Student Handbook 2021/2022

Principal’s Welcome


Campus Map

You can take a look around the college using our 360° tour by clicking here.

See our Campus Map and key by clicking here.


Useful Contacts

NameDirect dialExt / Email:
Switchboard01983 526631 
Engineering (CECAMM) – Donna Green01983 550800Ext 2339
Distance Learning – Cheryl Ross01983 550784Ext 2424
English and Maths – Katie Bellamy01983 550662Ext 2442
HoD for math and English and HE, Access to HE, Science, HE coordination, Teaching & Learning, Teacher Ed – Arlene Cooper01983 550715Ext 2355
Land Based Studies, Construction, Electrical and Motor Vehicle, Creative Industries, Animal Care – Rob Mew01983 550847Ext 2487
Apprenticeships – Carrie Heath01983 550627Ext 2267
Head of Foundation Learning and High Needs – Samantha Rooney01983 550611Ext 2251
Hospitality/Sport & Fitness/Hair & Beauty/ International/Health & Social Care/Travel & Tourism/Accounting/Business/Childhood Studies/ and Public Services – Paul Buckland01983 550661Ext 2301
Workforce Development – Janet Stevens01983 550681Ext 2321
Emergency Services (Ambulance, Fire, Police)(9) 999 
First aid assistance01983 526631Ext 2222
Exams Manager – Jan Axford01983 550596Ext 2513
Learning Resources Centre (LRC)01983 535201Ext 2201
LEARNING SUPPORT:  
Learning Support01983 550811Ext 2451 SeniorLSA@iwcollege.ac.uk
Name:Direct dial:Ext / email:
SAFEGUARDING:  
Roland White – Assistant Principal – Students, Teaching & Learning and HR (including: Equality & Diversity Lead & Mental Health Lead)01983 550676Ext 2316
Michelle Campbell – Head of Safeguarding and Student Advocacy01983 550754Ext 2394
Jane France – Designated Safeguarding officer for Adults with Care and Support Needs01983 550809Ext 2447
STUDENT SUPPORT:01983 550581studentservices@iwcollege.ac.uk
David Hodgkins – Director of Services for Students and HR01983 550783Ext 2423
Susan Churches – Head of Student Support and Bursary01983 550709Ext 2349
Mike Joy – Student Mentor01983 550687Ext 2327
Jo Eccleston-Todd
– Student Information Advisor
01983 550833Ext 2473
Patricia Osborne
– Student Information Advisor
01983 550594Ext 2234
Student Mentors
(Main Campus & CECAMM)
 
Claire Barnes
James Butchers
Nicolle Hodges
Michael Joy
Daisy Spinks
 
 01983
550687

studentmentors@iwcollege.ac.uk

claire.barnes@iwcollege.ac.uk
james.butchers@iwcollege.ac.uk
nicolle.hodges@iwcollege.ac.uk
michael.joy@iwcollege.ac.uk
daisy.spinks@iwcollege.ac.uk
Margaret Fraser – College Chaplain07808 798245
Student Voice studentvoice@iwcollege.ac.uk
Complaints complaints@iwcollege.ac.uk
ADMISSIONS & COURSES/ INFORMATION01983 550700admissions@iwcollege.ac.uk

College Calendar 2021 – 2022

You can find useful dates for your diary, including term dates by clicking here.


Travelling to College (Main Campus)

You may be eligible for a College Bursary for support towards the costs of travelling to and from college – visit our Financial Support page to find out more.

Here are the travel options available to you for attending College:

Travelling by car

The College is easily accessible by car via main roads, just off the A3020 dual carriageway. Please note there is a 10mph speed limit within the campus.

Parking

There is ample free parking for those visiting or studying at the College.

There are designated car parking bays for ‘blue badge’ holders directly outside the main reception, with additional parking bays between E & A blocks (take first left on approach to college car park via access road).

Other visitors are required to register their vehicle on arrival at Reception.

Travelling by bus

The College campus is easily accessible by bus. From Newport Bus Station take route 1 and ask for the “top of Hunnyhill bus stop” near College. Take the footpath to Medina Way via the underpass; from the underpass turn right and follow directions in to the College main entrance.

