The RCM campus is open with social distancing measures in place for individual music-making, one-to-one teaching and RCM Library ‘click and collect’ service.
The health and wellbeing of the RCM community is our top priority and protective measures have been put in place to help ensure the safest possible use of the building at this time. This includes requiring all staff and students to wear facemasks on campus. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
We expect the full range of College facilities to be operational by September 2020. Our focus will be on providing space for music-making activities on campus and in-person delivery of as many activities as possible. To support this, we are planning a flexible curriculum for the autumn that will enable students to benefit from our world-leading teaching and facilities while keeping safe, as well as taking advantage of our digital learning environment.
From September, we will be resuming our performance programme with social distancing measures in place. We will facilitate student music-making both with classmates and the roster of celebrated visiting artists who will be coming to the College to work with us. The programme includes a wide range of solo and chamber music, moving to orchestral repertoire, festivals and fully staged operas in the spring.
Some of these projects will use blended approaches to learning with both live and digital interaction, harnessing all the additional benefits that online resources can bring. Our autumn events season will include specially commissioned films and an expanded programme of streaming and recording to share our performances, masterclasses and other activities with global audiences.
By January 2021 we are planning to return to teaching all classes onsite, except where we think digital delivery is better for students.
The Royal College of Music is a highly creative and adaptable community of exceptional students, professors and staff.
To see how the RCM community has pulled together to create music remotely follow #RCMCommunity on social media.
How will the operational changes affect my studies from September 2020?
We have made plans for the autumn term that will enable all students to return to their courses in September and benefit from our world-leading teaching and facilities in London while keeping safe.
Our new Performance Hall and Performance Studio are now open and will be joined by our new Museum in spring 2021. The building development also includes a new café and bar around a large atrium and a new courtyard.
Like many other universities and colleges, we will be using a blended approach to learning during the autumn term 2020. This will allow delivery of all aspects of your programme in a safe and flexible way. For those of you who experience travel difficulties returning to London for the start of term, we will ensure that you have access to online teaching and resources to keep on track with your studies.
We recommend that all students have access to a personal laptop or tablet for engaging with all aspects of their studies, both in-person and online. As a reminder, all RCM students can download Office 365 (including Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Teams, Outlook and OneDrive) for free.
I am currently overseas and planning on returning to the UK for the start of term. What do I need to consider?
The UK government is currently asking travellers from many countries to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Some countries are exempt from these requirements – these are listed here. The government will be reviewing these plans every three weeks and the list of exempt countries could change before September.
The key points in the government’s self-isolation guidance are:
- You need to complete a contact details form on-line before your flight
- On arrival, if you do not have other means of transport, you can use public transport to get to where you will be living
- If you need to, you can leave your accommodation to get basic necessities, like food, but you should try to get someone to get these things for you, such as through our Buddy Scheme.
The full guidance is here.
We will provide as much support as possible to students who are self-isolating – both with practical help and to provide learning and social support to keep you occupied so that the time goes as quickly and pleasantly as possible until you join us on campus.
If you will be living at Prince Consort Village, they will write to you with information about all their safety measures to give you peace of mind during your stay, including support with self-isolation. Rooms at Prince Consort Village are designed so that students can practice in their rooms.
For those not living at PCV, the Students’ Union will be offering a Buddy Scheme to provide support, for example to help with food shopping.
Do I have to come to campus for my one-to-one lessons in September?
Most students are eager to return to London and to studying on campus. But we realise that some students may have problems travelling to the UK right now, or may have health issues that may make it difficult for them to come on campus, therefore may have no choice but to study remotely by on-line distance learning for a short period in the autumn. We will consider requests to start studies remotely sympathetically.
Students returning on the same course should submit a Leave of Absence form, specifiying that they need to begin this year's studies by distance learning.
The College will provide digital teaching to ensure that you do not fall behind with your studies. This will include online lessons, comprehensive digital resources and support, and recordings on on-site classes. However, we are unable to offer equivalent, interactive digital provision for all practical activities (eg conducting or chamber music.) In some cases, we may ask you to change your options/modules to accommodate an extended period of distance learning.
I have lost work due to coronavirus and am worried about paying my fees – what should I do?
We recognise that some students will have been relying on gigs, teaching and other work to both pay their fees and to cover their living costs and most of this work will have been cancelled. We have set up a hardship fund to provide what support we can for students with the greatest need. To apply for support, please visit the RCM Covid-19 Hardship Fund page on Learn.rcm.
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.
How does taking my exams later than originally planned affect my Tier 4 visa?
Tier 4 visas are always granted with a ‘wrap up’ period at the end to allow for students who need to undertake deferred assessments or resit exams. This means that there is already provision within the Immigration Rules for exams taking place later than expected. For most of the RCM's courses lasting 12 months or more, you will have a wrap-up period of 4 months, which means your visa should not expire until November.
For those on courses lasting less than 12 months (normally Artist Diploma students), you will have a two-month wrap up period before your visa expires in September. The planned late summer practical exam period has been timed to allow everyone to complete their exams and get their results without needing to apply for a visa extension.
When will I get my degree certificate?
Instead of waiting for the graduation ceremony, your degree certificate will be posted to you in early October. We expect to be able to notify students of results by email shortly after the Board of Examiners meetings. Academic transcripts will be issued as quickly as possible after results are confirmed by the Boards of Examiners. Artist Diploma students should expect confirmation on 9 September with confirmation for all other programmes on 10 September. Transcripts will be issued by mail in the following days. If you need to make a new visa application you only need to provide your final academic transcript – it is not necessary to have received your certificate for this purpose.
How can I get in touch with the RCM Junior Department?
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Accessing support remotely
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Prejudice connected with coronavirus
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