Your Union round-up – Wednesday 11th November

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Life during COVID 

Each week of lockdown until the proposed date of Wednesday 2nd December, we’ll be updating you with a news article to outline if anything has changed, helpful reminders and any news that might be relevant. 

Are there any COVID updates this week? 

A new Coronavirus local testing site is now open in Devonport House car park at Greenwich campus. You can discover more about this on the University portal.

Since last week the Government is now trying mass testing in Liverpool to try and see if this is an effective tool in stemming the spread of the virus.

There has been positive news from across the pond with what looks to be a successful vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, it is now awaiting full approval. Downing Street says that they will have procured 10 million doses to be distributed by the end of this year, if the vaccine is approved.

A big win this week for student parents as the Government has also u-turned on free school meals to help feed disadvantaged children over Christmas, Easter and summer of 2021.

There is set to be a travel window and the University have provided the following information:

'The government have issued guidance for universities and students returning to their non-term time addresses and for moving all face to face teaching online by 9 December.

While parts of the guidance are clear, there are some details that we require further clarity on, including testing and how we support staff and students to return to campuses in January. We will provide detailed information on what this means for us all next week.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our university community continues to be our priority, and the university is here to support you.  If you would like to access support, the university's support services are available for you to use. The details of the Student Wellbeing Service and the Students' Union Advice Service can be found on our website.

It is important that we all continue to act safely and responsibly following the Covid-Safe and Hands Face Space guidance.  

Please remember we remain in lockdown and the guidance on the national restrictions, including those on travel are still in place.'

Lockdown tip of the week 

Student Spotify membership comes with Headspace included at no extra cost, make sure to utilise this perk. Headspace gives you access to a range of features including meditation, sleeping aids and mindful cardio. Possibly the best feature is that you can play audio that will help you focus whilst studying from home.

What’s on this week? 

This week you can get involved with the DIY Mask Making at Avery Hill and the Virtual Zumba session

The Village Shop will be remaining open for this period, but with a change of hours. The Village Shop takeaway service is still running during this time.  

What support measures are on offer? 

Advice Service has launched an online form for our Advice Service. By filling out this form you will help us to help you faster! Enquire here

University Wellbeing Hub is here to support you during your student experience. Find all the resources here

GSU StressBusters is your place to find activities to help you tackle stress and improve your wellbeing while you learn from home, especially during the exam and deadline seasons. Find out more here

GSU Digital Tribe empowers our members to create, inspire, and stay connected. Discover more on our site

GKSU has launched Your Virtual Uni Life, which aims to direct students studying at Medway to a range of useful resources and information. 

Greenwich Students’ Union has updated their Student Information page for this lockdown period highlighting changes to venues and services. You can discover more on this here: greenwichsu.co.uk/studentinfo 

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