This is a live page and was last updated at 09:11, 13th May 2020.Please use this website as your primary source of information in relation to School activities - the page will be reviewed regularly and updates will be provided as and when we have them.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority at all times. We will be starting our full range of courses in the Autumn Term. We are looking forward to welcoming returning students as well as new ones! Places are still available on all our courses and we are welcoming new applications for both starting in Autumn 2020 & 2021. Our priority is to ensure you can study in a safe, welcoming environment for both staff & students & that you enjoy the same quality teaching and learning we pride ourselves on. Important information about student finance From this week, we are contacting our returning students to remind them to reapply for their next year’s finance before 19th June 2020. You do not need a confirmed place on a course to apply, you can use your first choice of course and update your application later if this changes. New students should submit their applications before 22nd May 2020. Accommodation Students should now be considering their accommodation options if they have not done so already. We have a range of attractive and value for money accommodation options available for new and existing applicants in Hartlepool. Students returning to us in September do have the opportunity to either remain, or take up a new room within our halls of residence. At present all rooms for continuing students have been taken, however should you still wish to be considered for a room please complete an application form and return to hestudentservices@northernart.ac.uk as soon as possible and we will hold your application on a waiting list. Do not send a deposit at this time. We will inform you as soon as we can whether we are able to offer you a room and request your deposit at that time. PLEASE NOTE: We are still taking and welcome applications for halls or residence from our new students up until the 18th June. Please visit our accommodation page for more information. Graduation We have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the Graduation ceremony which was due to take place in July 2020; this is due to the ongoing social distancing measures in place. We know this will be disappointing news but, subject to Government restrictions, we are determined hold an event in the Autumn term. We will need time to look at the arrangements for this and will stay in touch with our graduating students about this. This is a rapidly changing situation - all information is subject to changes in Government and Public Health England guidance (links provided below). Student Services Update If you require any support during this difficult time please remember that Student Services are still available to you if you have any queries, concerns or worries. The team are all working remotely from home so emails are the best way to contact them at the minute. If you are a current student you can also chat and message them on Teams. Send any general queries to: Hartlepool - hestudentservices@northernart.ac.uk Middlesbrough - studentservices@northernart.ac.uk You can also follow Student Services on Facebook for any updates from them and useful tips and advice on student related issues https://www.facebook.com/TheNorthernStudentServices/ If you have any concerns about you or your family’s health in relation to suspected Coronavirus, we ask that they follow current Public Health England advice or visit www.nhs.uk Halls If you are in halls, please be reassured that there are no plans to close halls and both Thirteen and Student Services are available to continue to provide support. We appreciate if you have had to return home there may be concerns about your belongings – please be reassured they are safe and we will update you as soon as we can regarding being able to come and collect them. Online Safety At this time you are probably spending more time online and it is therefore more important than ever to ensure that you stay safe online. If you have any concerns about working online with regard to the School please contact our safeguarding team – safeguarding@northernart.ac.uk The following websites have useful information and guidance on what to do should you have an issue online: · UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content saferinternet.org.uk · CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse ceop.police.uk Mental Health and Wellbeing This is also a time when we have to take extra care of our mental health. The anxiety, stress and uncertainty of the current situation and the massive changes we’re having to make to our lifestyles are understandably having an impact on people’s mental health too. If you need to talk to someone the Counselling Service can be contacted on counselling@northernart.ac.uk Most of the mental health organisations have produced excellent hints and tips on looking after yourself during this time. You may want to have a look at the links below for advice, however if you are in crisis and in need of immediate support please contact the emergency services on 999 or there are a number of organisations who can support you if you are experiencing a mental health crisis: The Samaritans - call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org Shout crisis text line - text 85258 Papyrus Hopeline - call 0800 068 4141, text 077 8620 9697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org for support and advice For general mental health and wellbeing - check out the following websites mind.org.uk studentminds.org.uk youngminds.org.uk
Green Lane, Middlesbrough Campus
Green Lane Campus

Closures - Green Lane campus is now closed to access by students. Saturday Club sessions have now been suspended.

School run bus routes are suspended.

The campus remains open for deliveries only.

Please email caretakers@northernart.ac.uk if you wish to gain access to the site, stating your name and intended time of arrival, please state clearly that it is for Green Lane access. This is for health and safety purposes.

Please note decisions around opening are taken on a daily/weekly basis and this may change.

Bursaries & School Lunches

It is intended all bursaries will remain in place whilst the campus is closed.

Arrangements are being made for those students who receive support for lunches and they should now have received direct contact from staff.

A letter from Rob Kane, Head of Further Education (1st April)
Please see the following letter from Rob Kane, Head of Further Education, sent to all students via email accounts on Wednesday 1st April, 2020. 


Dear student,

We hope you are safe, well, and adhering to the government guidelines of staying inside as much as possible. We also hope you have been trying your best to remain creative during these difficult times.

We would like to provide you with the latest information we have regarding your individual course and what you can be doing. Before finding your course below, I would like to remind you the Easter holidays are from Monday the 6th of April until Friday the 17th of April. During this time staff will be on their break, and we encourage you to also take a break. Hopefully after the Easter holidays we will have more information for you. Please appreciate the School is waiting on this information from the different awarding bodies, until then we are limited in what we can do but we are monitoring this very carefully.

UAL Awarding Body Diploma Students


At the moment we understand that the final units you have been working on will not count to your overall final qualification. We are yet to hear exactly how your qualification will be calculated, though it is likely to be through the prior work you have produced. As soon as we know what UAL awarding body require us to do, we will begin the process. To keep up to date with UAL awarding body you can use this link, here: UAL Awarding Body Covid 19

What you can / should be doing.

Level 2 students (Andrea Goodwill’s class)


Continue to work on any activities that Andrea sets you as this will help to build your skills and portfolios which will help you to progress onto level 3 courses.

Level 3 year 1 students, please continue to work on projects and activities your course tutors provide you with, as this will help for the beginning of the second year of your studies. This might be your current FMP work or indeed new activities which are set after the Easter holidays.

Level 3 year 2 students, we recommend you focus on developing any work possible for your portfolios, which will help you for your future endeavours such as Higher Education.

Foundation Diploma students, we recommend you focus on developing any work possible, for your portfolios, which will help you for your future endeavours such as Higher Education.

A – level students, and those taking a GCSE re-sit

The Department for Education (DfE) announced there won’t be exams at the end of this academic year. The awarding bodies are working together on a solution that will help calculate a fair grade based on a range of evidence e.g. non-exam assessment and mock results. Once we have the guidance on this approach we will put in the necessary actions to calculate grades. You can find out more guidance on the A level and GCSE qualifications here

What you can / should be doing.

Year 1 A level students, please continue to work on projects and activities your course tutors provide you with, as this will help for the beginning of the second year of your studies e.g. your personal investigations.

Year 2 A level students, we recommend you focus on developing any work possible for your portfolios, which will help you for your future endeavours such as Higher Education.  

Access to HE students (One Awards)

We are yet to hear exactly how your qualification will be calculated as One Awards (the provider of your qualification) are communicating with the Department for Education to establish the best model to manage grading decisions. In accordance with their website we are hopeful we will find this out this week. To keep up to date with One awards information you can use this link here:

What you can / should be doing.
We recommend you focus on developing any work possible for your portfolios, which will help you for your future endeavours such as Higher Education.
Some general tips / advice for all of our students.
Stay safe, work from the confines your home.
Stay in touch with your tutors. We love to hear from you, as we miss you. We come to work every day to work with students, so it’s a big change in our lives too. We are always here for you through the digital channels. Remember we will be on our Easter holidays between Monday the 6th of April until Friday the 17th of April.
Stay in touch with your friends. Use your mobile phones to check in with your friends and make sure they are looking after themselves.
Stay creative. Immerse yourself in your passions. Research and read about your favourite artists, designers, photographers. Or perhaps, set yourself mini challenges e.g. 30mins of uninterrupted drawing every day.
Stay positive. One day this situation will be over with, and your life will return to normality. Keep that in mind and always look to see the positives.
As soon as we hear further information we will be in touch with instructions. If you have any queries, please contact your lecturers who will guide you on any of the above. Until then, please stay safe.
  Your sincerely, Rob Kane Head of Further Education.
A letter from Rob Kane, Head of Further Education (16th of April)
Dear FE student,

I am writing to you to give you an update regarding the current School closure and what to expect in the coming weeks. We hope you and your families are safe and well during these challenging times and doing your best to remain creative.

