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Student Support

Pastoral and Academic Support: See Tutors, pages 50 and 54 Counselling: Dani Singer BA, PGDip, MAPC, UKCP /BACP Snr Accr. Access & Disability: Judith Fink Additional Support Tutor (dyslexia/ dyspraxia): Paula Bishop BA, MMus, DipRSA SpLD, LRAM Head of Alexander Technique: Paul Moore LTCL, MStat Professional Development Advisor: Janet Marshall BA, MMus

Students’ Union The SU supports various societies, provides welfare and international representation, and holds regular meetings to ensure students can voice their opinions. Students are also represented on all academic committees.

Social events are an essential part of Academy life. As well as packed Freshers and RAG weeks and a legendary summer ball, the SU organises themed parties,karaoke, comedy and movie nights. Academy students have full access to the University of London Union’s superb sports, leisure and social facilities.

International Students

Head of International Affairs: Philip White LRAM, FRAM

English Language Co-ordinator: Janet McAlpin MA, PGDip, Hon ARAM

English Language Tutors: Marie Myerscough MA, BEd, ARCM Gill Barnes BA

Financial Assistance The Academy is able to assist some students towards the costs of their fees and living expenses. See p.58, and

Alexander Technique The Academy has taught Alexander Technique for over 20 years. Students normally receive 20 lessons throughout the year. These one-to-one lessons are intended to be an introduction to the technique and are educational rather than therapeutic. Students learn how to ‘use’ themselves in the best way possible, and thereby function at their best whilst also avoiding injury. Small group sessions are also available for those with previous experience.

Noise and Avoiding Hearing Loss The Academy takes students’ long-term health very seriously. Since 2006 we have extensively monitored sound levels in a wide range of Academy rooms and have drawn up recommendations on how we can protect students’ hearing. Results are used to schedule rehearsals and allocate students to performance projects to avoid excessive weekly exposure. All students attend compulsory noise seminars and undertake audiometric (hearing) tests.

Arguably no city in the world offers the diversity of London. The Academy’s truly international community is similarly varied, with many cultures and nationalities represented.

The Academy has a team of specialists dedicated to supporting students who need to develop their communication skills in English. Our English Language teachers have much experience with coaching students from other parts of the world, including Asia, and they have expertise in music and the arts.

Depending on their particular needs, some students will be required to attend an intensive English course at the Academy before the start of the academic year. Others will attend weekly classes throughout the academic year in support of their programme of study. These classes lead to an examination, designed to focus students’ work and to give them a formal indication of their progress.

In addition, all students can benefit from the Help Desk run by the English Language Co-ordinator Janet McAlpin. This is a facility for students seeking help or advice for specific communication tasks, or for those who want to top-up particular English skills.

Medical Health, Counselling and Disability Student support services are co-ordinated by the counsellor. The Academy works with a broad range of medical specialists and has close links with excellent hospitals as well as with the local Paddington Green Health Centre, which has particular expertise in working with musicians. Psychology-based music performance classes are offered where possible to help all students to achieve their potential by managing performance anxiety. The counsellor provides a free confidential service available to all students. The Disability Advisor can offer support and advice on diagnostic assessment and funding for disability support.

Additional needs The Academy has extensive experience of supporting students with additional needs including specific learning differences such as dyslexia. This is a confidential service to applicants and students.

Careers Advice Specific careers advice complements the broad-ranging career preparation which is integrated into programmes of study.

The Academy offers an ‘acclimatisation’ course to selected international students before the beginning of the academic year.

A handbook for international students is issued annually and the Head of International Affairs is pleased to give advice. Visa information is available in the Student Support section of

In 2010–11, international students at the Academy come from: Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

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