Further timetable and fare details, including information about the key smartcard, are available on the Southern Vectis website.

Travelling by bike

Many Island cycle paths connect with Newport town centre and bike lockers are located around the campus. There are changing and shower facilities at both the main campus and CECAMM.

Travelling by taxi

There are numerous taxi companies that operate across the Island; visit our ‘Travelling to College’ webpage for further information and contact details.

Travelling by foot The College is only a 10 minute walk from Newport town centre.


Travelling to College (CECAMM Campus)

Located at The Island Technology Park, Whippingham Road, East Cowes.

You may be eligible for a College Bursary for support towards the costs of travelling to and from CECAMM – visit our Financial Support page to find out more.

Travelling by bike

It takes approximately 25 minutes to cycle from the College main site to CECAMM. There are bike shelters, changing and shower facilities available on the campus.

Travelling on foot

Travel time to walk from the College to CECAMM is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.

Travelling by car

Travel time from College to CECAMM is approximately 15 minutes.

  • Turn left on to Medina Way towards town centre.
  • Take slip road to Ryde at first set of traffic lights to enter A3054 towards Ryde.
  • Passing cemetery, then Medina College both on the left, continue to next roundabout.
  • Take first exit at roundabout and continue along A3021 towards East Cowes.
  • On passing the Whippingham Heights estate on your right, you will find CECAMM past the next bend on the left-hand side.

Parking

As with the main College campus, ample free parking is available for those visiting or studying at CECAMM. There are a number of dedicated parking spaces for ‘Blue badge’ holders directly in front of the building entrance, in addition you may safely park anywhere on site.

Travelling by bus

CECAMM is easily accessible by bus; The nearest bus stops are Campfield Road (Whippingham Heights) or Barton Lodge. When leaving CECAMM, the safest bus stop to use is Whippingham Forge as it has a larger pavement area and a bus shelter.

Route 4 runs Monday – Saturday, up to every 60 minutes. The route starts at Ryde – Binstead – Wootton – Whippingham – Osborne House – East Cowes.

Route 5 runs Monday – Saturday, up to every 20 minutes. The route starts at Newport – Whippingham – Osborne House – East Cowes.

Further timetable and fare details are available on the Southern Vectis website.


Student Voice

Want to make a difference at the college?

Student Voice is exactly what it says – a way for students to have a voice and share their opinions about the college with other students and with college management (governors, managers, your course tutors and the Principal).

It is really important that you have a way to tell us what you think and share your experiences, both good and bad. It means that you can make a difference and influence what happens here at the college.

It only takes one person to raise a valid comment and cause a change.

Previous students’ comments and suggestions have influenced the following:

  • Increased seating so there are more places to relax.
  • Information about what is happening can be found on information boards.
  • Cash machine for college campus.
  • Helping to develop important college policies such as the Smoking Policy.

How does it work?

Student Voice meetings take place throughout the academic year and students from each curriculum section are invited to at least one meeting each year. 
If you are interested in taking part, talk to your tutor who can put your name forward. These meetings are attended by the Principal, senior managers and specialists from around the college who can answer your questions.

You can also let us know what you think by completing the annual student survey in January/February. If you feel that we have got something wrong, please tell us so that we can put it right. If this does not help, then there is a complaints procedure you can use. This is available on the ‘Policies & Legal’ area on the website.

If you would like to get more involved with making decisions about the things that affect you in college, why not talk to your tutor about becoming a student rep or a Student Governor, see page 14 of this handbook for more details.


College Charter

We want to know if you feel we haven’t done as you expect. You can tell us what you would like us to improve either by talking to a member of staff, via a Student Voice meeting, by completing the online student survey or by using our complaints procedure.


Attendance

Attendance at college is really important – it is expected that you will attend all timetabled classes and activities associated with your qualification.

The qualification you are studying will have an attendance requirement. If you are unwell and cannot attend, or are running late, college you must inform your tutors as soon as possible. eNotify is our preferred method for you or your parents to notify the college of your absence.

If you are in receipt of a college bursary, not attending college will adversely affect this – you will lose money.

If you have a smart phone:

eNotify is a mobile phone app which you can download to your phone. Once you have the app you will be able to simply press a button to let the college know the reason for your absence.

