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The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority at all times. 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. Both Middlesbrough & Hartlepool are currently in tier 2 which means the risk is high please refer to the government guidelines for the rules on life off-campus. Our HE students should be aware of the rules around travel. Your accommodation bubble- whether in titan, crown, or private accommodation - is your household. This means that you should not stay overnight in other households including your home. This doesn't stop you from being at home for Christmas. This is all subject to government rules which may change. Please select the relevant campus drop down section below for information regarding our new approach to teaching, our FAQs and information regarding the measure we have taken on campus to ensure our staff and students are working safely.
Green Lane, Middlesbrough Campus
Further Education, Middlesbrough campus:

We wanted to give you some more details about life at The Northern School of Art.

If you have enrolled on a full-time study programme, your working week will initially be planned as:

• Two full learning experience days per week on site between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
• Online learning and tutoring sessions at specified times throughout the week.
• An expectation that you continue working on your qualifications at home on any of the days and times you do not have a designated timetabled session.

Please appreciate whilst we attempt to keep any timetable changes to a minimum, they can be subject to change for a variety of reasons and therefore we ask that you prioritise your learning. Timetable changes are particularly likely as government guidelines will change during the pandemic.

On any of the days where you are timetabled to be on campus, the School has planned for only half of our students to be on site, therefore reducing the number of people on site on any given day. We are also encouraging you to stay within your studio spaces / with your classmates to restrict wider contact with others yet still enabling you to make new friends.

Each day on site you will be busy in classes and workshops to ensure you gain the maximum experience from both the skilled staff and the fantastic resources we have. Staff will also be making the most of the available space within the School, so at times you may be split into smaller groups allowing you to spread out.

We have put in place the following safety measures to make your experience as comfortable as possible:

• When you arrive in the morning you will need to check your temperature at one of the infrared thermometers in reception

• There are hand sanitisers installed throughout the campus – please observe good hand sanitising and washing practises at all times

• There are one way systems and floor markings in place to help maintain social distancing – please observe these.

• We have additional cleaning staff on site all day every day to ensure that areas of hand contact are clean and to respond to any issues

• We have misting disinfectant equipment that will be used every morning before the start of teaching to cleanse the IT suites and other key facilities

• We have plans in place to deal with any suspected or confirmed cases of Covid, including a dedicated isolation room

• In IT suites and areas where equipment may be shared misting will take place each morning and there will be supplies of disinfectant wipes for you to use to wipe down keyboards before and after use

• Hand sanitisers are available in the library – please use them before you handle any books/periodicals/journals

• Face coverings – whilst the Government guidance is clear that you do not need to wear a mask for teaching we respect your decision to wear one if you want to in communal areas. We will expect students and staff to wear masks for some group demonstrations/teaching when you are in close proximity to others. If you do not have your own mask we will have a supply of single use masks for this purpose.

For students using the School arranged transport.

We have worked with our transport provider to ensure safe operation and the buses will run to the normal timetable. There will be fewer students on board due to the changes we have made to our Academic timetables, and hand sanitiser available for use when getting on and off the buses. No food or drink should be consumed whilst on board. You will be required to wear a face covering unless you are exempt from wearing one. The guidance around exemptions can be found here. If you are exempt please ensure you have a Hidden Disabilities Lanyard and Face Covering Exempt Card so that the driver is aware. These can be purchased from hiddendisabilitiesstore.com

Students will be refused travel if they are not wearing a face covering or have an exemption card.

We hope this gives you confidence that we are focused on your safety and learning experience.

We will be following Government guidance as this develops but inevitably there will be some changes to how we do things to assure your safety, developed in consultation with the teaching and staff unions.

Assuming that social distancing will still be in place we have made sure that we can offer you the same high-quality teaching and learning we have always offered. Once social distancing is over and it is safe to do so we will return to face to face teaching although we will still use on-line contact and sessions where it is appropriate – you might enjoy digital tutorials or find them more convenient!

To add to the guidance we have already sent out about what the new academic year will look like we have put together some FAQs which can be found under each campus section below.

FAQs

Will all the lectures be on-line for the whole year?
No we will only maintain digital teaching and new access arrangements to workshops and studios for as long as your safety means we must – so as soon as we can safely do so we will move to more open access and face to face contact.

Will I have to be in the School every day?
No - We will be timetabling your classes so that you do not need to come in every day. You will still get the full amount of teaching you are entitled too.

Will online group teaching be recorded?
Yes, where appropriate – this means you can access it at any time but attendance at lectures will still be monitored so talk to us if you have timetable clashes/issues due to transport or other issues related to the pandemic.

Will some demonstrations be online and some in person?
Yes there will be a mix. There will be on-line demonstrations and some demonstrations can be done in person with small groups supported in workshops.

Will I get the same amount of teaching?
Yes. The majority of learning will take place in studios and workshops, supported by online teaching and communication to promote creative social communities

I am worried about public transport/getting to the School?
We will work with our transport provider to ensure you can travel safely. We will be timetabling your classes so that you do not need to come in every day – in this way we will minimise numbers on buses.

Can I use the library/IT suite?
Yes. We have risk assessed all spaces on the campus and we will use a combination of booking systems and timetabled access to these facilities. Obviously access to online journals and teaching resources through Moodle and Microsoft Teams will be unaffected.

Will I be able to buy materials from the Art Shop?
Yes. These will be open, there will be screens at all receptions but otherwise everything will be unchanged.

Will I need PPE?/Will you provide PPE?
We are introducing timetabling and booking systems to ensure social distancing so – in line with government guidance – you will not need PPE. If you choose to wear PPE such as a face mask that is your decision but the steps we are taking mean this is not necessary. We will continue to follow government and scientific advice on this which may mean we change this policy, if we do we will give as much notice as possible. We will let you know what non-covid PPE you will need for use in our workshops (when you get equipment lists later in the summer).

What cleaning arrangements are in place?
Cleaning arrangements will be the normal early morning routine with a cleaning presence throughout the day to sanitise areas.

Will there be hand sanitisers on campus?
Yes, there will be hand sanitisers placed around the campus, in or near studio entrances as well as strategic ones near building entrances/receptions.

Will the Art Café be open?
Yes – there will be screens and markings to allow socially distant queueing like the supermarket. There will be floor markings to enable social distancing.

What if I/someone falls ill?
We are following Government guidance on safe operation. If a student or member of staff falls ill our first aiders will be equipped with clinical standard PPE and we have rooms identified for immediate isolation. Any affected areas would then be closed off until a deep clean has taken place. We will have cleaning staff on site during the day.

Will Student Services be open for face to face support?
Yes, with appropriate social distancing in dedicated spaces/rooms. They will also be able to offer support via email, phone and Teams if this is required.

How will I enrol?
We are introducing on-line enrolment. We will contact you with details. More advice on this will follow soon.

Will I need a laptop or computer at home?
No, you will be able to use our IT suites to work and access on-line lectures. It would be great if you do have your own laptop or PC as this will give you more flexibility in how you work. If you have IT issues or connectivity problems please let us know – we can help you. Induction will offer you support in using and accessing IT including how to use MS Teams the platform we use for digital delivery.

I didn’t sit my exams, I’m worried I might not get in
Don’t worry! If we have made you an offer of a place then we are confident you are capable of becoming a creative professional with us. If your results are not what you expected just get in touch with us.

I am starting in September, I have some questions for my future teachers is there a way I can get in touch with them?
Of course, just phone or email our Recruitment Team and they can set this up for you.

What happens if there is another lockdown?
If there is another lockdown we will move to digital teaching and the campus will close. The experience we gained during the Spring lockdown gave us the ability to ensure that we can protect all of your learning outcomes if this happens.

Learning & Teaching Guidance
We will be following Government guidance as this develops but inevitably there will be some changes to how we do things to assure your safety, developed in consultation with the teaching and staff unions. Assuming that social distancing will still be in place we have made sure that we can offer you the same high-quality teaching and learning we have always offered:

Studios and workshops will be open so you will get the chance to use our great equipment and facilities, our staff are all here to support you (academically or personally) – the only changes will involve limiting how many people can use facilities at any one time so there will be booking systems put in place
Group teaching will be delivered using an online platform (MS Teams).

The below highlighted sections will provide more detail in each of these areas.

New students will get:

An induction in life at The Northern, our systems, and facilities
To meet your academic team
To meet your fellow students

A key aspect of induction will be helping you to understand how we will be operating. Student Services will also be available to you even if it may not be delivered face to face, offering pastoral, financial and mental health support.
We also recognise that some of you may have concerns about online learning – we will be able to support you with this.
Practical studio and workshop sessions - All students will have access to physical resources (equipment and workshops). Students will be provided with a timetable highlighting when these sessions will take place and would be expected to follow social distancing guidelines. Normally these sessions will take place 9 to 5 throughout the academic week.

Group teaching (seminars, lectures, group crits, demonstrations, etc.) - Timetabled delivery on-line by academic staff Students can access the sessions from home, from Halls or by booking an IT work station. Sessions will be recorded for access and reference at any point after delivery.

Tutorials - Will mainly take place on-line, or face to face where social distancing can be observed.

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Hartlepool Campus

University level, Hartlepool campus:

We want give you some reassurance over Covid safety measures we have put in place:

· When you arrive in the morning you will need to check your temperature at one of the infrared thermometers in reception

· There are hand sanitisers installed throughout the campus – please observe good hand sanitising and washing practices

· We have additional cleaning staff on site all day every day to ensure that areas of hand contact are clean and to respond to any issues

· We have misting disinfectant equipment that will be used every morning before the start of teaching to cleanse the IT suites and other key facilities

· We have plans in place to deal with any suspected or confirmed cases of Covid, including a dedicated isolation room

· In IT suites and areas where equipment may be shared misting will take place each morning and there will be supplies of disinfectant wipes for you to use to wipe down keyboards before and after use.

· Hand sanitisers are available in the library – please use them before you handle any books/periodicals/journals.

· We have developed the timetable to minimise the numbers of student on campus at any time and have extended the time during which we can deliver facilitated learning/demonstrations in the workshops and studios to 7pm (Monday- Thursday)

· Masks – whilst the Government guidance is clear that you do not need to wear a mask for teaching we respect your decision to wear one if you want to in communal areas. We will expect students and staff to wear masks for some group demonstrations/teaching when you are in close proximity to others. If you do not have your own mask we will have a supply of single use masks for this purpose.

Student Accommodation

· We have been working closely with Thirteen Group who manage our accommodation to put in place Covid secure living arrangements.

· Once you have enrolled on your course and returned your tenancy agreement Thirteen Group will contact you direct for you to book a moving-in time slot to minimise the numbers of people within the halls at any one time

· Further details of the arrangements in halls will be covered in a Welcome Talk to appropriate students which will be delivered remotely prior to the moving in dates – students will be emailed a link to access the talk.

FAQs

Will all the lectures be on-line for the whole year?

No, we will only maintain digital teaching and new access arrangements to workshops and studios for as long as your safety means we must – so as soon as we can safely do so we will move to more open access and face to face contact.

Will online group teaching be recorded?
Yes, where appropriate – this means you can access it at any time but attendance at lectures will still be monitored so talk to us if you have timetable clashes/issues due to transport or other issues related to the pandemic.

Will some demonstrations be online and some in person?
Yes, there will be a mix. There will be on-line demonstrations and some demonstrations can be done in person with small groups supported in workshops.

How much contact time will I actually get?
The majority of learning will take place in person in studios and workshops, supported by online teaching and communication to promote creative social communities. From September all students will get 6 hours of taught learning each week (lectures and seminars) and between 10 and 16 hours of facilitated learning (demonstrations, workshop time, tutorials, etc.) At the moment taught time will be a mixture of face to face and digital delivery and the majority of facilitated time will be delivered face to face with small groups (some may be delivered on-line). The contact hours will remain the same during and after Covid restrictions.

I am worried about public transport?
With online delivery of lectures and later opening of studios and workshops together with access to recordings on on-line lectures should allow you to plan your journey outside of peak hours, avoiding crowds. Most rail services are currently working with advance booking only so your social distance can be secured when traveling. Please follow government rules about PPE on public transport.

I am from an EU country – when should I come back/arrive?
We have given you advance information on the dates for the start of term to help you plan your journey. Student accommodation managed on behalf of The School by Thirteen Group will be available from enrolment day. If you have arranged private sector accommodation please contact your landlord to check when you can start your tenancy. At this time there is still uncertainty about government quarantine arrangements for students - we do not know if quarantine arrangements will still be in place in September.

Will my student accommodation be safe?
We are working with Thirteen Group who provide and manage our accommodation to ensure that you will be safe.

Can I use the library/IT suite?
Yes. We have risk assessed all spaces on the campus and we will use a combination of booking systems and timetabled access to these facilities. Obviously access to online journals and teaching resources through Moodle and Microsoft Teams will be unaffected.

Will I be able to buy materials from the Art Shop?
Yes. These will be open, there will be screens at all receptions but otherwise everything will be unchanged.

Will I need PPE?/Will you provide PPE?
We are introducing timetabling and booking systems to ensure social distancing so – in line with government guidance – you will not need PPE. If you choose to wear PPE such as a face mask that is your decision but the steps we are taking mean this is not necessary. We will continue to follow government and scientific advice on this which may mean we change this policy, if we do we will give as much notice as possible. We will let you know what non-covid PPE you will need for use in our workshops (when you get equipment lists later in the summer).

What if I/someone falls ill?
We are following Government guidance on safe operation. If a student or member of staff falls ill our first aiders will be equipped with clinical standard PPE and we have rooms identified for immediate isolation. Any affected areas would then be closed off until a deep clean has taken place. We will have cleaning staff on site during the day.

Will Student Services be open for face to face support?
Yes, with appropriate social distancing in dedicated spaces/rooms. They will also be able to offer support via email, phone and Teams if this is required.

Is there still time to apply for student finance?
Yes – but it is best to apply as soon as possible to ensure you get your first instalment on time in September.

What cleaning arrangements are in place?
Cleaning arrangements will be the normal early morning routine with a cleaning presence throughout the day to sanitise areas.

Will there be hand sanitisers on campus?
Yes, there will be hand sanitisers placed around the campus, in or near studio entrances as well as strategic ones near building entrances/receptions.

Will the Art Café be open?
Yes – there will be screens and markings to allow socially distant queueing like the supermarket. There will be floor markings to enable social distancing.

How will I enrol?
We are introducing on-line enrolment. Though if you are using our student accommodation you will still need to attend in person to collect keys. More advice on this will follow soon.

Will I need a laptop or computer at home?
No, you will be able to use our IT suites to work and access on-line lectures. It would be great if you do have your own laptop or PC as this will give you more flexibility in how you work. If you have IT issues or connectivity problems please let us know – we can help you. For new and direct entry students our two week induction will offer you support in using and accessing IT including how to use MS Teams the platform we use for digital delivery

I didn’t sit my exams, I’m worried I might not get in
Don’t! If we have made you an offer of a place then we are confident you are capable of becoming a creative professional with us. If your results are not what you expected just get in touch with us (there is a period during the lead up to results day in August when UCAS do not allow us to discuss your place with us)

I am starting in September, I have some questions for my future teachers is there a way I can get in touch with them?
Of course – just phone or email our Recruitment Team and they can set this up for you.

What happens if there is another lockdown?
If there is another lockdown we will move to digital teaching and the campus will close. The experience we gained during the Spring lockdown gave us the ability to ensure that we can protect all of your learning outcomes if this happens.

Will I get a study bay I can personalise?
Sadly this isn’t possible under current social distancing regulations – but this may change by September. You will be able to use bays to work in but you can’t personalise them. Hand sanitisers and cleaning will be available. For those courses that normally have personal bays we will return to normal and let you make your own space as soon as we can.

Teaching & Learning Guidance

We will be following Government guidance as this develops but inevitably there will be some changes to how we do things to assure your safety, developed in consultation with the teaching and staff unions. Assuming that social distancing will still be in place we have made sure that we can offer you the same high-quality teaching and learning we have always offered:

Studios and workshops will be open so you will get the chance to use our great equipment and facilities, our staff are all here to support you (academically or personally) – the only changes will involve limiting how many people can use facilities at any one time so there will be booking systems put in place.
Group teaching will be delivered using an online platform (MS Teams).
Independent Learning is a significant part of your higher education experience and you will have full access to studios, workshops, IT, library and all other resources – although to preserve social distancing we will introduce booking systems to enable safe operation.

The sections below sets out more detail in each of these areas. For all new students we want to ensure that we can, safely, help you to become a part of our community. We want to support you in understanding how we work so you will get:

A two-week induction in life at The Northern, our systems, and facilities
To meet your academic team
To meet your fellow students

We are currently developing ideas for both digital and outdoor freshers events which you can join as well. A key aspect of induction will be helping you to understand how we will be operating with particular reference to our workshops and studios.

Student Services will be available for all of you even if it may not be delivered face to face, offering pastoral, financial and mental health support. We also recognise that some of you may have concerns about online learning – we will be able to support you with this.

Everyone here at The Northern looks forward to welcoming you in the autumn, for now stay safe and stay well.

Practical studio and workshop sessions - All students will have access to physical resources (equipment and workshops). Students will be provided with a timetable highlighting when academic and support staff are available in studios for creative discussion and support regarding their work. Students would book space in the studio (limited for safety reasons) and would be expected to follow social distancing guidelines. Normally these sessions will take place throughout the academic week, 11am to 7pm (Mon – Thursday) and 11am to 4:30pm (Friday)

Group teaching (seminars, lectures, group crits, demonstrations, etc.) - Timetabled delivery on-line by academic staff Students can access the session from home, from Halls or by booking an IT work station. Sessions will be recorded for access and reference at any point after delivery.

Tutorials- Will mainly take place on-line, or face to face where social distancing can be observed.

Independent learning - This is a key feature of a degree level education and we will make sure you can do it. You will have access to all studios, workshops and IT rooms. For HE students this would be available late into the evening in accordance with the School opening times and procedures. Space will be limited for safety reasons and students will be expected to follow social distancing guidelines. A booking system may be introduced to ensure social distancing.

Graduation

As we told all final year students back in May, we were very disappointed to postpone the Graduation Ceremony but that we were hoping to hold a ceremony in the coming autumn term – subject to government guidance.

We know this will be disappointing news but, subject to Government restrictions, we are determined hold an event in the Autumn term. Obviously all will depend upon the Covid situation and government guidance. We hope to bring you good news soon.

Student Services

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

Or (Middlesbrough) studentservices@northernart.ac.uk



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.

Graduation As we told all final year students back in May, we were very disappointed to postpone the Graduation Ceremony but that we were hoping to hold a ceremony in the coming autumn term – subject to government guidance. We still hope to hold a ceremony in Hartlepool in the late autumn and we are actively talking to venues regarding Covid secure event management. At this point we cant say when the ceremony will be but we want to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that there will be one! Obviously all will depend upon the Covid situation and government guidance. We hope to bring you good news soon. 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 on campus and remotely. 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 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

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