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Update 19th July 2021

An important message for the new Brunel University London Pathway College students who will be joining us this September for their first semester

You may be wondering how your specific course will be taught in 2021/22. We have put together some useful information for you, including how teaching will be delivered and supported. We have responded to comments from our students who tell us that they have welcomed the flexibility of online learning, but have missed opportunities to engage with staff and peers in person. Our approach to learning and teaching therefore prioritises interactive, in-person, on campus teaching, such as seminars, group work and practical activities. These are complemented by lectures, which may be online, in person or both.  

In the event that Government-imposed restrictions require us to stop in-person teaching and limit social interactions, you will be able to continue ‘meeting’ with your fellow students or lecturers – you will meet virtually in live, interactive sessions until in-person teaching can resume. We can guarantee that you will be able to continue your studies with us whatever the circumstances and the College will continue to provide the best student experience it can. 

If you’re a new international student holding a student visa ready to join us in September 2021, the UK Home Office have recently confirmed that if you are unable to travel you are allowed to study online from your home country until 6 April 2022.  However, noting that we are prioritising in-person teaching on campus such as seminars and practical’s complemented by online lectures, we recommend you travel to the UK as soon as practicable, and when safe to do so, and transition to face to face at the earliest opportunity.

Update 8th January 2021

An important message for the Brunel University London Pathway College and Brunel University community who will be joining us this January for their studies: 

On Monday 4th January 2021, further COVID-19 restrictions were announced across England, Wales, and Scotland. These restrictions include the move to online teaching for all schools, colleges, and universities.

Brunel University London Pathway College is fully prepared to deliver courses online until at least mid-February (in line with Government guidance). Lecturers and support staff are already putting in place plans to move teaching fully online, with as little disruption to study as possible. Student courses and assessments have already been adapted for the online environment.

 

It is important to also be aware that students would require an adequate internet connection and a laptop/computer in order to maximise their learning potential.

New students in the UK, or in transit, are encouraged to contact studentservices@pathway.brunel.ac.uk for further support and guidance.

Latest Government information can be found below and should be revisited regularly:

Coronavirus Latest Guidance (England): www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Travel Latest Guidance (England): www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

You can find out more information on the Brunel University London’s COVID-19 Portal.

 

Update 21 December 2020

The UK Government has announced that London, the South East and East of England shifted under Tier 4 COVID-19 restrictions from Sunday 20 December 2020. Please see the FAQs below on what this means if you are due to start your studies this January.

 

Q: I have an offer to start my studies in January 2021, however I am worried about the rise of the infection rate in the UK. Will anything be different? 

A: We will be running our classes via dual delivery. This means that you can opt to study the first semester online if you are worried about travelling to the UK. Alternatively, the admissions team are still issuing CAS for those who would like to study via face-to-face teaching on campus.  

We are monitoring the situation closely with the government guidance and are well-equipped to deal with shifting to online teaching if required.

 

Q: What if I start my studies online and then receive a visa refusal?  

A: Our student insurance policy allows for a claim in relation to a UK Student Route visa refusal, thereby providing increased peace of mind for families and minimising financial risk during these uncertain times. 

The cost is £350 for a 14-month period. For more information, please see here.

 

Update 8 September 2020

An important message for the Brunel University London Pathway College and Brunel University community about self-isolation and quarantine

Are you required to self-isolate when travelling to the UK?

If you are arriving from a country that requires you to self-isolate for 14 days, you can do so on campus.

When you arrive in the UK you will need to self-isolate for 14 days, unless you are arriving from an exempt country listed here. Government guidance on quarantining can be found here.

Brunel have made special arrangements to provide students who have a campus room booked and need to self-isolate with free accommodation on campus and free delivery of three daily meals per day during the 14-day period. This will be available to students who arrive between Friday 21 August and Sunday 13 September 2020 (subject to availability). 

If you have a campus room booked and plan to self-isolate on campus, please ensure you confirm your quarantine room booking before you confirm your flight details, this is due to quarantine accommodation being subject to availability. You can also choose to make your own arrangements to self-isolate off campus and move into your campus room once your 14-day quarantine has been completed.

If you have any questions please email res@brunel.ac.uk or contact us via Chat.

 

Living off campus

For those students that will be living off campus, you will be required to self-isolate in the accommodation that you will be living in throughout your studies.

Nearly all high street supermarkets deliver and the majority are offering contactless delivery. Some companies who offer food delivery services are:

  • Tesco They have bookable delivery slots on their website 3 weeks in advance. You need to create a free Tesco account online. If may be worth signing up, booking your slot and placing your food order before you arrive as collection slots can get booked fast.
  • Iceland - They offer free next day delivery on orders over £35 and have a number of delivery slots available 1 week in advance. You can check if they deliver to your postcode on their website.
  • Asda - They offer a delivery service depending on your location. You can check if they deliver to your postcode on their website.
  • Sainsburys - They offer a delivery service for as little as £1 depending on your location. You can check if they deliver to your postcode on their website.

