Resources for students

Please do not travel to Dartington for the start of term

Following the announcement of a national lockdown in England, Dartington Trust will now hold postgraduate teaching online until at least mid-February on all degree courses at our two faculties, Schumacher College and Dartington Arts School. Please do not travel to Dartington for the start of term. All student facilities – libraries, studios, services, and residence halls – are closed until we are formally permitted to take returning students in mid-February (or later) and students should not arrive early. While this is not news that we want to give our learning community, we are working alongside our colleagues across the higher education sector during this exponential increase in coronavirus cases to develop creative solutions to continue to offer an exceptional experience for all of our students.

Our learning team have developed a really fantastic approach to delivering meaningful, transformational online learning, and we are speaking with all members of faculty today to ensure our student learning experience is as rich and rewarding as possible. We will continue to follow evolving UK guidance to determine when we will be able to invite students back into residence.

Covid-19: Higher Education resources

Latest guidance and advice for our Higher Education staff, students and visitors.

ACCESS THE RESOURCES HERE >

Welcome to the Student Community

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Studying at Dartington, you are joining a growing student community . We want to work together to ensure you get the best experience while you study here. You are joining us at a time of uncertainty and concern, but we are committed to providing exceptional support and guidance throughout your studies.

Before you Arrive / Welcome Week

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Welcome Week

Welcome Week dates for January 2021 start programmes: Tue 12 – Fri 15 January*
Download the timetable here (pdf) >

*While our campus is closed due to national lockdown – see statement at top of page – our Welcome Week will take place as normal online, and we’ll be in touch with details shortly.

The Welcome week programme is designed to introduce you to the key things you need to know so that you can confidently embark on your study. You will meet staff and also have the chance of meeting each other both in large groups and in smaller subject settings. The detailed schedule will be emailed to enrolled students and available on the VLEs (please see Online Learning, below).

Term dates following welcome week for the Academic Year 2020 – 2021:

Autumn Term: 21 September 2020 – 11 December 2020
Winter Term: 11 January – 1 April 2021
Spring Term: 19 April – 18 June 2021
Summer Term: 21 June – 10 September 2021

Before you arrive

PLEASE NOTE – our campus is closed due to national lockdown (see statement at top of page). Do not travel to Dartington for the start of term.

If you’re about to join us on campus for the first time, we’ve put together some important information for you to read, including a checklist of things to remember to bring.

BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: KEY INFO >

Book your student accommodation

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Please take five minutes to let us know your accommodation and catering choices for the forthcoming academic year.

GO TO THE ACCOMMODATION REQUEST FORM >

Online Learning

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Dartington Arts School uses Moodle and Schumacher College uses the Schumacher VLE. Both are Virtual Learning Environments where you can access your course materials and activities. You will find your timetable and course content organised on a week on week platform. All the resources you need to study are made available and you can retrieve material to study at your own pace and location. Once you are enrolled you will receive a login and instructions via email. If you need any help contact the college/school who will be glad to assist you.

ARTS SCHOOL VLE >

SCHUMACHER COLLEGE VLE >

Academic and Study Support

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There is a range of support available to you to assist your study at Dartington. This starts with your academic teams but importantly continues with our support staff who are able to advise on strategies to strengthen your study skills, and provide advice and guidance about how best to engage with your course.

1. Personal Tutors

From day one and throughout your studies you will have the support of a Personal Tutor. They will organise regular termly meetings and they will want to listen and respond to any questions or concerns you have. Their role is to provide you with ongoing support and guidance and also to signpost you to other services you may need.

2. Study Support

We have specialist advisers who can help you to develop the skills you need to get the most out of your study. We want you to feel independent and confident and our advisers can provide you with tools and strategies to enhance your academic potential. We can also refer you to more specialist support if necessary.

For any questions you have concerning your study with us contact either your personal tutor or a member of the Taught Programmes team in the first instance.

Your key contact is Student Support Advisor, Oona Wagstaff. You can book an appointment via the button below, or contact her at studentsupport@dartington.org.

