The College’s commitment to excellence and continuous improvement has been recognised by external bodies, such as QAA, and our partner universities, and underpins our strategic approach to extending our Erasmus+ activities over time.
We are therefore planning a three stage approach to activity in higher education:
- Phase 1: staff mobility
- Phase 2: student mobility
- Phase 3: engagement with opportunities offered by ECTS
This phased approach will enable us to build strong relations with European colleagues which will support our Erasmus+ activity, and ensure positive experiences for both outgoing and incoming students and staff.
West Nottinghamshire College is a general FE college, with around 500 HE students. From 2016-17 we will have a new University Centre offering HE, higher apprenticeships, professional courses and masterclass/insight sessions for local businesses, with plans to extend our student numbers at level 4+ to over 1000.
Our HE offer has been developed from our strengths in vocational programmes from entry to level 3, with an emphasis on employability and work-related higher level skills. Courses are validated by our partner universities and by Pearson.
Our commitment to student support has been recognised by QAA, and by the recent University of Derby Partnership Review. As a smaller HE provider, our HE students have easier access to tutors, as well as to the central HE team, but can also draw on the support offered to all college-based students. We have a dedicated HE & International Advisor whose role is to ensure that international students and staff are fully supported during their time with us.
West Nottinghamshire College is located within easy travelling distance of the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield. We are close to both the historic Sherwood Forest, and the Peak District National Park.
The Local Enterprise Partnership, D2N2, has identified eight key sectors for the region: Construction, Visitor Economy, Low Carbon (goods & services), Food & Drink Manufacturing, Creative & Digital Industries, Transport & Logistics, Life Sciences, Transport Equipment Manufacturing.
As an FE college, there are two key points to be aware of
- We do not offer student residential accommodation. However, our HE & International Advisor will work with incoming staff and/or students to arrange appropriate accommodation for the period of the stay.
- We are not a degree-awarding institution, and our courses are offered in partnership with Birmingham City University and the University of Derby, as well as through Pearson. Incoming ECTS students will be subject to their regulations; full information will be provided on an individual basis prior to any study period.
We welcome approaches from colleagues who would be interested in working with us on our journey. Please contact our Erasmus+ coordinator, Kadri Saat, in the first instance.
The working language for any incoming or outgoing activity is English. This includes:
- Any formal documentation, contract or agreement
- Correspondence or other communication
- Provision of institutional information/briefings.
The allocation of the cost of any translation (including moderation of translation if required) or interpreting during visits will be determined prior to any agreement of activity.
For outgoing activity:
- The college will provide briefings to both staff and students prior to any activity
- Briefings will include cultural and social differences, and the college may seek advice from receiving institutions
- Briefings will, wherever possible, include key courtesy phrases and safety notices, and the college may seek advice from receiving institutions.
For incoming activity:
- The college will request details of proficiency in English of all participants in order to inform communication strategies and to optimise the benefits of the activity
- The college will in all cases provide briefings to both staff and students on contextual vocabulary
- Where English language tuition is an element of the activity, this will be confirmed prior to any agreement of activity.
For ECTS students, the language of delivery and assessment for all courses is English. The English language entry requirement for HE courses is IELTS: 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas).
The college is proud of the support it offers to all students, and this extends to activity under Erasmus+.
A support package will be planned to meet the needs of each visit; the Erasmus+ Coordinator and HE & International Advisor will lead on the development of this bespoke package.
Typically, we offer:
- Pre-visit information package
- Pre-visit support with transport and accommodation arrangements
- Planned induction period, typically to include
- Induction pack
- Schedule/timetable as appropriate
- Meeting with key contacts, including mentor/buddy and student support services where appropriate
- Health & safety briefing
- College expectations (eg equality & diversity, personal and e-safety, code of conduct)
- Introduction to college processes (eg IT, catering, reprographics, LRC as applicable)
- Tour of the college
- Tour of Mansfield and transport information (where appropriate)
- Contextual language briefing
- Social activity
- Access to college Learning Consultants (staff) or to the HE & international Study Skills Coach (students)
- In-visit and end-of-visit feedback sessions.
For ECTS students, we will offer a full course induction, Complete HE Package, bespoke introduction to ECTS process, pastoral and progression tutorials with HE & International Advisor in addition to course-based tutorial entitlement.
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