Coronavirus Information for Students

The latest Coronavirus information and advice for students during the Coronavirus period. 

Last update: 2 April 2020

All students will be working off campus from 5pm on Friday 20 March 2020. For the avoidance of doubt “campus” includes Lamorbey Park, Sidcup teaching spaces at Christopher Court, Dalston and any other MA/MFA teaching sites in the UK. There will be no access for students to the campus until further notice.

Teaching and assessment will continue using online and digital tools (including the VLE) – your individual programme tutors will advise you on the detail of this and update you on a regular basis.

Below are some frequently asked questions we are receiving with responses. Please continue to visit this page for updates.  

Please also visit our Key Contacts page if you need to email your tutor or Programme Administrator directly. 

We will be regularly updating information on this page, the RBC freshers' Facebook Page and the VLE.



Can I go home during the outbreak?
Students may go home or stay in their term-time accommodation, including Christopher Court, during this period but you should note that you will remain liable for any payments linked to signed rental contracts with private landlords. Citizens Advice will be able to give you advice on your rights. 

Will Christopher Court Hall of Residence remain open?
The living spaces at Christopher Court Hall of Residence will remain open for RBC students. You can return home if you prefer to access online learning.

If I return home and access my learning remotely, can I get a refund for my summer term accommodation at Christopher Court?
The Summer Term rental instalment for students who are no longer staying at Christopher Court has been waived. However in order to facilitate administration and cleaning costs plus storage costs for left belongings we will make a notional charge to each of these students of £300.  Students who have remained in Christopher Court will continue to pay their rent as normal and will not be liable for the £300 charge. Please check your College email for updates. 

Do I need to contact the College if I self-isolate?
If you develop symptoms and need to self-isolate, please email your Programme Administrator, who can be found on our Key Contacts page

What is the latest Erasmus advice?
All students on Erasmus through Rose Bruford College are being contacted and recommended to return home. Students are being instructed to follow the advice of the country they are in and do their best to stay safe at all times.

I'm an International student Should I return home and how will the situation affect my Visa?
International students who choose to return to their home country for this period should not have problems with their visas as they will continue to be active students of Rose Bruford College. Loans will continue to be paid as normal and our Finance department is in touch with Federal and Sallie Mae. We urge all international students to heed the advice of their embassies. For queries about your visa, please email international@bruford.ac.uk .

I do not have access to online learning at home. Can I use the College Library and IT Suite Facilities?
There is no access for students to the Lamorbey Park campus, including the Library and IT Suite until further notice. Please see links below to access resources online. 

How can I access College resources?

Please find useful links below to online resources:
Virtual Learning Environment
RBC Portal for Emails and other services

Online related activities will begin to be put in place where appropriate. Please await information from programme tutors relating to this.

If you do not have access to the equipment that you need for remote learning please contact the Head of Student Experience at shakira.martin@bruford.ac.uk and she can arrange for this to be loaned to you.

I am in my final year. Will I be able to finish my studies?
All students who are due to complete their studies in 2020 will have the opportunity to do so during 2020 if the coronavirus outbreak allows. For level 6 undergraduate students we will aim to ensure that you will have opportunity to have finished your studies by the end of September 2020, though some form of remote working if necessary.

My teaching classes have been cancelled. Can I book a room for IRP work or project work?
All teaching, technical and rehearsal spaces at Lamorbey Park and Christopher Court are closed until further notice.  

Will the Graduation Ceremony Go Ahead?
The Graduation Ceremony, which was due to take place on Friday 11 September 2020, has been postponed. Further details about graduation will be provided once the Coronavirus outbreak has ceased.

Is the Actor Performer Training MA/MFA still operating in Dalston?
Face to face teaching has stopped at Dalston and has been moved to online learning. Your Programme Diretor will be contacting you with updates. 

Are Actor Musicianship and TYA MA/MFA still operating at Christopher Court?
Face to face teaching has stopped at Christopher Court and has been moved to online learning. Your Programme Diretor will be contacting you with updates. 

Are Acting Part-time Courses Running?
Due to the current climate we have decided to suspend Acting Part-time classes. Students will be contacted with further updates. 

Who can I contact if I am feeling anxious?
If you would like to speak to a member of our Student Services team for support please contact them by emailing studentservices@bruford.ac.uk 

There are a number of wellbeing sites that might provide you with some useful support materials. We have emailed a number of helpful online resources to your college email address.

Is Symposium going ahead?

Our annual Symposium runs from 14-16 April 2020.  

We are looking to find ways of accommodating all IRP-related work. All other Symposium-related activity regrettably will not now be taking place during the scheduled Symposium  period.  If students wish to reconsider their IRP topic, if it is Symposium-dependent, then they are asked to discuss it with their IRP tutor. 

It will also be a 'closed event' and thus will not be open to any members of the public. This includes friends and family, industry professionals or agents.