Keeping You Safe At College

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the College next week when our Autumn programme of courses will start.

We want to reassure you that we are following all the government guidelines regarding Covid 19 and have put many new measures in place to keep you safe while you are at the College:

  • Increased hygiene throughout the College sites
  • Screens in face to face areas such as reception, café, library, learning centre and enrolment desks
  • Clear directional signage to help you move around the College safely
  • New layouts in workshops and classrooms to ensure you are socially distanced
  • A requirement for everyone to wear a face covering while at the College
  • The option to study online or a mixture of both through ‘online plus’ which includes online and face to face classes.

How will you be taught?
We are offering our courses in a number of formats to help us reduce the number of people onsite from September.

Most Arts courses that require specialist equipment and studios will continue onsite, so our learners will be attending the College sites where we are following the Public Health England and Department for Education regulations to ensure our building and learning environments are safe.

Where you see Online/Camden or Kentish Town as the location for a course, this means your classes will be ‘blended’ which is a combination of onsite and online teaching.

All of our Humanities & Culture and Language courses will be online from September and for these you will need a computer, or tablet with a camera and microphone and have the Zoom Application downloaded so you are prepared.

Please see the course description to see how your course will be delivered.

Vulnerable Learners
If you are vulnerable to Covid 19 and cannot attend classes onsite please contact learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk and we will advise on your options.

Enrolment
We are encouraging you to enrol online if you can. If not the College is open during the week for face to face enrolments under strict safety guidelines. Please see our opening hours here.

Learner Conduct for Covid 19
We are asking all learners to comply with our code of conduct to keep everyone safe while onsite at WM College.


An Update from the Principal

Dear Learners

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the start of term in September.

We know that this is a rather difficult and confusing time for everybody, and I would like to reassure you that following a period of lockdown we are now preparing to open our buildings for teaching and learning for the new academic year. This is in accordance with the most recent guidelines published by the Department for Education and our aim is to create a safe and pleasant environment where the risk of covid transmission is significantly reduced.

We have put in place a whole host of measures, such as adapting our curriculum model with more blended and online learning to reduce the number of taught sessions in the College and reducing class sizes to allow for social distancing. These adjustments will help us to maintain teaching and learning should we have a local outbreak or be subject to further lockdown.

We need to work together to ensure that we all play our part in keeping each other safe and that we respect the need to comply with the wearing of face coverings and implementing good hand hygiene.

We have a ‘Learner code of conduct for Covid 19’ which gives you full details about these measures. You can download this from the link below.

Please be reassured that we are here to help and support you in your learning. I am pleased to see that classes are starting to fill up as enrolment is taking place so make sure that you enrol now so that you are ready to start learning with us.

Best wishes

Helen Hammond
Principal WM College

Virtual Open Days – Book Now

We understand how important it is to get the right information and advice before signing up for a course. However, with the limitations imposed by Covid-19 we have decided to offer a series of virtual events, so you can talk to tutors from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Join our virtual events and hear directly from the Head of Department about all the courses on offer as well as ask questions during the live chat Q&A.

SubjectDate and TimeRegister
Computing and Digital SkillsMon 14th Sept: 11:00 – 12:00Book here
Humanities and CultureMon 7th Sept: 17:30 – 18:30Book Here
Creative ArtsTues 15th Sept: 11:00 – 12:00Book Here
Foundation Art DiplomaTues 20th Oct: 14:00 – 13:00Book Here
LanguagesTues 15th Sept: 17:30- 18:30Book Here
Performing ArtsWed 9th Sept: 11:00 – 12:00Book Here
Teacher Training, Early Years, Adult Health & Social CareWed 9th Sept: 17:30- 18:30Book Here
Accounting and PayrollThurs 17th Sept: 17:30 – 18:30

All of the events above will be delivered through Microsoft Teams – click here to download to your computer, phone or tablet.

The Q&A session will be via online chat so you won’t need to worry about being seen during the event or having to speak – you can just pop your questions into a chat box.

Once you register you will be sent an email containing the link to join the session.

New Branding, Website, Course Guide

We are delighted to unveil our new branding – new name, new website and new course offer for 20/21.

Our new name WM College – borne out of our history and tradition in Camden our new name is still firmly wedded to our foundations as the Working Men’s College, but with a contemporary edge. We are a college for all people and have been inspiring learning since 1854.

