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 at https://www.sgul.ac.uk/news/alerts/guidance-for-students.

 

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.

From Monday 17 May, we will each be able to collect packs of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Covid tests on site, to use at home.  

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.

Advice on answers to provide when recording your result, so that the test is attributed to St George's, is as follows:

  • When asked 'Who was the test for?' please reply 'A nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider'
  • You will then be able to respond whether you work for a university or go to university (students)
  • You will then be able to state 'St George's Hospital Medical School' in the drop down for the name of the university.

For the first 2 weeks of operation kits will be available for collection as follows:

  • Students can collect kits from the Student Life Centre from 12pm-2pm, Monday-Thursday
  • Staff can collect kits from the main university reception on the ground floor of Hunter Wing from 12pm-2pm, Monday-Thursday.

Information on collection dates and locations following the first fortnight of operation, will be communicated in due course.

 

Revised SU Office opening hours

The SU office is open Monday to Wednesday, 10am - 2pm. SU staff are still contactable during office hours via email.

Sarah Jones - Acting President - president@su.sgul.ac.uk

Ethan Osborn - Acting VP Student Activities and Experience - vpactivities@su.sgul.ac.uk

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

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

Ogor Babundo - General Secretary - secretary@su.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

Sarah 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 Sarah 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.

 

Updated:19/05/2021