Coronavirus

Coronavirus

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If you need any academic advice or support, please contact our Advice Service on advice@exeterguild.com or click here

Guild Updates

  • Update 29 May

    Coronavirus: Latest Update

    Earlier this week on Wednesday 27 May, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Tim Quine released further information about the University’s plans for the 2020/21 academic year. Registrar Mike Shore-Nye also sent an update on 28 May. We know you’ve been waiting for updates, so we’re going to provide a summary of these important communications here. We recommend that you read the emails sent to you this week in full to ensure you’re as informed as possible – you can find them here.

    Summary of DVC Tim Quine’s Update (27 May)

    • The plan is for campus to be open with adaptations for social distancing. What this looks like exactly will depend on what the coronavirus situation is locally and nationally, and what the government regulations and advice is.
    • The University are planning for blended learning – anytime, anywhere access to guided online learning, supported by face-to-face teaching (on campus when conditions allow, or real-time online).
    • The University are prioritising:
      • The health and safety of students, staff and communities
      • Excellent learning opportunities that are flexible to work no matter what the year holds
      • That students can thrive and achieve their goals
    • Your feedback is essential to ensuring the success of this plan – you can provide feedback by completing a survey the University will be sending out, or by getting in touch with the Students’ Guild Full-Time Officer Team, your Academic Rep or the Students' Guild coronavirus feedback form.
    • There are a range of paid opportunities available for current students and graduates. The University have released further information on these employment opportunities here.

    Summary of Registrar Mike Shore-Nye’s Update (28 May)

    • Summary of University’s plan for 2020/21 – please see above for further details.
    • Finalists should ensure their HEAR record is up to date.
    • A range of career opportunities and programmes are being planned for the rest of the summer term and vacation – log onto Career Zone to find out more.
    • Graduation ceremonies will now take place in 2021 – graduating students will shortly be polled on whether they would prefer Easter 2021 or Summer 2021.
    • Plans are now in place for students who need to collect belongings from their accommodation in Exeter. The guidance varies greatly depending on whether you’re in University, nominated or private accommodation.

    Further updates and information

    For more information, please visit the University’s FAQ page. We’d also like to reiterate again you should read the University’s emails in full to ensure you have the full details, as we do only provide a brief overview here.

    We are aware that some students are sceptical about digital learning and its quality due to your past experiences of online learning resources, specifically recap recordings. Project Enhance is set up exactly to address this feedback. This is especially to ensure that students who require flexibility in their studies due to caring responsibilities, disabilities, or chronic health conditions, can access education in the way that meets their needs.

    We urge any student with feedback about this update from the University or anything else related to coronavirus to complete our feedback form or to email coronavirus@exeterguild.com.

    Take care,

    Penny
    Vice President Education

  • Update on University 2020/21 Communications 28 May

    The University announced yesterday their plans for the 2020/21 academic year, and we’re aware that a number of students would like further clarification on some of the points and decisions made.

    We’re going to be meeting University Senior Management tomorrow (Friday 29 May) to make sure the picture is as clear for students as possible, and we’ll be providing an update for you then which we hope will clarify any confusion.

    If you have any feedback about the announcement, or anything else related to Covid-19, please get in touch with me at vpeducation@exeterguild.com, or complete our feedback form on this page.

  • Update 13 May

    Following further updates from the Prime Minister on Sunday evening, and with the additional information released this week, we’d like to provide you with an update of what this means for you as a University of Exeter student. Throughout this week, both the Students’ Guild and the University have been working to understand what this means for you, and to begin planning for beginning activities on our campuses again.

    What is your Students’ Guild doing?

    We are closely following guidance from the Government and are following the University’s lead. You can read a summary of the University’s email below or the full email in your mailbox.

    In terms of a return to campus, this will be a gradual process and one which we will work on alongside the University. This is something that we’ll continue to update you on as clearer plans are developed, however we want to reiterate that the safety of all Exeter students and staff, both Guild and University, is our absolute priority. Our Officers and staff will continue working from home until further notice, however we’re beginning to plan for what a phased return to campus could look like. Some of our staff remain furloughed.

