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DGHE Update - Posted on 23/09/2020

Due to Coronavirus COVID-19, DGHE has adapted in a number of ways. The wellbeing and learning of our students remains our priority and to ensure that are able to follow the Government advice on social distancing and staying safe.

The College has conducted a comprehensive risk assessment and we now have a policy guidance resulting from that exercise. https://www.dghe.ac.uk/david-game-higher-education-corona-virus-advice-guidance   

We are extremely proud of all our staff and current students, who are adapting to these news ways of working and learning and I would like to thank you for your support.

While the DGHE campus on Jewry St may be closed, we have been working hard in preparing to deliver a robust experience for you this academic year through online and virtual means. We will be continuing to deliver DGHE programmes in this manner for the Autumn term (Sep-Dec 2020). Our approach to delivering programmes will combine online educational materials and interaction online with (online) classroom methods.

However, we do expect to offer some workshops and seminar classes in the building, but only if it is safe to do so. The Prime Minister’s message last night was that schools, colleges and universities will carry on with their planned delivery. This includes social distances; staggered rotas for staff in the building with minimum numbers; only students with timetabled classes or appointments will be allowed access to the HE centre; all individual entering the building will be subject to a quick temperature test and will then be required to wear masks in public spaces such as the canteen hallways and stairwells. Those few classes that we have scheduled will continue as planned until other changes come into effect.

Lesson timetables have been prepared which will outline which classes will be taking in college, when and where these will take place and who will be delivering them. There will only be a minimum planned for delivery in the college and not all courses will have these. If you are uncomfortable about coming into the college then please contact your us to discuss and we will see if other arrangements can be made.

For General, Course and Application enquiries please call: 020 3220 0347

You can also email us at:

info@dghe.ac.uk

admissions@dghe.ac.uk

We also anticipate providing some other services on-campus such as admissions, welfare support and library services and access to the computer facilities for students experiencing issues of access to or requiring additional support digitally. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to follow government guidance so that we can monitor and respond to you accordingly.

If you have any concerns about your health the NHS has some comprehensive advice on what to do if you feel unwell and what to do on their website. If you feel unwell and are displaying COVID-symptoms you should get a test – call 119.

I hope you are all keeping well and remaining positive in these difficult times.

Regards,

Paul Talan

Head of Centre

DGHE

 

DGHE Update - Posted on 10/08/2020

Hello all,

The last half of 2019-20 was without a doubt a difficult and trying time for all of us. I would like to praise each and every one of you for your perseverance during this time. Your efforts have been remarkable and I am very proud of what has been accomplished.

We will of course continue to work towards making your future experience at DGHE both safe and rewarding for 2020-21 and ensure that you are supported in every way possible. I will provide a full account of these efforts for you in early September before your return.

Will I be expected to come into campuses in September for the start of my course?

Our Curriculum and Service teams are working together to ensure that we can implement the safest and most effective method for delivering courses and student support services. For the start of year, the majority of our courses will be delivered solely online. There will be a limited number of courses which will adopt a blended approach to teaching and learning, with some online delivery, and some limited face-to-face teaching and support being available when and where necessary. However, students on those courses will be contacted with more information soon and no one should come to campus unless instructed to do so.

Health and Safety procedures are being put in place to enable safe social distancing at all times. Guidance is also being developed to promote safe behaviours when on campus. This is being developed in line with public health guidance and will include information on hand sanitising on entrance and exit; maintaining social distancing throughout the building; regular hand washing whilst on campus; and procedures for dealing with suspected cases on campus. This guidance will be sent to you prior to the start of your course.

All students and staff are also encouraged to remember the UK Government's guidance, which you can read about HERE

Please be reassured we are continuously following government guidance and we will not welcome any students into the building until it is safe to do so. It is important that only students who are instructed to do so come on site.

 

Regards,

Paul Talan

Head of Centre

DGHE

 

DGHE Update - Posted on 02/07/2020

Policy Guidance on the reopening of David Game College Higher Education Centre (DGHE) and creating a COVID-19 secure workplace

This policy guidance is based on various risk assessments carried out at the College by the COVID-19 Risk Committee.  The main purpose and rationale of the policy guidance are to:

1.      Explain the main risks that exist for students, staff and visitors

2.      Outline the changes that will have been made to mitigate the principal risks

3.      Explain how the changes will be actioned and monitored

4.      Outline what measures will be in place to allow those who are vulnerable to study/work remotely

This policy guidance document has been critically reviewed by the College’s Governance Advisory  Committee and approved for publication. It has assimilated advice from various sources, including government websites, consultancy advice, DfE, Office for Students, Universities UK, Teaching Union guidance and advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The College is totally committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors. Social distancing, hygiene measures, temperature checks, and classroom/corridor management are at the heart of the policy guidance. The policy will be subject to modification depending on the prevailing scientific and government advice. It is understood that this policy guidance is subject to constant update. The COVID-19 Risk Committee will be responsible for updating the policy every two weeks from the date of official publication.

The College intends to re-open the building from starting from 14th September, which is when students will be expected to start their studies.