The app is available for Windows, Apple and Android phones:

  • Go to your App Store and install the eNotify FREE app
  • Select if you are a student or a parent of a student
  • Enter your email address (the one you used on your application form)
  • When asked to choose your school/college select ‘Isle of Wight’
  • You will then receive a verification code number to that email address
  • Enter the verification code when requested
  • Press ‘Validate’, click on your name, this takes you to ‘Raise a Notification’
  • Select the appropriate reason for your absence, click ‘Submit’
  • You will then be asked to confirm if it is ok, or cancel. Select as appropriate. Clicking ok will automatically notify staff linked to you.

If you don’t have a smartphone:

  • Visit the website at http://enotifystudent.vlesupport.co.uk/ and click on I am a student
  • In school/college enter ISLE OF WIGHT then click on the drop down to select
  • Enter your email address, then select submit
  • You will then receive an email to the email address you entered which will give you and
  • access code. Enter the access code into the box and click submit
  • Your name should then appear. If it is correct select ‘add this student’
  • Select raise notification. Select the appropriate reason for your absence.
  • You can then enter details in the comments box. For example, if you click you were running late, enter in the comments box why (e.g. missed bus, will get next one).
  • You will then be asked to confirm if it is ok, or cancel. Select as appropriate. Clicking ok will automatically notify staff linked to you.
  • DO NOT LOG OUT. Next time you go to the website you will be able to raise a notification without signing on. If you do log out you will have to start again.

Other ways to tell us that you won’t be in college: You can email your tutor directly.


Being a Student Governor

Students can apply to be a student governor on the college’s governing body (known as the Corporation). The role of student governor is both an important and responsible one; it is your chance to play a very active role in the college and to be involved in key decision making.

Usually two student governors are appointed each year, who attend seven Corporation meetings plus a number of other governor events. At the Corporation meetings, you will be able to put forward your views as a student. The college exists for its students and the views of its students are important to ensure that their best interests are reflected in the decisions made.

Each student governor will receive an induction from a member of the college senior management team and be allocated a mentor who is a member of the Corporation.

Becoming a student governor is a very valuable experience which should enhance any university application or employment CV. However, a student governor will have to balance their responsibilities as a governor with ensuring they continue to work hard in their studies.

What the student governors are expected to do:

  • Attend induction and other student governor support sessions
  • Read committee papers and reports, treating them as confidential
  • Attend meetings and develop meeting skills
  • Participate, contribute, be positive, constructive and willing to consider new ideas
  • Ensure they are not distracted from applying themselves to their studies.

Feedback from a previous student governor:

“I enjoyed being a student governor as it was not only a fresh experience to compliment my course, but greatly enhanced my appreciation for the practices used across the college – as I understood the process and decisions behind them. It was also a good demonstration of proper conduct in a formal environment, which I’m sure will help me later in my career.”

The responsibilities of the Corporation are to:

  • Determine the educational character and mission of the college
  • Ensure that the college fulfils its mission
  • Ensure the college is financially solvent and its assets are safeguarded
  • Approve annual budgets
  • Oversee the employment of the senior staff and Clerk to the Corporation and set the framework for the pay and conditions of service for all other staff
  • All governors have individual and collective responsibilities both to the Corporation and the college. Governors should support and share responsibility for decisions taken collectively at formal meetings and respect the Governor’s Code of Conduct.

Find out more by talking to your tutor or contacting:

Roland White, Assistant Principal (roland.white@iwcollege.ac.uk) or
Brian Bowker, Clerk to the Corporation (brian.bowker@iwcollege.ac.uk).


Staying safe at the college

The Isle of Wight College constantly works towards improving the health, safety and wellbeing of the whole college community. In order to achieve this, we work with many different agencies.

Please note:

  • While driving on and off the campus all students must abide by the speed limit of 10 MPH – those driving recklessly will be challenged and could face disciplinary action.
  • The Isle of Wight College has CCTV and records images for the purpose of health and safety.

During your time at college you may experience issues that you need help with.

We can offer you support if you experience:

  • Drug or alcohol issues
  • Bullying, including bullying online
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Domestic abuse.

We provide:

  • Sexual health information
  • Awareness events throughout the academic year with information stands and guest speakers
  • Signposting – if we can’t help, someone outside of college can!
  • Support about staying safe online.

Staying safe and Being safe online 

‘Being Safe and Feeling Safe’ includes staying safe online.

Here are some useful resources to help you stay safe online: 

·        Cyberaware is the UK government’s guidance on how to follow their six top tips for staying safe online. 

·        thinkuknow.co.uk is from National Crime Agency – CEOP, which has advice about staying safe when on a phone, tablet or computer. 

·        saferinternet.org.uk includes tips, advice, guides and resources for non-experts to help keep safe online. 

·        childline.org.uk is a great resource to help you keep safe, and what to do when things go wrong. Some of the topics covered are tips to staying safe online, keeping your information secure, and how to spot fake news.  

·        ceop.police.uk is for safely and securely reporting online sexual abuse, whether you have been the victim of online sexual abuse or you’re worried this is happening to someone that you know.  

·        reportharmfulcontent.com guides you through reporting and removing harmful material from social media. 

Don’t forget, if you are experiencing general anxiety, anxiety related to your experiences during the COVID-19 lockdown, depression or other mental health worries and would like advice or support, the Student Services team will guide you in the right direction.

Safeguarding

Young people under the age of 18 and adults with care and support needs are protected by the laws and guidance associated with safeguarding. The college recognises that college governors, members of staff and students have an important role to play in safeguarding the welfare of young people and adults with care and support needs and preventing their abuse.

Incidents of abuse are not common BUT we recognise that any young person aged up to 18 years old and any adults with care and support needs must be safeguarded, whether this is in the home, in school, in college, in the workplace or in any other setting.

If you have a safeguarding concern – either for yourself or someone you know – you can either talk to a student mentor, one of the specialist safeguarding managers or a member of college staff.

Key safeguarding contacts

Prevent Duty

The college has a legal duty to protect students being drawn into terrorism and being exposed to extremist views. We do this in a number of ways: talking to you about it in lessons; holding information events during the year; providing you with online information and resources and displays around the college. If you are concerned about you or your friends being radicalised or feel you are at risk of being drawn into terrorism or extremist views, talk to a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Fundamental British Values

The college supports and promotes the concept of fundamental British values. We believe that these values are not just British, they are human rights important to everyone.

The values are:

  • Democracy
  • The Rile of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

Childline

Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

NSPCC

The NSPCC works with schools and colleges up and down the country through their Speak Out Stay Safe programme, helping children to keep themselves safe. Their projects such as ‘Together for Childhood’ help children who’ve experienced abuse, support parents, and work to transform the way communities come together to prevent child cruelty.


Student behaviour

Student behaviour at college is very good – students are tolerant and friendly towards each other.

The college has three clear zero tolerance rules

Illegal drugs

Students must not possess, use, sell and /or be under the influence of behaviour, mood or mind changing drugs, including alcohol while engaged in activities run or organised by the college.

• Bullying

The Isle of Wight College will not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind even if it was not intended to hurt.

Health and safety

There is a clear expectation to comply with health and safety rules and guidelines – not complying with instruction and negligence will NOT be tolerated.

There is a clear disciplinary procedure at the Isle of Wight College, which is available to view on the student portal.

Substance misuse (drugs, legal highs and alcohol)

The Isle of Wight College will not tolerate the use or sale of drugs (behaviour, mood or mind changing), including alcohol, either by students, visitors or staff on the college campus. This includes participating in activities run by the college while under the influence of drugs or alcohol consumed prior to coming into college.

A policy of ZERO TOLERANCE will be adopted towards students / visitors / staff contravening these college rules.

The college reserves the right to involve the necessary authorities in the enforcement of its rules relating to substance misuse. This may include the use of a range of detection methods that are deemed to be appropriate by either the college or the authorities. A full copy of the college’s policy on substance misuse can be found on the student portal.

Smoking

College statement on smoking:

  • Smoking on campus is ONLY permitted in the designated smoking shelters.
  • Student, staff and visitors are asked to only smoke in the designated areas, as shown on the campus map.
  • If you try and smoke elsewhere on campus you will be asked to MOVE to one of the designated areas.
  • Smoking outside a designated area may become a disciplinary issue.

