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Rose Bruford College have offered a place to all ALRA students to continue in term three in the same or similar campus locations. Further information about this, or other providers you may want to look at is available.

ALRA went through a restructure in Spring 2021 that was designed to stabilise finances, but the losses made in the 2020/21 academic year and the lack of any significant new income streams in 2021/22 meant the organisation was not financially viable.

In October 2021, the ALRA Board took the decision to seek a new owner to ensure the college's long-term future through an intensive sales process. Unfortunately, this was not possible to achieve. As a result, the ALRA Board resolved to cease teaching students and working with partners, are providing appropriate support provided to students to find alternative study options.

St Mary’s University has set up a student hotline to support you from 4th April. St Mary’s are committed to providing ALRA students with clear and impartial guidance about the options that you are able to explore to continue your education journey.  You can contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8284, and one of their advisors will be pleased to help you. If you feel you need some pastoral or wellbeing support, please contact the ALRA Support hotline at St Mary’s on 020 8240 8284.  

Other advice regarding complaints is available from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). The OIA is an independent body that reviews student complaints about higher education providers in England and Wales. Their service is free for students. To find out if the OIA can help you with a complaint, please see their website, or contact them by email or phone:

You will receive a transcript of your academic record.

All student records will be transferred to St Mary’s University (for Undergraduate degrees and Masters degrees validated by St Marys) or Arts University Bournemouth (for the MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts)) for safekeeping and current ALRA Acting students and students on the MA Professional Acting, and MA Directing will be sent a transcript from St Mary’s University as soon as possible.

Foundation Acting students will receive a transcript directly from ALRA.

MFA Linklater Teaching Practice (Voice and Theatre Arts) students will receive a transcript from Arts University Bournemouth.

Please contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or phone our ALRA Support hotline 020 8240 8284. Steps are being taken to petition the Court for ALRA’s winding up. Once the winding up order is made ALRA will be in Compulsory Liquidation and the Official Receiver will be immediately appointed as Liquidator. 

St Mary's University will ask you for your contact details, and, subject to your consent, once an Official Receiver is appointed as Liquidator of ALRA, St Mary's University will forward your query to them, so they can enable you to collect your belongings. There may be a delay of 5-10 days in the appointment of the Official Receiver so please bear this in mind if you are not contacted immediately.

Please contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or phone our ALRA Support hotline 020 8240 8284. Steps are being taken to petition the Court for ALRA’s winding up. Once the winding up order is made ALRA will be in Compulsory Liquidation and the Official Receiver will be immediately appointed as Liquidator.

St Mary's University will ask you for your contact details, and, subject to your consent, once an Official Receiver is appointed as Liquidator of ALRA, St Mary's University will forward your query to them, so they can address your request. There may be a delay of 5-10 days in the appointment of the Official Receiver so please bear this in mind if you are not contacted immediately.

Please contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or phone our ALRA Support hotline 020 8240 8284. Steps are being taken to petition the Court for ALRA’s winding up. Once the winding up order is made ALRA will be in Compulsory Liquidation and the Official Receiver will be immediately appointed as Liquidator.

St Mary's University We will ask you for your contact details, and, subject to your consent, once an Official Receiver is appointed as Liquidator of ALRA, St Mary's University will forward your query to them, so they can get in touch with you to arrange payment. There may be a delay of 5-10 days in the appointment of the Official Receiver so please bear this in mind if you are not contacted immediately. St Mary’s is not able to guarantee that any such payments will be made to you.

Please contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or phone our ALRA Support hotline 020 8240 8284. Steps are being taken to petition the Court for ALRA’s winding up. Once the winding up order is made ALRA will be in Compulsory Liquidation and the Official Receiver will be immediately appointed as Liquidator.

St Mary's University We will ask you for your contact details, and, subject to your consent, once an Official Receiver is appointed as Liquidator of ALRA, St Mary's University will forward your query to them, so they can discuss the possibility of any refund with you. There may be a delay of 5-10 days in the appointment of the Official Receiver so please bear this in mind if you are not contacted immediately. St Mary’s is not able to guarantee that any such payments will be made to you.

Please contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or phone our ALRA Support hotline 020 8240 8284. Steps are being taken to petition the Court for ALRA’s winding up. Once the winding up order is made ALRA will be in Compulsory Liquidation and the Official Receiver will be immediately appointed as Liquidator.

St Mary's University We will ask you for your contact details, and, subject to your consent, once an Official Receiver is appointed as Liquidator of ALRA, St Mary's University will forward your query to them, so they can discuss payment of any outstanding fees with you. There may be a delay of 5-10 days in the appointment of the Official Receiver so please bear this in mind if you are not contacted immediately.

ALRA were obliged to send this information to you today as the soonest possible time that the news could be shared by all parties regarding the matter. The process of closure and legalities did not allow for any notice to be given.

Once you have contacted an alternative provider and secured a place on one of their programmes, you will need to discuss your needs with them direct.

St Mary’s University has set up a student hotline to support you from 4th April. If you feel you need some pastoral or wellbeing support, please contact the ALRA Student Support hotline at St Mary’s on 020 8240 8284.

