COVID-19 update FAQ

We have collated answers to the most common questions we are being asked to help provide some reassurance.

As we are all aware, official guidance is regularly changing - we will issue updates when anything changes that affects college.

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to wear a face mask in College?

In line with Scottish Government guidance, from 1 September 2020, students, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings (unless exempt) on our campus where 2m physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, including corridors, stairwells and toilets.

What if I have coronavirus symptoms?

The College is fully supporting the Test and Protect strategy and expects that all students will follow the guidance – including not coming onto campus/accessing College buildings.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are new:

  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8°C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If you have symptoms you should get tested and you should self-isolate at home straight away along with other members of your household.

  • If you have symptoms while at College tell a member of staff and leave straight away (school pupils must tell their Group Tutor and remain on campus in a designated safe space until appropriate arrangements have been made).
  • If you have symptoms while at home, self-isolate at home and inform a member of College staff.

Contact the NHS to arrange to be tested. Do this online at NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 0282 816.

What should I do if I’ve got cold or flu-like symptoms?

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 (see below) but have other cold and flu-like symptoms, you do not need to be tested and you do not need to self-isolate. You can attend college if fit to do so.

Please see the latest Scottish Government health guidance for students.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are new:

  • continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8°C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If you do have COVID-19 symptoms you should get tested and you should self-isolate at home straight away along with other members of your household.

  • If you have symptoms while at College tell a member of staff and leave straight away (school pupils must tell their Group Tutor and remain on campus in a designated safe space until appropriate arrangements have been made).
  • If you have symptoms while at home, self-isolate at home and inform a member of College staff.

Contact the NHS to arrange to be tested. Do this online at NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 0282 816.

The College is fully supporting the Test and Protect strategy and expects that all students and staff will follow the guidance – including not coming onto campus/accessing College buildings.

What if I am self-isolating?

Please inform your Group Tutor if you are self-isolating for any reason.
The College is fully supporting the Test and Protect strategy and expects that any student who meets the official criteria will follow the guidance – including not coming onto campus/accessing College buildings.

Will I be tested for COVID-19 before I come to on campus / access College buildings (or regularly afterwards)?

The College is following Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for Test and Protect. This guidance doesn’t currently require routine College-based Covid-19 testing as part of our reopening activities, but if this guidance changes then testing will be put in place as needed.

How much time will I have in College, and what about practical classes?

Each team is looking at this to get the right solution for the students on their courses. We need to limit the number of people on campus at any given time so we can adhere to physical distancing guidance. That means that at least some of your classes and learning will be done remotely (like online sessions or activities that you will complete from home).

If you have practical classes that take place in kitchens, workshops, salons or labs (for example), it’s likely you will be on campus / accessing College buildings for around 1 day a week. Where lecturers feel they can deliver your practical elements of courses or units with less than 1 day per week on campus then they will do so, and some courses may need to be in for more than a day.

We will continue to review this as guidance changes, and it may mean increasing or reducing your time on campus.

Will I have to do remote learning rather than coming to College?

In order to limit the number of people on campus at any given time, all courses will have an element of remote learning (like online sessions or activities that you will complete from home).

All courses will make use of online learning sites (like Microsoft Teams and My Learning, which you might’ve already used if you’ve been at College) for at least part of your learning if not all. We’ll refer to learning and attending classes like this as remote learning.

Do I need a laptop to do my college work?

All courses will include some digital learning this year.

You can access your online classes (Teams) and course materials (Teams and MyLearning) using a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer.

For bigger pieces of work, like report writing, you may prefer to use a bigger device with a keyboard. If you are unable to access a computer or broadband at home or from family or friends, we have computers available on campus in our Study Zones. These must be booked in advance by emailing ldr@dundeeandangus.ac.uk or phoning 01382 834813.

If you are unable to come in to our campus Study Zones to use a computer, depending on your personal circumstances, we may be able to lend you a laptop.
Numbers are limited so to request to borrow a laptop, please use our online application form: http://bit.ly/da_laptop_request

What if I need access to a computer, or want to study in College because I can’t at home?

We will make every effort to support you accessing computers and software that you need to complete your studies.

