BIMM Institute Dublin – Coronavirus advice and guidance

2 November, 2020

I hope that you are all well.

You will be aware that there was confirmation via a government announcement on Monday October 19th that the whole country will be at Level 5 within the Government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures from midnight Wednesday 21st October. I am writing to inform you of BIMM Dublin’s updated approach to delivering our curriculum over the next six weeks.

As outlined in a number of my previous communications, leading up to the commencement of Term One we put in place delivery plans in line with government and health authority guidance. These plans are based on prioritising all practical tuition on campus and the less practical elements remaining online. Taking into consideration the government’s announcement of the new level of restrictions, we have decided to further reduce the amount of practical classes held in our buildings to a minimum amount. Some very practical activity-based classes will remain on campus as per the government’s directive to enable students to continue to experience the essential essence of practical modules. Our decision-making process is based on the fact that the governments guidance within Level 5 deems higher education as an essential service. The government recognises that a measure of face to face teaching is essential and fundamental to particular modules, in our case these modules are mainly ensemble performance. Just to reassure you, we have gone above and beyond the measures required to ensure safety in our buildings and teaching spaces and as always, we will continue to take our lead from government and health authorities in order to play our part in combating the spread of this virus.

A huge amount of work has been done by all at BIMM Dublin to make sure all classes are designed so that they can move, at short notice, to be delivered online. The education team have worked very hard on preparing for an eventuality such as this, so please rest assured that we are doing our very best to ensure that increased delivery of classes online will not impact negatively on your experience.

I hope this note provides surety about what to expect over the coming weeks with regard to your studies at BIMM. This is without doubt the most testing time the BIMM Dublin community has experienced over the past 10 years and I must commend all staff, tutors and especially students on how positively you have reacted, adapted and stayed focused in this new temporary environment. If we all continue to display this same resilience we will overcome all adversity and obstacles and emerge even stronger.

If you have any queries regarding this communication, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Alan Cullivan
College Principal – BIMM Institute Dublin