Covid-19: information & FAQs

Information and FAQS for the LAMDA community about Covid-19

19 May 2020

The health, safety and welfare of everyone in the LAMDA community is naturally 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 are delivering our teaching programmes digitally, with the hope we can recommence face-to-face learning at our campus on Talgarth Road when advised it is safe to do so.

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.    

LAMDA Examinations

We have been monitoring the Covid-19 situation carefully. In light of government regulations, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all examinations taking place between 21 March and 30 June 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 July exams in due course.

We are exploring new ways of offering our exams in the coming months. Read the news story here.

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 as the situation changes.

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

  • NHS Direct can be reached via phoning 111.  

  • Public Health England is publishing daily updates on its website.  

  • The Department for Education has set up a dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) helpline for any queries related to schools and other educational establishments in England. It is open Monday - Friday between 9am and 5pm: 0800 046 8687. 

  • UK Government Information. Find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you’re a returning traveller, and what the government is doing about the virus.

  • 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? 

In line with government advice all exams scheduled in both public and private centres until the end of June have been postponed, including those held at the LAMDA building on Talgarth Road. Our exams team will be in touch with affected customers as soon as possible. 

Is it possible to taken an exam online?

Yes, we will be offering remote online assessments from 1 June. You can read more about them here.

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, exams due to take place from Saturday 21 March until Wednesday 30 June have been postponed. We are constantly reviewing the situation and we will make a decision on exams due to be held in July in due course.

I have already taken my exam. Will I still get my results?

Examinations are still issuing results. They are emailing customers their results summaries but results materials (LERs, certificates, medals etc.) cannot be sent at this time. We will send these as soon as we are able to return to our offices.

Will I get my results on time?

Our exams team is working very hard to get results out as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the circumstances mean that things are taking a bit longer than usual. We apologise for the delay.

My exam has been postponed. When should I reschedule it for?

As this is an evolving situation it is difficult for us to recommend a reschedule date. We are constantly monitoring the situation and adhering to government guidelines. We are still accepting bookings for July onwards (just in case) but where possible, we would recommend that customers select an autumn date. 

Can I still order a syllabi?

Good news. Yes, we are still taking orders via our online shop. Royal Mail are still delivering as normal so most orders are received within the week. 

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. 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.

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]