An Update From The Principal

25th February 2021

In many ways, it is hard to believe that it was almost a year ago since Preston’s College made the initial move to remote learning. It has and continues to be a challenging year for many but following the Prime Minister’s address on Monday 22nd February 2021, I am pleased to confirm that from Monday 8th March, the College will begin to welcome back learners to on-campus teaching.

Whilst we have seen great success and innovation with remote learning and delivery, a return to the campus allows you, our learners, to focus on the development of the vital technical skills required for success.

The week of Monday 8th March will be a transitional week, focusing predominantly on the return of 16-19 year olds and apprentices during the daytime, and part-time adult provision in the evenings. This week will enable all of those returning to undertake ‘re-induction’ activities as a welcome back to the campus, whilst also providing opportunities for familiarisation with on-site coronavirus testing requirements. Full details of which can be found here.

From week commencing Monday 15th March, the majority of timetabled learning for 16-19 year olds and apprentices will be on campus, with some adult classes and practical degree courses also returning. However, remote learning through a blended approach will remain a feature of College life, partly for safety reasons but also because there are many positive, flexible benefits to continuing in this way. Additional details can be found here.

I am really proud of the way in which everyone has adapted and continues to adapt in response to the on-going global pandemic and I want to reassure you that whether learning at home or on-campus, Preston’s College will continue to do everything possible to support you, to enable you to achieve both your personal goals and professional qualifications.

I continue to remain optimistic for the gradual return to some sense of normality in the coming months, however, it is important that we all continue to follow the guidelines being provided and operate in a safe manner.

Over the coming days, further communications will be sent out, highlighting new delivery plans and approaches.

In the meantime, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email: where your query will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff.

Take care, stay safe and I look forward to welcoming you back to the College campus soon.

Dr Lis Smith

Principal and Chief Executive Officer.

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