Covid-19 Update

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Last Updated 26/2/2021

Following the First Minister’s announcements this week, we will shortly begin to bring back a small number of students into centres where in-person learning and teaching is considered critical.

For most of you the situation won't change and you will continue to study online. The health & safety and wellbeing of all students and staff is our overriding priority.

We will re-introduce an extremely limited amount of on-site activity from w/c 15th March. Your lecturer will contact you to let you know if this applies to you.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support as we work together to during these hugely difficult times and maintain a safe learning environment.

Until you are advised otherwise, please do not travel to your college centre. 

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.

Childcare

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