COVID-19 – Ongoing Students’ Union Responses
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 rapidly developing situation, and the Union thanks you for your patience while we work on the situation.
In order to keep Union Members as up-to-date as possible with the current situation, this newspost will be updated with any changes to the Union as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Any major updates will be linked from Social Media channels, however there may be minor additions or changes made throughout the coming days and weeks. Please check when this page was last updated when reading through the below information.
If you have any questions that are not answered by the below information, please contact the relevant sabbatical officer:
Muhammad Omar Hijazi, President - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethan Osborn, VP Finance & Student Activities - email@example.com
Beth Ward, VP Education & Welfare – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that, as we are all working off site, any calls to the SU will not be answered. If you need to speak to a member of the SU via phone, please email them and make arrangements.
General Union Access
As of 17th March, access to the Union space on the 2nd floor is closed - dance studios, Music Room, Games Room and the SU office will be shut to students until further notice.
As of 23rd March, the University site is shut to all but essential maintenance and research staff. No access to the university is permitted.
Shop & Bar
As of 17th March, the SU Bar on the 2nd floor will be closed. This includes both the bar’s trading activities and the seating area attached to the bar.
As of 18th March, The SU Shop on the ground floor will be shut until further notice.
As of 17th March, all society activities that are taking place on-site are suspended. If you have an event that was booked into a room on site (lecture theatres, board rooms, dance studios or teaching rooms), it will unfortunately not be able to go ahead. This includes any bookings outside the Library. This is following on from the University’s decisions to suspend teaching activities and Government guidelines for social distancing.
Following the Government's advice on 23rd March, no society activities should be taking place off-site that contravene the Government's updated social isolation policies - please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest Government advice.
Due to interruption of trading activities and financial admin, some changes have been made to how club and society payments and claims are made - please check the full guidance for more information.
As of 17th March, all BUCS competitions have been suspended until Wednesday 1st April at the earliest. Additionally, any fixtures beyond this date are likely to be affected by a delay in the earlier fixtures. This decision also includes LUSL fixtures. For details about upcoming competitions, and the latest updates from BUCS, please visit https://www.bucs.org.uk/update-covid-19-coronavirus.html.
For any other leagues or competitions (including UH events), please discuss this with your team’s point of contact for that event.
As of 17th March, all sports club training on site is suspended, including training in the Rob Lowe and the dance studios. As with the society guidance above, any club activities taking place off-site are also discouraged.
Beth and Lon will both remain contactable via email. Any 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 (email@example.com) and Beth to discuss this further.
As of 23rd March, The Welfare Room is closed as part of the wider site closure. If you are an essential member of staff who is still working on site, and you still require access to the room, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss arrangements.
The University Counselling service is operating remotely - appointments can still be made via the email@example.com email address.
The Student Life Centre is still available remotely for practical needs. They can be contacted by email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8266 6344.
If you require free condoms, there are many other locations in the area that supply these as part of the C-Card Scheme - please check https://youngandfree.org.uk/find-a-pickup-point/ to find your nearest provider.
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.
If, for any reason, you require access to the SU, for instance to retrieve personal equipment, please email email@example.com to arrange collection.
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.
First Posted 11:15 17/3/20
Last Updated 15:38 25/3/20