NSCD’s Student Services department is a one stop shop for all students, and aims to be students’ first point of call for all enquiries. These enquiries may range from timetabling, accommodation, safeguarding and attendance.

Equality and Diversity Statement
Northern School of Contemporary Dance welcomes all applicants and students regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion. We encourage students to tell us about any disabilities, impairments or conditions (for example dyslexia, a physical, sensory or mental health condition) at the earliest opportunity so that support can be put in place for you.

Student Support
Student Services oversees the four areas of student support: injury, health and wellbeing, learner and English language. The Student Services staff administrate the injury and health and wellbeing areas of support and arrange one to one appointments where applicable.

Students can also use Student Services as a drop in for when they need immediate support. Staff can offer general listening support themselves but can also sign post students to external resources in Leeds and provide information leaflets.

Tutorials, Academic Support and Technique Coaching
Our Subject Tutors and Personal Tutors provide support on all aspects of the training, both practical and academic.

Learner Support
All students entering a course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance will be assessed for dyslexia and dyspraxia to identify those who may require support to gain equal access to the curriculum; this can be through one-to-one or group sessions. If you already know that you are dyslexic or have another Specific Learning Difficulty, we strongly encourage you to let us know as soon as possible. This will help us develop a Personal Learning Support Plan. This is an agreement that is developed between the school and the student to identify any support needs. After obtaining your consent this information will be passed on to the relevant administrative and teaching staff in a confidential manner.

Guidelines on Inclusive Practice
The Conservatoire has developed guidelines on inclusive practice and alternative forms of assessment for students with specific learning difficulties, including examples of good practice from the Conservatoire schools. You can view the guidelines below:

CDD Guidelines on Inclusive Practice and Alternative Forms of Assessment

Support for students with a disability
Applicants are encouraged to disclose a disability to the staff at Northern School of Contemporary Dance from the point of application. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss before you apply you can contact the School. Any information that you do raise will be treated in confidence and will only be discussed with other members of staff with your permission. Find out more about support for disabled students from the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

Disabled Students Allowance
If you are offered a place at Northern School of Contemporary Dance we can also help you apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), where appropriate, and help you arrange any specialist support you may be entitled to. This can help cover the cost of specialist equipment necessary for your studies, including software and study skills tuition. Unlike a student loan DSA does not have to be repaid. Applications are made through your awarding body, for example Student Finance England. In order to apply for DSA the awarding body will require evidence of any impairment or disability.

NMH Rates Template v4 (Period covered – 01/04/2017 to 31/03/2018)

English Language Support
Support to develop language competencies is provided through classes and one-to-ones with the English Language Tutor. Support is tailored and course specific, aiming to provide non UK students with equal access to their course of study.

Health and Wellbeing
NSCD is committed to promoting mental health and wellbeing. The Health & Wellbeing Coordinator oversees our wellbeing offer which provides various types of in house and external NHS and private professional support. Good mental health is essential in order for students to get the most from their training and our quick access triage service will see any student who needs emotional support within a week.

Fitness and Injury Support
The School has an injury rehabilitation provision to help students better understand and recover from injury and/or, prevent them from developing chronic injuries. Along with in-house Injury Support Sessions, Integrative Bodywork classes and gym area, the School works in collaboration with local osteopathy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage providers. All students are provided with guidance on nutrition and fitness. We also offer help and support in finding a local GP and other NHS services.

Healthy Dancer Days
Healthy Dancer events offer alternative technique classes, seminars and workshops to supplement and inform training whilst providing a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. A Healthy Dancer Day is held once a term. Students get to choose from a number of options each day, giving them the opportunity to try new things, focus on their well-being and a positive approach for the coming term while slowly getting their body moving after a break. Previous Healthy Dancer Days have included workshops on Shiatsu massage, Rolfing, Feldenkrais, Skinner Releasing Technique, Alexander Technique, Yoga, Experimental drawing, Reflexology & foot massage, Mindful Relaxation.

Most NSCD students choose to live in shared rented houses close to our site in the areas of Chapeltown and Chapel Allerton, or in purpose-built student accommodation in the city centre. The diverse range of accommodation on offer in Leeds suits students with a variety of budgets, tastes and experiences. Successful applicants will be provided with full details of the available options and invited to attend the NSCD house hunting day to view the types of housing available. NSCD sets up an annual Facebook group in partnership with UNIPOL to help new students meet each other and find accommodation together. NSCD does not have its own accommodation but does reserve a limited number of rooms in halls of residence and subscribes to UNIPOL, a charitable trust that helps students to secure rented accommodation.

UNIPOL works in partnership with NSCD and recommends landlords who have passed the recommendation criteria of The UNIPOL Code. The Code covers a wide range of issues affecting a student tenancy from the tenancy agreement, to the fixtures, fittings and furnishings in the house. The Code also includes repair guidelines and there is a complaints process should you have any problems.

Further information
If you would like to view further information please see below for some of the Conservatoire’s resources and guidelines to promote equality and diversity.
You can also visit the website of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama.

Related Links
CDD Equality & Diversity Action Plan
CDD Review of Progress in Equality & Diversity
Respecting Difference
Religion and Belief Equality Policy for Students