As an international student, your permission to stay in the UK is based on ALRA holding a sponsor licence. After ALRA’s licence to sponsor international students ends, UK Visa & Immigration will review your permission and contact you with a new, shorter expiry date. You will usually have 60 days permission from the date that UKVI contact you with the new expiry date, unless there is less than 60 days left on your current permission.

Until you are contacted by UKVI, your current permission expiry date remains in place.  You can apply for permission to stay in the UK to study a new course as long as the new course starts no more than 28 days after the expiry date of your permission – depending on when you apply, this may be your current expiry date, or the new expiry date given by UKVI. 

Yes. Your training at ALRA is still your personal achievement and the transcript you receive will be proof of study and can be used as accreditation of prior learning in application or transfer to another provider.

Yes.  St Mary’s are currently looking at the deadlines for submission dates and will be applying an extension wherever possible.   Regardless of the extension your assessments will be marked and credit awarded to students who pass their modules.  These will be recorded in a transcript provided by St Marys.

If you are a Foundation Year Student a transcript will be sent to you by ALRA.

We understand that a small number of ALRA students may have a delayed assessment or need to complete a resit. All outstanding Initial sits and resits will be completed at St Mary’s during June 2022. Details of the format and timing of these will be communicated to students shortly after a specially convened Exam Board.

As ALRA degrees are awarded by St Mary’s University, all module credits obtained at ALRA will remain valid.  

If you are on an undergraduate programme at ARA or one of the Masters programmes validated by St Mary’s your assessments will be marked and credit will be awarded to students who pass their modules. These will be recorded in a Transcript provided by St Marys.

If you are a Foundation Year student, your Transcript will be sent to you by ALRA.

Yes. If you are on a programme validated by St Mary’s University your module credits and any exit awards you are entitled to will be awarded by St Mary’s.

Yes. St Mary’s has sent a Letter to all ALRA students on programmes validated by St Mary’s setting-out the options available to you to continue your studies. If you are an undergraduate student you will be able to take advantage of bridging courses offered by St Mary’s in June 2022.

All students, including undergraduate, foundation year and Master’s students will also be able to explore other options provided by alternative providers in the UK higher education sector. St Mary’s provided details of these providers in the letter sent to all ALRA students on St Mary’s validated programmes. St Mary’s will also be able to provide guidance and advice to ALRA students.

Students will not be automatically transferred but will be given advice on their options. All transferring/leaving students will be provided by St Mary’s University with a ‘Transcript’ of any credits awarded to date and a record of their academic achievement, and any exit awards they are eligible to receive.

Yes. St Mary’s University has set up a student hotline to support you from 4th April. St Mary’s are committed to providing ALRA students with clear and impartial guidance about the options that you are able to explore to continue your education journey.  

You can contact St Mary’s at alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8284, and one of their admissions advisors will be pleased to help you. If you feel you need some pastoral or wellbeing support, please contact the ALRA Support hotline at St Mary’s on 020 8240 8284.   

Yes. Our aim is to provide you with some clear guidance about the information that St Mary’s will provide you with and the options that you are able to explore to continue your education journey. My colleagues are available to provide advice and guidance should you wish to take advantage of it. If you would like to reach out to one of our Admissions advisers, please phone 020 8240 2314 or contact us on our dedicated e mail for ALRA students:  alra.support@stmarys.ac.uk

If you would simply like to learn more about St Mary’s you will be VERY welcome to attend one of our Open Days

St Mary’s has an enviable track record as a teaching institution. We are Top 10 in the UK for teaching quality (Sunday Times 2022), Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience (Sunday Times 2022). We are in the Top 10 safest universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2020) and 96% of our graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA, 2021). Should you wish to study at St Mary’s I can guarantee you a very warm welcome. We are, like ALRA, a small community, and you will enjoy the same sense of community here on our lovely green campus, I am sure, as you have experienced at ALRA.

Should you wish to transfer to the BA Acting programme at St Mary’s delivered at our Twickenham Campus, St Mary’s will be happy to facilitate this. 

You may keep any course materials you have been given to date. However, any items on loan (e.g. library books) should be returned.

All student records for programmes validated by St Mary’s will be transferred to St Mary’s for safekeeping and current ALRA students will be sent a copy of their transcript from St Mary’s as soon as possible.

All student records will be transferred to St Mary’s for safekeeping and current ALRA students will be sent a copy of their transcript from St Mary’s ASAP.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is the degree validating body for ALRA. As such it is unable to assist in any matter not directly related the support of under graduate students.

Notwithstanding, we have been advised that the Board of ALRA is taking urgent steps to place ALRA in to compulsory liquidation by order of the Court. Once in liquidation, ALRA’s affairs will immediately  become the responsibility of the Official Receiver acting as liquidator. 

We understand that this Court process will take approximately 7-10 days at which point you will be contacted by the Official Receiver.

Please send your request to official.receiver@alra.co.uk.

Further information for creditors is available on the gov.uk website.