In recent weeks we have, of course, followed UK Government advice and guidance, moving quickly and efficiently to alternative modes of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We’ve kept very focused on delivering an outstanding educational experience, supporting current students in the successful completion of their studies, and processing the applications of new students due to start in September. I’m pleased to say that, while challenging for all concerned, this strategy has proved to be an effective way of ensuring our students continue to meet their goals.
So, while our current students complete their assessments and coursework, and receive the support and service they require from us, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the future. The situation around us changes almost daily and, while we’re seeing many positive signs in countries’ fights against the coronavirus – with many restrictions either being lifted or being prepared to be lifted in the near future – we must plan sensibly. We’d like to engage you, our students, in an open and honest conversation about what you need from us to ensure we meet your expectations for the new term starting in September.
So, we’ve posted a series of ‘frequently asked questions’ and we hope these responses explain our position. I emphasise that, while our goal is to operate as close to normal as is possible from September, it may be necessary to provide more flexibility, depending on the situation at the time. This summer, we’re investing significantly in necessary technology, training and development to ensure that, should we need to, we can deliver some or all of your course from a distance, or perhaps in a ‘blended’ way with some learning remotely and some face-to-face.
This ensures that, should you choose to enrol with us, you can start your course on time, regardless of the COVID-19 situation. If you can’t join us face-to-face straight away, you can start learning from a distance and join us physically at a later date. We’ll support you in this transition, and guarantee you won’t miss out on any of the usual student experiences you’ll be looking forward to. If we do have to postpone some face-to-face activities initially, such as Freshers’ Week, we’ll provide you with virtual alternatives at the time and will also run the events physically when the situation allows us to.
All of this means that during your time with ICMP you’ll experience everything a student should. You'll receive teaching of the highest quality and access to our fantastic facilities in a safe and appropriate way. You'll be able to start your studies with us, on time, in September, so there's absolutely no need to delay your application!
Above all, please rest assured that we’re here to support you in your choices. Should you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of ICMP’s Support Team will happily speak with you directly.
Thank you for considering ICMP for your future studies and we really hope to welcome you in September.
Stay safe and take care.
ICMP Chief Executive