2020/21 Academic Year FAQs

Note: this information was published in July 2020. For updated information please see our 'Keeping Our Community Safe' section.

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The latest information and updates from Leeds Conservatoire about the Academic Year 2020/21 will be posted on this page.

We have undertaken detailed planning for next year, in consultation with the HE sector and taking advice from the government. We have made plans for every eventuality and will release updated information about our plans as and when it becomes available.

If you have any questions about your studies during the academic year 2020/21, please contact help@lcm.ac.uk.


Start of term

What is the start date for Autumn term?

Induction for first year, foundation year and postgraduate students started on 21 September, with teaching starting in the week commencing 28 September. This is one week later than planned. (First year includes students progressing from foundation year.)

Induction for second (L5) and third (L6) year students, will start on 28 September, with teaching starting in the week commencing 5 October. This is two weeks later than planned.

A full academic calendar has now been published. Please note that for most students, there will not be a reading week in the first semester.

What are the plans for Freshers’ Week and Induction?

You can find more about Welcome & Induction for new students on our website.

Leeds Conservatoire Students’ Union (LCSU) have organised a range of both interactive online activities and safe, socially distanced in-person events to help welcome students to Leeds and the conservatoire itself.

Welcome Week (which spans two weeks) will run from Monday 21 September to Sunday 4 October. You can find all of this information on the LCSU Facebook Page.

Students will be able to meet the LCSU team, find out about societies and sports teams and meet staff and other students from all years and courses. Not only this, but they will be hosting quizzes, bingo, live cook-alongs, city tours, open mic nights and so much more. 

LCSU Freshers’ Facebook Page (new students only)  

LCSU Community Facebook Page (for new and current students and alumni.)  

Follow LCSU on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram

How will I know if it is safe to start studying in September and what precautions is Leeds Conservatiore taking?

Your health and safety is a priority. We are mindful of government guidance around issues such as social distancing and are continually assessing our spaces to ensure that they are safe to use. We are building circulation and cleaning into the timetable and will only deliver teaching in-person when it can be done safely.

Find out more about how we are delivering your tuition.


Access to Facilities

Will individual practice be permitted on campus?

Students will be able to access practice rooms and rehearsal spaces if it is safe to do so. Availability may be reduced based on room capacities for social distancing, and safety precautions such as additional cleaning.

Will I be able to use the recording studios?

Students will be able to access studios if it is safe to do so. Availability may be reduced based on room capacities for social distancing, and safety precautions such as additional cleaning.

Can I borrow resources from the library?

A Library service will be available for you to access the texts, scores and resources that you need to study.


Teaching

Will all of my lectures be delivered online?

We are planning a combination of online and in-person teaching. In planning our teaching for next year, we have taken into account the particular resources you will need to continue your learning. We will prioritise your access to the specific resources you will need to complete your programme of study e.g. studio access for Music Production students, or access to space for dance sessions for Musical Theatre students.

Find out how all of your modules will be delivered on our 'Delivering Your Tuition' page.

How will I be assessed?

Wherever possible we will be using the original assessments from your chosen degree of study. In some instances we will ask for these assessments to be submitted online. For performance assessments we are looking to deliver these face-to-face, but are reviewing government guidance on public events.

Find out how all of your modules will be delivered on our 'Delivering Your Tuition' page.

Will I still be able to take part in performances?

We are currently working with our Events and Programme teams to consider how we continue performance work across our activities – whether linked directly to your programme, or additional opportunities e.g. core ensembles. We understand how the opportunity to perform is an integral part of your conservatoire experience and will be exploring the different opportunities we can offer in safe, sustainable ways.

Find out how all of your modules will be delivered during Semester 1 on our 'Delivering Your Tuition' page.

What do I do if I am unable to take part in any in-person elements of my tuition?

We will try to make alternative arrangements for you, depending on what the issue is.

Find out how all of your modules will be delivered on our 'Delivering Your Tuition' page.

Can I suspend my studies for a year and return in September 2021?

Yes, this is a possibility. You should contact HEAdmin@lcm.ac.uk who will help you with the application process.

Before making a decision, you may wish to contact your Programme Leader for some academic advice, and the Student Funding Team to find out what this means for your student loan or if you have financial questions, or the Health and Wellbeing Team if you have health concerns. If you do not know where to direct your question, please email HEAdmin@lcm.ac.uk and they will help you.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss student, you should be aware that it is likely that you will need a study visa to resume your course in September 2021.  You can see information published by the UK Government here. The guidance does not cover the situation where students have interrupted their studies however it should be considered that this is a possibility.


Accommodation and Finance

What happens if I get Coronavirus whilst living in Leeds?

If you begin displaying symptoms of COVID-19 infection, you must go home immediately and self isolate in line with the current guidelines: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

This may mean that the people you live with will also need to isolate. You will need to inform us through the normal absence reporting procedures, as will the people you live with. 

You will also need to inform your accommodation provider or landlord so they can make necessary arrangements to keep you, other tenants and staff safe. More information will be available from your accommodation provider prior to you moving in.

If you are an international student, you will need to register with the NHS and a local GP when you arrive to ensure you can access medical care if needed. This can be done via telephone in the first instance; you might need to sign up in person after you have completed your 14 days of self-isolation. You can find information on how to access health care as a student here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/getting-medical-care-as-a-student/

Most of our students register with Leeds Student Medical Practice: https://www.leedsstudentmedicalpractice.co.uk/

I am an international student and will need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, do you have specific accommodation for this purpose?

We do not anticipate specific quarantine accommodation will be needed as self-isolation can take place in “your own home”, which we understand to include student accommodation. Please check with your accommodation provider before travelling to the UK as they may have specific advice for you. We will add further information as it becomes available.

Government guidelines on self-isolation for those arriving in the UK can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

I’ve decided to stay in my family home rather than moving into student accommodation. Do I need to tell Student Finance?

Yes, if you don’t then this will result in a loan overpayment which will be recovered by Student Finance

You can find more Covid-19 FAQs and answers to common questions from Student Finance England here: latest SFE guidance on the GOV.UK website.

As the start of term is now starting a week later, when will I receive my first student loan payment?

New students: If you have registered with Leeds Conservatoire online, and you have received a Notification of Entitlement about your student finance, you will receive your maintenance loan after you collect your ID card. ID cards will be issued at the Registration/Induction sessions on 21, 22 & 23 September 2020. Payments take 4 working days to reach your account.

Returning students: If you have re-registered with Leeds Conservatoire online, and you have received a Notification of Entitlement about your student finance, you will receive your maintenance loan on, or within 4 days, of 28th September 2020.

What will it be like living in my student accommodation?

If you have booked into purpose-built student accommodation or ‘halls’, you can expect things to be different this year to keep all residents and staff safe. Your accommodation provider will send you information before you move in so you know what to expect and any rules you need to follow. You can expect measures such as floor markings to help maintain social distancing, enhanced cleaning of communal areas, hand sanitising stations and one-way systems.

You must always comply with the latest government guidelines when mixing with others from outside your flat (or household). This includes any local restrictions that may be imposed.

If you have booked into a Unite Students property (such as Joseph Stones House or Clarence Dock Village) this short video will answer some of the questions you may have: 


Support for Students

I’m feeling anxious about leaving home, is there any support at Leeds Conservatoire?

We can offer; informal wellbeing advice, exploring a range of topics from healthy eating and sleep to homesickness, confidential counselling to help you to explore difficult thoughts and feelings and tailored mental health support if you have any long standing mental health issues.

See our Health & Wellbeing pages for information and how to contact the team.

Is this support available on campus?

The support that we provide will be offered within the main building subject to safety advice relating to social distancing, cleaning and circulation or via email or Microsoft Teams. Sometimes a referral to an external agency or advice around self-help materials might be more helpful to you. We can work with you to identify what type of support would best meet your needs during your time with us.

