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message to students 6th November 2020

message to students 6th November 2020

by Amanda Ackroyd -
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Since we wrote to you last month about Nottingham moving into Tier 3, we are now in a second national lockdown. The government have been very clear that all educational establishments should remain open and we are writing to you now to reassure you that SPTI does remain open, your course and training will continue and that our staff are still here to help and support you. 

Here are the key facts about the effect of the national lockdown: 

    1. Our current timetables will not be changing but we have moved all planned face-to-face teaching online. This decision has been made with the safety of our students and staff as our main priority and whilst bearing in mind that our student demographic is very different to that of universities. All our student community and staff travel to attend workshops and training days. By making the clear decision to move all training online when the alert level was raised to Tier 3 (and now a national lockdown), we hope that we have given everyone in our community chance to plan and to avoid any confusion.
    2. Our staff are working tirelessly to ensure that you will continue to achieve your learning outcomes by planning online workshop sessions and by uploading resources on Moodle which will ensure that you can access the high-quality education and training that you would expect from SPTI.
    3. There will be a reduction in office staff working at Thiskney House over the next four weeks in line with the national guidance to work from home wherever possible. Consequently, staff will mainly be working from home, with less time spent in the office. The best way to contact us over the next 4 weeks is by email (see contact details at the bottom of this email).
    4. There will be no change to the library order and collect or postal service system that has been in place all term. Contact the library via

And now for some good news: remote access to our online journals is now available 

We are pleased to announce that the first part of our library upgrade is complete. You can now access the online journals from home that were previously only accessible from our resource room. Please see the instruction guide in the library section for details on how to access this new resource.

The second part of our library upgrade will follow in the next few weeks which will include a wider selection of online resources. As soon as this comes on-stream, we will let you know.

 The remainder of the academic year 

We don’t yet know what restrictions will be in place once the current lockdown is reviewed in four weeks’ time. We can confirm that we plan to deliver face-to-face teaching sessions within 4 weeks of any announcement which drops the alert level in Nottingham to Tier 2. This will give us chance to arrange off-site rooms and enable students and teaching staff to plan accordingly. Therefore, we have made the decision that training will remain fully online until the Christmas break. Flexibility will be required throughout the year as a local increase to Tier 3 or another national lockdown would mean that we revert to the current plans that we have in place. 

Contact details and additional support

 If you have a concern or require additional support, you can contact:

Sue Hewitt for any support issues, including disability:

Cath Johnston for any concerns relating to finance:

Maria Meldrum and Lisa Jacques for all course administration questions: and 

We’re very appreciative of the way students have responded to ongoing changes during the pandemic. We hope this update is helpful and clear but if you do have any questions, do get in touch. Please look after yourselves and loved ones and stay safe. 

Warm wishes 

From the Senior Management Team


(Edited by Lionel Rowell - original submission Friday, 6 November 2020, 3:40 PM)