Covid-19: information & FAQs

Information and FAQS for the LAMDA community about Covid-19

19 March 2020

The health, safety and welfare of everyone in the LAMDA community is our main priority. In line with government guidance we have taken the difficult decision to change the delivery of teaching and postpone LAMDA examinations. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we hope to be running as usual again soon. 

Full details of the changes are detailed below. View the full statement here.

In order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19, we are changing the format of our full-time courses with immediate effect, with an emphasis on online learning and assessment. For the forseeable future, we will deliver teaching programmes digitally, with the hope we can recommence face-to-face learning at our campus on Talgarth Road in mid June.

In order to safeguard staff, visitors and the artists with whom we work, we have also cancelled all public performances. 

For students and teaching staff

The nature of drama school training means that students work in close proximity. In order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19 we have postponed all face-to-face teaching and have introduced online learning and assessment.    

At present these measures will be in place until mid June.

LAMDA Examinations

We have been monitoring the Covid-19 situation carefully. In light of school closures and international travel restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all examinations taking place between 21 March and 30 April 2020. For those customers with learners entered during these months, we are working to get more information out to you as quickly as possible.

We will make a decision on May, June and July exams in due course.

What is LAMDA doing to minimise the risk of infection? 

We are following all Public Health England and Office for Students advice and guidance and are continuing to communicate regularly with our students and staff. A team of key staff (Critical Incident Management Team) drawn from across LAMDA meet regularly to share information, review the rapidly changing situation and put in place contingency plans should the situation change.  

We have ceased with immediate effect the delivery of learning face-to-face at Talgarth Road and are taking steps to minimise footfall in the building, through maximising working from home wherever possible and allowing flexible working (to avoid peak travel times) where people do need to be at LAMDA. 

Sanitiser gel is available throughout the building together with soap dispensers in toilets.  These are being kept filled and replenished as needed. 
 
Basic health protection advice that everyone at LAMDA should follow includes:   

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds 

  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work 

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available 

  • 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 and wash your hands afterwards 

  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell 

  • avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands 

What are the symptoms and what should I do if I suspect I have Covid-19? 

Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. The main symptoms are: 

  • a cough 

  • a high temperature 

  • shortness of breath 

Generally, Covid-19 can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

Where can I receive the most up-to-date public health information and guidance?  

Where can I find the latest information about travel? 

The latest travel advice is available from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and guidance is regularly updated as situations develop. This list of countries and areas is constantly evolving so please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website for the most up-to-date list. 

Are LAMDA exams still going ahead? 

No, in line with government advice all examinations scheduled from Saturday 21 March until the end of April have been postponed, including those held at the LAMDA building on Talgarth Road. Our examinations team will be in touch with affected customers as soon as possible. 

Can I get a refund for my exam fees?

Yes, we will issue a Transfer Credit Voucher for the full value of the exam fee. This voucher can be used towards booking a new exam.

When will exams start again?
At the moment, only exams due to take place from Saturday 21 March until Thursday 30 April have been postponed. We are constantly reviewing the situation and we will make a decision on exams due to be held in May, June and July in due course. 

Got a question for LAMDA Exams?
Please email our examinations team if you have any queries on [email protected] and they will be happy to assist. 

I have personal belongings in my locker, can I come and get them?

You should not return to LAMDA until instructed.   

Notification of absence / sickness 

Students should email the absence line as usual telling us exactly what is wrong and leaving a contact telephone number. You should also let us know if you are absent through contracting Covid-19, self-isolating or have care responsibilities resulting from Covid-19.

I'm applying to LAMDA for full-time study – what should I do? 

If you have applied or are intending to apply to LAMDA to study from September 2020 continue to do so. LAMDA remains open and all applications for entry 2020 are being processed as normal, although there may be a delay in how quickly applications can be processed.

Applications have closed for all our full-time acting courses, however we are still accepting applications for MA Directing and Production & Technical Arts courses.

Are interviews still going ahead for MA Directing and Production & Technical Arts courses?

We will be holding interviews remotely for these courses. Our admissions team will be in touch with more details.

Are first round auditions still going ahead in March / April?

We will not be holding remaining auditions face-to-face, including our auditions in Paris on 26 & 27 March. We are asking all applicants who have not had their first audition yet to send their audition via self-tape. Our admissions team will be in touch with more details.

If you do not wish to do a self-tape audition, we will offer you a full refund of your application fee. Our admissions team will be in touch with more details.

Paris auditions 26 & 27 March 

We have cancelled Paris auditions scheduled for the 26 and 27 March. Our admissions team have contacted everyone concerned offering them the opportunity to self-tape their audition or to request a full application fee refund.   

If you would like more information on what the requirements are for a self-tape audition or to request an application fee refund please email [email protected]

Are recall auditions going ahead? 

It is highly likely that your recall date will be postponed to a later date. As the situation is constantly changing, we would recommend booking transportation and accommodation (if needed) as late as possible.

Unless you have a specific query there is no need to check with our Admissions team for now.  

Notification of absence / sickness

  • Let HR and your line manager know if you are unable to work due to illness.
  • Keep HR informed if you are self-isolating due to you or a family member / companion having suspected Covid-19, and the result of any diagnosis / test. 
  • Let your line manager or HR know if you live in a high risk group, live with others at high risk, or have dependents who rely on you to be at home for particular hours. 

LAMDA Travel 

LAMDA has cancelled or postponed all non-essential non-UK travel to minimise risk.  Staff should check with their line manager if in any doubt. 

What is the advice on personal international travel? 

LAMDA requires all staff and students to inform human resources department or LAMDA's Registrar of their private international travel plans. 

We strongly recommend that you follow the advice and guidance found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at all times.  This includes advice on whether it is safe to travel to a particular country, advice on health and security, including advice on coronavirus, and advice on what to do when returning from a trip e.g. whether it is necessary to self-isolate for example. 

If you decide to travel against Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice you should note that there may be restrictions imposed that may impact your return to the UK and include a requirement to self-isolate on your return to the UK. 

Useful links 

Public Health England 

NHS 

Office for Students  

World Health Organisation  

Foreign and Commonwealth Office 

LAMDA contact details 

If you have any questions, concerns or updates, do not hesitate to contact us: 

Call +44 (0) 20 8834 0500 or email: 

Auditions / interviews / drama school courses 
[email protected] 

LAMDA Exams 
[email protected] 

Hires 
[email protected]