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Our 2020-21 Teaching Year

by Alex Spiers -

Our 2020-21 Teaching Year

The uncertainty, that we are all too familiar with, makes forward planning conditional. However, like every other higher education institution, we plan learning years in advance.

Ever since the UK went into lock down, we have been discussing and reviewing, what teaching and learning here will be for our next 2020-21 teaching year with some 60 UK based organisations.

It is our firm intention to start, as planned, this coming September. This intention applies to every student at whatever level of study.

We are preparing for blended learning (which means a blend of online and face-to-face), which will inevitably vary between the disciplines we teach. We are also taking the informed advice to reduce the risk of catching the virus. We will be stringent about this.

Our Open Days

Our Open Days in September will be taking place online. They will feature live subject talks, a chance to get questions answered, and see some of the buildings and facilities. Dates are yet to be confirmed, but you can confirm your interest here.

Widening Access, Recruitment, and Outreach

All face-to-face recruitment and outreach activities have been suspended until September. However, the majority of these have been successfully moved online. Highlights have included Q&As for sixth-form students on tackling stage fright, the realities of working in the performing arts and audition techniques. And a calming yoga session, one of the many resources made available to schools during Mental Health Awareness week, that attracted 70 participants. Our year 9 tasters and summer projects for Year 10 to 12 students (Summer Xperience, Summer Engage, Get Set and Get Ready) will go ahead online. Information about our outreach activities can be found here.

LIPA 4-19

We have cancelled all LIPA 4-19 sessions until September including our summer school. For information about the Weekend Academies, please head to the LIPA 4-19 website.

At present, our building and facilities are closed to students.

Our Ongoing Actions

We have a team monitoring and managing what happens next.

We will update our advice as new UK government and Public Health England guidance emerges, as well as international actions with the lessons we can learn from them.

We are grateful to our staff and students for all their cooperation, help and support throughout this period. Please find some key documents for relevant groups below:

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

Student Support Update

by Alex Spiers -

Student Support Update

If you are a new or continuing student and have a learning difference, such as Dyslexia or Dyspraxia, etc., you can access specialist one-to-one support. 

  • Contact us to find out more at
  • If you think you may have a learning difference, we can arrange a screening for you. Please contact us to discuss

No Detriment Framework

by Alex Spiers -

No Detriment Framework

Following the message to all students from LJMU issued on 9th April and the recent email about this from ourselves, LJMU are now in a position to tell you more about the  ‘no detriment’ approach.  Their ‘No detriment Framework’ has been carefully designed so that they retain the highest academic standards whilst ensuring that no-one is disadvantaged by this situation.   The following documents have been designed to guide you. 

We are still liaising with LJMU over the detail of this but if you have any questions or concerns, please liaise directly with your programme leader in the first instance. 

Thank you

Michelle Rushforth

Director for the Student Journey

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