This page will be used to provide any updates regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) for students, staff and other stakeholders.

Updated 6/4/20, 16:45

Please be aware that the college is closed for spring break until 8:30am Tuesday 14th April. Read our message to students here

Read our message from the Principal here

More details on the college closure, student support, online teaching, applications and other key information is provided below. 

Staying at home 

Following the Government announcement, as of 23/3/20, everyone must stay at home & only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • 1 form of exercise a day
  • Any medical need, or to provide care
  • Travelling to & from essential work

#StayAtHomeSaveLives

Online teaching

The college is currently closed and all face-to-face teaching is suspended.

Student bursary and childcare payments will not be affected.

Please be aware that online teaching is still taking place with the majority of classes and students are expected to engage with learning through Moodle and emails from your lecturer. Your lecturer should have assigned you work and any assignments. For any queries please contact marketing@west-lothian.ac.uk 

We know you will be concerned about achieving your qualification and progression. Information on these and other important issues is provided below and will be updated on a regular basis. 

Read our working from home blog from our Support for Learning colleague Matt, which will give you some useful hints and tips: https://mattfarnham.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/working-from-home-a-quick-guide/

A selection of ebooks and journals can also be accessed for free in the library section of Moodle

Applications and support 

Although our campus is closed we are available and continuing to operate online for most services such as applications, virtual learning, interviews for applicants, student support, student funds and any queries during this period. More information on these can be found below.

Apply for a course here

Or use the contact details at the footer of this page, where staff will be on hand to support you and answer any questions you may have. 

Higher and National exams

We are in communication with Colleges Scotland, SQA, Scottish Government and other bodies regarding Higher National Certification grades and Scottish National and Higher 2020 exams being cancelled. As this is a national decision, it is something we will update as and when we have more details. Any updates will be communicated on this page and our social media channels.

Read the SQA guidance for learners, parents and carers here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/020420-SQA-NQ2020-Parent-Carer-covid-19-FAQ.pdf (published 2/4/20)

Read the Colleges Scotland statement regarding certification for SQA qualifications here: https://collegesscotland.ac.uk/news/media-releases/1478-joint-statement-from-sqa-and-colleges-scotland-friday-3-april-2020/file.html (published 3/4/20)

If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or email us at marketing@west-lothian.ac.uk

Finance information 

During the closure of the college we will continue to pay your bursary, childcare, EMA and discretionary funds. No action is required from you for this to take place.  

If you are struggling financially during the college closure please email bursaries@west-lothian.ac.uk in the first instance and we will try to provide appropriate support, for example foodbank vouchers.   

Bus passes will not be renewed after the current cycle as students are not required to travel to the college.   

Student support  

Please note that the college student support team will not be available from 4pm on Friday 3rd April until 8:30am on Tuesday 14th April. Below you will find alternative support which is available throughout the spring break. 

West Lothian College students going through a tough time can now access free online support with Big White Wall. You will have access to a 24/7 online global community and professional support from trained professionals.

To join, go to www.bigwhitewall.com and sign up under West Lothian College with your academic e-mail address.

If you are struggling with your mental health or have suicidal thoughts and require immediate attention please contact your doctor, NHS111 or one of the organisations listed here.  

Read the SAMH guidance on Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing here: www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing

You can find a full list of useful organisations who can provide help and support here. Please be aware some of these organisations may be operating under amended opening hours due to the current situation.

Carers

West Lothian Carers remain open for telephone and email support for all new and existing carers, young carers and disabled adults looking for help during this period.

They are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Please call on 01506 448 000 or email office@carers-westlothian.com

Interviews and scheduled entry assessments

Applicants awaiting information 

All applications are still being reviewed by staff and we will contact you by email to update you on the status of your application. The normal timescales will not apply as it may take us longer to contact you than normal. 

Those scheduled for interview 

All planned interviews have been postponed and alternative arrangements for your interview, which may include a telephone interview, will be communicated to you by email once confirmed with the relevant member of staff. 

If you have any queries about a full-time or schools programme please email enquiries@west-lothian.ac.uk. For part-time courses please email studentadvice@west-lothian.ac.uk 

Communication from the college

We will use your student email address for any formal college correspondence, as well as our website and social media channels.  

You can access your emails remotely by using Office365. Read our Office365 guide online 

College buildings 

The college is now closed to students. This includes the library. 

Events 

All events at the college are postponed until further notice. 

International Travel 

All international travel has been postponed. 

Open learning opportunities

Want to enhance your qualifications and skills during this period? We offer a range of short open learning courses. View them and enrol here: http://elearning.west-lothian.ac.uk/

Contact details 

Please note that during the spring break, the college is closed from 4pm Friday 3rd April until 10am Tuesday 14th April. Staff will respond to you upon the college reopening from the 14th April.

Due to the closure of the college campus our telephone number is currently unavailable for contact. We encourage any questions or concerns to be sent to the appropriate email addresses as stated below or message us on social media where we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Useful Links
https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Further updates 

This is a rapidly evolving situation and the above information may be subject to change. Updates will be posted on the college's website and social media whenever available. 

This page was last updated at 16:45 on 6/04/2020

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