To support your learning we have set up a range of Study Zones across all campuses that will provide you with a safe space to access a computer to undertake your studies. 

Due to physical distancing restrictions, spaces in these areas will be limited and we will operate a booking system to avoid disappointment. To book your slot in one of the Study Zones (up to 3 hours), please email us on ldr@dundeeandangus.ac.uk or call on 01382 834813.

Should I go to my usual classroom?

We need to limit the number of people on campus at any given time so we can adhere to physical distancing guidance. 

If you have practical classes that can only take place on campus, you will be advised which zone your classes are in, and you need to stay within that zone. Please check the zone map for your campus:

Can I come in to the Library/Learning Hub?

Access to the Library and Learning Hub spaces will be restricted.

To support your learning we have set up a range of Study Zones across all campuses that will provide you with a safe space to undertake your studies. 

Due to physical distancing restrictions, spaces in these areas will be limited and we will operate a booking system to avoid disappointment.

Students will also not be able to self-select library books, buy stationery without a prior order or study in the library areas, including the Group Study rooms.

To find out what we have in stock you can browse our Library Catalogue.

To book your slot in one of the Study Zones (up to 3 hours) or request a book, please email us on ldr@dundeeandangus.ac.uk or call on 01382 834813.

If you would like to buy stationery – please use our Click and Collect tool.

Please be aware that due to the current restrictions all book and stationery orders will take three working days to process.

Can I use the gym/swimming pool?

Although Nicola Sturgeon has announced that gyms and swimming pools will be able to reopen from 31 August, we are choosing to not reopen our Gardyne Gym and Swim facilities at this time. We will continue to review this situation and will keep facility users updated.

What about funding?

Your course funding will start from the new start date for your course and continue as normal. We will ensure that the updated course dates are incorporated into funding arrangements. 

What about support services?

As with the delivery of your course, all student support services are reviewing how they can deliver their services to students successfully.

More information will be provided to you about accessing these services when we have more information. In the meantime, you can still contact us:

What about travel to College campuses?

We will be considering travel arrangements alongside timetables so we can do our best to support you getting to and from campus safely.

This is likely to be complicated, so we’ll work with partners like Stagecoach and Xplore Dundee where we can, and keep you updated as more is known.

My course includes a work placement, what will I do?

We are looking at how we can continue to give students the chance to gain work experience as part of your course (where applicable).

We will work closely with our placement providers to agree when and how students can safely go out onto work placement in line with the appropriate guidance.

We are also looking at other ways for students to gain the skills required by employers until they can safely go to the work placement. We will share more information about the plans as they progress.

Can I come to study at Dundee and Angus College from outside the UK?

If you already have a place to study with us, please see our latest guidance for current and future students who have to travel from outside the UK.

If you would like to find out more about studying at Dundee and Angus College, please see our Advice for International Students.

What if I am shielding?

The latest guidance advises people who have been shielding that they currently no longer need to do so. This means that in general, people who have been shielding can now follow the same advice as everyone else in Scotland. Please see the up-to-date shielding advice and support.

The College is fully supporting this guidance and will expect that any student who meets the official criteria will follow the guidance.

Will SQA and other Awarding Bodies that give my certificate/s make allowances for the disruption to learning?

As you would expect, the national discussions with SQA and other awarding bodies were initially focused on students who have been studying this year (2019-20).

Discussions are now focusing on students studying with us next year (2020-21) and discussions are taking place around the need for further changes to recognise the disrupted learning.

There are no outcomes from these discussions yet, but this work will continue and all involved are keen to ensure that arrangements are developed that reflect the challenging situation we’re in. 

How long will these arrangements be in place?

The Scottish Government Route Map guidance outlines four phases for moving from lockdown, with lower restrictions and a move towards near-normal activities growing with each phase.

Scotland is currently in Phase 3 of the route map out of lockdown.

Phase 4 is estimated at some point over the remainder of the current calendar year. Please note though that these timings are subject to change depending upon the scientific evidence.

 

Get in touch

If you have applied, or are thinking about applying, for a course in 2020/21 our usual range of support and guidance opportunities are still available to help: