Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance

11 November, 2020

Updated 11th November 2020

Following the Government briefing yesterday, we are currently working through the detailed guidance to develop a clear plan for getting all students back home safely for Christmas. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and we will be working closely with local Government and Health Services over the coming few days to ensure we can provide our students with clear guidance on both their study and travel arrangements. Meanwhile, teaching both in the studios and online will continue as planned for the next three weeks.

The Government is also planning to support Universities to roll out testing for students who plan to travel after the current national lockdown ends on December 2nd. We are awaiting more detailed guidance about this and as soon as it becomes available, we will inform our students of how this will apply to them.

We expect to be able to provide our students with a more detailed update before the weekend.


How we’re keeping our students and staff safe.

In preparation for welcoming our students, lecturers and staff back into our colleges we have put in place strict measures and guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone.

Over the Summer months, we have developed detailed plans for each college, building and studio space, to ensure the appropriate measures are put in place to be able to safely welcome everyone back into the buildings. Each building and space we use has undergone a detailed risk assessment and building schematics are in place with designated one-way systems, protective screens, PPE stock and reporting procedures.

It is also important that our students understand their individual responsibility for keeping themselves and their peers safe. In order to make this as clear and simple as possible, we have developed and issued a Student Charter which outlines the responsibilities of our students when they are on campus and these have been shared with students prior to their return, as well as being displayed around the buildings alongside our own commitment to their wellbeing.

We are delivering some of our teaching remotely in Semester 1 up to Christmas to ensure all students are able to engage effectively with their chosen course and experience the highest quality performing arts training. Our approach to learning and teaching will continue to be informed by the latest government guidance as we move through the coming months, and we are well prepared to move our teaching fully online in the event of a national or localised lockdown situation. Our fully online teaching model is also available to students who may be self-isolating or unable to attend offline classes in Semester 1.

How we’re responding to reports of the localised outbreaks in Manchester

We currently have a small number of students affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in Manchester and we are providing additional support to those individuals through our Manchester Student Services and Management Teams.

If you are the parent or guardian of one of the students affected in Manchester and would like to discuss any concerns you may have, please email studentsupportmanchester@bimm.co.uk or call 161 244 8210 for more information on the support that is available.*

As always, we are here to help answer any questions you have or provide more information on ICTheatre & BIMMs response to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’d like to get in touch with us, please contact our Admissions Team via email admissions@ictheatre.ac.uk by phone 01273 603333.

*While we cannot discuss specific students in detail without their written consent, we can provide general information on the support that is on offer.

Auditions and Open Days

To keep in line with our new safety regulations and limit the spread of COVID-19 – Auditions for 2021/22 will be taking place remotely via video auditions and virtual open days.

We have put together a comprehensive guide to submitting your video audition which we hope will reassure you that the audition process continues to be thorough and rigorous.

We understand that auditions are also a valuable opportunity for you to ask questions, look at facilities and get a “feel for the place”, so with that in mind we will be running FaceTime or Skype interviews and live open days with key members of the ICTheatre faculty.

For more information on submitting a video audition for our Extended Diploma court please e-mail admissions@ictheatre.ac.uk.

As always, we are here to help answer any questions you have or provide more information on ICTheatre & BIMMs response to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’d like to get in touch with us, please contact our Admissions Team via email admissions@ictheatre.ac.uk by phone 01273 603333.

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