DGHE aims to open a limited range of facilities from 28th September 2020 and will also be publishing additional guidance on what services will be delivered online and what will be on-campus.

Note: Term dates and teaching arrangements will vary according to department.  You will be notified as to when classes specific to your department will start.

Please find out more about the reopening of DGHE here.

 

DGHE Update - Posted on 19/06/2020

Hello.

DGHE is continually working towards ensuring that our current learners, staff and those interested in studying with us are kept informed and supported during these difficult times.

The College as a whole expects to be able to offer a wide range of subjects/courses in place from the second week of September 2020, but there may be some restrictions in accessing some elements of the curriculum until it is safe to do so.  FE provision will be first to launch with higher education courses commencing late September/early October.

The College aims to offer remote learning for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to travel in to our City location. A wide range of measures have been considered and our timetable may become more flexible in order to accommodate student and staff altered travel plans.

We will all have to adapt to a new way of working and we would very much value your support and encouragement to help us get the message about social distancing and following our new rules.  We will be working closely with our partners and advisers to ensure compliance as well as following ongoing guidance by the Office for Students (OfS).  Depending on the prevailing scientific advice, some elements of our policies and protocols may be up or down-graded as required.

By the end of June a full outline will be made available that will detail our measures and strategies for re-opening as well as an FAQ document. 

Please be assured that the College and its senior leadership team and governance members take the issue of COVID-19 extremely seriously and we will be following government advice to ensure that as far as possible the College is a safe environment for your child to enjoy continuing education.

Supporting DGHE Students during the Period Affected by Covid-19

What Support Can I Expect?

DGHE is working extremely hard to put in place extra resources and support so all our students can continue to study and participate in assessments successfully during this period.

DGHE has a ‘safety net’ process to offer support and reasonable adjustments to enable all students experiencing difficulties related to Covid-19 to continue their studies with confidence.

  • DGHE students have been given allowances via our awarding bodies in how they will be assessed based. These will be outlined to students by their teachers
  • Students may also discuss the practicalities of extensions, deferring modules/assessments and interruption of study with staff at any point to ensure that they understand their options in full.

DGHE has been working very hard to ensure that our student support offer continues to develop with your needs in mind. Students will have access to a range of support services, including wellbeing and disability support both on campus or online as required.

Who can I get in touch with if I am feeling worried?

Remember that DGHE operates a system where all students can receive additional support through drop-in sessions and workshops supported aimed at supporting students with their course work and development. Our Welfare Services Team is also here to help.

We are already making plans for September 2020.

At present it seems quite likely that DGHE will have to continue with the bulk of its academic delivery online, which may well have to continue to until December 2020 (and maybe beyond).

However, we also anticipate that we will be able to conduct some classes or support services on site – i.e. back in the building. For example, you may have access to the library, computing facilities and art studios – and possibly some seminar/tutorial sessions. But if this is the case we would need to be confident that it was safe to do so. Part of this planning will include a booking system which takes some of these factors into account as well as ensuring a safe number of students accessing the building at any given time.

Working towards a Safer Future during your studies

We have completed a risk assessment and are putting a range of measures in place in order to ensure a low risk working environment for all students and staff returning or continuing to work during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Governance & Leadership:

  • Establishment of a Coronavirus governance and leadership group
  • Development of a comprehensive plan and risk assessment at institutional level which is approved by the governing body
  • Maintaining regular communications with external key contacts and stakeholders

 Learners and Learning:

  • Providing clarity on well-being / pastoral support mechanisms (online) and identify extra resources where necessary
  • Working with disadvantaged and/or vulnerable students, and learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) on a one-to-one basis to identify and provide additional support
  • Consider reasonable adjustments to assessment activities where necessary
  • Consider reasonable adjustments to contact time allocation and/or course duration

Social distancing:

  • Limited number of teaching hours in the College. The majority of learning in the early part of the term will be online and our staff are developing new approaches which we are confident will meet with your approval
  • Classes in college limited to one day only to avoid unnecessary travel on public transport
  • Start/end times of classes scheduled to avoid travel at peak times
  • A spread of morning and afternoon classes so not everyone are in at the same time
  • Fewer students in a classroom at any one time (i.e. numbers to enable 2m distance to be maintained)
  • Staggered break-times to avoid overcrowding in corridors
  • One-way system around the college to avoid close contact in corridors
  • Allowing only one person only in the lift at a time
  • Sneeze guard acrylic screens installed at Reception desks and other service points
  • Workstation dividers installed between desks in staff rooms
  • Limiting the number of staff in the building at any one time
  • Visitors, contractors and deliveries to the building kept to a necessary minimum

 Hygiene:

  • More hand sanitiser dispenser units around the college
  • Easy access to hand washing facilities
  • Enhanced cleaning regime throughout the DGC building
  • Cleaning of all computer keyboards and main touch areas after every class
  • Enhanced daily cleaning regime within DGHE
  • Room doors left open in order to avoid the need to touch handles
  • Clear signage displayed around the college providing advice and guidance on how to stay safe
  • Updated training for staff who are first aiders
  • Students and staff encouraged to wear face coverings

