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Reopening NCI for the 2020/21 academic year


The College is now arranging to re-open this Autumn, in line with the national Roadmap for Re-opening Society and Business.

Abiding by Government health advice will mean some changes to previously advertised delivery methods during the first semester in September 2020. Changes will include: social distancing measures on-campus; timetabled on-campus non-teaching events, student-led events, and learner pods; online delivery of classes, which will replace classroom delivery in part or to a greater extent, depending on programme; changes to assessment; and other structures. Students will be advised of any changes as soon as possible.

  • Classes for new and returning students on the 2-year, part-time, BA (Hons) in Business Management and 2-year, part-time, BA (Hons) in HRM Strategy and Practice will commence on Monday, 14 September, 2020
  • The majority of classes will commence on Monday, 28 September 2020, this is for all other new and returning, undergraduate and part-time students on Monday, 28 September 2020
  • All full-time postgraduate students will commence classes on Monday, 5 October 2020
  • Reading Week in Semester 1 will be Monday to Friday, 9-13 November; classes will resume on Saturday, 14 November 2020
  • First semester finishes Friday, 18 December 2020

Because NCI is operating an alternative assessment methodology at present (as implemented in Spring 2020) and students will have no traditional examinations in January 2021, Semester 2 will commence on Saturday, 23 January 2021 and will finish on Friday, 30 April 2021; assessment period will be Friday, 7 May 2021 to Saturday, 22 May 2021.

Semester 3 2020/2021 will commence Monday, 24 May to Friday, 13 August 2021; assessment period will be Friday, August 20 to Saturday, 28 August 2021 Full details are available on our Academic Calendar, and students will be directly apprised of any rescheduling. We remind all students to keep checking your student email and your programme Moodle pages for the updates most pertinent to you.

The College is committed to a phased return to face-to-face delivery as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so. We hope that for all programmes, this will mean part-delivery in traditional, on-campus mode. However, for some programmes, online delivery will be a significant part of the timetable for semester one, subject to ongoing review.

At NCI, we have invested in and are prepared for dual delivery of course material, and similarly for continuity of all support services, academic and other, both remotely and in person. The College has also materially expanded online access to eBooks and journals, and the library now operates its support services seven days a week during term time.

Planning for and resourcing dual delivery puts the College in a position to be responsive. We can quickly react to any change in circumstances and swiftly align with protocols supplied by the Government.

We understand that students might find it challenging to adjust to a college life that is different from previous expectations, but we assure students that supports are in place to help. Particular care will be extended to our first year and full-time postgraduate students, to ensure a warm welcome to the College, and to foster comradeship with their classmates. Throughout the coming academic year, the College can guarantee consistency in the quality of education, learning outcomes and the standard of Awards.

NCI’s programmes will continue to be fully delivered to the College’s high standard, whether in person or online, and the College is grateful to students and staff for their cooperation at this unique time in our history.