Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the latest guidance we have put in place a number of changes to ensure a safe, healthy and welcoming campus environment, whether you are a student, visitor or member of staff. 

Covid-19 testing - Regular testing helps keep us all safe. We ask that you take a lateral flow test up to 2 days before arriving at the College and to repeat the test if attending onsite for longer than 3 days. Lateral flow testing kits are available for you to collect from our cabin at the front of the College.

From 3 January 2022:

Following updated government advice about the use of face coverings in educational settings we ask that face coverings be worn at all times when indoors at our premises.

 The only exceptions to this are:

  1. Those who are legally exempt from wearing face coverings;
  2. Staff members while teaching;
  3. Anyone while eating or drinking;
  4. Anyone in a single occupancy space (e.g. a student in a study bedroom or a staff member alone in an office).

There is no requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors.

We also ask that on arrival you show any designated member of staff at least one of the following before entering the premises:

• A valid NHS Covid Pass
• An NHS confirmation of a negative LFD test result taken within the previous 48 hours.
• A valid EU digital Covid certificate
• A valid North American CDC approved digital passport or document

More information about entering the College.

More information about the NHS Covid Pass, including how to obtain one, can be found here.

More information about how to register an LFD test with the NHS can be found here.

Checks will be undertaken adjacent to the front door of West Dean House. Please be considerate towards staff undertaking the checks; we’re doing this to keep everyone safe and to keep workshops and studios open. Please be assured that we will not be recording any personal medical data, we’ll simply undertake visual checks of the evidence described above. If you arrive at site without either form of evidence, you’ll be issued with an LFD and asked to return once a negative result has been registered.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Degree and Diploma courses

Face-to-face teaching has resumed for all practical workshop sessions, following the principles for ensuring a safe campus set out below. Online delivery will continue to be used for theory components and sessions which do not require workshop use. 
 
Short courses

Health and safety protocols are in place to ensure a safe campus, so that you can relax and get back to making and creating. Read more about these measures below and in our short course FAQs here.

For those not ready to return to the College yet, new live and self-paced online courses will continue to be available with more subject options to be released soon.

Home testing - Regular testing helps keep us all safe. On entering the College you are required to show a valid NHS Covid Pass or confirmation of a negative lateral flow test taken within the previous 48 hours. Lateral flow testing kits are available at the entrance if needed.

Campus safety

The College aims to follow best practice in terms of restricting transmission of Covid-19. Our Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health And Safety Management Policy sets out the framework for how we are intending to ensure a safe environment on campus. We will keep this policy under review in line with changing Government advice and guidelines and update our policy accordingly.

We ask that all students respect each other’s space when using communal areas. Face masks must be worn at all times when indoors at the College.

The College has appropriate policies, risk assessments and guidance to make it Covid-secure.  All students attending courses will receive prior information and guidance.  All our teaching spaces have been risk assessed and suitable measures put in place where required. Once at the College further information will be given to you by our staff and your course tutor.

Cleaning and hygiene

Access to good hygiene facilities has been increased and sanitising stations installed where required. Our staff have received extra training and the frequency of washroom checks and cleaning has also increased. Workshop and studio spaces are subject to a thorough clean in-between courses. College tools will be quarantined, cleaned and sanitised and hard surfaces cleaned and sanitised.

We ask that all students wash their hands regularly, and use the hand sanitising stations when entering and leaving common areas.

Face coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

From 3 January 2022: Following updated government advice about the use of face coverings in educational settings we ask that face coverings be worn at all times when indoors at our premises.
 The only exceptions to this are: 
1. Those who are legally exempt from wearing face coverings; 
2. Staff members while teaching; 
3. Anyone while eating or drinking; 
4. Anyone in a single occupancy space (e.g. a student in a study bedroom or a staff member alone in an office). 
There is no requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors.

Workshops, studios and teaching facilities

To ensure social distancing the layout and use of some workshops and studios have been changed. We have introduced one way systems for access where possible and visitor access to workshops and studios will be limited. New cleaning regimes have been introduced for shared tools and machinery. Workshops and studios might also have to be closed out of teaching hours for regular thorough cleaning. 

Induction, shared units and lectures

General College inductions are being delivered through the VLE, Canvas whilst programme and workshop/studio inductions will be delivered face-to-face in the workshop or studio. Lecture based content will be delivered, where possible, digitally, supplemented by small group seminars in order to comply with current social distancing requirements. Some visiting lecturers will also be delivering lectures and seminars/tutorials digitally. It is our aim that practice based delivery and demonstrations will be delivered face to face as usual but at a safe distance, which may necessitate some changes. The number of students at one time within small spaces such as the Science Lab will be limited. This will mean that timetabling of these facilities will be stricter than in previous years.

Trips and visits

The College continues to monitor travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with regards to any international travel. At this time, and in line with the College’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health And Safety Management Policy, all international travel which includes study trips and visits have been suspended. 

Work-based learning

Where students are required to undertake work-based learning or placements as part of their programme, we will work closely with providers to ensure a safe working environment. Where work-based learning is not feasible, alternative arrangements for College based activities will be made. International placements will only be considered by exception.

Access to resources

Digital library resources remain available to all students on award-bearing courses and staff are working to increase the digital collection. A “click and collect” service has been introduced to enable access to physical items. Limited browsing time is also available to degree and diploma students. Returned items will be quarantined and access to library and reading room spaces are restricted. Staff will continue to offer a remote online enquiry service.

IT Suite: To maintain social distancing the number of workstations has reduced. There will be regular cleaning and sanitising of the room and equipment.

Accommodation

Changes have been introduced in accommodation for students on award-bearing courses including arrangements for accessing kitchens and common rooms. All students must adhere to the current rules on social distancing. More information on the changes to accommodation arrangements can be found in the Accommodation Handbook and on notice boards within each Student Annex.

Catering

Our catering facilities have been risk assessed and adapted for our students’ safety. We have changed how we prepare and serve meals as well as manage access to shared facilities such as the cafeteria. In re-shaping our food services delivery, we have set ourselves the target of maintaining the quality of our food even though how we deliver this has changed. We will endeavour to deliver as wide and as varied a choice as possible whilst still catering for dietary needs and allergies.

Other facilities

The Gardens Shop and Restaurant are open.  West Dean Stores and Tearoom are open.  Please wear a mask or face covering.  There will be clear signage and information where needed.

NHS Test and Trace

The College and Gardens are supporting the NHS Test and Trace service. By providing us with your name and telephone number or using the QR code, you are helping keep all of us safe. Details are kept for 21 days.

For health advice, please visit NHS.uk
For the government's latest updates please visit Gov.uk/coronavirus