COPING WITH COVID

Studying during the pandemic

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Studying during the pandemic

Our curriculum, facilities and procedures have been designed in COVID times. Given the collegiate structure of our campuses, the small size of our classes, and the availability of teaching spaces and co-working spaces with adjustable layout, Forward College will be in a uniquely strong position to continue face-to-face teaching even in case of new restrictions on social contact and mobility.

100% Small Group Teaching (15 Students on Average)
7 m² Learning Spaces per Student
100% Individual Accomodation
6 Living Units per Shared Kitchen

We believe ensuring effective teaching and a real campus life is paramount, as this will improve students' spirits and motivation and ensure much better overall performance for our student population.

Maintaining Face-to-Face Teaching

Contrary to most universities where groups are often reshuffled, our teaching model is based on academic year-groups of 15 students who attend the same teaching classes. Each student is also part of the same Project Team throughout the year.

As a result, if we need to strictly limit social interactions, we have defined Learning Bubbles of 15 to 21 people (according to the academic year) who are required to interact together on a regular basis:

  • Fellow students of the same Academic Group (10 to 14)
  • Their 2 Academic Fellows (Teachers)
  • Fellow students of your Project Team (2 to 4)
  • Their Leadership Fellow (Teacher)

In case of need, it will also be possible to subdivide year groups even further into smaller bubbles, for instance by alternating between in-person teaching and remote teaching, dividing year-groups into smaller groups of 6-9 student bubbles.

As a last resort, we will leverage the University of London Virtual Environment and our Google Education Suite. Unless strictly forbidden, we should always be able to maintain one on one tutoring and at least 3h of face to face teaching per week in small groups of 3 to 5 students.

Adapting Our Premises

Forward College is in a particularly strong position to absorb any last-minute changes or disruptions due to Covid or other pandemic-type scenarios in terms of our Campus Logistics (learning, teaching, and residential). In 2021/2022, given that all teaching, residential, and learning activities in Lisbon are concentrated in a single site at the Benfica UHub, we will be able to ensure optimal oversight of local arrangements. This unique situation makes Forward College operations resilient to any restrictions on urban travels or disruptions on public transports.

Unlike most universities, our generous facilities allow for social distancing:

  • Our teaching rooms surface (40 m²) will allow approx 3.3 m² per person.
  • Our large open study space meant for teamwork can easily be partitioned to limit social contact while allowing teamwork.
  • Other social spaces (lounge, library, conference room…) on the ground floor will see their rules of occupation modified according to the national regulation.

Making Sure You Can Go Back Home

It is essential that students are able to join their families during vacations. In case of a significant risk, the FORWARD COLLEGE will take more stringent preventive measures in order to limit any contagion risk to a minimum. If restrictions are still in place, we will also organise testing sessions within our campus 72h hours before student travel dates.

Supporting Your Health and Wellbeing

FORWARD COLLEGE will suggest a range of local medical doctors and health centers to students. One English speaking medical doctor will be appointed as the dedicated College Doctor for FORWARD students. Students will be able to contact the Doctor directly, and there will be a weekly ‘office hour’ on campus for any consultation or advice.

We will also strongly recommend students to be vaccinated if vaccines are available in order to protect the whole learning community.

Keeping You Informed

In case of any restrictions, guidelines will be communicated to students and staff through our Google Education platform via emails and Google Hangouts. They will be reminded during weekly briefings on Mondays. Any changes during the week will be notified during daily morning briefings. Student and staff calendars will also be directly updated by FORWARD COLLEGE (change of classrooms, timetable…) through Google Education.

Our very high Staff-to-Student ratio will allow us to monitor social distancing and the wearing of masks to keep the whole learning community safe and sound.

Studying during the pandemic

Our curriculum, facilities and procedures have been designed in COVID times. Given the collegiate structure of our campuses, the small size of our classes, and the availability of teaching spaces and co-working spaces with adjustable layout, Forward College will be in a uniquely strong position to continue face-to-face teaching even in case of new restrictions on social contact and mobility.

100% Small Group Teaching (15 Students on Average)
7 m² Learning Spaces per Student
100% Individual Accomodation
6 Living Units per Shared Kitchen

We believe ensuring effective teaching and a real campus life is paramount, as this will improve students' spirits and motivation and ensure much better overall performance for our student population.

Maintaining Face-to-Face Teaching

Contrary to most universities where groups are often reshuffled, our teaching model is based on academic year-groups of 15 students who attend the same teaching classes. Each student is also part of the same Project Team throughout the year.

As a result, if we need to strictly limit social interactions, we have defined Learning Bubbles of 15 to 21 people (according to the academic year) who are required to interact together on a regular basis:

  • Fellow students of the same Academic Group (10 to 14)
  • Their 2 Academic Fellows (Teachers)
  • Fellow students of your Project Team (2 to 4)
  • Their Leadership Fellow (Teacher)

In case of need, it will also be possible to subdivide year groups even further into smaller bubbles, for instance by alternating between in-person teaching and remote teaching, dividing year-groups into smaller groups of 6-9 student bubbles.

As a last resort, we will leverage the University of London Virtual Environment and our Google Education Suite. Unless strictly forbidden, we should always be able to maintain one on one tutoring and at least 3h of face to face teaching per week in small groups of 3 to 5 students.

Adapting Our Premises

Forward College is in a particularly strong position to absorb any last-minute changes or disruptions due to Covid or other pandemic-type scenarios in terms of our Campus Logistics (learning, teaching, and residential). In 2021/2022, given that all teaching, residential, and learning activities in Lisbon are concentrated in a single site at the Benfica UHub, we will be able to ensure optimal oversight of local arrangements. This unique situation makes Forward College operations resilient to any restrictions on urban travels or disruptions on public transports.

Unlike most universities, our generous facilities allow for social distancing:

  • Our teaching rooms surface (40 m²) will allow approx 3.3 m² per person.
  • Our large open study space meant for teamwork can easily be partitioned to limit social contact while allowing teamwork.
  • Other social spaces (lounge, library, conference room…) on the ground floor will see their rules of occupation modified according to the national regulation.

Making Sure You Can Go Back Home

It is essential that students are able to join their families during vacations. In case of a significant risk, the FORWARD COLLEGE will take more stringent preventive measures in order to limit any contagion risk to a minimum. If restrictions are still in place, we will also organise testing sessions within our campus 72h hours before student travel dates.

Supporting Your Health and Wellbeing

FORWARD COLLEGE will suggest a range of local medical doctors and health centers to students. One English speaking medical doctor will be appointed as the dedicated College Doctor for FORWARD students. Students will be able to contact the Doctor directly, and there will be a weekly ‘office hour’ on campus for any consultation or advice.

We will also strongly recommend students to be vaccinated if vaccines are available in order to protect the whole learning community.

Keeping You Informed

In case of any restrictions, guidelines will be communicated to students and staff through our Google Education platform via emails and Google Hangouts. They will be reminded during weekly briefings on Mondays. Any changes during the week will be notified during daily morning briefings. Student and staff calendars will also be directly updated by FORWARD COLLEGE (change of classrooms, timetable…) through Google Education.

Our very high Staff-to-Student ratio will allow us to monitor social distancing and the wearing of masks to keep the whole learning community safe and sound.

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