Dear student

I am writing to you to apologise for any ongoing disruption the current EIS industrial dispute is having on your studies.

Due to the college being part of a much larger employer association who represent us in national bargaining conversations we are limited in how much we can intervene from a local perspective but continue to hope that a resolution can be reached quickly.

In the meantime we will do all that we can to support you in achieving your qualification. Our focus will be on essential teaching and assessments only. In affected areas we are reviewing our approach to open book assessments and seeking alternative ways for students to complete them. We will be looking to extend deadlines for assessments and graded units and provide additional tuition hours for affected programmes where necessary. On certain programmes we are considering an extension to the end of term date and will adjust bursary EMA and travel support accordingly.

If you think that there are other actions the college could take which would help support your achievement then please either speak to the student association bcsa@borderscollege.ac.uk or contact your Head of Faculty; Lynne Gilchrist (Creative Industries, Sport & Business) lgilchrist@borderscollege.ac.uk ; Jayne Gracie (Care, Access & Foundation) jgracie@borderscollege.ac.uk ; Davie Lowe (Construction, Engineering & Land-based) dlowe@borderscollege.ac.uk .

I am sorry, at what is already a stressful time for students, that the strike action may be causing you additional anxiety but please be reassured that we are doing all that we can to ensure that every student who is on track to achieve and progress will still be able to.

Yours faithfully

Angela