Bullying and harassment

The Isle of Wight College has zero tolerance to bullying and harassment.

At the college we wish to maintain a learning community where everyone is respected and valued. All students have the right to enjoy their learning and leisure time free from any form of bullying or harassment. No one should have to tolerate bullying because it hinders learning and is harmful.

The college will not tolerate bullying or harassment even if it was not intended to hurt.

We have policies and procedures for dealing with bullying, which have been developed with students, and it is important that you are aware of these.

What is bullying?

Bullying can be defined as the use of passive or active aggression with the intention of hurting another person. It results in pain and distress to the victim and can have far reaching effects on a person and can hinder their ability to learn and achieve.

Bullying may be an isolated incident or occur over a period of time. This means that any unkind action or comment is a form of bullying. Students should support each other and report all incidents of bullying.

Bullying may include the following behaviours or actions:

  • Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding, ignoring, tormenting (e.g. threatening gestures, unpleasant comments on appearance, stealing, hiding or damaging property)
  • Physical: Pushing, kicking, hitting, fighting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist: Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, comments on faith or belief
  • Sexual/Homophobic: Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments because of, or focussing on, the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal: Name calling, gossiping, spreading rumours, teasing and mimicking
  • Cyber: All areas of the internet, such as email, social networking and chat room misuse, mobile phone threats by text messages and calls, misuse of technology (e.g. camera and video facilities).

The college takes all allegations and incidents of bullying seriously. When bullying is reported it will be dealt with swiftly, firmly and in an appropriate manner to ensure that:

  • The bullying stops.
  • The student who has been bullied feels confident that the matter has been dealt with appropriately, and where possible the individuals involved are reconciled.
  • If appropriate, guidance is offered to the bully to help them change their behaviour.

In serious cases that involve assault, cyber-bullying or persistent bullying outside the jurisdiction of the college, the police may be contacted by the college.

Need more information?

Our policies and procedures are available on the college website for you to access. In particular if you are concerned that you, or someone you know is being bullied, we urge you to talk to your tutor or student mentor. They can be contacted on tel. 550687 or ext. 2327 or by emailing student.mentor@iwcollege.ac.uk

Students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (SLDD)

Some students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities may be especially vulnerable to bullying. Students and adults with care and support needs who have difficulties communicating will be given the chance to express themselves to a member of staff with appropriate communication skills and/or be provided with an advocate.


CECAMM

Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing & Marine

Opened in 2017, the Isle of Wight College’s state-of-the-art engineering centre aims to create world-class workers ready and skilled to join businesses across the Island and help assure sustainable long-term economic success for local people and the Island as a whole.

At CECAMM, we offer a variety of courses, ranging from Introductory (foundation level) through to Higher (university level) qualifications. These are offered as full-time and part-time courses and as apprenticeships.

CECAMM has a wide range of training facilities for students and employers, including:

  • Composites Engineering Suite
  • CNC Programming, Milling and Turning Lab
  • Electronics Lab
  • CAD Lab
  • Marine Engineering and Boatbuilding Suite
  • Welding and Manufacturing Suite
  • Machining Suite
  • 3D Printing Machinery
  • Independent study e-Learning Suite

In addition to the learning and study spaces, we have a refectory offering hot and cold meals and snacks at competitive prices. Students have access to outdoor leisure spaces, lockers to secure valuables, changing rooms and showers, as well as bike racks and a large car park.

All of CECAMM’s students also have access to the facilities available at the main college site in Newport. This includes the gym, hair and beauty salons, restaurant and LRC.

Getting in touch with CECAMM Phone 01983 550800 or email cecamm@iwcollege.ac.uk.

Find out more about CECAMM here.


College facilities

Find out what facilities we have at the Isle of Wight College, including information about the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and CECAMM by clicking here.


IWCollege Student ID Card

Your tutor will arrange for you to receive your ‘smart’ Student ID Card.

Your Student ID card can be used for:

  • cashless payments in The Courtyard Café and at CECAMM
  • for entry into those areas that have door access control (currently the new HE Centre).

If you are entitled to free college meals, your Student ID card can be used to access these.

