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Nexus ICA is monitoring the situation with regard to the Coronavirus. Below is some information on what precautions we are currently taking, what we are encouraging students, staff and other building users to do, and what we anticipate happening in future weeks and months. 

Updated 22nd April 2020
Please note: as the situation is changing on a daily basis, this blog will likely be updated as guidance changes. Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date on the steps Nexus ICA are taking to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and those that use our building.

Ongoing Guidance

Our Building

Given the rapidly changing situation, Nexus ICA expects that the building will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will inform you in good time when we expect the building to reopen.

Studying Remotely

Nexus ICA has now moved to online learning. Students can continue to attend lectures remotely, access the UWL library and contact their lecturers.

The decision to close Nexus ICA, move all learning online and offer support remotely has been taken in order to protect students and staff, whilst allowing students to continue learning and maintain remote access to support services.

Student Finance

The Student Loans Company (SLC) has confirmed that students will receive the scheduled or next instalment of their maintenance loan at the planned start of the summer term, regardless of whether their university or provider has made alternative arrangements for teaching.

For Applicants

Following the announcement that exams including GCSEs, AS levels and A levels will not go ahead this summer, we would like to reassure all applicants that we are committed to providing the necessary support and guidance to ensure admission into Nexus ICA. This will involve being flexible in our admissions processes, with every effort being made to ensure that nobody is disadvantaged by the decision. Further information will be provided shortly.

We would encourage all applicants and those interested in our courses to continue signing up to our Open Days, which will now be running virtually.

Staying Safe

As the situation changes on a daily basis, we will be doing our best to provide you with the most up to date information

See the latest information from the official sources about how to keep yourself and others safe

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that this is an anxious time for many in our community, but we are committed to enabling you to continue your studies and to provide students and staff with the help, support and guidance needed during this difficult time. Remember that your Personal Tutors are available to discuss any concerns you have during this time, including academic and pastoral.

Please see answers to frequently asked questions below.

Student Health & Wellbeing

What do I do if I think I have symptoms?

If you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
  • You should also stay at home for 14 days if you live with someone who has the above symptoms and you should do this from the first day they have symptoms.

If this affects you, you should read the government’s advice on staying at home.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home, you can though use the 111 online coronavirus service to get more advice.

What should I do if I think I might be part of a vulnerable group?

The Government advises that you should self-isolate if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Elderly
  • Have a pre-existing medical condition which affects your immune system or respiratory system

Please read the Government’s guidance on vulnerable groups.

Is Nexus ICA still open?

The Nexus ICA building will be closed from Monday 23rd March from 8pm.

However, staff are still working to provide teaching delivery, learning support, assessment and other support online.

For information about how your learning will change, please keep checking your emails and keeping up to date with the online timetable.

Who should I contact at Nexus ICA with concerns?

If you have any concerns about the coronavirus, you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance, or phone Nexus ICA on 02476713209 where you will be able to access further support.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching delivery and learning support has moved online, what does that mean?

This means that students will be attending lectures via Zoom online rather than attending in person. Zoom meeting IDs for each lecture are published on the online timetable and will be taking place at their normal timetabled time, unless otherwise noted.

Moving to remote learning can be a different experience, but it is one in which we are confident our students will excel if they embrace it.

How can I access learning support guidance and information?

Guidance and information will be communicated to students through their emails, and resources made available via iTunesU. If you have any concerns you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

What should I do if I can’t access a lecture?

You can call our tech support number on 02477360092 and someone will be available to help you.

If you are unwell and unable to attend a lecture, please complete the Absence Form found in the weekly announcements email.

What about my assignments?

We have notified all students of changes to your assignments where these have been necessary. Assignment briefs are being updated and will be published on iTunesU once completed. All changes have been designed to help you learn and complete your assignments successfully.

If you are self-isolating, you can still continue with your assignments as normal unless you are too unwell to do so. If you are too unwell to continue with your assignments and you will need more time, then please contact your module leader about extensions and mitigations.

If in doubt about your assignments, you can ask your Personal Tutor or Module Leader for advice.

If my grades go down in this period due to stress or other factors, will my degree award be affected?

Our priority is the wellbeing of our students, and we understand that during this time of uncertainty it may be difficult to maintain focus. The University of West London have released Emergency Academic Regulations, which our students are subject to. These regulations allow for significant adjustments to how assessments and degree classifications are handled, benefiting students during this period.

If you have any questions about assessments or your degree classification, you should speak to your Personal Tutor, Module Leader or Director of Education.

International/Tier 4 students advice

I want to go home to see my family. Is this a problem?

You are more than welcome to travel home and stay with your family, but please check any travel restriction in your country. You should avoid all non-essential travel.

If you are a Tier 4 student who has returned to your home country, please ensure that you fully engage with your lectures online through Zoom. This is important as your online attendance will be monitored.

Please inform Nexus ICA if you do travel back to your country and continue to check your emails regularly.

What if my visa is about to expire?

If you are still in the UK and your visa is due to expire, please contact Nexus ICA and someone will be able to help you and give you further advice.

You should also look at the Government website for more information on what actions to take.

I am a Tier 4 student who has returned home, should I continue to study online?

If you are a Tier 4 student who has returned to your home country please ensure that you fully engage with your lectures online through Zoom. This is important as your online attendance will be monitored. Should you be unable to attend a lecture remotely, please report your absence in the usual way so that we can keep a record of this.

We encourage all students to remain engaged with their studies during this period.

If I go home will my attendance and therefore my visa be affected?

If you go to your home country you will be required to continue attending lectures via distance learning, and therefore your attendance will still be monitored. Should your attendance at these remote sessions fall below the required threshold it is possible that your visa will be affected, as in the case of face to face learning.

If you have queries about how your visa may be affected, please contact Nexus ICA.

Can I stay in my country until the end of the term and come back in September?

If you have advised us of your return to your home country you will be on a list of authorised absences for leaving the UK and you will need to return when we resume face to face teaching – at this point we do not know when this will be.

We will only resume face to face teaching when it is safe for our students and staff. At that point, we will be required by law to apply the normal immigration legislation. Continue to check your emails and our webpages for updates

What next?

We anticipate that in the coming weeks further guidance will be issued by the UK Government, and we will be monitoring this carefully and making adjustments accordingly. We will keep you updated with any changes that we implement during this time, and will do our best to answer any questions you may have. 

Key Links

NHS Guidance:

Government guidance on travel:

Advice for staying at home:

Looking after your mental health:

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