The information on this page is current on: 13th January 2022.

Covid-19: MetFilm School’s Response

We are, of course, deeply aware of the uncertainty, confusion, and fear that the pandemic is creating for us all, and particularly conscious of the questions that it must raise in your and your family’s minds about how your experience as a student will be affected. We hope that you will find the information on this page reassuring and informative.

At the London campus, you are able to attend teaching sessions in person – the timing of which is linked to your module schedules. In order to optimise your practical learning, there may be some adjustments to your timetables which will be communicated by your course teams in due course.  We recognise that many students will not be able to get back to the UK straight away and others will have periods of quarantine or self-isolation, and we are committed to continuing to provide remote access to your teaching and learning.

The Berlin campus remains open.

There is expected to be an increasing amount of coronavirus in the community. MetFilm School protocols will therefore remain in place for the foreseeable future, and it is imperative that you follow the coronavirus protocols.

During the pandemic, we have learnt some valuable lessons about how to connect with our student community digitally, and as we are to return to a full campus experience, we are also committed to maintaining and building the enhancements around this experience that our digital environment can facilitate. This includes the Virtual Grindhouse, our new online community, home to a plethora of impressive guest speakers and curated opportunities from across the industry.

In addition, if you are unable to join us at the return to campus because of pandemic-related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

The frequently asked questions (FAQs) below will answer many of your questions. However, if you have further questions, current students can email help@metfilmschool.ac.uk, and new students and potential applicants can email info@metfilmschool.co.uk, call +44 20 8290 9119, or speak to our Admissions Team.


Learning, Teaching and Assessment

We are delighted to confirm that the MetFilm School is currently delivering our full range of courses. The School is working hard to curate re-moulded deliveries of each programme, and your course teams will keep you up to date with our thinking and our plans as they crystallise.

In so doing, the school is working to the following principles:

  • each course will deliver all the original learning outcomes, and we will ensure that by the end of the programme you will have had the same level of practical activity and productions
  • we are taking advice from the government, public health agencies, and academic bodies, and will continue to work within government-imposed restrictions.
  • we are listening to your feedback to ensure the programme works for you
  • there may be changes to your timetables, and your course teams will share this information with you as they become clear

The School has developed an approach which we have called Mixed Teaching, designed to ensure that students get the fullest possible physical experience combined with the benefit of digital technologies.

  • The majority of teaching is in person – eg workshops, seminars, productions – with curriculum delivery adapted to keep students in consistent groups throughout so that these bubbles act as a C-19 mitigant. There are guidelines to minimise transmission risk for students and tutors.
  • Students who cannot be there for health or travel reasons are able to engage online, usually through Teams, and there will be enhancements available to tutors to enable better connection with the online community.
  • Where there are cohorts with significant numbers not present in-person, we can create separate online groups.
  • Online engagement is otherwise limited to situations where it is either impossible to do it safely in person (eg where we need more than one bubble to be there together, such as large lectures, visiting guest speakers of interest to large numbers, and programme meetings), or where it is more effective to do it online (eg 1:1 tutorials).
  • We are building alternative assessments so that students can still be assessed if the public health situation changes.

If you are unable to join us at the start of the course or rejoin us because of pandemic-related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We guarantee that you will not miss out.

Please stay in touch with the team, and we will give you guidance.

The School has an Outbreak Plan which it has developed in consultation with Public Health England and will adapt to local and national changes in line with public health guidance at the time. Depending on the extent of the outbreak and guided by the National Institute for Health Protection (NIPH), restrictions will be implemented in a phased manner, according to the following 4 tiers:

  • Tier 1: this is the default position, whereby the School provides a combination of face-to-face tuition and – where necessary and appropriate – online learning – following our Mixed Teaching approach explained in the MFS London Coronavirus Secure Operating Procedures, which is consistent with the latest public health guidance.
  • Tier 2: this is the fallback position, where we would have to move to an increased level of online learning.  We will prioritise the continuation of face-to-face provision based on their own risk assessments. In the majority of cases, this will be for those parts of the courses where it is most beneficial (for example, practical projects).
  • Tier 3: this is where stricter measures are needed, whereby we will increase the level of online learning to retain face-to-face provision for priority courses and in as a limited number of situations as possible. Students will need to follow government guidance published as part of any additional restrictions applied locally. We will support students by keeping services for students open.
  • Tier 4: this is the last resort, and we expect the majority of provision to be online, with buildings open for essential workers only.

