What’s the current University advice?
The University guidance is informed by the government guidance, and will continue to adjust based on this. The University have released some detailed FAQ's which fully outline their guidance, which we’d encourage you to read fully.
How can I look after my own wellbeing during self-distancing?
Ruby Jones, VP Welfare & Diversity:
By following government advice, we’ll all be spending significantly more time at home, often on our own. During these difficult times, it’s so important that you look after your mental wellbeing, not just your physical wellbeing. I’ve put together some advice for self-distancing, which I hope will be useful in helping you make what is a big adjustment for us all.
In terms of continuing your studies from home, I’m sure many of you are concerned about not going to your regular study spots or the library. Studying at home will be an adjustment, and I’d recommend doing the following to help:
Get your study space right – try not to study in bed or somewhere you’ll easily be distracted. This might be difficult for some, but making a clear divide for your work/life balance is really important.
Get into a routine – routines aren’t the most glamorous of things, but they genuinely do help working from home.
Stay in contact – even though we’re not going to be with people, make use of the technology we have available and stay in regular contact with people! We’re all going through this together, so let’s support each other.
What should you do if you’re showing symptoms
Sunday Blake, Guild President:
It’s important that you follow government and NHS guidelines if you’re showing any symptoms for coronavirus – this is to look after both yourself and those around you. Take a look at the NHS guidelines to make sure you know what to do.
Is campus open?
Yes – both St. Luke’s and Streatham campus are currently open and will be until further notice.
What safety measures are in place?
There are a series of safety measures on campus to ensure the safety of students and staff. These include wearing a face mask in certain areas including shops and the library, one way systems, hand sanitiser stations and more. You can find the full details of these here.
It’s absolutely essential that we all do our best to follow the safety measures to help stop the spread of the virus so that we can get back to normality as quickly as possible. Following the measures will allow as much face-to-face teaching and on-campus activity to take place as possible.
Do I need to wear a mask on campus?
In certain situations and areas on campus you will be required to wear a face mask. You can find out more here.
I don’t have a laptop or the money to buy one – how can I access a laptop so I can adjust to blended learning?
Financial help is available through the University’s Success for All Fund, which exists to support students get the necessary IT equipment for their course, as well as a range of other purposes. You can find out more about the Fund here.