Coronavirus/ COVID-19 update - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Thursday 25th February 2021, 5:00pm Coronavirus/ COVID-19 update

Updated Thursday 25 February 2021 

In the latest UK government announcement on 22 February detailing proposals for a cautious return from lockdown, the prime minister agreed “students on university courses requiring practical teaching, specialist facilities or on-site assessments” can return to campus from Monday 8 March 2021.

We are planning a phased return to our building, with some socially-distanced face-to-face teaching beginning w/c Monday 15 March once lateral flow testing has commenced.

For our student FAQs, see:

We will now also be in a position to hold in-person Stage 2 auditions for our undergraduate courses week commencing 12 April, in line with our Covid Safety protocol. For more information please see:


Current students must be given access to optional lateral flow tests before returning to campus as part of the government guidelines. We are working in partnership with Leeds Beckett University to deliver tests w/c Monday 8 March.

For more information on the lateral flow testing programme, see below.

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Can I travel for study?

The OfS has advised that travel for students returning to university is permitted. Once you arrive at your term-time address you should remain there until the end of term and not travel back and forth.

Students who are overseas should follow travel operator and UK border guidelines upon return to the UK, including isolation periods. In the meantime, all lessons will be made available online.

It is important that if you opt-in to the testing programme you should return to term-time accommodation by Sunday 7 March. If you have already communicated with staff about a later return to School than this, get in touch with us to manage your return and testing nearer the time.


Staff are kept up-to-date with the latest communications and encouraged to work from home where they can.


To keep our full-time students and staff as safe as possible, our building remains closed to the general visiting public, unless agreed for specific purposes. In these instances visitors must adhere to the protocols in place.

Our public in-person programme of Riley Theatre events remains suspended until further notice.

Our weekly community class provision remains online only this term. This will be reviewed at regular intervals, and updates communicated to existing bookers as a priority.