Latest COVID-19 advice for LI members – Friday 27 March 2020

The LI is continuing to seek clarity from government on how our members can work safely and effectively during this extraordinary time.

At present, UK Government advice on working during the pandemic is changing regularly. Advice is also inconsistent across different sectors. For avoidance of doubt, the LI strongly recommends that our members avoid any site visits and fieldwork – including for landscape assessment work – unless absolutely necessary. If visiting a site to carry out essential work, members should take appropriate precautions:

  • Avoid using public transport to access the site
  • When on site, diligently follow the government’s social distancing guidelines and the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures (23 March 2020)

Our view is that members should exercise such caution until  at minimum to Tuesday 14 April at the earliest. Based on further advice, the recommended date may be extended.

Essential visits include work that supports key workers and work that, if avoided, would endanger health and safety. Key agencies in England such as the Planning Inspectorate and Natural England have already ceased most site visits. The Scottish Government has also issued guidance this week outlining different rules, especially for construction work.

We urge our international members to check guidance issued by their own national governments and health authorities before conducting any external site visit.

We are working to provide guidance and support during these difficult times. We will regularly update the page below and our practical resources blog as the situation develops. Please share any new information or questions you might have with us via policy@landscapeinstitute.org.

COVID-19: Updates and resources

General information

In light of the global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Landscape Institute has chosen to suspend all in-person events until further notice.

In addition, the LI team has adopted a remote working policy. We have asked our employees and volunteers not to travel to external engagements, replacing face-to-face meetings with remote alternatives where possible. The LI Office on Tottenham Court Road in London will be closed to visitors until further notice.

Over the past two years, the LI has invested in substantial improvements to our digital infrastructure. These investments are are now paying off, as we are able to be agile in our response to this crisis. We can provide most day-to-day services, such as fielding email and telephone queries from members, as normal.

The LI management team is meeting daily to assess how we best continue to ensure a smooth continuation of service to our members and partners. We are considering all viable alternatives to face-to-face meetings, including telephone, videoconference, webinars, and web chat.

We are assessing our upcoming events and activities on a case-by-case basis and updating the relevant stakeholders directly before sharing general updates here. Keep an eye on this page for the latest information. In the meantime, all our usual channels are still open, so if you need to get in touch, please don’t hesitate to do so.

We know this period will be challenging. For some, the effects are already becoming apparent. We will do our best to provide as much support as possible to members and their families by sharing the most up-to-date information and resources available, as well as promote and support the work of charities such as Perennial and the Architects Benevolent Society.

Pathway to Chartership exams

In line with our travel restrictions for staff and volunteers, the LI is cancelling the May 2020 Pathway to Chartership (P2C) exams in London and Manchester.

Candidates who have registered for the May 2020 exams will instead be able to take their exams in November. That said, we are currently investigating options to replace face-to-face exams with alternatives such as videoconferencing. We plan to pilot new solutions over the coming weeks and months, with the aim of offering May 2020 candidates an earlier exam date.

We will be in touch with more details as we develop our plans.

Quarterly submissions

We feel it’s to candidates’ benefit to continue their exam preparation. Examiners will prefer to see a full set of  submissions when you do take the exam.

As such, we ask candidates to make their quarterly submissions according to existing deadlines. While the exams are not going ahead as originally planned in May, it is a useful time to reflect on your Pathway journey and add useful considered logs, based on your overall reflections, together with any continuing experience.

Online exam pilots

If you would be interested in taking your exam online (e.g. by videoconference) rather than face to face, please let us know.

Please note that we may only have a few places available. Our initial plan is to run several small pilots, so that we can develop the final process in close collaboration with candidates and examiners. Our priority is to deliver a high-quality and fair exam process to all candidates.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via pathway@landscapeinstitute.org.

#LICPD Health and Wellbeing day, London

The LI has decided to postpone our Health and Wellbeing CPD Day, formerly scheduled to take place on Thursday 26 March.

We have made this decision after much deliberation, and with the safety and security of our attendees and staff foremost in our minds. In light of the worsening COVID-19 threat, we agree that this is the most responsible course of action.

We are currently working with the venue to secure Thursday 28 January 2021 as the new date for this event. We hope to be able to confirm the new date following the Easter break in April, at which stage we expect to have a clearer understanding of the ongoing risks.

All existing tickets are fully transferable, and we have contacted registered attendees directly with information on how they can request a full refund if needed. If you are registered for this event and haven’t heard from us, please contact the LI events team.

Student Travel Award

Entries to the LI Student Travel Award closed as planned at midnight on Sunday 22 March. Due to travel restrictions, we will be reviewing how and when to proceed with the judging period and winner selection.

We want to reassure entrants that your entry will still be valid, regardless of when we resume the judging process. What we mean to say is, contrary to the competition terms and conditions, if you are not currently enrolled on a course or in education (due to university closure, or graduation etc.) at the time of the resumption, your entry will still count.

We will also be extending the ‘must travel by’ period, as outlined in our terms and conditions, which currently stands at December 2020.

At the time of the competition close, we will be keeping entrants updated on any progress or decisions made.

We thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. If you have any questions or queries, please do get in touch via chooselandscape@landscapeinstitute.org.

Resources

Healthcare

Charitable support

Architects Benevolent Society
Dedicated to helping architects, assistants, technologists, technicians, landscape architects – and their families – in times of need
absnet.org.uk

Practice management

Practical resources for LI members
landscapeinstitute.org