Firstly, I would like to update you on the School closure. For now and until further notice the School will remain closed. The School senior management team are meeting on a regular basis via MS Teams to discuss School closure and to plan for our re-opening. Currently the government information provided to us remains unclear as to when re-opening the School will be possible. We are, however, remaining positive and are hoping that we will be able to re-open before the end of the School academic year. This will provide you with the opportunity to re-engage with the School and your studies in readiness for your future progression.

Until we have further clarity from the government, and following the Easter break, your tutors will continue to communicate and work with you either through Microsoft Teams or alternative communication methods as organised prior to the School closure.

In my letter to you on the 1st April, I gave you a detailed update regarding individual arrangements for assessment from our awarding bodies. Unfortunately the School has yet to receive any further details or clarification and therefore this information remains the latest update. We are hopeful of hearing further information shortly after Easter.

As soon as we have any further updates we will let you know. We thank you for your patience in these difficult times.

Some general tips / advice for all of our students.

Stay safe, work from the confines your home. Stay in touch with your tutors. We love to hear from you, as we miss you. We come to work every day to work with students, so it’s a big change in our lives too. We are always here for you through the digital channels. Remember we will return from Easter holidays on Monday 20th April.

Stay in touch with your friends. Use your mobile phones to check in with your friends and make sure they are looking after themselves.

Stay creative. Immerse yourself in your passions. Research and read about your favourite artists, designers, photographers. Or perhaps, set yourself mini challenges e.g. 30mins of uninterrupted drawing every day.

Stay positive. One day this situation will be over with, and your life will return to normality. Keep that in mind and always look to see the positives.

As soon as we hear further information we will be in touch with instructions. If you have any queries, please contact your lecturers who will guide you on any of the above. Until then, please stay safe.

Hartlepool Campus

The campus is now closed.


No1 Church Street remains open for deliveries only.

Please would you email HPCaretakers@northernart.ac.uk if you need to be on site, providing your name, intended time of arrival and purpose for the visit. Please state clearly it is for access to No1 Church Street.

This is important for health and safety purposes – thank you.

Please note decisions around opening are taken on a daily/weekly basis and this may change.

Mitigation

All Mitigation Claims (non-Covid-19 related) should be submitted in line with the Undergraduate Mitigation Procedure and emailed to academicregistry@northernart.ac.uk

Students who become ill (other than with COVID-19) or have other reasons for seeking mitigation after today can use the normal mitigation procedure.

It is very important that claim forms are completed fully, and that current and relevant evidence is attached to the claim.

Graduation

We have reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the Graduation ceremony which was due to take place in July 2020; this is due to the ongoing social distancing measures in place.

We know this will be disappointing news but, subject to Government restrictions, we are determined hold an event in the Autumn term.

We will need time to look at the arrangements for this and will stay in touch with our graduating students about this.

Attendance Bursaries

Please note attendance bursaries will remain in place even if the campus closes for any period.

Student Services

For student services, please contact (Hartlepool) hestudentservices@northernart.ac.uk

Or (Middlesbrough) studentservices@northernart.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as this is safe and practical – at the moment we don’t know when this might be but we are continuing to plan and maintain our facilities so that we can reopen as soon as we can, once we are allowed to do so.

Letter from the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan MP.

All universities and higher education providers have received a letter from the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan MP.

It covers the following topics: students in residence halls in England; student finance; visas; exchanges; regulatory framework; finals; support for staff; and, universities support Covid-19 national effort.

Please note, in relation to students in residence halls in England - Ms Donelan is referring to halls of residence provided by universities. However, the School’s accommodation is provided by Thirteen - all issues in relation to the provision of accommodation and services should be directed to Thirteen. Student Services can provide support and facilitation if students are experiencing any issues.

End of Year Shows

Many of you have been asking about the shows. We want to give you a clear message about them. Given the lack of access to studios and workshops, and the changes to both FE and HE assessment we don’t think it is fair (some students will have work ready, others will not) or even possible to hold either show.

This is a great disappointment and a decision taken after deep and lengthy consideration.

We are very keen that we do not lose the chance to celebrate your work and achievements and so individual course and programme teams will be looking at ways we can do this in the future, whilst the School leadership is also considering how we can do this. We are currently developing a new online event planned for late June - more details to follow.

Assessment

The Northern School of Art has agreed with our validating partner, the Arts University Bournemouth, the amended assessment arrangements for the remainder of the academic year.

Your programme team should have contacted you to confirm the amended assessment arrangement for each of your remaining modules. The amended assessment requirements are designed to enable you to meet the module learning outcomes while working from home.

As the current restrictions on travel and social gatherings are not likely to be relaxed in the near future, the School will remain closed until further notice. Therefore, all work must be submitted digitally online.

Programme teams will provide you with further information on the way in which you can submit your work digitally, for example, via VLE (Moodle), online platform, or email.

Please follow this link to download the new assessment submission dates. [This information is also available on the School’s VLE (Moodle)]. Students should note that the two-week Easter holiday does not count as teaching time.

While each programme team will provide you with module specific information, the following will apply:

· Level 4 - Remaining modules will be graded on a pass or fail basis and assessed against the amended assessment requirements.

· Level 5 and 6 - Remaining modules will be graded against the amended assessment requirements.

If students are unable to submit work digitally, they should contact their programme team in the first instance.

Please ensure you continue to check your student email account for any further updates.

A Letter from Student Services
Dear student

We hope this email finds you safe and well prior to your Easter break, although this seems very strange in the current circumstances!

We appreciate that this is a worrying time for people, with a lot of additional pressure placed on people. Having to stay indoors, move back home, parents having to possibly work long hours, if a key worker, or trying to work from home, younger siblings to cope with and yourselves trying to keep up with work as best you can. So this is just a little reminder from Student Services that we are still available to you if you have any queries, concerns or worries. We are all working remotely from home so emails are the best way to contact us at the minute or we are all set up on Microsoft Teams so you can also chat or message us on there. Send any general queries to hestudentservices@northernart.ac.uk

If you are in halls – please be reassured that there are no plans to close halls and both Thirteen and Student Services are available to continue to provide support.

At this time you are probably spending more time online and it is therefore more important than ever to ensure that you stay safe online. If you have any concerns about working online with regard to the School please contact our safeguarding team – safeguarding@northernart.ac.uk

The following websites have useful information and guidance on what to do should you have an issue online:

· UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content

· CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse

It is also a time when we have to take extra care of our mental health. The anxiety, stress and uncertainty of the current situation and the massive changes we’re having to make to our lifestyles are understandably having an impact on people’s mental health too. However there are a number of things you can do to help protect it:

1. Keep a routine

2. Think about restricting access to news media and social media.

3. Keep connected with friends and family

4. Be present

5. Practice gratitude

6. Try some breathing and relaxation techniques

7. Write down your anxieties and let them go.

8. Get some natural light

9. Make sure you look after yourself

10. Use all your senses

11. Positive thinking

12. Ask for support

Please also continue to follow us on Facebook where we will be posting more information on the above 12 tips over the coming days Student Services Facebook

The following websites also have a wealth of information to help and support during this difficult time so do check them out:

Mind Wellbeing

NHS Styaing at home tips

If you need urgent support please use the emergency contacts attached to this email.

Any updates regarding the School’s overall activity can be found on www.northernart.ac.uk or follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) at ‘TheNorthernArt’.

If you have any concerns about you or your family’s health in relation to suspected Coronavirus, we ask that they follow current Public Health England advice or visit www.nhs.uk .

Take care and look after yourselves

The Student Services and Safeguarding Team

For further information and updates...

Please continue to check your student email accounts regularly. Information and updates will also be provided on this website. We wish all our students, staff, parents, carers and partners a safe & peaceful summer. We look forward to seeing you again in person as soon as it is safe to do so.

GUIDANCE LINKS

There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading: Do -cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze -put used tissues in the bin immediately -wash your hands with soap and water often - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available -try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell Don't - do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean