Student News: Thursday 2nd April

COVID-19 Latest Information and Guidance

 

As the national response to the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, we thought a summary of the latest guidance and advice from Staffordshire University and relevant authorities may prove useful.

We want to assure you that we are still monitoring the situation closely and will continue to do everything we can to support our students, staff and wider communities through this crisis.

We understand that this is a stressful time for every member of our University community and we want to reassure you that we are working hard to put things in place to support everyone as we all transition into new ways of working.

To help direct you to the various support available to students, changes to campus service provisions and answer frequently asked questions, we have put together a summary of the latest guidance and updates to help support all students during these unprecedented times.

Please continue to monitor your University email account and the MyStaffsUni app for the latest updates.

We also appreciate that many people’s living arrangements will have changed dramatically during recent weeks, so if you are aware of any students who are struggling to access online resources, please ask them to contact the Staffordshire University Coronavirus Helpline on 01782 298500.

If you are a Staffordshire University student studying with one of our Collaborative Academic Partners, please contact the institution in question for information about local arrangements.

Student Support

We are regularly updating MyStaffsUni with the latest advice and guidance, and you can find out details of support for student parents, staying well, and staying connected under the ‘Social Distancing’ tile.

Remember to use your University IT login details to access the app.

While The Student Hub is physically closed, the team remains on hand to support you through their phonelines, which are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Get in touch by calling 01782 294751 or emailing studenthub@staffs.ac.uk.

Details of the full-range of support provisions available to all students can be found on the main Staffordshire University COVID-19 webpage linked below.

This includes information on:

  • Student Support Fund
  • Mental health
  • Support for assessments and deadlines
  • Library information
  • Graduation: Summer Awards
  • GradEX20 and Art and Design Degree Show
  • International student

 

Student Life at Staffordshire University

In line with the latest government advice, many of our campus facilities are currently closed.

This includes facilities at our Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education in Stafford and Shrewsbury, and Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute.

On our Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the following exceptions, all other facilities are now closed. 

Facilities that remain open include:

  • Our Nursery, which is open for both vulnerable children and children of key workers

  • Accommodation, which remains open for students still living on campus

  • The Students’ Union shop on Leek Road, which will remain open for the foreseeable future, until such time as the UK government advises against this arrangement

If you need to access healthcare whilst the on-campus GP surgery is closed, students registered at the surgery can use the Harley Street Medical Centre

 

Academic Regulations

We understand that many of you have questions concerning academic regulations and any alternative methods of assessment that have been put in place for use during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please rest assured that we will continue to do everything in our power to support you in your studies while ensuring the high standards of our awards. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and we will endeavour to adopt a flexible approach based on the requirements of both our students and their courses. 

These are extremely challenging times and we know that the inevitable disruption caused by COVID-19 is seriously affecting your day-to-day lives as well as your ability to study.

We have therefore updated our academic regulations and put in place alternative methods of assessment to support you in your studies while ensuring the high standards of our awards.

Your primary point of contact for all academic enquiries, including alternative arrangements and exceptional circumstances, should be your course delivery team.

You can find out more and view all the latest support for deadlines and assessments by clicking here.

 

Students' Union and Officer Team Update

The Students' Union continues to offer advice as well as numerous digital activities and events you can get involved with to stay connected.

Here's the latest update from your Union:

As a Students’ Union and Officer Team, we’re currently working with the University to represent student interests in this difficult situation, with all our teams working to ensure students are represented whilst remaining digitally connected.

Our Advice Team have created a digital provision, ensuring support is there to understand accommodation rights, support money management and more!

They’re still open and operational with a digital service here.

There are also loads of ways to stay digitally connected, with everything from 'learn to knit sessions' to virtual club nights – all part of our COVID-19 community on Facebook

Whilst we continue to fight for you with landlords, vote on issues that matter to you at NUS conferences, and hopefully find ways to keep you smiling, please keep supporting one another and continue to make us all very #ProudToBeStaffs.

 

Student Support Fund

If you’re struggling financially and worried this might impact on your ability to continue with your studies, we have a fund that might be able to help you.

We recognise that many of our students are facing unforeseen difficulties because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

In case you missed it, we are pleased to announce that all students who are experiencing hardship due to the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 are now eligible to apply to the Student Support Fund.

This includes international, distance learning, and postgraduate students.

If you require help and support in applying, please contact our Student Guidance Team at support@staffs.ac.uk.

 

Staying Safe, Staying Well 

We understand that social distancing can be difficult, which is why we've created a growing bank of resources to help you during this challenging time. 

Staying indoors doesn't need to be boring, so head to the below link to get started with ideas, activities and tips on staying safe and well.

Topics covered include:

  • Resources for student parents, including home schooling activities and links
  • Online activities, ranging from hosting Netflix parties to Bongo's Bingo to live streams to fitness classes
  • Wellbeing resources, including Big White Wall, Students Against Depression, Changes and more
  • Free online courses on LinkedIn learning to help grow your professional skills

 

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering opportunities continue to arise in areas local to the University and we will continue to share these as information comes available.

Current opportunities can be accessed via the links below:

Click here to see Staffordshire County Council Volunteering Opportunities.

Click here to see opportunities available as part of #StokeOnTrentTogether volunteering campaign.

 

Keeping In Touch
 
We will continue to provide further updates to students on a regular basis when new information is available.
We also appreciate that people’s personal circumstances have changed dramatically during recent weeks, so if you are aware of any students who may be struggling to access our online resources, please ask them to contact the Staffordshire University Coronavirus Helpline on 01782 298500.
For the latest information, please visit the ‘Coronavirus Guidance’ section of the MyStaffsUni App, or visit the following Staffordshire University webpage.

 

That's all for now! 
If you have any questions or need further advice or support, please send
them to covid-19@staffs.ac.uk.