Please keep checking the ‘Self-isolating once you arrive’ page regularly as it will be updated with the latest information. https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/welcome-week/arriving-at-brunel/Self-isolating-once-you-arrive

 

Update 1 April 2020

An important message for the Brunel University London Pathway College and Brunel University community about arrangements to deal with Coronavirus

Please read this information in conjunction with Brunel University’s Coronavirus Updates.

  • As of Monday 16th March 2020, all face to face teaching will be stopped and replaced with learning resources and support.
  • We will cancel on campus examinations this April and replace them with alternative forms of assessment.
  • Brunel University London campus is now closed. We will maintain on campus security and a minimal number of staff to support students in residences. Costcutter is open for supplies, all other buildings and facilities are closed. Education and support services continue to operate remotely.

Update 1 April 2020

We are now in a position to share with you our plans with regards to how you will be assessed this semester. As you will be aware, in line with the current campus closure, Brunel University has cancelled all examinations during the month of April 2020.

Brunel University London Pathway College have been working on adapting your assessments to suit the new online delivery environment.

How will Brunel University London Pathway College assess me?

There are a range of assessments now taking place remotely, including but not limited to:

  • Coursework submissions
  • Online quizzes
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Presentation slide and commentary submissions
  • Take home examinations

The new assessments will differ depending on the programme and modules that you are taking. We will be emailing students per programme within the next few days to provide details of the specific assessments.

When are my assessments taking place?

Assessments begun in Week 10 of the semester (30th March 2020) and will finish on Friday of Week 13 (24th April 2020).

The week of each assessment will be given to you when we provide you with specific programme details later this week and the deadline for each assessment will be communicated to you by your lecturer.

The teaching and assessments for the semester will officially conclude on the 24th April.

Are there any other criteria for assessment?

In light of the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we understand that many students will have been affected with their studies and may be at risk of failing their modules.

To increase the opportunities for students to pass, Brunel University London Pathway College will also be considering additional criteria when assessing a student’s performance in each module.

Student progression may also be determined by individual student performance from Weeks 1 to 7 of the January 2020 semester and previous semesters where applicable. This includes midterm, formative & summative assessment performance, attendance and class contribution.

Can I complete an extenuating circumstances claim due to the present situation?

In line with Brunel University’s guidance, you will not need to submit any Extenuating Circumstances for missed assessments (including coursework assignments and alternatives to exams). We know that many of you may be directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus, and if you don’t complete and submit your assessments then we are making the assumption that you have valid reasons for not doing so. You will not be asked to provide any evidence. A full explanation can be seen here. Please remember that although all students are now being considered as having an accepted extenuating circumstances claim, this does not automatically provide you with a passing grade but will provide you with the opportunity of an uncapped reassessment.

How will the assessments benefit me?

Ultimately, your assessments will provide you with feedback on your modules and an opportunity to achieve the highest possible mark for your performance. If you fail to complete or engage with your assessments, then there is still the risk that you will be required to undertake a reassessment which could delay your progression to the university.

Pre-Masters Students

Due to the higher level of study, the majority of assessments for Pre-Masters students will be deferred until the May 2020 semester. More information about this will be given to you in due course.

Finally

Please look out for information in the coming days regarding the specific assessments that you will be required to undertake.

These will be emailed to you and will also be available on the individual module pages on Moodle.

If you have any questions with regards to your classes or assessments please contact academicservices@pathway.brunel.ac.uk.

 

Update 23 March 2020

Advice to Students

On Monday 23rd March 2020, the Prime Minister of the UK announced strict new measures to help stop the spread of Coronavirus. As a result of this, the Brunel University London campus is now closed.

The University will maintain on campus security and a minimal number of staff to support students in residences. Costcutter is open for supplies, all other buildings and facilities are closed.

Your Online classes will take place as normal and the college support services continue to operate remotely from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

This means that people must now stay at home except:

  • To shop for basic essentials - only when you really need to
  • To do one form of exercise a day - such as a run, walk or cycle
  • For any medical need - for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • To travel to and from work - but only where this is absolutely necessary

All shops selling non-essential goods such as clothing and electrical items will be shut and gatherings of more than two people who do not live in the same household is prohibited.

You must follow these rules and remain at home/ in your student accommodation.

If you do not follow these rules the police will have the powers to enforce them and you could face fines, and groups of people will be dispersed.

The UK Government will review these measures in 3 weeks’ time and will provide further updates.

If you are unsure what to do, please contact the college via the Brunel University London Pathway College Staff Contact List. Alternatively, you can contact the Brunel University London Coronavirus Helpdesk through the following details;

Email: c-virus@brunel.ac.uk

Phone: 01895 265228 or 01895 265229

You can also find the latest advice on the UK Government website.

 

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