Student News: Friday 3rd April

Things to consider while social distancing


Social distancing is a new and challenging concept for a lot of people, and we want you to know that you are not alone.

To help you through this period, we have put together a 'Social Distancing' tile on the MyStaffsUni app, which contains lots of helpful tips, resources, activities and key contacts to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic.

50 things to do while social distancing
With everyone stuck indoors, we thought we'd give you our top 50 things to do to keep you entertained and active during the coming weeks and months.

Our list includes taking part in a virtual pub quiz through Hashtag Quiz Live, setting up a Netflix Watch Party and watching a film with your friends, and listening to new podcasts – or even better, starting your own!

Staying well while self-isolating
For those who are having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms, we have a section dedicated to things you can do from the comfort of your room.

Read our six top tips on staying well during isolation, learn new skills on LinkedIn Learning, and find new ways to keep active through services like online exercise classes.

Students' Union
Join the Students’ Union’s Staffordshire University COVID-19 community group on Facebook to stay connected and remain part of our University family wherever you are.

The group is hosting various events, including a ‘Learn to Knit’ watch party, Digital Flashback Friday, and much more!

Volunteering opportunities
Some people in our local communities have nobody around them to offer support while they are self-isolating.

Campaigns such as #StokeonTrentTogether have been created so these people can get essentials such as shopping, prescription collections, and much more. If you are interested and able to help, click here.

You can find additional information and support through the Social Distancing tile.


Final-year nursing students volunteer their services to NHS
Staffordshire University nursing students have stepped up to help the NHS through the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 150 of the University’s third-year Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing students reported themselves as being willing and able to undertake the voluntary paid role in the NHS under the Health Education England guidance.

The vast majority of students from the University’s Centres of Excellence in Heathcare Education at Stafford and Shrewsbury have indicated that they wish to support local NHS Trusts in Staffordshire and Shropshire as they attempt to deal with an increasing number of coronavirus cases.

Thanks to everyone involved. You make us all #ProudToBeStaffs


Look after your psychological wellbeing during self-isolation
Whether you’re having to self-isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms, or simply following the UK government’s latest guidance on staying home wherever possible, it’s important to look after your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health.

Staying inside for long periods of time can be extremely difficult for some of us, but there are steps you can take to keep yourself occupied and to provide a sense of achievement, pleasure or connection to others.

To learn more about activities that can help you through self-isolation, as well as top tips on relaxation, mindfulness and more, check out the link in the title.


Missing the gym? Try out Matrix Learning's at-home workouts
Gyms may have closed due to the UK lockdown, but we can provide a solution for those craving a workout! 

Matrix Learning has a library packed with full-body workouts, designed to help you stay active wherever you happen to be.

Bicycle crunches, double mountain climbers, planks, crab kicks... The choice is yours! You can find a full selection of workouts here.

Matrix Learning will also running Live workouts every Tuesday and Thursday on its Facebook and YouTube channels. 


Volunteers wanted for Start to Success Student Advisory Panel
Have you experienced a mental health issue? Would you like to help shape our student mental health project?

We are currently looking for volunteers to be a part of the Start to Success Student Advisory Panel.

Start to Success is an Office for Students- (OfS) funded project that aims to develop a new integrated community approach to mental health and wellbeing for students in further and higher education.

Is this something that interests you? If so, you can find more information by emailing


Win a £150 Amazon voucher in our #BeKind campaign
There is still time to enter our #BeKind competetion on Instagram.

We’re giving away a £150 Amazon voucher for one lucky winner to treat a friend, or spend towards their own random act of kindness. 

To win, simply share a creative photo on your Instagram profile, using the hashtag #StaffsBeKind, which showcases kindness, whether that be through photography, video, a piece of artwork, poetry or, even music.


Need a mental pick-me-up? Mick the Vic talks musical meditation
For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, we brought in a special guest – Staffordshire University’s very own Chaplain, Mick the Vic. Check out the link below!

Mick took to Twitter to put together a short video talking about meditation through the medium of music. He explains how certain songs can take you back to a special moment in your life. For him, it’s ‘Seasons in the Sun’ by Terry Jacks.

If you have a song that has been helping you to meditate whilst social distancing, let us know on Twitter @StaffsUni


That's all for this week! 
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