This page contains information for current students and staff.
Applicants and offer holders should refer to this dedicated FAQ page.
COVID-19 Daily Statistics
You will find information on the number of positive COVID-19 test cases for the New College of the Humanities community below.
The numbers include all results from staff and students that have been reported to us. The figures are updated daily and on a Monday, we update the weekly figures.
Daily new cases 1
Weekly cases 3
Total cases 14
Data accurate: Tuesday, 19 January, 2021
Latest Hilary Teaching Update
The UK Government has restricted in person teaching at universities to a list of “exempt courses”. Students on other courses are to stay where they are and start their term online. These restrictions became English law on 6 January and will last until at least mid-February 2021. The College does not teach any of the “exempt courses”.
As a result, all of the College’s teaching will take place online until after Hilary Term’s Reading Week (February 22nd-26th) at the earliest.
Our students and staff should stay where they are currently, wherever possible, and not return to London.
If you remained in London over the winter break or have already returned, you should stay here and not travel home or elsewhere again.
We know this is disappointing news and may cause you some concerns. However, as you know, our faculty organised this year’s teaching to be engaging and to enable you to achieve all of your learning outcomes, whether in-person or online. Overall student feedback has been positive so far; we will be building on that experience, and our faculty are well prepared for online delivery to continue successfully during Hilary.
We will be contacting each student individually in order to understand your specific requirements or concerns. Please do take the time to speak with us, so that we can offer the right study and wellbeing support for you.
For further information on your courses please contact Student & Academic Services, or if you need wellbeing support, our Wellbeing Team are here for you.
We remain committed to returning to in-person teaching at the earliest opportunity. However, we want to be open and honest with you, and while we hope to return to hybrid or in-person teaching after Reading Week, it is possible that we may need to extend online-only teaching until the end of Hilary, as a result of the pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation, regularly review our plans and will communicate with you accordingly in a timely manner.
We very much look forward to seeing you again in person when we emerge from this phase of the pandemic. You have demonstrated remarkable resilience and commitment to your studies throughout this pandemic. We ask that you persevere for the coming weeks to build upon your academic progress.
The next few weeks will be challenging, but the UK’s vaccination programme is now in progress, and we can be optimistic about the future. Thank you again for your resilience, your support for each other and for your dedication and commitment to your studies.
Self-isolation Hardship Fund
The self-isolation hardship fund payment is normally £50 and is intended to help to cover the additional expenses incurred while self-isolating including the costs of delivery of food and medicine, increased phone usage and private transport to a testing centre, if required.
Please use this link to apply for the students’ self-isolation hardship fund.
For current students and staff members, please also refer to the COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy and Procedures.
About the Risk Assessment & Contingency Plan
What additional support is the College providing to students during Hilary?
The College’s Student & Academic Services and Wellbeing Team will continue to support students with their studies throughout the term as usual.
In addition to these activities, the College is introducing further support for students in the form of:
- We will be phoning every current student in January to check-in and to understand how we can support you personally through this challenging time.
- A self-isolation hardship fund has been established to provide support in the form of grants if you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the need to self-isolate.
- A series of remote wellbeing events including Zoom T’ai Chi will be scheduled
- You can drop into your Faculty’s Virtual Common Room (linked on your Faculty Canvas page) to catch up with other students before or after class
- Online Faculty office hours are available for study support (linked on your Faculty Canvas page) if you would like further academic support
- Additional specific information about support and ideas of how to thrive not just survive during lockdown will be sent in our regular emails on Mondays and Thursdays, please be sure to read these so that you do not miss out on vital information.
How will my teaching be delivered and what will my timetable be?
The UK Government has restricted in person teaching at universities to a list of “exempt courses”. Students on other courses are to stay where they are and start their term online. These restrictions are English law and will last until at least mid-February 2021. The College does not teach any of the “exempt courses”. As a result, all of the College’s teaching will take place online until after Hilary Term’s Reading Week (February 22nd-26th) at the earliest.
You will find your timetable on Celcat and your online learning materials in Canvas.
What provision is there for students who are now studying overseas and in a different time zone to the UK?
We are working to support students who are currently living overseas and who are in time zones that may compromise their ability to attend live online lectures and teaching sessions. Where possible, we will try to reschedule teaching, within reason, taking into account both student and faculty time zones and working environments.
If you are living overseas, please complete this form to advise the College of your location and time zone.
Recordings of lectures will also be made available to be watched at convenient times. Please email your lecturer and Lee Fenwick to let them know when you have watched a recorded session so that you can be marked as present.
Am I allowed to travel home?
Our students and staff should stay where they are currently, wherever possible, and not return to London. If you remained in London over the winter break or have already returned, you should stay here and not travel home or elsewhere again.
Will I be able to come and study on campus?
Due to the lockdown restrictions and following consultation with the student representatives, there are no current plans to open the College’s building for independent study. Should you be in London and experiencing difficulties with studying in your current accommodation, please contact Student Wellbeing or discuss this when a member of staff calls you to check in.
Will this affect visa students?
On the basis of advice issued by the UK Visa and Immigration service, Tier 4 students are permitted to move to an on-line delivery of their programme. International students who require a Tier 4 visa to study at the College will be contacted by the College’s Tier 4 Team.
What should I do if I am feeling anxious?
Student & Academic Services and Student Wellbeing are here for you. Please contact them should you need assistance with your student experience or wellbeing. You can contact SAS on firstname.lastname@example.org and Student Wellbeing on email@example.com or you can contact either team by phone on 020 4504 0179.
We are also in regular contact with our recommended housing providers and are working closely with them to ensure your safety and wellbeing is of primary concern. We ask all students to keep in touch with us and to update your contact details if they change.
How can I make the most of online learning?
- Access your course Canvas pages regularly to prepare before class and catch up on anything you miss.
- Keep your camera on during Zoom sessions if possible (choose a background in your Zoom settings if you like).
- Drop into your Faculty’s Virtual Common Room (linked on your Faculty Canvas page) to catch up with other students before/after class.
- Let your tutor/lecturer know if you find the materials too heavy or the pace of delivery too fast or slow (others may be finding the same).
- Attend Faculty office hours (linked on your Faculty Canvas page) if you would like further academic support.
- See the Online Learning Hub for detailed online-specific learning advice.
What information and advice has the College considered in its planning?
The College is continually monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We consider a range of factors in our planning and the decisions we make relating to it. These include – but are not limited to – guidance from the UK government, Public Health England and the NHS, Northeastern University, and best-practice among peer institutions in the UK, including those in the local area, combined with logistical requirements and operational continuity.
How will any changes to the plan be communicated?
We will communicate any changes through the College’s usual communications channels, including email, CruNCH, NCHLondon.ac.uk, and in the case of urgent messages, via SMS. With that in mind, we remind staff to ensure that PeopleHR has their correct mobile phone number, and to check their NCH email regularly.