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Guidance for Students

Start of term guidance for Edinburgh College students (January 2022)

In line with government guidance and public health advice, learning and teaching is taking place online for the first two weeks of the new term, from Monday 10 January 2022.

Face-to-face teaching for some priority group on-campus classes will resume from the week commencing Monday 24 January 2022.

This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and students will be notified if any of their classes will be taking place on campus. Students beginning their courses in January should check their timetable email for more information.  

This decision has been taken to help protect our students, staff and college partners. The health and safety of our EC Community remains our priority.

Arrangements are continually under review and we will provide any further updates via email, our website and social media channels. 

It is important that we all take extra care to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 where possible.

Please take the time to read the below FAQs for advice and guidance.  

Student FAQs - January 2022

Please take the time to read the below FAQs for advice and guidance.

What will the arrangements be for classes in January 2022?

Teaching resumed on Monday 10 January 2022 as planned, however for the first two weeks of term all teaching is taking place online only.

Priority group on-campus classes will resume from the week commencing Monday 24 January 2022. The majority of classes will continue online with only some selected priority group classes taking place on campus from late January.

This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and you will be notified if your classes will be taking place on campus. If you have any questions, please speak to your lecturer or LDT.

I am due to start my course in January, when will I receive more information?

Your classes will start from the week commencing 24 January 2022. Please check your timetable email for more information. 

The start of your course will include on-campus induction sessions with the curriculum team. Your lecturers will provide further information on the plans for the delivery of your course during these sessions. It is likely that your course will include some online and some on-campus classes.

You should attend your designated campus on the first day of your course, unless you receive an email from the curriculum team with alternative arrangements.

As we introduce more people back onto campuses, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority. Find out more about the health and safety measures in place across our campuses.

Where can I get Lateral Flow Test kits?

Lateral Flow Test kits can be collected at any campus reception from 7am-9pm. Full information on Lateral Flow Test kits at Edinburgh College can be found here.

You can also collect Lateral Flow Test kits at local pharmacies or order them to be delivered to your home.

Please note: Campuses will be closed from 6pm on Wednesday 22 December 2021 until Monday 10 January 2022.

What if my Lateral Flow Test is positive?

If you test positive for COVID-19 through a Lateral Flow Test, you should book a PCR test straight away, and isolate once you have had the test until you receive the result. More information on PCR testing and how to book is available from NHS Inform.

Can I get COVID-19 vaccines or boosters?

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to book through NHS Inform

Visit NHS Inform to book your vaccine or to see if you are yet eligible for a booster vaccination.

Vaccines are the best protection against illness from COVID-19, and the best way to keep yourself and loved ones safe.

How do I keep up-to-date with what’s happening at the College?

We will communicate updates to students via your College email. We will also post updates on the Edinburgh College website, our social media channels and the MyEC mobile app.

Can I access support for my mental health and wellbeing at the College?

Yes. Our Wellbeing team is here to help you. The team offers one-to-one appointments and group sessions, as well as potentially referring you to a free counselling service. 

Please contact our Wellbeing team via or visit the Wellbeing Hub on Moodle.

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EC Welcome

Students can find all of the information they need for studying with us in session 2021/22 on our EC Welcome site.

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Campus Health and Safety Information

For information about the Health and Safety measures we have in place across our campuses, visit the Health and Safety Guidance section of our website. 

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