Everything You Need to Know
We understand the uncertainties that the current circumstances have for our returning students and those planning to join Belfast Met next semester. Here you will find support and information for applicants and students, apprentices and trainees, parents and carers and businesses.
As we re-imagine College life alongside this pandemic, you can look forward to vibrant, inspiring and productive time, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Belfast Metropolitan College. Although our buildings are closed, we are still open for business.
The six colleges of Further and Higher Education in Northern Ireland have taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face delivery from 17:00hrs on Friday, 20 March 2020. The suspension will last until further notice.
The decision, which has been taken in light of the latest UK Government advice, is driven by the overriding need to help protect the safety and wellbeing of our students and our staff.
This announcement means that, as of Monday, 23 March 2020:
• Delivery will continue remotely including the use of digital learning, in so far as this is possible.
• Colleges will remain open to staff only. This will remain under review.
• Where practical, staff should work remotely.
• The absence of students and the size of campuses will ensure that we can all comply with the need to remain socially distant.
We understand and deeply regret the unavoidable disruption this will cause to the lives of our learners and our staff. We are giving as much notice as possible to allow time for students, parents, carers and the business community to make the necessary arrangements.
Each College is continuing to work through the ramifications and practicalities of the decision at a local level.
We are hugely proud of the way in which the entire Further Education College community is responding to this dynamic and deeply challenging situation. Our employees’ unwavering commitment to our learners, and to each other, is as admirable as it is unsurprising.
The Colleges will continue to provide staff and students with updates, signposting to official government and public health advice, as well as whatever reassurances we can in the midst of so much uncertainty and unease.
We look forward to welcoming our students back on campus in due course.
Louise Warde Hunter
Belfast Metropolitan College
Northern Regional College
North West Regional College
South East Regional College
Southern Regional College
South West College