Last updated 24 June 2020
We look forward to welcoming you into the vibrant Trinity Laban community in September. Please be assured that we are all here for you during this challenging time. Whatever help or support you might need to adjust to being at Trinity Laban, we will do our best to provide it.
This page contains important information, clarifying the next steps which the institution and each faculty are taking to welcome you into our buildings this September. We will continue to send important updates via email to all offer holders, which will also be posted on this page to ensure that you haven’t missed out on any crucial information. If you do have any queries please get in touch with our Admissions Team via email email@example.com who will be happy to advise you further.
Welcome letter from the Principal
Trinity Laban Principal Professor Anthony Bowne’s welcome letter for all offer holders, sent on June 8, 2020, outlines the plans for teaching in September, implementing social distancing measures and observing new hygiene measures to keep all members of our community safe in the new academic year.
If you are not able to travel to London in September
We understand that certain travel restrictions may still be in place in the autumn term. In the event that you are not able to travel to London in September because of travel restrictions, please rest assured that you will still be able to begin your programme online, and we will provide dedicated support for you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible in case you are not able to travel.
If you consider yourself to be in a particularly vulnerable group
The health, safety and wellbeing of all our staff and students is paramount to us. We want to ensure that you feel supported and looked after when you join our community in September. Therefore, if you consider yourself to be in a particularly ‘high risk’ or ‘vulnerable’ group for contracting Covid-19, please contact our Head of Student Services James Hitchins by emailing email@example.com so that we can work out the best way to support you before you arrive.
Faculty of Music
This section provides further detail on the steps that the Faculty of Music are taking to ensure our teaching continues when buildings are re-opened in September, while ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and looked after.
In light of the UK Government’s ongoing social distancing guidelines, we are pleased to announce that we have prepared plans that will allow us to continue teaching delivery even if we are faced with the prospect of ongoing social distancing measures.
Our primary agenda in these plans was to be as an undisruptive to in-person teaching delivery as possible, so that — in case we are eventually able to return to full in-person delivery without social distancing measures — we could do so at short notice.
That being said, we must maintain a degree of flexibility to ensure that quality teaching can be delivered to all students, even if they are required to shield or have additional barriers to campus access as a result of social distancing measures. We have also adjusted the timetable in order that staff and students who normally travel at peak times on public transport would do so infrequently.
We have generally preserved pre-existing academic class delivery and performance zones as they existed in the timetable in previous years.
All Music and Musical Theatre programmes will deliver all modules across the academic year 2020-2021, with an emphasis on moving larger-scale performance activities toward the end of the academic year. The faculty will be adopting a partly blended learning approach: delivering learning by a combination of traditional and digital tools, including a mix of in-person and online activities.
All core and elective academic modules will be either blended or digital delivery for 2020-2021. All departmental classes will be blended delivery. It will allow us as a Faculty to maximise the amount of available space for practical music-making.
If you are not able to travel to London due to travel restrictions for the start of the next academic year, this blended learning approach will also enable you to fully engage with your course. Please rest assured that additional support will be available for you in such a scenario.
The primary use of larger spaces at King Charles Court will be for small group work, such as chamber ensembles and jazz combos. It is anticipated that all of our larger ensembles will also be able to run, but with a slightly changed format. We will be looking at alternative performance opportunities for these ensembles in the first instance, primarily via recording projects and live-streaming. All 1-2-1 lessons will also be a combination of in-person and online delivery. You should have regular access to practice rooms from September.
New hygiene protocols will apply to all our spaces. We will be asking for your support in following these new guidelines to ensure a safe environment for everyone. Our Estates team is currently working to set up the campus, so that it is safe and compliant with social distancing guidelines. Our Digitally Enhanced Learning (DEL) and AV team are exploring how to equip King Charles Court spaces (where the Faculty of Music is based) for optimum delivery next year.
Faculty of Dance
This section provides further detail on the steps that the Faculty of Dance are taking to ensure our teaching continues when buildings are re-opened in September, while ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and looked after.
Subject to the UK Government guidance, we will be back in our buildings in September. We will be in our lovely spacious studios for technique classes and for some other practical elements of your programme of study. To maintain physical distancing, all on-site activities will be taught in small groups, with the numbers allowed per space dictated by its dimensions. I am delighted to let you know that strength and conditioning training will be in place on a large scale to support full training and optimal fitness for you. Online delivery will continue for certain modules, and might include lectures, seminars, tutorials, some assessments and support mechanisms.
Social distancing and Hygiene measures
In line with current Government and Education sector guidance, we will be observing strict physical distancing measures across the entire Trinity Laban estate, including within and around the Laban Building, and in all work that takes place in studios and other learning spaces.
Physical contact of any kind will not be possible and allocated groups for studio-based activity will remain the same for at least the first five weeks of delivery. To keep us all safe, we will expect everyone to follow our health & safety measures. We will share these widely in advance to our whole community before your arrival. We are continuing to work on the finer details of how all our programmes will operate, and your Programme Leaders will be in touch with all incoming students to share further information.