Regardless of the tier of restriction currently in place for teaching provision, all schools and universities, students and staff are required by the government to comply with guidance issued on wider restrictions. National Institute for Health Protection (NIPH) will issue and regularly update guidance on how any additional restrictions imposed will apply to students moving between university and home.

The School will get in touch with all students as quickly as possible if there are any changes to our operations or teaching as a result of public health guidance.


Student Health and Wellbeing

Testing plans for asymptomatic students

As with all HE providers MetFilm School is working with local partners to offer:

  • two tests to all students upon their return
  • ongoing twice-weekly testing to all

We have set an expectation that all in order to keep yourself, your fellow students, and staff safe expectation you should take up the testing on offer.

 

Testing students using lateral flow devices (LFDs)

These tests are vital to the country’s response to the pandemic, to ensure that your continued attendance at School is safe, and for early release from isolation if you have tested positive for Covid.

Please do test yourself with a lateral flow test kit and report your results to the NHS here and to the School here, every Monday and Thursday.

You can collect your home test kits from MetFilm School reception anytime or order them online here.

Remember that the MFS Production protocols apply when you are in production, which currently dictate daily testing.

 

How students should be tested

You should be tested twice in your first week of return – immediately upon your return and then again three days later. We will then be offering students twice weekly testing thereafter. This should be done immediately before you visit campus. We are offering all students and staff free home testing kits in order to complete tests.

If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for COVID-19, you are likely to have developed some immunity. If you have had a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and been recorded as a positive case on the national system, you do not need to be tested again within that time period if you are asymptomatic.

Students who are close contacts of a positive case no longer need to take a PCR test and remain at home until the result is received.  Instead, close contacts including those with cases in their household will be able to attend School but must inform the school, take daily Lateral Flow tests and report the result to School as well as the NHS.

It is likely that close contacts of a positive case will go on to develop the infection themselves, therefore daily testing is vital to reduce the spread.

 

Negative result

Students that test negative as part of the twice-weekly testing programme should continue to follow any national or regional tier restrictions.

 

Positive lateral flow test results

If you test positive on a home Lateral Flow test without symptoms you will no longer need to take a confirmatory PCR test.  Instead, you must report the positive result to the NHS to enable them to carry out contact tracing, and you must begin a minimum 5-day isolation immediately.

 

PCR Test for those with symptoms 

Lateral Flow tests are still for asymptomatic testing and anybody who develops one of the three main Covid symptoms, however mild, should isolate and book a PCR test straight away.  Please keep us updated on the PCR results.

Please continue to follow the appropriate guidance until you are able to return to School – and please do advise us by emailing admin@metfilmschool.ac.uk as well as completing the usual weekly form (here).

You will be able to join teaching online if you are unable to get to School, by clicking on the links in your electronic timetable.  If you do need to connect remotely, please do be sure to let your course team know.

 

Close contacts of positive cases

Students who are close contacts of a positive case no longer need to take a PCR test and remain at home until the result is received.  Instead, close contacts including those with cases in their household will be able to attend School but must inform the school, take daily Lateral Flow tests and report the result to School as well as the NHS.

It is likely that close contacts of a positive case will go on to develop the infection themselves, therefore daily testing is vital to reduce the spread.

 

Ending isolation

In recent weeks the isolation period for positive cases has been reduced and it is now possible to end isolation earlier than the standard 10 days provided two consecutive Lateral Flow tests taken 24 hours apart return a negative result. Asymptomatic people who test positive will be able to leave self-isolation after five full days, subject to having two negative LFT results, 24 hours apart. The day you test positive is day zero and the next day is day one of your isolation period. You can take your first test on day five. If it is negative, you can take another test 24 hours later at the beginning of day six, and – assuming this is also negative and you do not have a temperature – you can immediately leave isolation.

