Given our investment in digital facilities and technology enhanced learning, we can provide appropriate virtual learning experiences. Supporting our students to develop digital capabilities, is a part of our curriculum planning. This will help make the most of both studying and work, where digital expertise is both needed and expected.

Face-to-face teaching and use of our facilities and buildings is an important part of learning, especially for practical work. When we conduct these sessions, they follow current government guidance about health and safety. If the guidance changes, we will adapt these sessions as appropriate.

To protect staff and student health and wellbeing, we made changes to our buildings over the summer, having taken extensive professional advice from Compliance Education Ltd (who are our Health and Safety advisors).

Before staff and students returned in September, we provided them with behavioural protocols about working with our new measures that we all need to follow.

You can find out more about our safety measures here.


Response to COVID-19 infections

We have protocols in place that trigger a series of actions when a student or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19 or reports suffering from symptoms.

We are also working within Liverpool City Council's COVID-19 Community Outbreak Control Plan. This aims to prevent clusters, outbreaks and onward transmission by rapid identification, local testing and isolation of cases.


Returning for spring term

Following the government’s announcement of a new national lockdown for England on 4 January, teaching at the start of this term will be online until at least mid-February, so our students have been advised to stay where they are and not travel. 


 

Public performances in 2020-2021

We did not invite the general public in to watch performances in person during our first term. Our approach for the remainder of our teaching year will be led by sector guidance for the performing arts industry.  


Open days and applying for 2021 entry

Our undergraduate open days for 2021 entry have now taken place. However you can request to view recordings from the previous events here.

We are planning to hold postgraduate open days in the New Year.

Applications to our courses for 2021 entry are open. The audition and interview processes will take place online. There will be no audition fees.


Widening access, recruitment and outreach during 2020-2021

We have been offering a wide range of virtual outreach work with schools and within communities during the autumn term. We will explore the potential to deliver more face-to-face sessions once the national lockdown is removed and if circumstances allow.

Applications are currently being accepted for our Year 10/11 programme, which will commence in the Spring term, more details here. Students are also able to register an interest in our post-16 summer opportunities, Get Set and Get Ready.

Any schools, colleges or organisations wanting to find out more about the outreach work on offer should contact b.leventhall@lipa.ac.uk


LIPA 4-19

Our LIPA 4-19 weekend academy will not be operating during the national lockdown. We will be updating LIPA 4-19 participants by email.


Our Ongoing Actions

We have a number of staff groups which continue to work on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update our advice and teaching as new guidance from the UK government and Public Health England emerges.

Everyone has a role to play in keeping each other safe and we all need to support each other as we get used to these new ways of learning, teaching and working.

You can read our all student updates here  and can find other key documents for relevant groups below, which we will continue to update:  

 

FAQs for self isolating students (22nd October 2020)

Liverpool Student Community Pledge

Staff Update (18th August 2020)

FAQs for new and returning students (31st July 2020)

FAQs for offer holders for 2020 entry and returning students (1st July 2020)

FAQs for Offer holders for 2020 entry and returning students (16th June 2020)

FAQs for Offer holders for 2020 entry (28th May 2020)

FAQs for students (9th April 2020)

Accommodation Update (21st April 2020)

Staff Update (26th March 2020)

Working from home guidance
 

Keeping updated

We will email current students with more information as it becomes available and will also be keeping in touch with offer holders via email.

For the latest guidance about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel advice, please visit

The NHS
Public Health England
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
UK Council for International Student Affairs