Over the last few months, ICMP has been working hard to provide appropriate, high-quality higher education support and guidance, despite the challenging circumstances we find ourselves in. We understand how many of you may be facing increased financial pressure and mental health stress due to the coronavirus lockdown.
To ensure no student is disadvantaged during this difficult time, we’ve significantly increased the practical support we offer, and will extend our initiatives into the 2020/2021 academic year, too. After all, our highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our ICMP community. So, what does this additional assistance look like?
1. Financial support
We’re committed to supporting our students financially if their situation has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Student Hardship fund
Our hardship fund has always been in place to assist students facing difficult situations. This year we’ve significantly increased the hardship fund budget to ensure sufficient support is available. The hardship fund can be accessed by all students to cover a wide range of needs.
You can apply for funds to help with practical solutions to aid your learning. For example, to pay for:
- extra data to create a Wi-Fi hotspot to access online learning
- materials or equipment to continue practical projects at home
- essential learning materials or resources normally accessed on campus at ICMP
The fund is also available to help pay for essential day-to-day personal expenses, such as:
- travel to and from ICMP
- prescriptions and medication
- accessing counselling and other wellbeing activities outside our provision
If you’re facing a particularly difficult situation in your daily life, you can also apply to access the fund for:
- contribution towards a shortfall in your rent
- contribution for emergency travel home.
You can make more than one application and any funds received are not expected to be repaid. However, it’s important to note that the fund is not intended as a source of income, but as intervention funding to support the continuation of your learning and reinforce your health and wellbeing.
This year we’ve launched an impressive six-figure bursary budget offering tailored support to disadvantaged students. Among others, this includes our Undergraduate Entrance Bursaries, which offer support to financially disadvantaged students for each year of study, and our BAME Postgraduate Scholarships, which recognise the under-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) music scholars at the academic professional level.
Full details about our current range of bursaries can be found on our Scholarships & Bursaries page.
2. Academic support
Our Academic Support Team is always on hand to guide, signpost and assist across your journey from enrolment to graduation. Whether you’re after help with official study documentation, student ID cards, printed materials, exams and assessments, extenuating circumstances, student record upkeep, or even spiritual or emotional support, the team can help with all your student administrative needs.
3. One-on-one support
One of the standout benefits of being an ICMP student is the high level of tailored 1:1 support you have access to. This hasn’t stopped because of the disruption we’ve faced – in fact, we’ve successfully moved this support online, and it will remain so throughout Semester A, removing your need to travel to campus.
Whether you’d like to book a meeting with your module leader for a query about an assignment, speak with a programme leader or deputy programme leader at a weekly bookable appointment or simply email a tutor for individual support, our friendly team members are here for you. Most courses offer additional drop-in sessions in the lead-up to assignment deadlines, too, and all Level 6 and 7 students receive 1:1 supervision across modules including Dissertation, Recorded Project, Advanced Music Performance, Major Repertoire Project, Advanced Instrumental Studies and Performance Research Project.
4. Wellbeing and disability support
Our Disability and Wellbeing Team has increased student access to free short-term counselling sessions with a mental health professional. Not only this, but we’re currently trialling sessions via Skype to improve flexibility, increase accessibility and reduce waiting times.
Our students and staff also have free access to Togetherall – the digital mental health and wellbeing community offering 24/7 access to safe, anonymous online support, mediated by counsellors 365 days a year. Or, if you’re after more general wellbeing guidance, our team will be providing advice throughout the year on managing stage fright and looking after your health as a musician.
If you’re a student with additional needs concerned about COVID-19 health implications or have questions about accessing our Kilburn campus safely, we’re here to help. Our Disability and Wellbeing Team provides information and guidance on a range of subjects, including disability and dyslexia, DSA application process assistance, and emotional and psychological difficulties.
5. Career and industry support
Here at ICMP, we’re all about industry support and helping you build a portfolio career in the music and wider creative industries. From guidance with job applications, advice on release and marketing strategies and assistance building your profile as a creative, to career path guidance or help connecting with the industry, all our students and alumni can access 1:1 meetings with our Careers and Industry Hub experts. In fact, over the last academic year, our Careers Team held over 500 1:1 sessions with students, providing coveted practical music industry career advice, tailored to the individual student.
Worried about a specific support need? Let's talk about it...
If you are joining us in September and have concerns around any specific support need then please get in touch. We can start to explore how we can assist you and ensure you start your ICMP experience successfully. Contact our Admissions Team in the first instance and they will put you in touch with the appropriate team. They can be reached via email@example.com or on +44(0)20 7328 0222.
Current students looking to apply for financial assistance or discuss any other support-related needs, please contact Academic Support (firstname.lastname@example.org), or your Programme Leader, in the first instance and they will direct you to the correct team.