Wentworth Online was established after the realisation that the University’s distance learners, whilst being part of a collegiate university, probably didn’t feel like they belonged to a college.
Wentworth Online is your College. It is a meeting place, resource centre and one stop shop for distance learners, hosted by Wentworth College, the University’s Graduate College. It is a place to come to to get questions answered and to feel part of a community wider than your own programme or department.
Your College Officer, Tracy Dancer - who introduces herself in the video - is on hand to help with any queries you may have that are not ordinarily dealt with by your academic department. She will be able to signpost you to the relevant area or individual within the University to assist you.
Wentworth Online Community consists of students studying programmes from 19 different subject areas studied entirely, or almost entirely, at a distance from the University rather than on-campus; academics and support staff from those same programmes and staff within Wentworth College.
So what does a Wentworth Online student look like? Are you an ‘average’ member? Here are some of our community’s demographics. Of course these numbers will change over time with new intakes, but we wanted to give you a feel for who your fellow students are.
As from the start of the 2016/2017 academic year all students commencing study on the courses listed on the distance learning course page will become automatic members of Wentworth College. If you were studying at York before that date you may well be in a different college. If you are in a different college and wish to join Wentworth then just contact Tracy, your college officer, with your request.
Wentworth College is the only ‘graduate only’ college at the University and as such seemed a fitting host for the distance learning community which is almost entirely postgraduate level students. Selected future projects and activities being run at Wentworth will, over time, be developed in such away as to allow either the synchronous or asynchronous involvement of all of its members, and that means you. Of course not all events can be open to you, Cheese and Wine evenings, Star Wars film nights and watching massive sporting events on the big screen in the common room are unfortunately not likely to work so well but we do commit to involving you in as many activities as can be made available to you.
Studying online was a bit daunting - going straight to a Masters without studying an undergrad- but the flexibility of the online courses suited me as I live overseas and move around quite a bit. It suited me perfectly."
The remit of the Wentworth College online community is to ensure that distance learning students feel part of the University’s distinctive college community and have easy access to high quality support and opportunities that are relevant to their particular needs.
A steering group has been established to guide and monitor the development of Wentworth College online community. A distance learning student will be part of this group