You will be able to add money to your card to spend in the college catering outlets from a secure web portal found at https://monitor.iwcollege.ac.uk/mymonitor

You can also get your parents, or other family members, to sign up in the web portal and they can top up your cashless catering account for you.

Your student ID card also enables you to enjoy a range of discounts at local and national stores, including the following:

  • Andrew Ross Hair Salon
  • Hollywood Nails and Beauty
  • New Look
  • Peacocks
  • RydeRight Motorcycle Training
  • Ryde Laser Quest and Super Bowl
  • Topshop / Topman
  • Waterstones
  • Wightlink and many more …

The full list of discounts available, which is updated throughout the year, is shown on the LRC section of the student portal.


The Student Hub (student support)

We understand that students sometimes start college with concerns and potential difficulties. The team within Student Support is able to give objective and confidential advice about a wide range of issues regardless of whether the problem is related to personal circumstances or college studies. If the problem is related to housing or finance, benefits, course fees or child care, home or work, transport or employment there is someone here to help you through it. Find out about The Student Hub by clicking here.


Careers advice and guidance

The Isle of Wight College has its own Careers Adviser, Catherine Jackson.

Catherine is registered with the Careers Development Institute as an Advanced Practitioner. All students and potential students have access to impartial information, advice and guidance via individual interviews and group sessions.

Catherine can advise you on options including further education, higher education, employment and apprenticeships. She can also provide advice on UCAS applications, CVs and gaining employment.

Catherine is also happy to support you with higher education funding applications. You can book an appointment with Catherine through Admissions, Student Services and Reception. Find out more about Careers Guidance by clicking here.


Financial Information FAQs


What to do in an emergency

What to do when the emergency alarm sounds:

  • Upon hearing the alarm, please exit the building by the safest route.
  • If evacuating via stairs, please descend on the right-hand side.
  • Please evacuate in a quiet orderly manner. Do not run!
  • Once you have left the building, gather in the designated assembly area.
  • Stay in the assembly area until given the all clear.
  • NEVER re-enter buildings while the alarm is sounding.
  • Once the alarm is silenced, you may resume your previous activity or return to the classroom ONLY when directed by a designated fire officer.
  • Alternatively, in the event of a real fire a college member of staff will provide appropriate instructions which will be based on KEEPING YOU SAFE!

How to get first aid

The college is never open without First Aiders being on campus. If First Aid is required, please inform your tutor or a member of staff as soon as possible. All incidents must be reported to a member of staff. You may be asked to fill out a record form.

Risk assessment

A risk assessment details all the potential hazards and safety considerations attached to an activity. There are risk assessments for all the things you do during your course, from using the computers to going on a day trip. Your tutor may ask you to help write a risk assessment

for your area. Sometimes, there are also safe working practices or ‘safe systems of work’ which detail how to work safely in a particular environment. It is important you know about the risk assessments for your course because YOU must provide a signature or similar to say

you agree to the controls and safe systems of work. Please see page 34 for more information if you have mobility difficulties.

Copies of all the college’s health and safety policies, including risk assessments and a list of first aiders, can be found on the student portal.


Equality

The Isle of Wight College is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all.

Our Equality and Diversity Policy is a core part of college life. The aim is to create an environment in which people treat each other with mutual respect regardless of their protected characteristic: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, race, religion/belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Being at college may be different from your previous school or place of learning. You will come into contact with people with a broad and diverse range of backgrounds and skills that are different to yours. You may also look, talk, believe in things and dress in a way that looks ‘different’ to others around you.

We all want to be respected for who we are. Part of college life is about understanding and respecting the different views, opinions and choices of those around us. Embracing the diversity of those around us will provide positive opportunities to widen our knowledge of different cultures, faiths, lifestyles and abilities. We expect our staff and students to work together to make sure that everyone here is supported to achieve their own potential without experiencing fear, bullying, harassment or discrimination because of who they are.

You will see and hear people talk about our ‘Equality and Diversity’ policies. These policies are where we have written down in detail ‘the code’ that sets out how we expect people to treat you, and you to treat others. You can find the full policies on the web at www.iwcollege.ac.uk in the Equality and Diversity section.