    We’re continuing to represent your interests to University Senior Management, with a particular focus on exams at the moment – we're with you every step of the way. We’re also supporting the NUS Safety Net campaign, which includes reimbursement for students. In order for us to represent you as best as possible, it’s vitally important you continue giving your feedback using our coronavirus feedback form, or by contacting coronavirus@exeterguild.com. We’re delighted that Exeter has been sector leading on many important issues; the amazing amount of student feedback we’ve received so far has been central to this.

    What have the University said?

    The University will have sent you an email explaining these points further which we encourage you to read and understand fully. Here is an overview of their update:

    Campus remains closed

    At this stage our campuses remain closed – it’s really important that you stay away from campus until further notice, unless you’re currently living in campus-based accommodation.

    Accommodation

    Plans are being made by the accommodation team to allow you to collect your belongings from University or private accommodation. Further information will be communicated in the next few weeks.

    Exams, Assessments and Research

    Summer examinations are underway (we hope it’s going well!) – take a look at the Exam Process Guide, Technical Guide and University FAQ's. Don’t forget to record the time you download your exam paper, track your time as you’re completing your exam, and submit it to BART before the deadline.

    If you submit your assessment late, you’ll be contacted by your Hub Education Support team who’ll advise you on the penalty for late submission. If you’re having issues submitting, you can contact the Assessments Helpdesk by phone (+44) 01392 726800 (8:00-20:00 Monday-Friday BST) or by email Exams2020@exeter.ac.uk.

    Companies offering to write essays for you are unfortunately very common – it’s really important that you avoid these companies. If you are having difficulty completing assessments or need support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Advice Service.

    Planning is underway to identify how scientific research and field work can resume safely – again, further updates will be provided as soon as possible.

    Stay safe and good luck in your assessments,
    Your Students’ Guild

  • Furlough Update 24 April 2020

    Due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to furlough a number of staff to protect the Guild. We are working hard to make sure that this has limited impact on you. As the situation develops and constantly changes, there may be further decisions required that impact the structure of the Guild. We will update you as and when those decisions are made and how they may impact you.

    Read More

  • Private Student Accommodation Letter 6 April 2020

    We are urging all purpose-built student accommodation and private landlords to offer the following:

    1. For students who are no longer living at the tenancy address, to be released from their current tenancy agreements, at no financial penalty to them. This follows similar action taken by the University's and providers such as Unite Students. If students have already paid third term rent, you should refund this along with their deposit.
    2. For students who cannot return home or are unable to find another place to live, an extension of tenancy subject to the Covid-19 pandemic continuing past tenancy dates to prevent students from becoming homeless.
    3. For students who have been financially impacted due to Covid-19 and are unable to move, a significant rent reduction or a rent holiday for the duration of the pandemic.
    4. For students who have moved home and are unable to collect their belongings, we ask you to show compassion and work with those students to find a solution.

    We have produced a letter, which you can read online by downloading the PDF here.

    • CRM Students
    • Homes For Students
    • Campus Living Village
    • Prestige Student Living
    • Host
    • Collegiate
    • Fresh Student Living
    • The Student Housing Company
    • Downing
    • Vita Student
    • Cardens
    • Gillams
    • Platform_
    • East of Exe
    • RSJ Investments
    • Hunters
    • Llyod Lettings
    • Winkworth
    • Wilkonson Grant and Co
    • Hometrust
    • No.18 Apartments
    • SMART
    • More have been added to the list, please click here. If your landlord or provider isn't on the list, please use our letter to send to them directly.
  • University Summer Assessment Update 3 April 2020

    The University of Exeter have released further information in relation to the summer assessment period: ‘the no detriment policy’; the format of summer examinations and assessments; applying to defer your exams; and the release of exam results. As well as information on helping you prepare for your examinations and assessments.

    You can find the email in full on the University Coronavirus subsite here.

