It is time to prepare to return to university this September with renewed energy, and new projects adapted to the situation wrought by the pandemic and the new possibilities that the vaccination programme brings with it. The academic year will begin on 6 September and the full calendar can be found here. You can consult the timetable for your degree in the Students Area of the UCJC website at the following link.
The UCJC Welcome Week will kick off between 6-8 September. This welcome week is designed for all higher education students at UCJC.
Over the week there will be numerous activities designed specifically for you, the students. On the first day we will welcome you and showcase the different services that UCJC offers. Over the course of these first days we have planned different activities designed to help you learn about all the measures related to COVID-19 and the rules that must be followed. We will tell you about MIMUN, the RAC and how to get your credits, in addition to the debate club and how to take part in Language Lab activities. We recommend you download and install our UCJC App so you can stay up-to-date and take part in all the activities featured on our events calendar and so you don’t miss out on anything.
Teaching will begin on the 8th and will take place primarily face-to-face like last year, guaranteeing the health and safety and social distancing measures.
Limits and reduction in contacts between students, lecturers and professors and administration and service staff at the university will be in accordance with current recommendations and guidelines. Likewise, two teaching time periods have been assigned for the start and end of classes, in such a way that students will enter and leave class in a staggered manner and not coincide in the corridors.
In order to meet students’ needs as far as possible, face-to-face teaching will ensure the optimal use of classrooms with the maximum number of students by offering new timetables to meet health and safety guidelines. In order to ensure equal opportunities and access to learning for all students who are already studying at UCJC, in-person class attendance rules may be exceptionally adapted for those students who can justify that they are unable to attend the minimum number of in-person classes for medical or family reasons or due to their socioeconomic circumstances. This is the case for all students who are deemed vulnerable for any of these reasons, as long as the teaching activities can be adapted to mobile devices to allow for live streaming, through the use of virtual campuses and collaborative platforms.
Attendance may be adapted according to the current teaching guidelines and is determined, based on a principle of proportionality, by the restrictions imposed by the regulations issued by the public health authorities in relation to the availability of spaces and mobility. It may be revised if the applicable regulations change.
Activities that do not take place face-to-face will be replaced by:
- Virtual content and tools accompanied by synchronous and asynchronous learning methodologies and activities that ensure students learn all the skills and achieve the learning outcomes for their course.
- Synchronous streaming sessions which are broadcast by video cameras installed in all UCJC classrooms, or by videoconferencing systems, such as Teams or Blackboard Collaborate.
A digital skills training programme has been offered to the teaching faculty in order to promote initiatives and spaces for learning and collaboration among educators and to enable them to continue to improve and acquire digital skills and adapt learning processes to current needs.
All the information on the planning for the academic year is on the university website for your convenience.
It is essential to maintain personal hygiene measures as well as mask use in any situations that may lead to exposure. The entire UCJC Community should ensure personal hygiene by following these recommendations. In particular, the following measures:
- Hand hygiene is the main way of controlling and preventing infection.
- Respiratory hygiene:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing and dispose of in a rubbish bin with a foot-operated lid. If no tissues are available, you should use the crook of your elbow.
- After coughing or sneezing and before touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, you should wash your hands carefully with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- We will continue to ensure people’s movement is carefully reorganised to maintain a recommended safety distance of two metres and minimize contact between staff and between staff and students.
- We have set up the BeWell Center to provide psychological support to students, teaching and administrative staff and families and the UCJC staff has received specific training on how to act.
In addition to personal hygiene, the necessary resources will be provided to ensure hygiene in the workplace, learning spaces and eating areas and these hygiene and cleaning measures will be intensified.
We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you around campus and trust that you will be able to learn with our updated Extended Teaching Learning Model, which we have developed taking into account the highest quality standards to ensure that we attain that bright future we all desire.
Emilio Lora-Tamayo D’ocón.
Rector of University Camilo José Cela