Students with disabilities

We are committed to helping students succeed whatever their background or support needs. As a college we have a public duty to support disabled students under the Equality Act 2010.

The governors and staff take their duties under equality law very seriously. They will check that all reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that people with a disability are treated fairly and that they are not placed at any substantial disadvantage. On a practical basis, your tutor or student mentor is on hand to talk to if you have concerns, and will help you to contact other members of staff and support teams as appropriate.

Getting around campus for students with mobility difficulties

Most areas of the main college site are accessible to students with mobility difficulties and the gym has specialist equipment for wheelchair users. Please see www.iwcollege.ac.uk for further information.

Personal evacuation and escape plans (PEEPs)

If you are a student with mobility difficulties, your tutor will agree a PEEP with you. This is a personal plan developed with you that details how you will safely leave your building in the event of fire. This will be set up as part of your induction programme.


Using college computers

You can find a copy of our IT Acceptable Use Policy here.

You can find helpful Study Information and IT guides here.

  • College computers and computer systems are for educational use.
  • When you use a college computer you must always respect the IT Acceptable Use Policy (you might hear this referred to as the ‘AUP’).
  • The policy applies to all students and staff.

What is acceptable use?

The computers are here to help you with your studies. You can use the internet, email and software provided by the college so that you can complete your projects and college work. As well as college computers, you can connect to wi-fi using your laptop, iPad or other mobile device.

The college uses web filtering to block unacceptable websites (e.g. malware, pornography, etc). The filtering system records all attempts to access inappropriate material and the college will take action against students who break the IT Acceptable Use Policy.

What is unacceptable use?

  • Owning or looking at things on the computer that are illegal, racist, pornographic, violent, obscene or offensive.
  • Introducing viruses, sending abusive messages or damaging college property.
  • Hacking, or trying to break security measures.
  • Using the computers for commercial activity without agreement from the IT Manager.

We also ask you not to:

  • Download or upload software to college computers.
  • Change settings on college computers (other than accessibility settings).
  • Waste college resources by using a computer when you do not need to (such as playing online games).
  • Disturb other computer users who are studying
  • To access your computer account, the college will give you a username and a password. You must not give these to any other person – either another student or someone outside the college.
  • You must not use another person’s computer account.
  • Did you know that all computer files are college property? College staff can check your files if they have a good reason to.
  • The college keeps a record of all internet use and can look at what sites you have visited. You are responsible for all uses of your computer account and any internet sites accessed through your account.

What will happen if I do not respect the policy?

  • The college can block your account for a period of time.
  • The college can close your account.
  • In serious cases, the college will take measures against you in line with the Student Disciplinary Procedure.
  • If your actions are illegal (if you damage college property or the property of others) the college can refer you to the Police or take legal action.
  • A full copy of the Isle of Wight College’s Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology is available on request.

You and your data

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)

The Isle of Wight College needs to hold and process personal data relating to all its students. It does this in order to provide support and guidance to students, monitor their academic progress and keep relevant, accurate, up-to-date records.

We hold financial, sponsorship and fees data so that we can invoice students correctly and record payments; information on health and disability so that we can properly support students; academic information so we can track progress and provide

appropriate learning and teaching support and opportunities; and many other categories of information in order to run the College, to help and support students and fulfil our legal obligations.

In addition, the College needs to hold and process personal data relating to those seeking to become students (prospective students and applicants). This is in order to support and guide prospective students, assess their academic suitability to enrol on a course, and

facilitate the admission process. This may include assessing their fee status and, for international students, arranging the CAS number used in visa applications. We also hold data on prospective students’ socio-economic and family background to support the

College’s mission to widen access to education.

The College takes the security and integrity of all the personal data it holds very seriously. We have an Information Security Policy and all staff are training in Data Protection. We believe our systems are secure. We do not release information about students to any third

parties outside the College unless we have a legal obligation to do so, or in very specific and limited circumstances or in very serious emergency situations.

The handling of personal data is controlled by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and associated legislation. The College is obliged to make available fuller details of your legal rights under this legislation, including how and why we are processing your personal data. This is achieved through the College’s Privacy Notice which is available on the College ‘Policies & Legal’ web page. General information on Data Protection law is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office at https:/ico.org.uk.


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