    The Full-Time Officers, Academic Representatives and the rest of the Guild have been working tirelessly to make sure that the new policies have been created with students at the heart of them. We are very proud that we are leaps and bounds ahead of other universities round the country in providing the best possible outcomes for our students.

    If you have any further feedback on the new policies or information, please complete our feedback form or email us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com, or feedback to your Academic Representative (AcRep) - you can find yours here.  

    To summarise the communications sent out today:

    • The University have extended the no detriment policy so that it includes all assessments submitted by undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in the 19/20 academic year. Therefore, taught postgraduate dissertations will be included in the policy (please see the detail for how this will be handled) and deferred and referred assessments taken in August will also be covered.
    • They have now published the ‘no detriment’ policy in full online, here.
    • A further communication via the FAQs will be sent on Thursday 9 April with an update on how this impacts students who have undertaken industrial placements, study or work abroad placements during 2019/20.
    • In some circumstances programmes subject to professional regulation may not yet be permitted to apply the no detriment policy, you will be communicated by your College if this is the case. The University are proposing it to the regulatory bodies for approval.
    • More detail on summer examinations and assessments will be sent to you by your colleges in the coming weeks.
    • The University have developed a simplified and accelerated mitigation process through which you can apply to defer your examinations and assessments, with no requirement for evidence. Please see our website for further details of this process, and to complete the application form – note, from this webpage you can select options to defer all of your assessments, or one or more where short- lived circumstances impact on your ability to complete some assessments but not others.
    • You can also apply for mitigation or deferral should you experience technical issues or IT failure during an examination here.
    • If you wish to defer all assessments the form will open at 12:00 BST (midday) on Monday 6 April, and close at 23:59 BST on Friday 1 May. Please consider these carefully, our Guild Student Advice Service can support you if you’d like to talk through your options.
    • APACs (Assessment Progression and Awarding Committees), or more commonly known as exam boards, will be delayed by two weeks to allow the University to undertake marking and recommendations in these difficult circumstances. You will receive your grades and outcomes on 8 July.
    • The University will be making appropriate adjustments for students with Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), you will need to contact AccessAbility Service or Wellbeing Services by Thursday 9 April 17:00.
    • If you have any concerns about taking a remote examination or assessment, contact the University on coronavirusenquiries@exter.ac.uk

     

    No Detriment Policy Summary

    • The benchmark will be based on actual achievement from the current academic stage as far as possible.
    • In order for the benchmark to be reliable, it will be based on a mean mark derived from sufficient credit (equivalent to half the total credits of the relevant stage; a stage equates to an academic year for full-time students).
    • If insufficient credit has been accumulated in the current stage, achievement in the previous University of Exeter-based stage will be included within the calculation.
    • If there was no prior University of Exeter-based stage, then the benchmark will be provisional until, in the case of first-year Undergraduates or Postgraduate Taught students (PGTs), sufficient credit has been accumulated to confirm the benchmark.
    • The benchmark will be calculated and applied after all other normal assessment processes have been completed (e.g. condonement, mitigation, scaling, late and academic misconduct penalties). Please see the relevant policies for further details.
    • For students who pass the current stage during 19/20 academic year, the credit-weighted mean for all assessments contributing to the stage (academic year for full-time students) will be compared to the benchmark, and the higher of these two results will be used as their overall result for the stage.
    • The student transcript will be annotated to reflect this policy.

    Read it in full here.

    If you have any further feedback on the new policies or information, please complete our feedback form or email us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com, or feedback to your AcRep- you can find yours here.  

  • VP Welfare: Coronavirus Statement 24 March 2020

    As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, we wanted to provide you with an update on where we are, and how we’re supporting you through this difficult time.

    We are continuing to assess the situation regularly, and will continue to adapt accordingly. Additionally, we are in constant contact with the University to communicate your feedback and to represent your interests.

    We have now closed all of our trading outlets, and our staff our now working remotely. All meetings, including for representation and Advice appointments, are now being held online.

