Due to the extraordinary, unpredicted situation and the measures being put in place by H.M. Government, Docklands Academy has taken the following decisions:
- Starting from next Monday (23rd March 2020), all Higher Education courses will move to online learning. This applies to all Programmes (HM, TTM, Business) and Intakes (May 2019, October 2019, etc.).
- This will continue at least until the end of this Term (19th April 2020).
- We will reassess the situation at the end of the Easter Break (4th May 2020) based on the then-most-up-to-date information.
- Students should not try to attend sessions at Docklands Academy.
- You are expected to continue studying and carry out assessments. At this time, your courses, their operation and certification are not suspended; and you may be a student who is receiving loan money from the Government through the SLC for these studies; so you are expected to continue with the aim of completing your course.
- On the two days in the week when you would normally study face-to-face at Docklands Academy, we are making arrangements for you to take part in online attendance and learning.
- The USP Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) (//www.uspcollege.ac.uk/student-login) will be the main method to access your studies. Teachers will prepare materials for your learning and they will be in contact with you on those days. Teachers will adapt their teaching sessions to allow students to work towards the Higher Nationals in a way that meets national standards. More detailed information about how this will work will be sent to you in a separate email.
- Generally you are expected to submit your Pearson Unit assignments on time and as usual on the VLE.
- Special arrangements will be made for your Presentations and other assessment elements that are not in writing. More detailed information about how this will work will be sent to you by separate email nearer the time these are due.
- Your email and contact details: We are sending this email, and will send others in future, to your last-known email address. This meets our legal duty. It is your legal duty to us notify us if you change your email or home address, telephone or mobile phone number. If you have done this recently, please let us know now.
- Your access to the USP VLE: You must check that you can access the USP VLE, using your UserName and PassWord. As a general rule, it will not be treated as an excuse that you did not have your UserName and PassWord or were not able to access the VLE. In that case, we may ask you to take part in alternative arrangements, set you other tasks, or treat you as absent. If you find that do not have your UserName and PassWord or that you are not able to access the VLE, inform us now or as soon as you find that there is a problem. We will do our best to help you.
- Exceptional Circumstances: In exceptional circumstances above and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic itself or any Government measures that may be imposed as a result of it, and that are of a kind that DAL, USP and Pearson will accept as grounds for your being unable to take part in at-distance attendance, teaching and learning or assessment, you may submit an Exceptional Circumstances form, with credible and verifiable evidence in support, to Docklands Academy London, addressed to the Head of Academic Administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Administration and Questions: Our Administration team may be required to work remotely, but they will still be available to deal with administrative matters and to answer your questions and enquiries in the usual way, as far as possible. If you have any questions, please continue to address them to the Head of Administration at Docklands Academy (email@example.com). You are reminded that you should ask DAL, not USP, in the first place.
We regret the disruption to your normal learning environment. You will appreciate that the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community is of the highest importance to us. We are committed to lessening both the risk of the spread of Covid-19 and its impact on student learning.
Further information may be provided on the Docklands Academy website or by e-mail as the situation develops.
Kind regards and good luck!
Bernardo De Vire
Docklands Academy London
11 Selsdon Way, City Harbour, London E14 9GL
tel.: +44 (0) 207 515 9695