Information for new and returning students

Welcome content Martin Jones - Principal Argyll College UHI

Welcome

As a new student, this is sure to be an exciting time for you, if you are a returning student – welcome back!

This Student Induction and Guidance Section will take you through everything you need to know and provide you with some useful information, to help make your start with us as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Martin Jones, Principal

 

What to expect content

What to expect

What to expect

We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to the new term on Monday 7th September with most full-time courses starting online and some on-campus activity for a limited number of courses.

The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors will always be our priority. We will continue to use blended learning and teaching, and we are asking most students, initially at least, to join your online classes from home. If you need to attend a class in person, you will be told about this.

We are hopeful that government guidance will change in time, and we look forward to welcoming you into your local learning centre as soon as it is safe to do so. Your local centre staff are still here to help and support you, even while you work at home. You can find contact details for support staff here.

Our commitment is to deliver the best student experience possible in a safe and supportive way.

What you will need to work from home content

What you will need to work from home

We’re asking most students to join your online class from home until we can all safely return to our Learning centres. Generally, this means you’ll need to have :

  • access to the internet (2MB upload and download speed)
  • a device with a camera and microphone - this could be a tablet, PC, or laptop.

Please note that Chromebooks do not currently work with UHI software and services, and we don’t recommend using a smartphone to join online classes.

You can, of course, use your smartphone as a learning device and we have apps for Brightspace, Email and your student association HISA which will link you to student discounts and offers.

 laptop, mobile, notepad

Broadband Connection - You should have a minimum 2MB download speed and 2MB upload speed, which would class as a standard quality connection for accessing UHI services. Use our broadband speed checker to assess the speed of your home broadband or mobile data connection. To get accurate results, make sure you're not using your internet connection for anything else while the test runs, such as Wi-Fi connections on Mobile phones, smart speakers, Sky boxes etc. All of these will affect your connection.

You can find more information about what equipment you should have here: Buying Your Own Device Guide.

If you think you will have difficulty working from home because of poor connectivity, IT issues or lack of suitable equipment, you should get in touch with your local centre staff.  We’ll do everything we can to ensure that you are well placed to join your course remotely, until such times as we can welcome all students back into centres. You’ll find contact details for your local centre here.

 

Free Software - As an Argyll College student you have access to FREE software. You’ll need to use your student email account. (IDNUMBER@uhi.ac.uk) 

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Enrol online today! content

Enrol online today!

Have you enrolled yet? If not, do it as soon as possible. You must enrol online before you can access college services, apply for a bursary, and unlock your induction materials.

Go to www.studentjourney.uhi.ac.uk, then log on by clicking Current Students & Staff Login.

Enter your username (YOUR-ID-NUMBER@uhi.ac.uk) and password (which unless you have amended it is your date of birth in numeric form, for example 11 January 1978 would be password 11011978).

MyDay student portal content

MyDay student portal

MyDay is your student portal featuring useful links to our learning platform Brightspace, your student email account, Library accounts and more. It also has really useful links to our policies, handbooks, exam information and contact details amongst other things. All of your useful links in one place.

Your UHI email content

Your UHI email

Your UHI email

Argyll College UHI uses Microsoft Outlook (through Microsoft Office 365) for email. 

We will only use your student email address (rather than your personal email) to communicate with you so please make sure you familiarise yourself with this. Your email address will be your student ID number followed by '@uhi.ac.uk'.

You can access it in a number of different ways:

  • From a university or college PC via the Outlook client
  • Through a web browser on a computer, tablet or phone (using MyDay or by visiting webmail.uhi.ac.uk)
  • By downloading a free copy of Office 365 which includes Outlook
Your online induction - to be completed before your course starts content

Your online induction - to be completed before your course starts

Your online induction - to be completed before your course starts

This year we’re asking all students to work through a fully online induction.

We’ve put together all the information you will need in one place, in an easy to follow format with videos, presentations and documents that you can refer back to throughout the year.

Your personalised induction materials are available in our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is called Brightspace. You can get access to them from 5pm on Monday 31st August. You need to work through all the units in the Induction, as you complete one, the next will become available to you.

You have around a week to do this at your own pace, but you must complete all sections before starting your course.

Your induction will take you through things like funding information; introduce your local support staff and your tutors, you’ll find out about what services you can access, and what standards we expect of you. You’ll also receive your course timetable and get more information on what, and how you will study this year.

Remember, you need to have already completed your online enrolment to unlock your induction materials, and you can only get access from 5pm on Monday 31st August.

Accessing Brightspace content

Accessing Brightspace

Accessing Brightspace

To log into Brightspace you will need:

Your unique student ID number and your password – you’ll find these in your offer letter.

You can access Brightspace via the Myday Portal or by using this link

HISA content

HISA

HISA

HISA logo

As an Argyll College student, you are automatically a member of the Highlands and Islands Student Association who represents over 4000 students.

HISA is run by students, for students, we exist to make sure your student experience is the best it can be! 

We want to ensure you have a strong and valued voice at your college and across UHI. Our team of Student Officers is elected by you, to represent your views from the classroom right up to the University Court!

HISA is also here to help you enjoy your time as a student - we can help you with setting up clubs, starting societies and organising events. HISA hosts many of our own events too, including Sports DayFreshersStudent ElectionsHISA Awards and Regional Council.

Filip Dabrowski is your elected 20/21 HISA Argyll Local Depute!

The role of the Local Depute is to make sure your views and ideas influence decisions where you study. The Local Depute works alongside your Class or Course Reps, to make sure your opinions and concerns are heard and will inform you about any changes taking place as a result of this.

Contact Filip here.

 

Totum card

TOTUM is the UK's #1 student discount card and app! It is the new name for the NUS extra student discount card and your TOTUM membership opens up a world of brilliant student discounts, offers and vouchers on your everyday essentials, must-have gear and luxury items.

In store and online, TOTUM puts over 250 UK student discounts right where you want them – in your pocket. And TOTUM is the only student discount platform endorsed by the National Union of Students (NUS).