Following the developing situation around Covid-19 and to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the RCM community, we are following Government instructions and have closed our campus buildings until further notice. We have no confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the RCM but we are committed to safeguarding our community and the wider public.
We are closing all College buildings, meaning that students should not come to College to practise or socialise. All members of staff who can work from home should do so. We remain digitally operational with remote delivery of lessons and professional services.
Please be patient with us as we work hard to facilitate this change. By following the social distancing policies that are being put in place around the world, we will all do our part to limit the spread of coronavirus.
Latest advice from the UK authorities
We are a highly creative and adaptable community of exceptional students, faculty, and staff and we have every confidence that we will successfully continue to deliver the highest quality teaching and learning.
I have decided to return home – how should I inform the RCM?
If you have decided to return home, whether to another area of the UK or overseas, please complete a Leave of Absence form. We are moving to online learning so that you can continue your studies remotely and will be in touch with you on the specifics of this, so please continue to check your RCM emails and Learn.rcm.
How will the operational changes affect my studies?
The RCM is making arrangements for all teaching and classes to be delivered digitally so that students can continue with their studies remotely rather than coming to the College. If you are well, we expect you to make every effort to keep up with your lessons and assessments as normal.
However, on the rare occasion that a lesson has been missed and you think that the outcome of an assessment or exam has been negatively affected, you should submit a mitigating circumstances claim. The individual circumstances you present will be taken into account by the Mitigating Circumstances Committee.
Do digital lessons count as official lessons?
Yes, learning and teaching via digital means counts as official lesson time.
How will my Tier 4 visa be affected if I have returned to my home country?
The Home Office has confirmed that, due to the exceptional circumstances, the RCM can continue to sponsor you on your Tier 4 visa even if you are currently studying via distance learning from your home country. This includes if you need to be away from the UK for more than 60 days.
How will my Tier 4 visa be affected if I am unwell and unable to participate in classes?
If you are required to miss classes because you are unwell or because of other disruption caused by coronavirus, this will be classed as an authorised absence and will not negatively affect your attendance record as a Tier 4 student. Please make sure you notify your teacher as normal.
What happens if my current studies are affected? I'm worried about meeting academic entry conditions for the RCM
We hope that closure of schools and universities will be a temporary measure and that you will be able to complete of your current studies in time to begin your course at the RCM.
If the situation changes we will provide updates.
What do I do if I cannot take my English language test?
We would like to reassure you that the RCM is aware of the closure of test centres and is monitoring the situation.
If you need to take an IELTS test (or other approved English language test), we recommend that you make a booking now for a test date in a few months’ time as test centres will become very busy when they re-open.
Support for students
Accessing support remotely
Student Services will be providing support remotely until further notice. Students can use the resources on the Student Services Learn pages or contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are concerned about coronavirus or worried about friends and family, please do not hesitate to get in touch for advice and support
If you are currently receiving counselling, the Counsellors will be in touch with you to arrange sessions.
Students are also encouraged to use online services such as The Big White Wall, which is available 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
Prejudice connected with coronavirus
The Royal College of Music has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism. If you witness or experience bullying or harassment, your voice will be heard and taken seriously.
Students should report any misconduct to the Academic Registrar: email@example.com.
Students can contact Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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