    If you haven’t already, we recommend you take a look through our coronavirus webpage, which includes our latest statements, key resources and some FAQ’s. You can also give your feedback, which can be anything from how your studies have been affected, accommodation issues or anything else related to the coronavirus. We use your feedback to ensure student concerns are heard at the highest level within the University and fight to make sure your voice is heard, including on the Uni providing more student wellbeing information and raising your concerns about accommodation charges.

    Sunday Blake, VP Postgraduate, has written her latest update, which we hope will reassure you of some of the amazing work which the Full-Time Officers are doing for each and every student at Exeter.

    If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at coronavirus@exeterguild.com or via our feedback form. The University have published a series of coronavirus FAQ's which may have the answer to your question. We strongly encourage you to read your regular emails from the University as they are filled with really important information.

    We’re continuing to get used to what is our new normal, but we’re looking forward to beginning to share some more normal Guild activities later in the week!

  • Guild President: Coronavirus Statement 20 March 2020

    I’d like to give you a bit of an update on where we are after what has been a week like no other I’ve had as your Guild President.

    As your Students’ Guild, we’re still adjusting to the situation we find ourselves in. The vast majority of our staff are now working remotely, however I can assure you that we’re all working hard to ensure that we’re still providing services to you and are representing you effectively. We’re more than just a building, and although we’re going to miss our home in Devonshire House, we’re working on our plans to get used to our new normal.

    Stay up to date with what we’re doing during the coronavirus situation on our coronavirus webpage, which also contains some useful FAQ’s.

    We’re committed to representing you

    Over the last week, it’s been amazing to see so many of you engaging with myself and the rest of the Full-Time Officer Team. We’re going to continue raising any concerns and questions you have with University Senior Management, so please, keep getting in touch with us – you elected us to represent you!

    If you want to raise any concerns, you can do so by:

    Completing our feedback form
    Speaking to your Academic Rep
    Getting in touch with myself, Liv, Penny, Sunday or Katie

    If you are thinking about creating an open letter or any other way of appealing to Senior Management, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have regular direct contact, so we can support you and do our best to make sure your voice is heard at the highest level.

    Our trading outlets

    Throughout this week, Comida, Guild Shop and the Print Room (online orders only) have remained open. For next week:

    - Comida will now be closed until further notice.
    - Guild Shop will be open from 10:00-16:00, Mon-Fri
    - Print Room will be open for online orders only, collection from the Guild Shop

    We’ll continue to update you on when our commercial outlets are likely to open again.

    I hope you can try to enjoy your weekend as much as possible! Take a look at some amazing advice from Katie, your VP Welfare & Diversity, about social distancing, including some top playlist recommendations!

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 17 March 2020

    Following guidance from the Government, WHO and the University, we have made a number of decisions to protect our students and staff. We are encouraging Guild staff to work from home; this means that staff will not be accessible in person. All staff and officers will still be available digitally both via email and video conferencing, and we encourage you to contact them should you need to – you can find contact information in each department’s section of our website

    Our Reception in DH1 will be open this Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-14:00 if you have any enquiries. 

    We are closing a number of our outlets; as of 17 March, the Ram, Grove Diner, Lemon Grove and Italiano have been closed until further notice. Currently the Guild Shop (09:00-17:00), Comida (08:00-15:00) and the Print Room (online orders only, collection from Guild Shop) are remaining open – this is subject to change, and we will constantly be reviewing this. We thank all our students for supporting our outlets, and the staff who make them as amazing as they are. We’ll provide updates on when our outlets are likely to be open when we can. 

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 16 March 2020 - 20:00

    Please read the important update from the University in your emails.  

    From tomorrow, the majority of Guild staff will now be working from home as per the Government and University guidance; you will be able to reach us digitally via email and/or video software.  

    The Guild will be opening select outlets only tomorrow; our Guild Shop and Comida in DH1, and our Reception. We will review these services tomorrow and take a view on their longer term opening after we have reflected more fully on the Government and University advice.  

    Our Print Room will also be available for online orders only, which will have collection from the Guild Shop. Our other outlets will now be closed for the foreseeable future: The Ram, Lemon Grove, Pieminister, Italiano and the Grove Diner.  

