Coronavirus/ Covid-19 FAQs - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Monday 27th April 2020, 3:39pm

We appreciate you may some questions on the current situation and the impact this is having on our day-to-day activity. We hope the following FAQs can help provide answers

For our latest public statement see:


Is NSCD open?

Our building is currently closed to all students staff and visitors, except for members of staff who need to be onsite for building maintenance, and members of staff who cannot work from home who are adopting strict social distancing measures while onsite.

When will NSCD reopen?

We continue to monitor the situation and stay updated with advice from the UK Government and Public Health England. We will only reopen our buildings when advised to do so. Staff and students should check their emails regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Students - Learning & Assessment

How is learning and teaching affected?

Along with all other higher education providers in the UK we have now moved to alternative online provision. We have worked hard and made all reasonable efforts to ensure our students progress to the next level or complete their studies to the best of their abilities.

All traditional face-to-face provision where tutors and students share the same physical space has been suspended or postponed until such a time as we are able to resume them in the conventional way.

We continue to aim for the highest quality of teaching, professional development and student support. We are working with our validating body, University of Kent, to ensure that any changes to programme delivery are in accordance with academic regulations, and consult with our External Examiner to ensure alternative delivery is of an appropriate and robust standard.

If you have a query about your programme of study you should contact the school’s academic team and Programme Leaders.

What form will teaching now take?

We have created a schedule of remote learning activities through our Virtual Learning Environment (NSCD-Moodle). Students have opportunities to join live-streamed classes as well as engage with pre-recorded sessions in their own time.  Pre-recorded sessions form an archive of classes that students can return to as much as they like, as enrichment to their remote learning experience.

We have considered how students communicate and receive support through conventional means (email and telephone) as well as through zoom based tutorials and advice sessions.

Guest artists have been sharing their innovations and working with our academic team to re-imagine creative possibilities in the virtual realm, finding new possibilities for creating and recording work in small spaces. Departments have been working hard to provide students with the resources they need for this term including online library, IT support and student well-being.

We have introduced a small number of whole school activities which support our staff and students to stay connected.

Students - student support

I am feeling anxious and worried. How do I look after my mental health during this time?

There are a number of ways students can access mental health support at this present time:

Big White Wall is a free resource and safe online community to support your mental health. It is available to all NSCD students 24/7. Register using your NSCD email address to benefit from the service.

Wellbeing support sessions with Health & Well-being staff Ali Coleman and Georgia Cooper can be booked in the usual way via Moodle.

Student Minds have created guidance and information to help you look after yourself and your loved ones during this time.

How do I access Student Services during this period?

Student Services remains fully staffed during Term 3. Tutorial slots in the form of a phone call are offered each day and can be booked through Moodle. Students may also access support by emailing

For learner support, students can contact Jane Perekrest via email or text to arrange a support session.

For injury support, students should contact Fabiano Culora, Bodywork Supervisor via Moodle.

Students - Finance & Accommodation

What is the current situation with fees?

All courses continue to run with effective online learning and assessment opportunities, and no student should be prevented from finishing their academic year. Therefore final fee instalments will be taken after the Easter break as originally planned.

If you have any queries regarding making a payment please contact the School’s Finance Team in the first instance:

If you have any further questions you can contact the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama, of which NSCD is a member school, who will answer specific queries

How is student finance for academic year 2020-21 affected?

Unless you are in your final year, or are a postgraduate student, you should still apply now for the 20-21 academic year as usual.  Do this as soon as possible and if applicable encourage your parents to submit their financial information as soon as possible too.

Log into your account here:

New Postgraduate students will be able to apply for a Masters loan from June onwards.

I am in financial hardship, what can I do?

We have set up the NSCD Coronavirus Hardship fund to support students who find themselves in financial difficulty during these unprecedented times. Whilst the fund is limited, you can continue to use the application form on Moodle to explain your circumstances if you feel you need additional support.

I receive a Leverhulme bursary, will I continue to receive payments?

Leverhulme payments will be made during the first week of Term 3, clearing into student accounts during week 2. For those students who receive a meal allowance as part of their bursary NSCD will pay the weekly equivalent amount directly into your account each week the school is closed, until we are in a position to provide catering onsite again.

I live on my own and need to self-isolate, how can I get food and medication?

If you live in purpose-built student accommodation, contact the building manager, safety or security staff to let them know you are self-isolating and ask if they can provide any assistance.

If possible, use online delivery services but make sure delivery staff know you are self-isolating so they can leave provisions in a suitable place.

Leeds City Council has a new hotline for Leeds residents unable to leave their home for groceries and essentials, and who don’t have family or friends who can help. The number is 0113 378 1877.