COVID-19: Important Update
Following the briefing 16 March 2020 by the Prime Minister,
regarding guidance in addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the
Principal and Heads of Departments took the decision to stop physical lectures
in the College and to transition to an online delivery of its theological programmes. Information for
counselling students is being processed.
As you know the College has invested significantly in its
online capability and the decision to transition from the traditional blend of
a face-to-face approach and online to a purely online mode has been made easier
because we are confident that quality learning will continue albeit in a
Students will be familiar with Panopto and our online
platform Moodle. The transition to a purely online provision will take a little
time to work out practically in every detail; we ask students to be patient.
Tutors will continue to be accessible via email and are exploring ways of
establishing online forums. Details will follow shortly. It is important to
note, however, that the mode may be different depending on the level and nature
of each unit.
If students have a question please follow these guidelines:
Questions on a specific unit - contact the unit
General queries can be directed to pastoral
Ministerial questions should be addressed to
Simon Jones and Linda Campbell.
We know that the Student Body are always keen to participate
in the life of the College and have done so in a wide range of formal and
informal ways. During this pandemic crisis, we are keen to let students know
that they may raise questions through their student reps. Sadly, however, the
current situation is such that the Staff Student Liaison Committee has had to
be postponed until a later date.
It is the intention of the senior leadership in the College
that Pastoral Groups will continue. This will happen in due course via Zoom. Pastoral
tutors will be in touch to make arrangements with students in their groups.
College library will be closed to students from today (17 March 2020). The
College is, however, working on substantially enhancing its online resources
for students. For example:
The College is actively working on arranging
accounts for all theological students with Perlego, a digital online library
focusing on the delivery of academic, professional and non-fiction eBooks. See https://www.perlego.com/
The College will send students details when it has completed the
Staff will be working on aligning unit reading
lists with known electronic resources. The augmented lists will be available as
soon as possible via Moodle.
Critical passages from key books will be scanned
and loaded to Moodle (this will take time so students will need to be patient)
The senior management of the College has taken the decision
that books that are on loan will not accrue fines, they will automatically be
renewed. Students will be required, however, to return borrowed books when the
library reopens to students.
The College will work towards the existing assignment
deadlines. Therefore students are asked to note that:
The normal process for seeking extensions will
All students should aim to complete their
studies as planned
The situation created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
is unprecedented in modern history. Christians, however can take comfort and
encouragement from the belief that our Heavenly Father is the Lord of history.
By God’s grace we will face the challenge posed by coronavirus and come through
this trial with renewed confidence in the one who said that he ‘will never
leave you or forsake you’ (Deut 31:6).