Updated Advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Higher Education and Postgraduate courses
All face-to-face teaching of Higher Education (HE) and Postgraduate courses at CAFRE campuses have ceased in line with the decision made by Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University. Delivery of learning materials will continue remotely for your courses commencing on Monday 23 March 2020. You will be contacted by your Programme Manager with further details. it is therefore very important that you regularly check you CAFRE emails and Moodle. You should organise to vacate your accommodation at the College and remove personal belongings from your rooms as soon as possible.
Further Education courses
Following the decision made by Edwin Poots, DAERA Minister, all face-to-face teaching of Further Education (FE) courses at CAFRE campuses have now ceased. Delivery of learning materials will continue remotely for your courses commencing on Monday 23 March 2020. Your programme manager will contact you with further details, including arrangements for remote delivery. It is therefore very important that you regularly check your CAFRE emails and Moodle. You should organise to vacate your accommodation at the College and remove personal belongings from your rooms as soon as possible.
Information for CAFRE residential students
Due to the cessation of face-to-face delivery of courses at CAFRE, all students residing in College accommodation will be refunded in respect of their accommodation charges for the remaining weeks of the semester.
Students who have already paid their accommodation invoice for the second semester will receive a refund via a cheque in due course.
For students who have not yet paid their accommodation invoice, the amount due will be adjusted accordingly and you will receive details of this in due course, therefore please ignore any reminder letters that you may receive at this stage.
The College will endeavour to process repayments and amend invoices as early as is practicable and we appreciate your patience at this time.
Guidance for students currently on work placement
If you are currently on work placement in the agri-food supply chain, you are deemed to be an essential worker by the Government. The agri-food chain is vital in ensuring that food is available to feed the nation in these difficult times. Therefore, provided your work placement provider continues to operate at this time and needs you at work, you should remain on work placement.
While on work placement you should follow the advice provided by your placement provider in relation to PPE and ‘social distancing’ to minimise the risk of spread of COVID-19. In addition you should also refer to the advice and guidance from the Public Health Agency.
As the next few weeks are critical in preventing the spread of the virus, it would be good practice, if you are on a residential placement, to remain at your placement and not return home at weekends or during days off. If this is not possible, please adhere to the current Government advice on ‘social distancing’ and measures to take to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
If you have an underlying health condition or live with a family member who is classified as ‘high risk’ and are concerned about continuing on placement, please contact your Work Placement co-ordinator to discuss.
If you cannot continue your placement, as the business that you were working in is no longer open, please notify your Work Placement co-ordinator, if you haven’t already done so.
If you have any concerns, you should contact you Work Placement co-ordinator or Programme Manager.
Finally, remember your health is CAFRE’s priority and therefore you should follow all guidelines to stay safe and protect your family, friends and work colleagues.
To all students completing their courses this year
Following the restrictions put in place for dealing with Covid 19, we have been working with Universities and Awarding Organisations to ensure that those students who meet the course requirements will be awarded the appropriate qualification.
Unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, Graduation Ceremonies which are normally held at each campus in the last week of June will not take place this year as anticipated. This is disappointing as these Ceremonies are the highlight of the academic year when we celebrate your success in achieving your qualification, along with your parents, guardians and friends. However, we hope to hold Graduation Ceremonies later in the year but the date will depend on the prevailing Government advice in relation to holding such events. In the meantime we will keep you up-to-date via the website and CAFRE Online (Moodle).
Freephone number 0800 0284291. There is a limited service on the freephone at this time so you may wish to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to provide a contact email, telephone number or address so we can respond to your query.