COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 – Students’ Union Response

The Students’ Union is responding to all the information we are receiving regarding COVID-19, and is making decisions based on this information, in collaboration with the University, as and when it is available. Obviously this is a complicated and continually developing situation, and the Union thanks you for your patience while we work on the situation.

For information about the University guidance for activites on site and the health and safety protocols in place (including teaching and learning, rooms and facilities) please check the University's website.

 

Revised SU Office opening hours

The SU office is open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm. SU staff are still contactable during office hours via email.

Becky Kemp Arnold - President - president@su.sgul.ac.uk

Ogor Babundo - VP Student Activities & Experience - vpactivities@su.sgul.ac.uk

George Hadjiyiannakis - VP Education & Welfare - vpeducation@su.sgul.ac.uk

Michelle Campbell - SU Office Manager - mcampbel@sgul.ac.uk

Lon Teija - Education and Welfare Support Officer - lteija@sgul.ac.uk

 

The SU Shop and SU Bar are now open! Visit the relevant pages to see the opening times and restrictions in place. The Games Room and the bar area are open Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. Please note the Games Room is only open for use of the microwaves. The bar area is open for students to eat. The tables and chairs have been arranged to enable social distancing. Face masks should be used in accordance with the University's guidance.

 

Welfare Support

George and Lon are both contactable via email. Welfare support sessions will not be taking place on site, however these can be arranged by email and will go ahead through alternative arrangements – please contact Lon or George to discuss this further.

The University counselling service is operating remotely - appointments can still be made via the counselling@sgul.ac.uk email address.

The Student Life Centre is still available remotely for practical needs. They can be contacted by email: studentlifecentre@sgul.ac.uk or phone: 020 8266 6344. Some in-person meetings are being made available - please see the University's guidance for more information on opening times.

 

Society Activities

Society activities are limited to online events only in line with the current Government restrictions.

Please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest Government advice.

A club and society finance guide, to explain changes to payment processing and claims forms during the closure, is now available - please follow this link to access this. Treasurer Training slides have been emailed out to clubs and societies with further details - please email vpactivities@su.sgul.ac.uk if you have not received these.

If you have any questions related to general student, staff or health advice, please check the University’s guidance portal at https://www.sgul.ac.uk/news/alerts. For anything else, email a sabbatical officer and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Collect your LFD Covid home test kits on site 

The government strongly advises that all of us who are regularly on site or travelling from home should be undertaking Covid testing twice weekly (3-4 days apart), to break the chains of transmission.

You can now collect packs of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Covid tests on site, to use at home. Students and staff can collect kits from the main university reception on the ground floor of Hunter Wing from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Each kit contains seven tests, are easy to administer and provide results in about 30 minutes. Tests must be taken at home, not on site. Once you have your result, we strongly recommend that you record it via the report a Covid-19 result page of the government website, and link your test to St George’s.

You can also order tests online from the government website.

 

Reporting your test result

Once you have your result, we strongly recommend that you record it within 24 hours via the report a Covid-19 result page of the government website, even if the result is negative. 

Please link your test to St George’s. You can do this by selecting "A nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider" when asked "Who was the test for?" You can then confirm if you are staff or a student.

You will then be asked for the name or postcode of the school, college or university. To this please respond LFD: St George's, University of London: BETF (SW17 0RE).

We recommend that you create an account on the NHS test reporting system to speed up the process of recording future test results. Read a summary of the NHS Test and Collect privacy notice (PDF). 

 

What to do if you have a positive test result

If you test positive by any method, you must isolate in order to prevent passing on the virus and inform the university.

Staff should contact their line manager and hrhelp@sgul.ac.uk and students should contact coronavirusconcern@sgul.ac.uk.

Following a positive LFD test result, students and staff should take a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. 

Students on placements should follow the advice on testing offered by your placement provider. If you would prefer to access community testing, there is advice on other routes to get tested on the Wandsworth Borough website

Updated:13/08/2021