ICMP has taken the decision to move to alternative delivery and support methods for teaching and assessment.

This will be in effect from March 18th, to April 10th, 2020 and is in line with UK government advice to ensure that there are suitable levels of social isolation to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

All students will be ‘authorised absence’ from their timetabled activities in this period, although all are expected to remain engaged in academic activity and any assessment tasks.

We will endeavour to maintain normal opening hours for the remainder of the semester and to ensure students have access to our facilities to support their studies. The LRC will remain open and students will be able to continue booking rooms and studios as normal. A range of services will be provided physically as well as online to help and support.

The following guidance is issued specifically to students that are sponsored by ICMP under the tier 4 visa route and who wish to leave the county due to concerns regarding their health or travel restrictions.

Courses concluding this semester

If your course concludes this semester then your visa will be due to expire later this year depending upon your original entry and application date.

  1. ICMP will provide you with ‘authorised absences’ to the end of this semester and therefore the conclusion of your timetabled classes.
  2. You should complete your assessment activities as per the set deadlines, and ICMP will provide distance support to assist you in these activities.
  3. We will not withdraw sponsorship from you so that your visa remains in place until the end date as indicated on your Biometric Residency Permit.
  4. If you wish to leave the UK and return home for this period then you are authorised to do so and will be able to re-enter the UK before your visa expires to complete any required assessment activities (for example resits).

Courses concluding next trimester (i.e. if you are a post graduate student)

If you wish to leave the county due to health or travel restrictions:

  1. ICMP will provide you with ‘authorised absences’ to the end of this semester.
  2. You should complete your assessment activities as per the set deadlines, and ICMP will provide online support to assist you in these activities.
  3. We will not withdraw sponsorship from you.
  4. We will review the situation as the summer trimester approaches and issue more guidance at that time.

Courses concluding in following years (i.e. undergraduate students at level 4 and 5)

  1. ICMP will provide you with ‘authorised absences’ to the end of this semester and therefore the conclusion of your timetabled classes.
  2. You should complete your assessment activities as per the set deadlines, and ICMP will provide online support to assist you in these activities.
  3. If you wish to leave the UK and return home for this period then you are authorised to do so and will be able to re-enter the UK to complete any required assessment activities (for example resits) and for the continuation of your course next year.

Updates and further info

We will monitor UK government policy and update this advice accordingly. Further advice for students is available on the UKCISA website:

ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Studying--living-in-the-UK/Coronavirus-Covid-19-info-for-international-students

The wellbeing of our students and staff will always be our highest priority and we will continue to provide as much information as possible.

This is understandably an uncertain period of time and if you have any questions relating to how this decision might affect you, please get in touch on academic.support@icmp.ac.uk

For further information:

For health advice, visit the NHS

For the government’s response, please see here

For information on travel, visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This page will be updated on any developments in due course.
Published 19th March 2020