BOOK A STUDENT SUPPORT APPOINTMENT >

3. Disability Services

Disability support is offered through our partnership with the University of Plymouth. Whether you’re a prospective student, applicant, current student or member of staff supporting students, their team can help. Find out more here >

Health and Wellbeing

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Your health and well-being during your studies are very important. To ensure your personal welfare we recommend you are aware of these services and sources of further support:

1. Local GP

When you arrive here we recommend that you register straightaway with Leatside Surgery in Totnes, who can refer you to specialist help if you need it.

REGISTER NOW >

2. Learning Support and Wellbeing

Offered through our partnership with the University of Plymouth, Student Services are ‘a central point of advice and support to ensure that students maximise their university experience and overcome any difficulties they may encounter’. No issue is too big and no question is too small. Find out more here >

3. SHINE Self Help Inspiring E-Resources

SHINE, offered through the University of Plymouth, is created by students, counsellors and researchers. Watch, read, listen, find apps and useful links to the best online resources and information about mental health and well-being. Find out more here >

4. Student Minds

​Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. they empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. Find out more here >

Student Handbooks

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Please find our Programme Quality Handbooks below. If something’s missing, it’s coming very soon – but please do contact us at postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk if you need help.

Arts School

Dartington Art School – Partner Institution Student Handbook >

Arts and Place MA >

Poetics of Imagination MA >
Poetics of Imagination PG Certificate >
Poetics of Imagination PG Diploma >

Schumacher College

Schumacher College – Partner Institution Student Handbook >

Ecological Design Thinking MA >

Regenerative Economics MA >

Student Voice

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Your opinions and views about your study experience is important to us. We always include our students in decisions about the College and School. We welcome you to share your thoughts and ideas. We will ask you for feedback at the end of each module and on a termly basis. Each programme has two student representatives who give voice to student ideas and views and participate in the formal academic committees. Once at Dartington there are also opportunities to volunteer and contribute to the wider life of the community. More information can be found here (opens in new website).

Maps of the Dartington estate

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Your courses are based in a very special location. We hope very soon that we will be able to welcome you to our rural estate, found in a beautiful location in South Devon.

FIND US ON GOOGLE MAPS >

DETAILED ESTATE MAPS AND OTHER INFO >

Food and Drink

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We grow a significant proportion of the food consumed here ourselves. The Schumacher Kitchen was Highly Commended in the 2019 Green Gown Awards. When you stay here there are a number of excellent food and drink venues across the estate including the main learning community refectory in Higher Close, The Green Table, The White Hart, and Bayards Kitchen at The Shops.

The Library and Archives

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Latest Library opening times

Currently closed due to the ongoing national lockdown. A further review will be undertaken in February to see if any services can be resumed.

**New Safety Guidance for Elmhirst Library**

All Elmhirst Library Users must complete induction training to use the Library due to new Fire Safety guidance. If you are accessing the Library and need this support please email Sarah Gray for more information and to arrange a time to meet. You must participate in a short training to demonstrate you can exit the Elmhirst Library through the window which is now a designated emergency exit.

 

 

Library Catalogue

The Dartington Library catalogue is currently being digitised and you will be able to access it when you are on site. We will be posting any hard to obtain texts onto the VLEs.

Useful links

Further key information

Information about OFS registration
We’re OFS-registered. This means we meet the Office For Students requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more.

FIND OUT MORE >


Plymouth University Study Guide
You have access to many resources and services of the University of Plymouth. Our courses are accredited through this large regional institution and you will be issued with a login to allow you to use services both remotely and on campus.

PLYMOUTH UNIVERSITY STUDY GUIDE >


Student Protection Plan
Dartington Learning is committed to helping students achieve successful outcomes from their studies. As part of this commitment we have a student protection plan which is designed to support you through a range of possible circumstances.

STUDENT PROTECTION PLAN >


International / EU students 
Please head to this GOV.UK webpage for more information on Student Visas.

Further reading
Key information about our courses can be found on our Schumacher College and School of Arts websites.

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