Academic Year 20/21 Update

Teaching arrangements- communication to students

Last reviewed: 18 June 2020

In planning for the new academic year, it is the intention of Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education to reopen its facilities to students, and to resume as much face-to-face teaching as possible starting from 5th October 2020. The decision to do so and the preparations to follow are informed by UK and Scottish governments guidance and is a move shared by other institutions within the Higher Education sector.

Whilst the College is fully committed to delivering face-to-face teaching- in the safest way possible- we do however recognise that the situation is highly changeable and that alternative measures may be required to best support our students and staff who are either unable to travel, belong to a vulnerable group or have extenuating circumstances.

To achieve greater flexibility in student learning, the first semester will most likely be delivered through a blended model of face-to-face and digital teaching methods. This ‘hybrid-approach’ to teaching, learning and engagement will be adopted across all taught programmes, and the College is well placed to deliver high quality learning experience.

As government advice allows, the level of face-to-face teaching will be reviewed.

Students at Al-Maktoum College have always benefited from small class numbers and the spaciousness of the building, making social distancing achievable without being of detriment to the overall study experience.

The safety and well-being of students and staff is our primary concern. With this in mind, we have developed principles for the opening of the College building- in line with social distancing restrictions- and will be carrying out sufficient health and safety assessments prior to welcoming students back to our small campus.

The College will be providing further planning details within the coming weeks and months, and we encourage all to stay updated via the College website and social media channels. For now however, we wish you well, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you to Al-Maktoum College and Dundee in October.

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