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COVID-19

RIAM Closure: Update 25 March 2020

Following the Government directive for all schools and education institutions, the Royal Irish Academy of Music will remain closed until Monday 20th April 2020. In the meantime, please find an update on RIAM's operations during this time.

All RIAM tuition has moved online

We began by moving tertiary tuition online on the week of 23rd March. We have done the same for Junior RIAM tuition, to be in place by the week of 29th March.

For the past two weeks, teachers and students have been using video and other online resources to deliver lessons. Heads of Faculty and the Library have been on hand to get teachers ready to move online, with additional resources, training and support. We are delighted to see the creativity that is coming to the fore at this time and also the positive approach to dealing with this unexpected situation.

Performances in April postponed but some masterclasses are going ahead

Our performances in April are postponed and we will wait on Government advice for those performances rostered for May. However, some masterclasses are going ahead online. You will also see resources and performances online that we hope will keep our students and wider audiences engaged in their music. Check our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for daily posts.

RIAM Exams summer session to take place in a revised format, plans to be announced soon

We wish for all of our exam candidates to achieve their planned milestone. With that in mind, RIAM Exams summer session will take place in a revised format, and more information will follow shortly. For queries please email riamexams@riam.ie

Library

The library is closed for borrowing but library staff can be contacted at library@riam.ie. We continue to provide reference, research and support services to stduents and staff. All loans are automatically renewed in the period of closure. 

Off-campus access to electronic resources (books, databases, music streaming  journals) is available to RIAM students and staff. A variety of additional e-resources have become available recently - check the pages on using the library from home for updates. 

Administration operational remotely

All RIAM administration now has access to RIAM databases and are able to work remotely from home via laptop. Administration are also connected to their work phones and e mails, and can therefore answer queries in the normal way. Please contact generaloffice@riam.ie for information.

Looking ahead

In this time of uncertainty, we take heart from the fact that Ireland is pulling together as a nation, and that our own community in RIAM is being proactive and seeking to keep music making alive. Myself and RIAM staff will stay in contact with you in the coming weeks.

This page will continue to be updated in line with the latest government guidelines over the following weeks. Please check www.riam.ie for updates.

Deborah Kelleher
Director, Royal Irish Academy of Music

RIAM Closure: 12 March 2020

Following the Government directive for all schools and education institutions, the Royal Irish Academy of Music will be closing at 9pm this evening, 12th March, and will remain closed until 29th March.

RIAM Exams for this period will also be cancelled and re-scheduled.

Administrative staff will be working remotely and can be contacted only by email and through their work phone numbers.

Third level students will receive separate information in relation to assessments and performances as the situation unfolds.

The health and welfare of all our staff and students is of top priority to us, and we are continuing to actively monitor national and international sources of information to help ensure their well-being. All members of the RIAM community will continue to receive updates as they arise.

This page will continue to be updated in line with the latest government guidelines over the following weeks. Please check www.riam.ie for updates.

We wish you the very best for this time.

Deborah Kelleher
Director, Royal Irish Academy of Music

Important Information about Covid-19

Prevention

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, is to use proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
 

Hand hygiene:

Wash your hands regularly. You should wash your hands:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • before and after using all pianos and other instruments at the RIAM
  • before, during and after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after using the toilet

Wash your hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly dirty. If your hands are not visibly dirty, wash them with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Respiratory hygiene:

Cover your mouth and nose with a clean tissue when you cough and sneeze and then promptly dispose of the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow instead, not into your hands.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Public Health Advice from HSE

IF WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS;-

  • You have been to an affected area where COVID-19 is circulating OR
  • You have been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus OR
  • You have attended a healthcare facility in another country where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated AND
  • You are well

you are asked to visit the HSE website and phone the HSE helpline for further advice: Callsave 1850 24 1850 Phone 041 6850300

IF WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS;-

  • You have been to an affected area where COVID-19 is circulating OR
  • You have been in contact with a person diagnosed with novel coronavirus OR
  • You have attended a healthcare facility where patients with novel coronavirus are being treated AND
  • You are unwell with fever, cough, shortness of breath

follow this advice:

  • Stay at home
  • Do not go out to public places
  • Do not go to crèche or school
  • Please phone your GP for medical advice, rather than turning up in person
  • Make sure that, when you phone, you mention your recent travel or exposure. The health services will arrange for you to get medical help.

You can find the latest updated information from the HSE, including detailed Frequently Asked Questions at https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/