Covid-19 Update 27 March 2020

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23rd March, Leeds Arts University has closed its buildings until further notice. We are now delivering teaching and support online, and staff are working from home. Support for students is available through Student Welfare, Academic Support, English Language Support and Careers. Teaching will break for Easter from Friday 27th March for higher education students and from Friday 3rd April for further education students.

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors and we continue to follow Government advice, delivered through the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, in order to make decisions about how we operate during this difficult time. 

We have introduced measures to ensure students are able to continue with their studies and are able to progress to the next year or to finish their qualification without being dependent on physical access to the buildings following the Covid-19 lockdown. This situation is fluid and we are monitoring and following the advice from the Government very carefully and giving regular updates to students.

We are doing everything possible to protect the academic quality and integrity of our awards, we are continuing to run our Boards of Examiners and to engage with our external examiners and all of our quality processes continue remotely.

We have increased and extended the scope of our Hardship Fund to assist students during this period.

We will email regular updates to students, staff and applicants over the forthcoming weeks.

We have not been notified of any confirmed cases of Covid-19 among staff, students or visitors.

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Are you delivering online teaching for students?

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23rd March, Leeds Arts University has closed its buildings until further notice. We are now delivering teaching and support online, and staff are working from home. Support for students is available through Student Welfare, Academic Support, English Language Support and Careers. Teaching will break for Easter from Friday 27th March for higher education students and from Friday 3rd April for further education students.

What are your teaching and support arrangements?

We have deployed a variety of online technologies to ensure we can continue to support our global community. Changes vary and are specific to what is practical in the context of each module and course and includes lecture materials supported with resources . The methods may include screen/audio capture, Google Hangouts and Skype. Tutorials, both course related and pastoral, continue to be delivered. The visiting professionals enhancement also continues to be delivered to courses but has now also moved online.

Support is available through Student Welfare, Academic Support, English Language Support and Careers which includes resources, group sessions and 1:1 appointments online.

Students have been given access to software and a range of electronic ebooks, journals, magazines, image databases and moving image streaming across a range of subject areas. Students are also able to access courses on software skills through LinkedIn Learning.

The workshop and resources staff are also available to give advice and tutorials online, as are the IT support staff.

Information and guidance documents are all held in one place for students so they are able to access support in all areas as they need it.

What are your submission arrangements?

We have created the infrastructure for all submissions to be digital and thus submitted online. We have deployed a variety of technologies to enable all our students to submit assessment remotely.

A global 2-week extension has been applied to all assessments after Easter to take account for the unprecedented circumstances. Students are not required to produce evidence for this extension as deadlines have been automatically adjusted on module briefs.

We have taken the decision to keep the waiver of assessment under review. Should any assessment waivers be decided we will communicate this to students in good time.

How are you supporting students without IT equipment or internet access?

We understand that some students may not have adequate access to either IT equipment or internet connections that would enable them to engage with their studies remotely. We also know that access to additional IT equipment is extremely difficult to organise given the interruption to production and supply as a result of Covid-19.

We have already provided students who have requested help in this category with equipment. 

What measures did you put in place to protect against the spread of the virus?

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23rd March, Leeds Arts University has closed its buildings until further notice. We are now delivering teaching and support online, and staff are working from home. Support for students is available through Student Welfare, Academic Support, English Language Support and Careers. Teaching will break for Easter from Friday 27th March for higher education students and from Friday 3rd April for further education students.

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak we introduced precautionary measures to help safeguard our staff, students and visitors:

  • We had regular steering group meetings in the University to ensure we are dealing with any risks proportionately and that any changes we make are in line with Government advice;
  • We put processes in place for Non-UK based students who have to return home early due to travel restrictions;
  • We provided a dedicated staff and student intranet pages (Portal and E-Studio) for communications, advice and guidance to all staff and students;
  • All international and UK trips have been postponed and the University is reimbursing students;
  • We introduced additional cleaning measures which cover communal areas as well as some of the equipment being used;
  • We displayed government information and advice posters around the University. Hand washing is the most effective way to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses so we are asking everyone to follow the guidance on this;
  • Online teaching is now in place and staff are working from home.

Is Leeds Arts University aware of any confirmed cases among staff, students or visitors?

The University has not been notified of any confirmed cases of Covid-19 among staff, students or visitors.

Are you advising UK or international students to return home?

We have put processes in place for Non-UK based students who have to return home early due to travel restrictions.

Will you be cancelling course open days?

Following current advice from the UK Government, our Extended Diploma in Art & Design open day on 18 March and Access to Higher Education open day on 25 March will be postponed. We hope to reschedule the Extended Diploma in Art & Design open day in due course. Those planning to attend the Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design) open day will be invited to attend a second open day scheduled for 10 June. We will be contacting all those who have registered for an open day by email to keep them updated.

At present the following 2020 open days are scheduled to take place:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design 16 May
  • Postgraduate study 16 May
  • Undergraduate study 10 June
  • Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design) 10 June

These dates will be kept under review as the situation develops.

Will you be cancelling student recruitment interviews?

Given the Government’s advice to only travel if it is essential to do so, all interviews and auditions have been cancelled. If you have been booked to attend an interview/audition, our Admissions team will get in touch with you regarding alternative arrangements. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.