    If you have any immediate concerns or worries, please email us on coronavirus@exeterguild.com or provide feedback via the student feedback form above!  

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 16 March 2020

    We are continuously monitoring the situation and taking advice and guidance from the University and Government. You can find the University’s resources here, which they are regularly updating.

    The Full-Time Officers have a meeting this afternoon with University Senior Team and will be providing an update after this with any important outcomes. We encourage you to fill out the student feedback form we’ve created so that we can gather student opinions and feed this back to the University Senior Management regularly.

    Guild update:

    • We have implemented guidance on risks for events and trips on Friday via email to committee members. It will be down to societies or student groups to make the decision that best suits them; we will support those who would like to cancel or postpone and the challenges this may cause.

    • If you are involved with any Guild democracy, keep an eye out for further communications coming your way. We will be cancelling Guild Exec and the scrutiny panels, our Societies Council and Guild Council will be held digitally, and Equality Council to be confirmed as soon as possible.

    • Due to staff availability, Grove Diner will be closed until further notice.

  • Guild Officers: Coronavirus Statement 13 March 2020

    We, as your Full-Time Officer team and an organisation, are continuing to monitor the latest updates on coronavirus, and are following advice from the government, as well as the University. We recommend that you take a look at the University’s Coronavirus Information and Advice webpage, which will be updated regularly as the situation continues to develop.  

    The latest advice means that we have made some decisions which will affect certain activities, services and events; these decisions have been taken with the health of our students and staff as the absolute priority. We will continue to update on these decisions, and will be contacting students affected, including those due to travel abroad with a society or student group.  

    At time of publishing (13 March 2020), the Students’ Guild is remaining open as normal until further notice, including our commercial outlets.  

    If you have any queries or concerns, you can get in touch at coronavirus@exeterguild.com. We have also opened a student feedback form link, which we encourage you to fill out.  

    This is a situation which is constantly developing and evolving, and we will be ready to react in any way we need to in order to protect our students and staff. During this time, we are calling for respect and kindness; harassment, hate and violence are completely unacceptable. If you are a victim or see any inappropriate behaviour, we urge you to call it out if you feel safe to do so, or report it using the University’s Speak Out page.  

Other Information

  • Society Events

    As of 5pm on 16/03/20, the UK Government has advised against ‘all non-essential contact with others as Coronavirus cases rise’. In light of the most recent statement from Boris Johnson, all societies must move to cancel or postpone their events until further notice. If you are a society or student group committee member, you will have an email detailing this fully, including the support available. If you have any questions regarding the decision, refunds or anything else, please contact coronavirus@exeterguild.com. 

    Information and resources for committee members can be found on our Committee Resource section.

  • Society and Student Group Trips
    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel all affiliated group trips occurring in March and April. This decision has been taken to safeguard our students both on the trip and in the wider community. If you are a society or student group committee member, you will have an email detailing this fully. If you have any questions regarding the decision, refunds or anything else, please contact coronavirus@exeterguild.com.
  • Exeter Respect on Campus Postponed

    We regret to announce that we have made the difficult decision to postpone Exeter Respect on Campus (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. This decision has been made following, careful risk-assessment, and taking into account advice related to covid-19.

    Ultimately the health of the students, staff, performers and volunteers is our primary concern.

    We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone; Exeter Respect on Campus promised to be a hugely important celebration of diversity, with an important message. Despite the cancellation of this, we will be focussing efforts on ensuring that diversity is celebrated, and that the important discussions to further inclusion will still have a place at our university. We will keep colleagues and students informed on plans when rescheduled.

    We would like to thank everyone who had already registered for tickets, as well as all the performers, volunteers and staff who had worked so hard to get us ready to host this event.

    Please continue to treat each other with kindness and compassion during this difficult time, and please respect the privacy of friends, colleagues and students. If you experience, or are witness to, any inappropriate behaviour please report it to the University via our Speak Out web pages.


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