Information for staff and students:
Like other colleges, Bishop Burton has been closely following and adopting the guidance of the Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the Department for Education. As it stands, the College will remain open. Should this position change, we will of course inform staff, students and parents immediately. Our website and social media channels will remain the central information hub for such notifications.
We continue to make the necessary arrangements and contingency plans try to minimise the impact to our staff and students, whilst also ensuring their welfare and that of our animals. We are facing a rapidly changing situation – please be assured that we are doing everything we can to support our students and their learning.
We have a remote access learning resource for all students, which will be used to deliver teaching and learning support as much as is practically possible. Unless we receive guidance to close, our aim is to continue to deliver teaching on-site as well as remotely via the online facility, in order to support staff and students if they need to self-isolate.
We also have a dedicated self-isolation block within our accommodation facilities, should we need to support any of our residential students with self-isolation, until they are able to return home.
Trips, visits and external events:
All overseas visits during March and April will be cancelled, following government advice. This situation will be reviewed and communicated when more information is known about future commitments.
UK trips and visits will be assessed on an individual basis and students will be advised accordingly. Only visits / trips that are rural in nature will be considered to go ahead.
Exam preparation, remote learning and working from home:
We recognise that people are concerned about the possible impact of the outbreak on the 2020 summer exams. Ofqual’s advice at this time is to continue to prepare for exams and other assessments as normal.
Should any student need to self-isolate, they can access their learning resources online here.
College email accounts can be accessed here.
All online resources are up to date and continuously populated with ongoing work, so that students can continue to engage with their studies from home.
If students have any additional queries or questions relating to their course please contact, via email, your dedicated Course Manager.
Attendance and financial support:
Should any student need to self-isolate in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, please contact the College as soon as possible so that the absence can be recorded accurately.
To report an absence from the College, please call the Attendance Line: 01964 553089 to record details of your absence.
If you receive a bursary, maintenance allowance or maintenance programme from the College, you must make sure that your absence is recorded correctly so that your payments are not affected.
Applications and interviews:
We have taken the decision to cancel all on-site interviews until further notice. This decision will not affect your application to the College. If you already have a time / date confirmed for your interview, this will now take place over the phone – direct communication will confirm this.
All further interviews will be postponed and further advice will be published in due course. All students who have applied to the College will receive a formal interview as soon as is possible to make sure they receive the best possible advice for their future studies.
If the Coronavirus pandemic prevents us from holding interviews in the coming weeks, we may provide applicants with unconditional offers to secure their place at the College, and interview as early as is reasonably possible, once the situation stabilises.
For those who have already had an interview or have received an offer at the College, we will communicate with you directly to advise on next steps.
Our next Open Event is scheduled for 22nd April. We will advise closer to the date if this will be going ahead. Please visit our website in the mean-time for additional information about the College, its facilities and our courses.
Commercial / Non-academic Events:
In the event of cancellation or the need to postpone commercial / non-academic events, anyone who has already registered will receive direct communication. Event specific information will be communicated through our What’s On calendar within the website.