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Guidance for students

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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.

The content below reflects operational changes brought into effect on 17 March and further changes following nationwide Government instructions on 23 March.

This page was last updated on 23 March and will be updated again in the event of further changes.

Please check your email, Asimut and Learn.rcm regularly for specific updates relevant to you and your work.

RCM buildings & services

  • All campus buildings are closed until further notice and students should not travel to the College to practise or socialise.
  • All teaching is taking place online and students should not travel to College for lessons.
  • The RCM Library is closed until further notice but the full range of online library services will continue to be available.
  • Student Services will be providing support remotely until further notice.

Returning home

  • We understand that many students and their parents will want them to be home, whether in the UK or overseas, at this time. We ask that students complete a Leave of Absence form and complete their studies remotely (see below).

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.

Learning & teaching

Academic classes

  • We have moved to online learning until further notice.
  • For academic teaching, please check email and Learn.rcm for information from your Head of Programme or Module Coordinator regarding the delivery of your class content. We will be working hard to deliver your courses to you for the rest of the term.

One-to-one teaching (principal, second & related studies)

  • Your lessons will be delivered digitally. Your professor will be in contact with you directly to arrange lessons via Microsoft Teams or similar digital means.
  • Your Head of Faculty will be in touch with you about other faculty activities.

Performance programme

  • All performances, rehearsals and masterclasses from now until further notice have been cancelled or delayed until we can reschedule them.

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.

More detailed information on changes to our learning, teaching and assessment are available on Learn.rcm. Please refer to this regularly for the latest guidance and procedures relating to your studies.

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Exams

Academic assessments

  • Most academic assessments are already submitted on Learn.rcm. In some academic modules you will be set a replacement assessment brief to enable remote submission. In such cases the Module Coordinator will contact you this week with full instructions on the replacement assessment.
  • For some academic modules your mark will be calculated based on work already submitted this academic year. The Module Coordinator will contact you this week to explain how this will work.
  • It is important that all students continue to study, prepare and submit assessments as planned. Please make use of the mitigating circumstances form if you are unwell and cannot submit on time.

Performance examinations

  • There will be no in-person practical examinations this Spring Term.
  • We are looking at a range of options regarding plans for the summer term and your performance exams. These we will be communicated to you by 3 April and we will remain in regular contact.

Can I defer exams?

Exams will not be deferred but will operate in a different way. We will contact all students with additional information on the arrangements for remote performance assessments, so please continue to check your RCM emails and Learn.rcm.

More detailed information on changes to our learning, teaching and assessment are available on learn.rcm. Please refer to this regularly for the latest guidance and procedures relating to your studies.

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Self-isolating

  • If you are following Government advice and self-isolating you should inform the RCM, even if you are continuing to study remotely.
  • Complete the online form on learn.rcm.
  • The form will prompt you to provide a few key details that are helpful to the RCM in managing the developing situation. We are moving to online learning so that you can continue your studies even if required to self-isolate, providing you are well.

Students on Tier 4 visas

  • We appreciate that students on Tier 4 visas have specific concerns in the event that you decide to return to your home country or if you are unwell and unable to study.
  • There will be large numbers of international students at UK universities in this situation and we expect the Home Office will provide further guidance on this matter in due course.

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. 

RCM Junior Department

  • The RCM Junior Department is closed until after Easter. This is a precautionary measure intended to safeguard our community.

Students beginning courses in 2020

  • We are aware that in some locations schools and universities have had to close for a period to help contain the spread of the virus.
  • Language test centres in some locations are also closed at the moment, including all IELTS test centres in China.
  • The RCM is monitoring the situation closely and if necessary will offer flexibility with deadlines.

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 studentservices@rcm.ac.uk. 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: elly.taylor@rcm.ac.uk.

Students can contact Student Services at studentservices@rcm.ac.uk .

Further questions

If we have not answered your question please email coronavirus@rcm.ac.uk

 

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