Once you have received two negative tests, you do not need to continue testing during the remainder of the 10 day period. You are able to return to School.

 

Supporting students who need to self-isolate

For those students who do need to self-isolate, we will take steps to ensure students are safe and well looked after during their self-isolation period.

If you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home and book a PCR test:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
  • You should also stay at home for 10 days if you live with someone who has the above symptoms and you should do this from the first day they have symptoms.

If this affects you, you should read the government’s advice on staying at home.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home, you can though use the 111 online coronavirus service to get more advice.

For full advice on what to do if you have symptoms, please click here.

 

Ending isolation

In recent weeks the isolation period for positive cases has been reduced and it is now possible to end isolation earlier than the standard 10 days provided two consecutive Lateral Flow tests taken 24 hours apart return a negative result starting from day 6.

Once you have received two negative tests, you do not need to continue testing during the remainder of the 10 day period. You are able to return to School.

Please contact your Course Leader and the Welfare Team on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilm.co.uk and, if able to do so, keep up with your studies using our online learning support and resources.

It is important that you follow the latest official advice on self-isolation, social distancing and other measures. If you are self-isolating do not come to the campus.

For the latest guidance about whether you need to self-isolate and for how long, please see this page on the NHS website.

At both the London and Berlin campuses, you are able to attend teaching sessions in person – the timing of which is linked to your module schedules. In order to optimise your practical learning, there may be some adjustments to your timetables which will be communicated by your course teams in due course.
We recognise that many students will not be able to get back to the UK straight away and others will have periods of quarantine or self-isolation, and we are committed to continuing to provide remote access to your teaching and learning.

We are committed to offering all current and new students the full practical experience that you signed up to, physically on site.

If you have any concerns about the coronavirus, please contact Student Services on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilm.co.uk.

Our Student Welfare team will be available to support you and will respond between 9-5, Monday to Friday. You can contact us on 020 8280 9119 or admin@metfilm.co.uk.

For urgent support outside these hours please contact:

  • The Samaritans – 116 123
  • NHS Direct – 111
  • Emergency services – Fire, Police or Ambulance – 999
  • Nightline – 020 7631 0101

New Students Starting in 2022

For further information on how to apply, please visit our How to Apply page.

MetFilm School supports nationwide and international efforts to limit risk of infections from the coronavirus disease. The special occupational health and safety measures described in this plan are designed to safeguard the health of students and staff whilst enabling our educational programming and productions under carefully considered and designed specific conditions.

In so doing, the school is working to the following principles:

  • each course will deliver all the original learning outcomes, and we will ensure that by the end of the programme you will have had the same level of practical activity and productions
  • we are taking advice from government, public health agencies, and academic bodies, and will continue to work within government-imposed restrictions.
  • we are listening to your feedback to ensure the programme works for you
  • our no detriment or safety net policy, which you can read about here is designed to ensure that your academic outcomes and final degree awards are not unduly affected through no fault of your own as a result of the pandemic
  • we have re-ordered modules to delay practical tuition, exercises and productions which cannot be delivered online, and will schedule additional face-to-face practical workshops
  • there will be changes to your timetables, and your course teams will share this information with you as they become clear

Start dates are now on the course pages of the website and have been communicated to all students enrolled on programmes.

Yes, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic-related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We will work with you to ensure that you catch up on any practical learning that you have missed.

See section below “Self-Isolation requirements for students arriving in the UK from abroad”.

Yes, if you are unable to join us at the start of the course because of pandemic related travel restrictions, visa issues, or other reasons – don’t worry. We will work with you directly to provide ways for you to engage in learning remotely, joining the course physically at a later date. We will work with you to ensure that you catch up on any practical learning that you have missed.

When you are on campus, we will follow current MetFilm  guidance and best practice in both the Higher Education and film production worlds to ensure that you are as safe as possible. In the event of any further public health lockdowns, we will ensure that your learning experience continues remotely, and all practical production activities and film productions will be rescheduled. We will ensure that your learning goals, filmmaking experience, and qualifications are not harmed.

