Remote Volunteer Sign Up

Any students who would like to pitch in and help local business with remote working please download this form, fill it in and send it off to workplacements@carlisle.ac.uk

Remote Volunteer Sign up sheet

Online Access

Access to Moodle

my.carlisle.ac.uk

Username: studentnumber

Password: studentnumber

If you can’t get logged in or need help in getting enrolled onto your course online email studentzone@carlisle.ac.uk

Access to student email account

office.com

Sign in

Username: studentnumber@my.carlisle.ac.uk

Password: The password you use to login to the computers at college

Access to Teams

office.com

Sign in

Username: studentnumber@my.carlisle.ac.uk

Password: The password you use to login to the computers at college.

Make sure to select Outlook there will be a link to Teams in your inbox.

Access to ETrackr

etrackr.carlisle.ac.uk

Username: studentnumber

Password: Your college computer login password

Please get in touch at studentzone@carlisle.ac.uk if you have any trouble logging into any of these systems, we are happy to help.

If you can’t remember your college computer login password contact your tutor who will get it reset for you.

APRIL – Stress Awareness Month

In the Student Zone we like to raise awareness on different causes that are happening each month. These causes may impact you or someone you know and we like to provide as much help and information as we can to offer support. April is Stress Awareness Month and during the current climate we’re in, life can be a little more stressful than usual. We have put together some information that may help you.

April Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992, to raise awareness about stress.

Stress is normal, every one of us experiences stress on a daily basis but too much stress can damage our health. The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to huge changes, uncertainty and new challenges for many of us. It’s important to recognise the stress that we face, manage it and reduce the impact it can have on our health.

Stress And Anxiety Aren't Always Bad For You, Says Psychologist ...

What is Stress?

Stress is a simply a response from our bodies to a situation or life event, but the effects can vary hugely from person to person. When we are stressed, we can experience feelings such as anxiety, fear, anger, sadness and frustration. These feelings can feed on each other and making things worse, for some it can lead to symptoms of depression. Feeling stressed, we may also behave differently, becoming withdrawn and experience physical symptoms such as headaches.

All of us can feel the above, it’s important to remember you are not alone with this.

World Mental Health Day: It's ok to not be ok - SAFETY4SEA

Dealing with stress & loneliness

During this Coronavirus outbreak it is important that we all take the time to look after our mental health during self-isolation. If you are worried about the coronavirus there is good advice from the NHS website- https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkLjn8OG66AIVCPlRCh2r0wA_EAAYASAAEgLPkPD_BwE

Below are some tips to help in taking care of your mental health and reduce stress.

  • Keep in touch with people online. Make plans to video chat with people you’d normally see in person.
  • Try to follow your normal routine as much as possible. You will still need to study so remember to go to bed at the usual time and keep your day free for college work.
  • Try to keep active. Exercising at home can be simple with an exercise video online and follow the Government’s advice to keep safe distance if you do go outside if you go for a run/cycle.
  • If you have more free time than usual, find ways to relax and be creative through reading, writing or take up a new hobby like drawing, sewing or DIY.
  • Try to take some time out during the day and do some simple breathing exercises. You can find a simple breathing exercise on the NHS website:
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ways-relieve-stress/

It is a difficult time for all of us, try to keep things in perspective and don’t be too hard on yourself. Look for things in your life that are positive and write down things that make you feel grateful.

If you feel overwhelmed by stress, the Student Zone staff and college counsellor are there for you RFoster@carlisle.ac.uk as well as the charity Samaritans  on 116 123.

To all College Students and Apprentices

To all College Students and Apprentices

Welcome back to the start of the summer term! It’s been a very unusual year, and I know the current circumstances will be difficult for many of you. I sincerely hope that you and those close to you are well and staying safe, and that you enjoyed the Easter holidays.

Firstly, I want you all to know that for everyone at the College, the most important thing for us is that you remain safe. That’s why it’s critically important that we follow the instructions from government and stay home.  Remember, we should only leave home for one of these reasons: essential shopping for food or medicine, to help with the needs of a vulnerable person or those self-isolating or for a daily session of outside exercise. When doing any of those things, it’s very important to remain at least two metres away from others who are not from your household. I’m sure though you’ll all be finding new ways of using your time, as well as using technology to keep in touch with your networks more frequently, and in new ways.

Secondly, all of us at the College want you to know that we are doing, and will continue to do everything we possibly can to make sure you achieve on your qualifications this year. I’d like to congratulate all of you to adapting so quickly to learning and training online. After all though, a college is not the buildings and the classrooms – a college is the collection of people learning.  It’s really important that you keep engaging with your teacher, trainer or tutor every week at the specified times, and work on all of the assignments they set you. Remember, at the beginning of the year I spoke to as many of you as possible, guaranteeing that everyone who attends, and does what their tutor asks will succeed – we know that because 94% of those who finish with us every year move up to the next step of their journey. And that remains true now, even when we are all working from home. There have been some important recent announcements from the government about exams and assessment, which will affect all of you:

For the majority of BTEC, Vocational Qualifications and Access to HE, it is now very likely that your tutor will be submitting calculated final grades for you, based on the previous work you have done and the work you do from now onwards. For GCSE English, Maths and Functional Skills this has already been confirmed.

