Your Union round-up – Wednesday 18th 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? 

The key priority for many students is the travel window where students will be able to make their way home for the end of Term One.

Therefore, the University is strongly encouraging all students to follow the rules to the letter in order to ensure your chances to travel home. Remember, if you are in Halls, you must only mix with your flat and not any other flats. Don't risk a small rule break now as it could affect your Christmas.

Last week the University have provided the following information, with new information due very soon (this article will be updated when the new guidance is released):

'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.  

 

The University have updated with the following news:

'We will continue to deliver face-to-face teaching until the end of Friday 4 December for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, with the exception of some programmes in FEHHS which will continue to have some on campus skills training up to 9 December.

We will move our teaching to online delivery for the remainder of term 1 once face-to-face teaching completes. Faculties will provide students details of how they can access these sessions, and if students have any concerns we ask them to speak to their faculty team.

We expect all students to continue with their studies online to ensure they do not miss valuable teaching time. Any assessment deadlines in term 1 remain unchanged.  

For term 2 in January, we expect to return to our blended learning approach, with a mix of online and face-to-face teaching. We will keep you updated as we receive the guidance from government on this.

Students who are attending professional off-campus placements up to and beyond 9 December will continue with these placements to their scheduled end date, and this will be confirmed by their faculty.  We will also contact postgraduate research students with information to enable them to continue their research activities on campus where appropriate until 22 December.  

We know that some students may be travelling home during the time allocated by government as the Student Travel Week of 3-9 December. Our Accommodation team will provide further information on arrangements for student residents separately.  

Our libraries, study spaces, student centres and cafes on each campus will remain open. 

  • Our student centres will be open until 22 December and will reopen on 5 January 2021.
  • Between 21 December and 5 January 2021 our campus libraries will operate our Christmas opening hours.
  • Our catering outlets will remain open until 22 December and reopen for term 2. '

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 

We feel better when we do good things for others. Create a collection of items for the charity shop, call a friend who might be lonely, start a fundraiser or organise an online social for your friends. There's two more weeks to go, it's not too late to make a difference to someone else.

What’s on this week?

Wednesday 18 November marks the beginning of Disability History Month. From Monday, it's Green Week which is being run by Eco Team Greenwich, the University and GSU. 

On the What's On page you can discover events such as MIND: Tools and Techniques for Student Mental Health and Academic Communities Consultation groups.

The Village Shop takeaway service is running during this time and you can now order from Mobo2Go which offers exclusive discounts.  

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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