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Moray College UHI launches academic year with coronavirus measures in place including garden forks two metres apart in Elgin Biblical Garden


By Chris Saunderson

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MORAY College has launched its academic year amid the 'new normal' of coronavirus precautions.

Principal David Patterson said the landscape had changed for students and staff.

Hospitality student Natalia Piszczyk at work in the college's Beechtree Restaurant.
Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Hospitality student Natalia Piszczyk at work in the college's Beechtree Restaurant. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

"Some of the physical changes we’ve put in place are what you’d expect - one-way systems, Perspex screens and multiple sanitiser points.

"Across the summer we also ran a 10-step induction programme so students could get to know the staff they’d be working with, meet their fellow students, and learn how to use the key college systems and software.

The 'new normal' as hand sanitizer, floor markings and one-way systems greet people as they arrive at reception in Moray College UHI.
Picture: Becky Saunderson.
The 'new normal' as hand sanitizer, floor markings and one-way systems greet people as they arrive at reception in Moray College UHI. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

"Many of our courses look a bit different. Our horticulture students turned up for their first day at the Biblical Garden to find garden forks planted upright in the lawn at two metres distance, and a propagation polytunnel turned into a long, naturally ventilated and daylit ‘classroom’.

Hospitality student Joel Burke at The Beechtree Restaurant. Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Hospitality student Joel Burke at The Beechtree Restaurant. Picture: Becky Saunderson.

"Hospitality students turning up for their induction in the Beechtree training restaurant found themselves each with a ‘table for one’ that allowed a large group of students to be there together, but not close together."

David Patterson - Principal of Moray College.
Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
David Patterson - Principal of Moray College. Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

Many students are still doing courses online and will complete courses remotely for the rest of the year.

The college will be hosting an online open day on Friday, September 25 between 2pm and 4pm, with places still available.

Read more on the start to academic life in David Patterson's exclusive column for The Northern Scot in the print edition on Friday, September 18.

Moray college has reopened for the year with limited students at the campus.
Picture: Becky Saunderson.
Moray college has reopened for the year with limited students at the campus. Picture: Becky Saunderson.



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