Last Updated 10/6/2021
As we approach the end of term and what is likely to be a holiday period for many, we need to remain vigilant to the symptoms of COVID-19. It is important we play our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and follow the latest Scottish Government guidance closely.
If you are returning to study with us after the summer break, you'll be pleased to know that our intention is to see a return to our learning centres where possible.
If your course is delivered remotely, or networked across more than one campus, you will also be able to continue to study remotely or choose to study at your local centre.
We will continue to follow Scottish Government guidance and you will be expected to follow guidance from your local centre around physical distancing, wearing face coverings, following hand hygiene etc.
Remember, as we go back in to the COVID-19 levels system, our centres may not all be in the same level, so it is really important you stay up to date with the latest information from your local area.
Your Health and Wellbeing
COVID-19 testing is available for everyone whether you have symptoms or not. Keep up to date with the latest information on what is available to you.
Some of you will have already had your COVID-19 vaccine. The Scottish Government plans to offer all under 30s a first dose before the end of July and a second dose within the recommended timescales. They know that many students move addresses over the summer months, so they are considering flexible arrangements to respond to this. If we hear any more detail, we'll let you know.
Funding & Financial Support
- Student funding (Bursary, EMA, Student Loan) will continue to be paid subject to you continuing to engage with your studies.
- If you find yourself in financial hardship because of the COVID-19 situation, we may be able to help you. If you are a full-time student, and are already receiving EMA, bursary or the maximum student loan you may be able to claim hardship funds which can help with things like rent or general living costs. Applications can be made via the UHI Student Hub – simply log in and head to the funding section.
If you have childcare provision that is normally paid through the Childcare Funds, North Highland College - who administer this fund on behalf of Argyll College - will work with the childcare providers on this matter.
We know it may be especially difficult for those with children at home to engage with timetabled classes so please don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure. If you are not able to join your class your lecturers will understand, but make sure you keep in contact with them.
Mental Health Support
- Remember that there is mental health support available to all students from the Argyll College Student Counsellor, Maggie Melville. You can contact her at ACWellbeing@uhi.ac.uk
- Students also have access to Togetherall, a digital mental health support service which is available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly
- The university's Support for Students pages can also link you to many useful online resources to help with your health and wellbeing too
Stay safe, and if you need to get in touch with us, please see our contacts page