Met Film School has various digital platforms which we use to deliver online learning and support to students when not on the campus. You will also be supported by your programme team, and the School’s Student Services and Academic Support team – which you will also be able to access online if you should have any problems.

See here for minimum specs of a computer and phone or camera you will need during your ScreenSpace course.

For more information on how to get support from the University of West London, see our information for current students. The University Students’ Union also have their own regularly updated information page which you can access here. The advice service will continue to run via phone call and email, and you can email uwl.su@uwl.ac.uk with any enquiries.


Requirements for Students Arriving in the UK from Overseas

Arrival procedure for students travelling to the UK from overseas

Different restrictions apply to students arriving from overseas (known as the traffic light system) depending on the level of risk. Risk will be based on factors such as the level of community transmission, variants of concern, levels of testing, genomic sequencing and reporting. This will provide the UK government with the flexibility to adapt to the evolving health situation around the world whilst keeping our borders open. Countries will be sorted into three categories:

  • red list countries – high-risk countries
  • amber list countries – moderate-risk countries
  • green list countries – low-risk countries

Students will need to comply with the following measures, depending on which country they have departed from/travelled through in the preceding 10 days:

Students should refer to the latest information on country risk levels before travelling.

  • You should avoid shared spaces as much as possible – including as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas
  • everyone should wash their hands lots of times during the day – do this for 20 seconds, using soap and water or hand sanitiser
  • always cough and sneeze into a tissue – then throw the tissue away and wash your hands
  • in communal areas, try to stay at least two metres away from other people as much as possible
  • think about wearing a face covering when you are in the same room as another member of the household
  • use a different bathroom if possible. If you use the same bathroom clean it each time after you use it. Wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household cleaner (disinfectant)
  • use different towels
  • do not share a bed
  • do not use the kitchen at the same time
  • clean surfaces that you often touch several times a day with a household cleaner/detergent
  • use a dishwasher – if this is not possible, wash and dry each person’s things separately
  • use a different sponge and tea towel for each person
  • do not shake dirty washing before putting it in the washing machine – if you do not have a washing machine, wait three days after your staying at home period ends before taking it to be washed
  • put rubbish such as tissues and disposable wiping cloths into rubbish bags that are tied shut, then put these bags inside a second bag – you should wait three days before you put them outside for the rubbish collection
  • while you are self-isolating arrange for food and medication to be delivered
  • tell people delivering things to your home to leave them outside and let you know they are there – they must not come into your home
  • do not use taxis or public transport and do not allow social visits from friends and family – use your phone and social media to keep in touch.

If you are self-isolating with friends or relatives, please arrange for help for food to be delivered to you, observing social distancing guidelines.

If you are in accommodation on your own, your best option may be supermarket deliveries. For example, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Waitrose all offer a delivery service which can be booked online. If you are encountering issues with the food you can contact: wellbeing@metfilmschool.ac.uk for advice.

Please follow the UK government instructions and National Health Service guidelines if you develop coronavirus symptoms while in self-isolation.

If you have a confirmed case of Covid-19 you must let us know.

Yes, you can enrol online, undertake our pre-induction course and start your studies while you are self-isolating. There will also be induction activities and materials.

Our Wellbeing Team recommend the following resources for you:

  • If you are self-isolating before your course starts, there is a pre-induction course which you are encouraged to engage with. It has references to a lot of viewing and reading materials which will both entertain you and prepare you for your programme.
  • You will also be invited to join the Virtual Grindhouse, our online community, where you will find guest speakers, opportunities, and other information.
  • Once your course starts, you will be able to engage with your learning online until you are able to join the course in person.
  • Counselling
  • Disability & Mental Health
  • General wellbeing
  • Finance & funding advice
  • Local medical services information

Complaints

If at any point you are not happy with the Schools action (or lack of action) in relation to any aspect of your experience (including teaching) you can provide us with feedback by raising it with your course manager, course leader or a member of Student Services staff. You can also provide feedback which is formally noted through the student representation system. Staff are usually very responsive to student concerns. In the rare event that you remain unhappy after discussing your concerns with staff, you can contact the Student Complaints Team: complaints@metfilmschool.ac.uk.