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Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 09/04/2020

Thursday 09 April 2020

Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 09/04/2020
The health of our students, staff and visitors is paramount. Following the government rules (23/03) to tackle the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we closed our buildings and facilities to students, staff and visitors but remain open to our Higher Education students by providing online learning, like everyone in our sector. We will continue this for the rest of the teaching year.

Our buildings will remain closed until there is guidance allowing us to physically reopen again.

Our Student Support Team remains available to provide advice and support. They are providing this by phone and on-line between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, during term-time and are also providing services Monday to Friday during the Easter break (excluding the Bank Holidays).

Our remaining auditions, interviews and recalls for our undergraduate programmes for 2020 entry are being conducted via remote submission and/or Skype. All interviewees and auditionees have been contacted and informed of the process directly.

Our graduation ceremony, which was due to take place at the end of July, has been postponed. We will reschedule the event when it is safe to do so, but at the moment - with so much uncertainty - it is impossible to predict a new date.

All public performances have been postponed. We are sorry for the disappointment and disruption this may cause and thank you for your continued support during this period of great uncertainty. The Unity Theatre, which provides our box office service, has been contacting ticket holders to arrange refunds.

All recruitment and outreach activity with schools, colleges and community organisations, both on campus and within schools, has been suspended until further notice. We have been looking into alternative approaches to offering these engagements and have started trialling these. We are still taking applications to our post-16 summer projects, Get Set and Get Ready, and our Year 10/11 Widening Participation programme for activities due in July and August. These projects will be subject to ongoing review and dates may change accordingly.

We have cancelled all LIPA 4-19 sessions until September 2020. As a result of this, we will sadly no longer be able to continue with our end of year shows. We're still hopeful to run our summer school throughout July/August and we will keep you updated regarding this as well as any information about the LIPA 4-19 weekend academies on the LIPA 4-19 website.

We have established a team to closely monitor and manage the situation and we will continue to act on the advice of Public Health England and the NHS.

We will update our advice as new government and Public Health England guidance emerges.

We are grateful to our staff and students for all their cooperation, help and support at this challenging time. Please find some key documents for relevant groups below:

FAQs for students 9th April 2020

Accommodation Update (21st April 2020)

Staff Update (26th March 2020)

Working from home guidance

Keeping updated

Head of Discipline or Module Leaders will be providing more detailed guidance and LGTs are still available to support our students. We encourage our students to regularly check the Moodle site, their e-mails and our website for the latest updates and advice. For the latest guidance about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel advice please visit:

The NHS

Public Health England

Foreign and Comonwealth Office