See our Health & Wellbeing pages for information and how to contact the team.

Do you provide any tailored support for musicians and performers and will I have to pay for it?

Yes, we provide a range of regular wellbeing services within the conservatoire as well as small group workshops. These cover topics relevant to musicians and performers such as performance anxiety, Alexander Technique and resilience.

Some or all of this support may be offered remotely via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

We can also signpost students to external organisations for further help.

All wellbeing services that we provide are free to full-time students registered at Leeds Conservatoire.

See our Performers' Wellbeing pages for information and how to contact the team.

Will any of the Health & Wellbeing group sessions be going ahead in the new academic year if social distancing remains in place.

Yes, we are planning to offer some group sessions remotely if social distancing remains in place; we are keen to continue to offer all of our existing services, even if this is remotely via MS Teams video sessions or Zoom.

How do I access support with my Health and Wellbeing?

You can get in touch with us to access the service following registration at the conservatoire by emailing HealthandWellbeing@lcm.ac.uk

What support does the conservatoire provide for disabled students?

Many students’ support needs are met through adjustments to teaching and learning including for example:

  • Extra exam time
  • Extensions to assignment deadlines
  • Weekly study skills workshops
  • Lecture capture system, Panopto.

Other support needs may be met through individual reasonable adjustments and Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which our Disability Advisers can help you to apply for.

If you want to talk to one of our Advisers about any aspect of the support we offer please email disability@lcm.ac.uk.

I had extra time in exams at school, will that continue at Leeds Conservatoire?

It may be that you can also get extra time in exams and assessments here at Leeds Conservatoire; you can discuss this with our disability support team before you register or as soon as possible after you’ve registered in September.

If you want to talk to one of our Advisers about this please email disability@lcm.ac.uk.

I am dyslexic, can I get help and if so who do I need to talk to?

During the application process there are many opportunities for you to declare your disability and the conservatoire’s Disability Advisers, are always happy to discuss your individual needs and requirements at any point during your studies.

If you have not already done so you are encouraged to contact them by emailing disability@lcm.ac.uk.

As an international student I am worried that due to social distancing measures and needed self-isolation I will feel lonely and won’t be able to make new friends – is there any special support for me?

Current guidance is that if required, self-isolation lasts 14 days upon arrival; after that if you have not developed any symptoms, you will be able to meet people outside your household. You can look up the current guidelines here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

We are planning a variety of different activities (in person and online) for new students to get to know each other and have the best possible start in Leeds. Many of these can be done whilst self-isolating. You can find information on all of the events on the Leeds Conservatoire Students' Union Facebook Page.

If you’re struggling with adjusting to your new life in the UK, you can contact the International Student Wellbeing Adviser for support and advice: HealthandWellbeing@lcm.ac.uk


Application/Auditions

Are you still holding open days?

While we are unable to hold in-person open days, you can access our online open day on our website. The online open day includes films of welcome talks, course talks and student panels at previous open days. You can also take a virtual tour around key areas of the campus, and find information on applying, accommodation, funding and student support.

You can access this on-demand at any time, and once you've registered, we’ll keep you updated about upcoming live video chat sessions with course leaders and student services teams.

What are the UCAS Conservatoires application dates/how do I apply?

You can apply to our Classical and Jazz courses via UCAS Conservatoires. The deadline for equal consideration is 1 October. You can find out more about how to apply on the UCAS website: https://www.ucas.com/conservatoires/how-apply-through-ucas-conservatoires

How will auditions be taking place?

We are currently working with our programme and admissions teams to develop our audition experience. Your audition may take place online or in-person, but we will provide full guidance for you over the coming weeks.


Leeds Junior Conservatoire

Can my child join Leeds Junior Conservatoire?

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for Leeds Junior Conservatoire.

Will Leeds Junior Conservatoire be delivered online?

In 2020-21 we will be delivering lessons using a blend of face-to-face and online learning. You can find out more about our online lessons and visit us on one of our virtual open days and find out more about the high-level training we offer for talented young musicians.

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