Our new website – we hope you will find our new website easy to navigate and full of interesting information. Most importantly you can now search, find, enrol and pay for your course completely online.

Our new course guide – showcasing our new branding, the course guide is packed full of an extensive range of courses including some exciting new additions. Short courses, qualifications, essential skills for life including English, Maths and ESOL as well as our stimulating suite of creative courses. New for 20/21 is an innovative programme of Health and Wellbeing courses. Our Humanities and Culture programme has been given a facelift, with an engaging range of local history courses as well as our ever popular Saturday School. All designed to meet your needs and fit around busy lives.

We are also making sure your safety is our priority. As we return to learning on campus, we have been getting our sites ready for safe learning, adhering to the highest standards of hygiene and meeting all the government’s advice on social distancing. Some of the measures include a reduction in class sizes and courses being delivered online or a combination of online and onsite teaching, known as online plus.

We offer expert careers, advice and guidance and have recently achieved the prestigious matrix Standard accreditation which recognises the high quality of advice and guidance provided at WM College. We also have a highly experienced and friendly Learning Support team to help you succeed in your studies. Don’t miss out on our early bird offer – book before the end of September and we’ll give you a 10% discount on your fees. Ready to explore our courses? Take a look below

WM College Achieves Matrix Standard

WM College has achieved the prestigious matrix Standard accreditation for the quality of its information, advice and guidance service (IAG). The Standard, which is an international quality mark, was awarded to the specialist adult learning college in recognition of its IAG service which is proving to make a difference to student achievement, progression and the fulfilling of dreams.

The mechanics of the review itself received high praise from the inspectors who commented: “The speed at which staff responded to their accreditation review while prioritising remote learning delivery is testament to the agility and resilience of the organisation and to the resilience and dedication of its workforce.”

In their report the matrix inspectors said: “Taken as a whole, this accreditation review saw  WM College showcase an IAG service that is professionally managed and delivered by a skilled workforce that is having a transformative impact upon its learners. The IAG service is ever evolving and it celebrates the college values in being: learner centred; committed to continuous improvement; respectful to its heritage and community groups and collaborative in its implementation. The assessment, in taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrated that WM College is a highly adaptive organisation that has much relevancy and currency to modern Britain.”

WM College provides a diverse and enriching range of flexible courses and qualifications for adults looking to upskill, retrain or expand their interests. At the hub of the College’s course offer is a suite of information, advice and guidance provision known as ‘WM Plus’ which provides the underpinning support for curriculum areas seeking to enable all learners to achieve their individuals goals.

Led by Deputy Principal Maria Rosenthal who said: “At WM College we have an overarching strategic theme of achieving ‘Excellence for All’ which provides the framework for us to deliver our IAG provision. The review recognised that this is not a stand-alone service but something which is intrinsically embedded into each of our student’s learning journey in a highly personalised way. From the first touch-point about course and finance enquiry, to the partnership students have with their tutors through to the learning support team all collectively providing wrap around IAG. This framework enables the College to set learners up to achieve and succeed. We were particularly pleased with feedback from partners which highlighted our learning support provision which they credit with ‘instilling belief, raising aspirations and creating second and third chances to adults with multiple barriers to learning and that the WM College way is one of dignity and respect.”

Feedback from learners to the inspectors was overwhelmingly positive with comments including: ”This experience is changing my life. Thanks to WM College, I have more responsibility at work and had a wage increase”; “My tutor has taken time to help me explore my space in the crowded world of contemporary art. He is inspiring” and “WM College is pushing me to be the best that I possibly can be.”

Roger Chapman, Head of the Matrix Service for The Growth Company said: “This is a fantastic achievement for WM College and I would like to congratulate the team on their success. We believe that at the heart of high-quality advice and support services are strong leadership, excellent service and a focus on continuous improvement, all underpinned by effective use of the resources available.  The matrix Standard is designed to benchmark organisations against best practice in these areas. With their accreditation success, WM College is working to provide the best possible support to their learners.”

For more information about the WM College learning experience go to www.wmcollege.ac.uk and more information regarding the Matrix Standard can be found at www.matrixstandard.com.

CAMDEN
44 Crowndale Road
NW1 1TR
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
KENTISH TOWN
7 Leighton Place
NW5 2QL
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk