This is a live page and was last updated at 12:00, 10th June 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. September Start Date Information:
The Northern School of Art will be open in the Autumn term. Our start dates for September 2020 are set out below:
University level, Hartlepool campus:
New first year and direct entry students will start on 14th September for a two week induction teaching will start on 28th September Second- and third-year students return on 28th September.
Further Education, Middlesbrough campus:
New first year students will start on 7th September. Returning students will start on 14th September. 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 September and the new academic year will look like we have put together some FAQs which can be found under each campus section below. Feedback for current students For both Higher and Further education Students our teaching year finishes on 12th June – we look forward to welcoming continuing students back in September. However we want to stay in touch with you all and give you feedback. Continuing FE students will be contacted by their course tutor to arrange progression tutorials – these will be happening from 15th June 2020. Continuing HE students will be contacted by their programme team for feedback tutorials from 12th June 2020. 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. 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

The Northern School of Art will be open in the Autumn term.

New first year students will start on 7th September.
Returning students will start on 14th September.

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.
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 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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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.

Hartlepool Campus

The Northern School of Art will be open in the Autumn term.

New first year and direct entry students will start on 14th September for a two week induction teaching will start on 28th September.
Second and third year students return on 28th September.


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 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 all taught time will be delivered digitally (as we have already described) 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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