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Information on Coronavirus for Students


London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA) is closely monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic and is taking measures to ensure the health of our staff and students. You can use this page to find answers to question you might have about how the situation is affecting LCCA’s activities.

Letter to students - 1st March 2021

Dear Students,

You may have heard the Prime Minister in last week’s announcement that Universities may begin a staged re-opening of campus facilities.  

As your Head of College, I write to explain some of LCCA’s rationale for how we can achieve this.

I am interpreting the Government Guidance (from this link) and balancing the guidance with the decision outcomes of my staff, senior leadership and various stakeholders.

The key point from the Government guidelines is that we are to continue to teach online wherever possible and only invite students back who fall under the following remit (highlights in bold are our emphasis): 

‘We are now advising providers that they can resume in-person teaching and learning for students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities from 8 March. Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online’.

For LCCA this means, under these Government guidelines, that students who are on Graphic Design and Fashion (Design) courses may return to campus from the 8th March (subject to showing that they are Covid-negative by bringing this evidence with them). 

Please read on for the detail regarding this return. The admin team and your Course Director will be in touch with you directly regarding your access to campus.  

I should like to highlight that anyone who is not comfortable returning to campus for any reason, we give you full volition of this decision for you to not return (if you are a creative practice student, but you do not wish to return to campus for example).  

We ask that you please communicate your decision to your Course Director and the Admin team, and we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable with any choice you have made and feel fully supported by us.  

Those of you who are on non-creative courses who wish to return, we are sorry that the Government guidelines do not permit this at the time of writing, but we will continue to support you with your online teaching. Spring break for LCCA is the week closing March 26th for two weeks, returning to teaching the week beginning 12th April. We hope to have more information from the Government than regarding the return to campus for all students and all courses.  

I have read the advice issued by the Government and I wanted to highlight elements that will influence the process of re-opening of LCCA. Going through the 34 pages of the document, the Government has stated that:

Opening Campus to Students

(my comments are in italics, in response) 

We are now advising providers that they can resume in-person teaching and learning for students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities from 8 March.

Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online. 

Hence the creative business courses and Foundation will continue online. 

Providers should organise the return of students in a way that minimises the need for large numbers of students to travel between households at the same time.

Therefore, we shall continue to deliver teaching online for all courses, but permit access for some units for students who need access to specialist equipment and facilities only.

Providers should consider supporting the return of students in exceptional circumstances, for example, where students do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities, or study space, or where students need to return for health or safety reasons.

Providing study space and H&S reasons are being considered as we plan for re-opening the campus. If you think you fall under this category and you are not on a practice based creative course, then please email admin@lcca.org.uk and advise your course director of your intention and we will work with you to find a solution.  

Managing Covid Risk

Students are encouraged to test before they travel back to University, where community testing facilities are available to them.

Once students have returned to their term-time accommodation, they must remain living there unless an exemption to the national restrictions on leaving home and gatherings applies.

Providers should set a clear expectation that all students should access coronavirus (COVID-19) testing immediately on their return to university and on a twice weekly basis thereafter.

LCCA does NOT have a Test and Trace Testing Clinic prepared or staff trained as we are a small institution and we do not currently have the resource to carry this risk.  

Therefore, all students must autonomously test and only come to campus with the negative test confirmed before your scheduled teaching. You can find your local community testing site here.

LCCA operated a Covid-safe process for access to the College; this procedure will continue, as before. The procedures established before the recent lockdown for access to campus will continue (QR code / temperature testing at reception of LCCA) in addition to your proof of a negative Covid test. 

We will keep you updated if LCCA are intending to provide an in-house operation of a Test and Trace Clinic at 9 Holborn, and we will detail this to you in our regular communications.  

Further steps to normality

We will offer all remaining courses (any that are not creative practice, such as Hospitality and Management, Fashion Management and Marketing, Business, and Foundation) online as they have been from the beginning of term.

The government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of remaining students. 

We will give a week’s notice to students and providers ahead of any further return. 

Providers should not offer in-person teaching before then, or later if further guidance to this effect is issued and should encourage students to remain at their current accommodation until the resumption of their in-person teaching, wherever possible.

As soon as we are told that we can, we shall!

All promises are subject to change as we continue to comply with the Government guidelines. 

LCCA has a lot of preparatory work to complete and we appreciate your support during this time as everyone navigates the new normal. Please know I will be in touch with further details and in a timely manner as soon as we have them. Remember, too, that the admin@lcca.org.uk email is available to you to allow you to contact us if you are struggling.  

I will remain in regular contact with you, please email me or come to the Virtual Tea with the Head of College (on Fridays) and we have Engagement Officers, Admin Staff, Unit Leaders, Course Directors and the Director of Programmes as touch points for your engagement, wellbeing and flourishing, which remain of the utmost importance to us.  

We are all here to help you during these tough times. Please stay responsible and safe for yourself and your families, thank you for your patience and due diligence (if you are going to be on campus) and if you have any suggestions for us on any matter to support you further, please get in touch.  

Yours Sincerely, 
Dr. Kate Armstrong
Head of College

Letter to students - 8th January 2021

Dear Students,

Welcome back to LCCA term one, part two and a Happy New Year to all of you from all of us. As you know, we took a pre-emptive strategy to move your teaching online for the first week of your return, given the trajectory of the pandemic. This was a sensible move, given the announcement by the Government on the evening of 4th January 2021.

