teaching and learning will not affect your attendance record. For international students that includes the requirements of your Tier 4 Visa. 

Your City of Glasgow College will continue to engage with you to help you with your course and provide as much support as possible to allow you to achieve. We are currently working through the details and practicalities of that. As we do, your lecturers will stay in touch with you and support you in progressing your learning.  As soon as we get more information from SQA about assessment and graded units we will be in touch. City’s lecturing staff are working hard right now on how that might be achieved.

If at any point you’re concerned about elements of your course or have difficulty with distance-learning, do please contact your lecturer or guidance tutor straight away. And remember too that our guide to remote/home working is here. More information for International Students is available on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.

It is very important you stay connected with us. Please be patient, and try not to worry: we know that the situation is changing rapidly, and while we don’t have all the answers just now, we’re working hard to sort out the points you’ve raised about remote teaching and learning.

For new students, we will update you when we have more information. Applications are still open and information on our courses is here. Our 2020/21 students can submit their funding application to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) as usual from 1 April 2020. SAAS has told us they will remain open and its staff are working hard to continue to provide funding on time. Any student who has still to submit a funding application for 2019/20 should try to do so by 31 March 2020. If you need any help with applying to our college, or for funding our student services team is available.

The Scottish Government also has a new website for students which has lots of information on student finance and advice here. 

It is possible the country may move to more measures to increase social distancing, and I know this makes it harder to carry on as normal. But you are not alone. We’ve created a hashtag on social media  #COGCTogether to highlight ‘hero’ stories from you and our staff, and we’d love to hear how you’re doing;  if you have any stories to share please let us know or get in touch with your Students Association.

As the situation is so fluid, I can’t yet give you a date when the College will reopen. However, we’re providing regular updates on our website and social media as well as our student intranet, MyCity. Please check them regularly.

So while our buildings may be shut, City of Glasgow College is open, albeit virtually. We just need to adapt and support each other and our friends and family. Our students make us all very proud on a daily basis. I’m sure this will be no different in the current tough times. 

Finally, please keep safe and remember if you feel unwell, have an underlying health condition and/or have any of the COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home. Follow current guidance and self-isolate as well as informing your lecturer or guidance tutor in the usual way.

Take care