Owing to social distancing measures, recently announced by the UK Government, LSST has temporarily suspended delivery of face-to-face classes until further notice. All Lessons will now be delivered online via webinars.
Please read the following information carefully as it outlines how you can continue your studies, access the College’s numerous support services and how you can access our online learning platform.
Despite the current COVID 19 circumstances, we remain committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience and continue to support all students to achieve successful outcomes in their studies.
We understand this is a challenging situation and we are continuously updating our FAQ webpage to help you understand how you can continue to get the most out of the College. We have also launched a dedicated LSST Coronavirus Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org
We urge students to follow the latest Government advice and not to leave your home unless absolutely necessary. The latest advice can be found here: https:/www.gov.uk/coronavirus
During this time your student finance arrangements will remain unaffected provided that you continue to successfully engage with you programme of studies.
Last updated on 23.04.2020
Our webinar classes will continue to run to your current timetable to minimise disruption, unless we contact you to tell you otherwise. You should already have been provided with links to access your webinar lessons – if you have not received these, or you are having technical difficulties, please contact our help desk at: email@example.com
All student services can also be accessed online in the usual way via our VLE, or using the contact emails found in your Student Handbook. We are monitoring the early stages of online delivery to ensure platforms are working properly and that students are successfully participating. We will shortly be collecting feedback from you about how things are going and how we can improve our online services.
Your student finance arrangements currently remain unaffected; however, we require you to log on to your online classes in order for us to record your attendance. If you do not continue to attend online, this will be treated the same way as if you did not attend a class and you will need to justify your absence in the usual way. Failing to attend and engage with your webinar classes will affect your eligibility for student financial support. It is important that you use the correct email and name when joining online classes so that your attendance is marked correctly.
Is my campus open?
|From Monday, the 18th May 2020, Academic Support Centres and Student Support Services will be open for students who may want a face-to-face support.||Our computer labs also remain open to staff and students to support your work and study, with social distancing measures in place. The labs will be open from 10am to 6pm every day.|
|Security cover is in place. Our enhanced cleaning protocols will also remain in place across our campuses in order to comply with Government guidelines.|
What does ‘online learning’ mean?
|This means that students can continue to study via the School’s VLE but do not need to attend classes in person.||Moving to online learning can be quite a transition, but our support staff are on hand to help you every step of the way.|
How will I be assessed?
|Learning aids and assessments are available through the Blackboard or LSST’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) depending upon the Awarding Body for your course.||You must continue to check your Blackboard or the LSST VLE (depending upon which electronic platform is relevant for you) for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding your assessment deadlines.|
What will happen now to my formal exams and on-campus assessments?
|You’ll be asked to complete a different assessment and submit it online. Please continue to check Blackboard and VLE for most accurate information regarding your deadlines.|
Should I still submit coursework?
|Yes. If you have been set coursework, you should continue to work on this as usual and submit online by the agreed deadline.|
Will this affect my Student Finance England (SFE) payments?
|The Student Loans Company has confirmed that students will receive the scheduled or next instalment of their maintenance loan.|
Will I be able to graduate this year?
|We do not have any formal notices at present but will update this section as soon as we do.|
Do I have to attend my Work Placement?
|Students should not be attending work placements UNLESS this is their 'normal' place of work and they are an essential service provider.|
What if I get ill?
|Our normal mitigating circumstances policy applies if you are unable to engage with your programme owing to illness, injury or any other unforeseen reason. We understand that, for some people, the Coronavirus can take time to fully recuperate from and we will be mindful of this when giving special consideration.|
What you can expect when using VLE
|• daily communications from an academic||• webinars which can be watched live||• details about how we will conduct assessments, should we need to change this||• learning materials and activities for all modules||• online assessments||• additional useful online resources|
You can expect the following additional support:
|• regular updates by email||• access to support from Student Services, the IT team and Academic support staff|
We expect student to:
|• log into VLE at least once a day and for all scheduled lessons||• check your announcements daily to ensure you are up to date with news about your modules||• check your module assessment pages. This is where we will provide further guidance about any changes to normal assessment – it is important that you check this regularly to understand what to do and when.|
|If you are having problems accessing you programme materials and lessons, please contact the helpdesk on:|
|E: firstname.lastname@example.org and T: 020 8795 3863|
|Please email your allocated Personal Tutor in the first instance or email the Dean of your campus for further assistance.|
Academic Support Centre contact details:
|Ms. Farida Akteremail@example.com|
|Dr. Mahwish Noorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs. Maha Abubakremail@example.com|
|Elephant and Castle|
|Please contact Registry on:|
|E:firstname.lastname@example.org and T: 020 8795 3863|
|To contact admissions staff please visit:|
|Please contact the Quality Unit on:|
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 LSST.
I am interested in studying at LSST but are you currently accepting applications?
|Yes we are. We can accept your application via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org|
Are returning student applications still open?
|LSST can assess application within normal time frames. We can take questions via email@example.com and send reminders to prospective students about when LSST will be allowed to permit people back on to its premises.|
I am interested in attending an Open Day at LSST
|At present, all LSST Open Days are postponed until further notice. We are working hard with our IT teams to bring you a virtual tour and will update you, should you request, on firstname.lastname@example.org|
LSST is complying with government guidance and has made arrangements for all to staff to work from home where it is possible for them to do so. Special safety and distancing measures will be put in place for staff members who cannot work remotely.
The Company remains committed to supporting staff at this difficult time and will make all necessary arrangements to facilitate remote working. Human Resources will check in on staff members working remotely to ensure they are adjusting to new working arrangements.
We urge you to follow current government guidelines and NOT to leave your home unless absolutely necessary. This is to help control the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to save lives.
If staff members have any queries regarding their employment conditions at this time, please email: email@example.com
How do I continue my teaching?
Each lecturer has now received thorough training on teaching delivery via online platforms from 23 March 2020. If you have not yet received this training, or are having technical difficulties, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8795 3863
There will be no classes or face-to-face teaching until further notice.
We ask all staff to encourage feedback and share best practice on LSST’s emails, social media or internal communication channels.
We urge all individuals to stay up to date with the latest government guidance regarding preventing the spread of Coronavirus.
The Latest information can be found here:
What we are doing to protect our students, staff and visitors against the spread and impact of coronavirus.
LSST is continuously monitoring the developing situation around the viral outbreak of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and improving our strategy to respond responsibly to the effect the outbreak will have.
For more information please see our LSST Health and Safety policy available at /wp-content/uploads/Health-Safety-Policy.pdf
We are urging all students to follow the Public Health and hygiene guidelines, however should you start to present symptoms, to follow the procedures as per: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
The National Health Service (NHS) advice is that you do not leave home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Please follow the NHS guidance on self-isolation.
What is the latest government advice?
On 10 May, the British Prime Minister reiterated that we can all help to control the virus if we stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.