Staff FAQs and On Campus Guide

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Academic Year 2020/21 - Staff FAQs

Our campus buildings are open with strict measures in place to keep staff, students and our wider college family safe.

This video outlines the protocols expected when you return to campus buildings. It is important you familiarise yourself with them and information in the On Campus Guide for Staff and adhere to the guidance. 

Staff are also required to complete a questionnaire and risk assessment before returning to work on campus. Our Staff Hub has the latest guidance and necessary information to help you transition back.


What are the key dates for the new academic year?

The 2020/21 academic term begins on Monday 31 August 2020 and lecturers return from summer break by Wednesday 12 August 2020. 

When will classes start in college?

Full time classes are due to start online and on campus (where it is safe to do so) from Monday 14 September. This is to allow teaching staff time to prepare course materials. Curriculum Heads will provide lecturers with details of when they need to be on campus.

We will be applying strict social distancing measures in our buildings and taking a new blended learning approach with online and on-campus classes. This approach follows guidance set out in the Scottish Government’s route map for easing lockdown restrictions while adhering to our commitment to deliver the best student experience possible in a safe and supportive way.

How will support staff and services access college buildings?

Some support staff have continued to work in our campuses since closure in March 2020. They have been supporting students in our Halls of Residence to keep them safe and making sure our campus buildings are maintained. While a significant amount of work has gone into preparing our campuses for your safe return, the current 2 metre physical distancing government guidance significantly reduces the number of people who can be on campus at any one time. You should have received a link to the On Campus Guide and our latest video (above).  Please familiarise yourself with the protocols as they are in place to keep you and others safe.

Is it safe to reopen? 

There are a range of strict health and safety measures in place throughout our buildings. Staff must complete a questionnaire and risk assessment before returning to work on campus. Our Staff Hub has the latest guidance and necessary information to help you transition back.

We have continued to take advice and guidance from Scottish Government and we are in regular contact with officials. We will continue to make sure our plans align with that and our firm focus is on the safety and wellbeing of students, our staff and service providers.

Is there parking available at City of Glasgow College?

Access to college car parks are via authorised I.D. only. Staff can pre-book a daily parking space here (offered on a first come first served basis until Friday 4 September). You will need your employee number when booking. Car park fees are £3 per day at City and £2.50 per day at Riverside. Motorbikes are £1 per day at each. Staff who live within two miles of each campus are not eligible to apply.

Visitor car parking is only available if essential.

Have lecturers and unions been consulted/involved in the new approach to learning and teaching?

Early consultation with Faculty Deans and across the Student Experience Directorate has informed our new delivery model principles and helped focus our College’s future priorities and investment decisions. In addition to engaging and consulting with trade union partners, all staff have been invited to tell us what they think via a staff feedback portal

What does the new blended learning approach mean for me?

The planned measures will involve strict social distancing and safety measures when on-campus as well as online learning and teaching. That means the theoretical elements of courses being taught online and practical elements being delivered on campus (City or Riverside). 

Will I need to work different hours?

We want to deliver the best student experience possible in a safe way and while making sure that the number of staff and students in campus at the one time complies with social distancing rules. That will mean new timetables being in place and some classes being delivered online. 

How will we deliver practical classes while social distancing?

Classes requiring equipment and/or take place in simulators, workshops, salons, kitchens or labs and so on will still take place on campus at City or Riverside. Reduced numbers of students will attend only one or two days a week in a socially distanced environment. This may change in line with the latest government guidance.

Will I be given Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

Any PPE required within our campuses and/or particular vocational activities will be provided and in line with government requirements.

What about staff development/training?

Staff development is central to our new blended learning approach. Our Learning and Teaching Academy is currently offering workshops and a range of activities on curriculum design and delivery and all staff with teaching commitments are encouraged to attend.

Working online has been difficult without effective equipment. Will the College help with that?

We recognise that online teaching requires access to appropriate hardware and good WiFi.  Your Home Working Guide and the Transitions questionnaire will provide further help and advice.

Will we be able to support students in person on campus?

We are acutely aware that social interactivity is an important part of our students’ positive college experience, so we plan to open our campuses for a range of student activities such as guidance/peer-support/tutorials and where necessary to complete practical courses with equipment, simulator-training and safety-critical inductions. Students new to college and those with Personal Learning Support Plans will be given priority.

Are we also considering student engagement/feedback from our time in lockdown?

We have developed a dashboard for student engagement during lockdown and this will evolve as part of a comprehensive learner analytics system. That is in line with the refresh of the Student Experience Strategy to make it more accessible and to capture student progress and development.

How do I keep updated about the latest information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)? 

This page and MyCity will be kept up to date. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are asking you to check these pages regularly to keep informed of the latest advice.

Updated: 17th September 2020.