Key points from the University update sent via email on Monday 2 November:
A period of national lockdown will begin on Thursday 5 November and last until 2 December.
The University will remain open and we will continue to deliver a blend of face-to-face and online teaching.
Students must stay at University and not move back and forth between their student home and permanent home before the end of term.
Sports facilities and some catering outlets will close during this period. Study spaces will remain open.
Case numbers in Devon and Cornwall are low and we must continue our collective efforts to ensure we can see restrictions eased in early December.
You can find the full University email here. If you have any questions regarding the University’s guidance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find the latest UK Government guidance and updates here.
Student activities and music
We’ve been working to understand what activities our groups and societies can do in line with new guidance. Unfortunately, following guidance released by the Government just this afternoon, almost all in-person society activity cannot go ahead. There are some exceptions within sport, and we will be in touch with groups directly in the next few days if it applies to them.
We will be reaching out to our academic societies to link them up with their academic departments to look at what activities can be safely co-created and co-educational. Student media will continue as they have been operating.
We are also still awaiting confirmation and guidance on how our music offering can proceed; we will be providing an update soon as we have one. UPDATE 3 November 17:00: Unfortunately, we cannot manage use of the spaces to limit activity to music lessons only, therefore music spaces will close from Thursday. Instead of offering refunds, we will extend memberships from Term 1 to the whole year, in the hope that they can reopen after lockdown. We’ll be providing music members with more information as and when we have updates.
How we’re operating
We are still open! Most of our teams are operating remotely and are still ready to support you with advice, represent your student voice and support student activities. We do have limited staff on campus in select areas.
Our Guild Reception will remain open in Devonshire House (DH1) with our normal opening hours (Monday to Thursday 08:00-16:00 and Friday 09:00-16:00).
Our study spaces on Streatham campus in DH1 and DH2 remain open and for you to use, please remember to stay safe and follow guidance on cleaning the spaces.
Our commercial operations transferred to the University on Sunday 1 November, so if you any questions regarding the outlets on campus, please email email@example.com.
We know that another lockdown is going to be challenging, so we just wanted to highlight some ways in which you can receive some support and advice if you ever need it:
Over the last month we’ve been running our Get Connected campaign helping you to make connections, meet new people and have fun during this pandemic. We’ve hosted a number of digital events and have more planned over the next few weeks; make sure you follow our Facebook page and Liv’s page (VP Activities) to keep up to date. We also have a great Pen Pal scheme, blogs and resources on our website - check it out here.
Let us know how you’re doing
We want to hear from you on how you’re doing and if there is anything we can do to help or support you during this difficult and challenging time. We will also use your feedback to raise directly to the University and help us fight your corner. You can either fill out our feedback form, talk to your Student Reps and Full-Time Officers or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.