Plans for session 2020/21

In line with Scottish Government guidance, we plan to continue to deliver the vast majority of our learning and teaching, and support services online throughout March and into April. 
While the majority of courses continue to be delivered online, our campuses reopened for very limited essential assessment activity on Monday 15 March 2021. This is only for a small number of courses which require access for essential practical and time-sensitive assessment activity that cannot be delivered online.

These arrangements will be reviewed on a regular basis, in line with government guidance, and we will communicate key updates with you.  

The College's main priority and guiding principle continues to be to ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and students. 

Please read our latest Staff FAQs for the most up to date information from the College. 

Working from home

Please read this IT Working from Home Staff Guide to help you with accessing College systems from home. 

If you only need to access the following programmes as part of your role, you do not need to log in to the College's Remote Desktop Services (RDS) as these can all be accessed via a web browser. 

Using this work-from-home option would support the College greatly by releasing pressure on its Remote Desktop Services.

Here are some further helpful user guides for accessing these programs:

iTrent guide   

If you require access to other College applications and drives, then please log in to the Remote Desktop Service (RDS) using this guide:

If you are having any problems accessing the Remote Desktop Service please email 

Training and Support 

To help staff with continuing to work from home and with delivering courses and services online, a training and support programme is available. Find out more about the training available via the Moodle Staffzone and the Learn, Develop and Connect Planner on the Staff Intranet. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Our main priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students. We encourage you to speak to your line manager if you are struggling. 

You can also contact our Employee Assistance Programme, PAM Assist. Call 0800 882 4102 to access free and confidential support. This service is also available online The website log in details are as follows: Username: edinburghcollege and Password: edinburghcollege1. 

Staff also have free access to mental health and wellbeing platform SilverCloud which offers a wide-range of self-help programmes for people who may need support during this time. Click here for more information and to sign up to SilverCloud.

Our #ECCares campaign will continue to run throughout this time to help support the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students. 

Health and Safety on campuses

Whilst we undertake a limited phased return to essential activity on campus, in line with Scottish government guidance, the health safety and wellbeing of our staff and students remains the College's priority. 

To help keep everyone safe, we are limiting the number of people on campus at any one time and have introduced strict safety guidance which must be adhered to at all times.  

Any students and staff that are required to come onto campus during this time will be supported to do so and will be given prior notice as well as health and safety advice and guidance before coming to campuses. 


Measures in place to keep you safe 

The College has implemented enhanced measures across campuses, in line with government guidance: 

  • There will be a very limited number of people on campus at any one time.
  • Face coverings should be worn on campus in all areas, unless you are exempt. If you are exempt, you can request a Sunflower Lanyard here.
  • Two-metre social distancing must be observed at all times while on campus. 
  • Hand sanitising stations are available at entry and exit points, as well as throughout campuses. Please clean your hands when you arrive on campus, regularly throughout the day, before you leave and when you get home.
  • All rooms, teaching spaces and touch points will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
  • One-way systems are in place with clear signange about distancing. 
  • We have introduced Perspex dividers in areas where keeping a two-metre social distance may be difficult. 
  • Risk assessments are updated regularly for all activity happening on campus. 

Please watch this video before attending an Edinburgh College Campus: 


Keeping safe

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, we must stay at home as much as possible. For more information on the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and how to keep safe, click here.

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