Communication and Information:

  • Following Public Health England (PHE) and other relevant and official sources on a daily basis in order to keep informed of latest developments
  • Monitoring the well-being of students and staff working from home
  • Systems in place to ensure those working from home ‘stay connected’ with colleagues
  • Provision of information on how to self-isolate
  • Providing clear advice and guidance through posters around the college and via the DGHE VLE

If you have any questions about any of the above points please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Department for Education has launched a helpline to answer questions about coronavirus related to higher education where staff, students, parents, carers and partners can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687                                 

Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

 

Be safe and Stay Well

Paul Talan

Head of Centre

DGHE Update - Posted on 27/03/2020

Eleni Alexandridou Testomonial 

"Good morning,
I hope my email finds you all well and healthy! I would like to say congratulations to all DGHE staff managing to keep us indoors and carry on with our classes as normal in such short notice from the government!  

Well done!"  
Thank you, 
Eleni Alexandridou (27 March feedback - Email)
 
 

DGHE Update - Posted on 23/03/2020

Lilian Silva Testomonial 

Hello
Hope all you're doing well .
Today we had the first online class that I would like to give my feedback. Unfortunately the moment and circumstances are of great concern to everyone, but with all these changes, I am very happy because, in the midst of so much chaos, DG College and all of his team made major changes in record time to accommodate the needs of their students.

With the new arrangements, we can have the chance to receive education and wisdom, without exposing ourselves and our family members and, thus, in the future we can become great professionals telling the story of a difficult phase of our generation and how we were supported by organizations like David Game College.
Wishes everyone luck and a very near and brilliant future. keep safe

Lilian Silva (21 March feedback - VLE)

DGHE Update - Posted on 23/03/2020

 
Important announcement

Due to the developing situation with the spread of Covid-19, we have taken the decision to temporarily close the higher education centre.

Current students

DGHE is now delivering all courses online and fully supporting its students via video workshops and conferencing, email, telephone and through our VLE Moodle.

Current students should regularly check their Moodle account and emails for updates and announcements. Attendance for video workshops and conferencing will be monitored.

New applications and enquiries

Although DGHE is temporarily closed, we are still taking enquiries and applications for courses commencing 11 May 2020.

Please apply in the usual manner through our online portal and we will be conducting interview and assessment days online instead of at the College premises. 

For General, Course and Application enquiries please call: 020 3220 0347

If you have already made an application and want to enquire about its status please call:

M: 07960965874 Mythili Theivendran (Head of Admissions)

M: 07385544948 - Andrea Nunes (Marketing & Admissions Officer)

You can also email us at:

info@dghe.ac.uk

admissions@dghe.ac.uk 

The following courses will still be commencing on 11th May 2020. If the Centre is still closed at this time, the programmes will be delivered online until such time that the building is re-opened. 

HND Business

HND Public Services

HND Healthcare Practice for England

 
 
 

DGHE Update - Posted on 18/03/2020

Hello all.

The health, safety and welfare of everyone in the DGHE community is our main priority. As such the College will be closing at the end of day on Friday, March 20th at 6pm.

In order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19, we are changing the format of our full-time courses with immediate effect, with an emphasis on online learning and assessment. DGHE is now delivering all courses online and fully supporting its students via video workshops and conferencing, email, telephone and through our VLE (Moodle). Our main source of online delivery will be ZOOM. Zoom links for your online classes will be placed on the moodle page for each module. With one click you should be able to access the meeting in your browser.

Please action now:

ALL students should first sign up here https://zoom.us/signup

Depending on your device you may be asked to download the zoom application as well.

We are exploring a range of ways to assess work remotely in order to support students. It is likely that assessment criteria and final submissions will be modified in most cases so as not to affect your ability to progress or graduate. However, submissions will still be required from you.

You can help us by identifying ways you can maintain your learning and experience over the coming weeks - online with your friends and fellow students, and also with the academic staff from your course. You are a part of this process and we value your input.

Keeping up to date:

Students should regularly check their Moodle account and emails for updates and announcements. Attendance to online classes will be monitored in order to ensure regulatory compliance.

Video tutorials on using Zoom.

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials?flash_digest=5d5ed2e6eede6b7b7d00d535671f19338a6c4da5

Student travel during this time.

Many students may plan to travel home. Before travelling, students should first review the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Travel restrictions may prevent students from returning to at the start of next term. If students are unable to return to the UK due to the outbreak or choose to remain at home, they should email Admissions

Summer term start date (all students)

We hope we can recommence face-to-face as soon as possible but at this time we cannot yet confirm how and when we will deliver services, including teaching, during the summer term. We will make this decision during the spring break and let you know as soon as possible.

We all need to support one another – staff and students alike – as we work this out and make the changes which are required. We understand that this is a time of high anxiety for you, your friends, families and households. DGHE is committed to supporting its community through these unsettled times.

Stay well,
Paul Talan
Head of Centre.