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School of Performing Arts

(Updated  1 April )

We are aware that you have received lots of communications regarding changes to your course of study, so to help you, the key points are summarised below:

For all students:

  • All teaching and assessment has been moved online. Please continue to speak to your module leaders regarding the changes to assessment and the mode of submission.
  • A two-week extension has been introduced for all resits and assessments which fall in semester 2.
  • We have introduced an automatic right for you to defer your assessments to the July assessment period; to do this, please log onto e:Vision and complete the request for extenuating circumstances (located under ‘Assessments, Extenuating and Extensions’.
  • All of our resit support sessions, personal tutoring and academic coach sessions have moved to online.

Level 4 and 5 students 

  • In order to progress to the next level of your study, you will be expected to achieve at least 80 credits.
  • All of our teaching has moved online so it is important that you continue to engage as fully as you are able to in order to achieve those 80 credits.
  • Some practical-based, year-long modules will consider work already completed in calculating your final module grade.
  • We will be flexible and supportive in considering your performance across the entire year of study.

Level 6 students

  • Your final classification will be calculated using the best 120 credits from across levels 5 and 6, with no stipulation on the amount taken from each level. We have also removed the stipulation that the professional project module should be included.
  • All of our teaching has moved online so it is important that you continue to engage as fully as you are able to.
  • For top-up students/Sound Production students, we will calculate your classification from the best 60 credits of your year of study.

Level 7 students 

  • We have modified the number of credits required to calculate merit/distinction on your course of study. We will calculate merit/distinction on the best 80 credits achieved, regardless of whether this includes your dissertation.
  • Continue to engage with your studies when you are able to do so.
  • If you are experiencing IT difficulties, speak to your personal tutor and make them aware of your situation so that our Student Services team can contact you to discuss further.
  • Speak to your personal tutor/academic coach/subject leader who can help with course or module specific enquiries.

What should I do now?

  • Continue to engage with your studies when you are able to do so.
  • If you are experiencing IT difficulties, speak to your personal tutor and make them aware of your situation so that our Student Services team can contact you to discuss further.
  • Speak to your personal tutor/academic coach/subject leader who can help with course or module specific enquiries.

 

(Updated 20 March)

Technical support

We realise that with the move to online delivery, many of you may be worried about using new technology. From Monday 23 March, our technical team will be offering virtual drop-in sessions to assist both staff and students with any technology-related query they may have.

Please check the School of Performing Arts Central topic on CANVAS for details of when these are running, and how to contact our technicians.

Software access

We are rolling out a set of offsite licenses for students who require access to Logic. Please check with your subject leader or technician for details of how to access this facility off-site. We are working hard to facilitate access to other programs e.g. Sibelius, Pro-tools

Module teaching and assessments

Your module leaders will have contacted you about moving to online/remote delivery. We understand you may be worried in particular about ensemble assessments: please rest assured we are working on ways to approach these modules, in-line with Government advice, and will keep you regularly updated as we progress.

Using facilities in The Performance Hub or Leicester Haymarket

We realise that this may not be possible moving forward and we are currently assessing which of our buildings are able to remain open in order to support you through your studies. For students who require access to particular hardware or software (e.g. recording studios, music notation packages) we are working with suppliers to obtain licenses which you may be able to use offsite. Most importantly, academic staff are assessing ways in which we might slightly modify assessment tasks so that you are not disadvantaged by the possibility of not having access to our facilities. We are in constant contact with our Estates department and will keep you updated as we monitor the situation in view of your continued safety.

Absence

We realise that during this period, absence will be unavoidable. Whilst we hope everyone is able to keep safe and well, we ask that you please let us know if you are unwell or unable to participate in any online learning. You can inform your subject leader or student services. There may be some staff absence too and we would ask that you bear with us whilst we ensure your teaching can continue: we will do our very best to make sure sessions are delivered.

Personal Tutoring

This will be delivered remotely on a one-to-one basis. Staff will still offer SAMs appointments and will conduct them remotely. Similarly, our academic coach – Connor Langley – will continue to support level 4 students remotely.

Events

You will note that, following the Government’s advice, all major theatres around the country have now closed. The Arena Theatre and Black Box Theatre have also closed in-line with those recommendations. Anyone who has purchased tickets for any of our events will be contacted to organise refunds as appropriate.

Keeping in touch

We realise that not everyone will have access to the kind of equipment required to participate in remote learning: if this is the case, we would ask that you contact us and let us know so that we can continue to support you through your studies using other means.

Additional training/tuition

Where possible, we are working closely with our instrumental and technique tutors to ensure this form of training can continue. Whilst we hope much of this can be done remotely, we realise there may be individual cases where this could prove difficult. If this is the case, please let us know.