For Apprenticeships, the government has asked that colleges do everything they can to allow you to continue training, and working with your employer and your End Point Assessment Organisation we are reviewing all of your situations so that we can aim for you to complete your apprenticeship on time, wherever this is possible.

So as we begin our final term, it’s vital that you engage with the work your teacher is setting you and that you communicate through the particular portal your group uses. This is how you can now progress and complete the qualification you came to the College for.

Remember, your Tutor and Progress Coach are there to help you, so if there is any aspect of work you need support with, if you have questions or queries or any problems using technology, contact them immediately. If you are an apprentice and your work situation has changed or you have questions about your progress or assessment, contact your training adviser immediately. In addition, our full range of support from the Student Zone, Student Services and Careers Service is available as ever, online.

Finally, we really can’t wait to open our doors again, once the current measures are over! At this moment, we can’t know exactly when that will be. However, we are ready to begin as soon as we are able to. So in the meantime, keep yourselves, your families and loved ones safe, and better times will be here soon, I am sure.

All the best, and I wish you every success with the remainder of your course this term.

Grant Glendinning

Principal

Maths and English Online

How to enrol on Maths and English courses on Moodle.

Moodle – my.carlisle.ac.uk or you can click into the Portal and there is a link to Moodle there.

Logging into Moodle. Enter your student number for your username and password include the 0 in front. If you have any trouble with your moodle login email:- studentzone@carlisle.ac.uk

Once logged into Moodle select Site home this is located under Dashboard.

Select English or Maths depending on which course you need to enrol on.

Select the course you need enrolled onto GCSE, Functional Skills etc. (If you are studying functional skills as part of your apprenticeship please go to the course of the apprenticeship you are studying e.g. Electrical and you will find functional skills there).

You will then be asked to enter an enrolment key. All enrolment keys are in lower case:

GCSE English – english

GCSE Maths – gcse

Functional Skills English – english

Functional Skills Maths – maths

If you have any trouble accessing any of your courses please email studentzone@carlisle.ac.uk

You can also check out these really useful online learning websites:

English

https://www.pobble365.com/

https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

Maths

https://hegartymaths.com/

https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/

https://mathigon.org/

https://mathskitchen.com/topics

https://nrich.maths.org/

https://sparx.co.uk/

Careers Questionnaire

To gain a better perspective of what you have in mind for the future and how we can help you achieve the career you want, we would like for you to take a couple of minutes to fill in our Careers Questionnaire. There are 10 questions.

Cheers everyone – stay safe

Join the Debate

Thank you for answering the debate question regarding Women’s History Month we really appreciated it and passed along all of your responses. We have a brand new question for this week if you would take the time to submit your answer that would be great!

Celebrating Women’s History Month . We are holding a debate in the Student Zone on Tuesday lunchtime.

We would like to know your thoughts prior to the debate.

We will gather the results of the survey ready for the debate on Tuesday. Thank you for taking part.

Student Blog – Digital Marketing

My name is Summer-Rose Latham and I currently study Level 3 media production. My aim in life is to go into social media management and to do this I am going to do a digital marketing apprenticeship, also with Carlisle College. Carlisle College is amazing by helping me realise what my dream goal is and have helped me every step of the way.

When leaving school I struggled with figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do, but now I have no doubt that I want to go into social media management for big clothing companies in the UK. I first decided that this is what I wanted to do when we had to try and promote our short films in college online to get feedback for our primary research and I found this fascinating as I just like the idea of trying to make products online stand put against the others and to find out the statistics behind it.

Over the summer holidays, after my first year, I found an online agency for Instagram influencing which I then joined as I found this intriguing as it is a form advertisement over social media and I wanted to have first hand experience of how to do it. It also helped me learn about Instagram audiences and activities, which you get on a business or creator profile. Learning about Instagram has helped me with my first work experience at college, which is running the VR Gateway social media accounts. This again, I have learned a lot from as I have met lots of interesting people who have given me advice and help and this has opened up a lot of opportunities.

As for the close future, I am aiming to do the Digital Marketing apprenticeship at the college and do a work placement in social media marketing.

If you would like to create your own Student Blog for the Carlisle College Student Zone website be sure to speak to a member of the Student Zone team 🙂

UK Youth Parliament Election

The 2020 UK Youth Parliament Elections is currently taking place!

The election is held through an online ballot. There is a flexible voting period between 2nd – 23rd March 2020 on http://www.mi-vote.com

Ballot papers can be collected at the Student Zone. Happy Voting!