Following the announcement by the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that a national lockdown has commenced, we have a challenging start to 2021. Whilst the continuing restrictions are extremely tough on us all, it is hugely inspiring to receive messages and actions of positivity and resilience from many in our community and I wish you all happiness, health and fulfilment for the new year. I have stated previously that our LCCA community-engaged and working together is a powerful and positive force – together we will continue to move forward positively and to achieve great things.

LCCA and our partner University, UCA has been and continues to be well-prepared in delivering a high-quality, career-focused education throughout the pandemic and in managing changes to Covid-19 transmission/government guidance throughout this academic year. Following on from my message at the end of 2020 updating you on the implications of government Covid-19 guidance this letter is a further update on how we will respond. The UK is now in national lockdown until at least 15th February when government guidance is subject to review. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

As such, we have taken the decision to continue teaching online in accordance with the Government guidelines until at least the end of term 15th February. Before this date, we shall reassess the situation and keep you informed and communicated with at every stage. I am confident in the skills and dedication of my teaching and administrative staff who will continue to give you an excellent and continued experience online and that your studies with us will continue to thrive.

As ever, your mental health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us and we are recruiting academic engagement officers in addition to your unit leaders, course directors and the Director of Programmes, all of whom are dedicated to ensuring that you are safe, well and successful with your chosen course. In addition, the academic team have been tasked to create more innovative and creative concepts designed to enhance your teaching and learning experience whilst working remotely, while also nurturing a student community of your own. I am excited to hear what they will come up with and your collective responses. It is important now more than ever that we rally together, use our creative abilities collectively to raise the vibration of our LCCA community and thrive during these uncertain times.

The College is very concerned that you continue to work and study safely and confidently and your wellbeing and mental health remain a top priority and concern. If you have any concerns, help is available, please reach out directly to your course director, unit leader or tutor and suitable support will be provided to you. Naturally, you can expect me to keep you informed of progress at LCCA and all COVID-19 related issues.

I and the LCCA team wish you and your families a safe and restful time during this lockdown, which you can use to facilitate your studies and excel in your chosen crafts and disciplines. We are here for you throughout this time and wish you well until we can welcome you back to campus.

With Best Wishes,
Dr. Kate Armstrong

Further reading: Update - 26th May 2020

The UK government has now outlined its strategy for easing lockdown restrictions. It is currently too early to say when the LCCA campus will reopen. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority, so we will only reopen campus when it is safe to do so and in-line with UK government advice. Please do not come back onto campus until notified to do so by LCCA.

If you think you may have coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus you should follow the advice provided by the Government and contact emergency@lcca.org.uk.

Please keep checking here for further updates.

 

Further reading: Letter to students - 16 April 2020

Dear Students

Lockdown extended for another three weeks

In yesterday’s daily press conference on 16th April 2020 Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced that the government has decided that the current lockdown measures must remain in place for at least the next three weeks.

Therefore, LCCA has taken the necessary advice and guidance so the campus will remain closed for a further three weeks, until 7 May 2020.

Courses will continue to be delivered to students online for the period of the suspended campus delivery, with faculty keeping in touch with students to provide full details on coursework.

The severity of the response and potential impact on students is taken seriously by the College and we will endeavour to maintain sufficient levels of provision and support. Your well-being and mental health are important to us, so we have recently updated MyPage and Canvas with a link to access information on how to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak

If you think you may have coronavirus; have been to a high-risk country in the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus you should follow the advice provided by the Government and contact emergency@lcca.org.uk. Anyone showing any symptoms, however minor, should follow the advice here.

Please access and read your e-mails often because we will be communicating with you regularly during this period. We’re here to help you so please email admin@lcca.org.uk if you have any further queries or questions.

On behalf of LCCA, I would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these testing times. Stay well and stay safe.

Best wishes,

Sharjeel Nawaz

FCMI, FAPM

Principal, LCCA

Further reading: Letter to students - 18 March 2020

Dear Students

Since the emergence of COVID-19, LCCA has employed measures to maintain a safe workplace and adopted hygiene practices to protect the health of our students, colleagues, and visitors. LCCA position to date has been to maintain ‘business as usual’ or until otherwise instructed by UK authorities.

In his press conference on 16th March 2020 Prime Minister, Boris Johnson highlighted the need to relieve pressure on the health service and indicated that the peak of the epidemic is coming faster in some parts of the country than in others, especially in London. In response, the government is adopting a series of measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus and has advised us all to avoid non-essential contact with others social distancing and to stop all unnecessary travel. Please click here to see the PM’s full statement

Following recent events LCCA has taken the necessary advice and guidance and as a precautionary measure will be temporarily suspending on-campus delivery for a limited period of approximately four weeks from 18th March 2020 until 19th April 2020. You SHOULD NOT attend classes in person until advised otherwise.

As part of our continuity planning, courses will be delivered to students online for the period of the suspended campus delivery, with faculty keeping in touch with students to provide full details on coursework. Please find enclosed guides to access MyPage for announcements and reporting and Canvas for access to course work, discussion forums, and assessments.

The severity of the response and potential impact on students is taken seriously by the College and we will endeavour to maintain sufficient levels of provision and support. If you think you may have coronavirus; have been to a high-risk country in the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus you should follow the advice provided by the Government and contact emergency@lcca.org.uk. Anyone showing any symptoms, however minor, should follow the advice here.

Please access and read your e-mails often because we will be communicating with you regularly during this period. We’re here to help you so please email admin@lcca.org.uk if you have any further queries or questions.

On behalf of LCCA, I would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these testing times.

Best wishes,

Sharjeel Nawaz

FCMI, FAPM

Principal, LCCA

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