The SU Update:
COVID-19


The following is the latest update from Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union which details our current response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We will continue to update this page with any new information as the situation develops. Please keep checking your University emails for up-to-date information and advice.

 

November 2020: 

Along with other Universities, students’ unions, and other higher education facilities around the world, The SU is responding to the evolving situation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. As ever, our highest priority is the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and any further action we take will be with this concern most firmly in mind. We recognise that these are exceptional circumstances – as a result of which we have been responding on a day to day basis. We will continue to update students via our website and social media channels as the situation changes.

 

 

#SUTogetherWherever

 

#SUTogetherWherever

It’s been a rollercoaster ride this year, with lots of challenges thrown your way. But fret not - we are here for you. We’d like to take this time to introduce our ‘Together, Wherever’ campaign.

We know that with the current national lockdown your daily lives may have changed slightly (or quite a bit!) but we wanted to reach out and let you know that we are here - together, wherever.

Whether you are isolating in halls, in your student house or are a distance learner - we have tonnes of great resources available to help you stay connected throughout the next month. That might mean talking to your Student Rep for your course to give feedback on your academic experience, or finding out about student events that have moved online.

We’ll be adding to our campaign page www.thesu.org.uk/SUTogetherWherever over the next few days and weeks with additional signposting to the range of student services available, as well as different ways to help you stay connected throughout lockdown. 

 


 

We will be checking in with you regularly over the coming months to monitor how you’re doing and what you need from us. Your feedback will be carefully followed to ensure we’re doing what we can to ensure you have the university experience you deserve this academic year.

We’d really appreciate it if you could complete our survey to contribute your initial thoughts.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete and, as a thank you for your time, you will be entered into a prize draw with a top prize of £300 and runner-up prizes of £100 (x1) and £50 (x2) – you could be the winner!

This is a great opportunity to tell us what’s important to you and to help us understand how we can help you and other students in the future to get more out of your university experience.

Thank you, and take care.


Accessing our Advice Service remotely

The Students' Union's Advice Service is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Adviser appointments are available by phone or Microsoft Teams - you can book your appointment by visiting the Make an Appointment page. You can also email advice@thesu.org.uk with any other enquiries.

 


Online Communities & Opportunities

Following the postponement of in-person group activities, we are pleased to say that we are continuing to support all of the wonderful student activities that are now taking place online. Please take a look at the links below to see what actitivies you can still get involved in.   

The mental and physical wellbeing of students and staff remains our main concern. We are continuing to work with the Universities during this time, ensuring all actions and decisions are made with the University Community in mind. Stay safe and look after each other. We thank you for your continued support as we adapt during this time.

Please do keep an eye on this page for more information about our services.


Graduation (Falmouth)

For the most up to date advice on this topic, please visit the Falmouth University website.

We are waiting on government guidelines on hosting large events within social distancing constraints, but at this current moment in time it looks unlikely since there can be up to 2000 people on campus at any one time during a Graduation Ceremony, with 7,500 visitors over four days.

There are 2 options that we are exploring:

1) A Virtual Graduation that the University is looking into. This can involve a film being created where you can upload a quote, and a photo. You will also be able to upload a 10 second film of yourself where a gown will be superimposed on to you. We will then run the ceremony as though you were there.

2) That you have a physical graduation in July 2021 which would be done on consecutive days prior to the 2021 cohort on the understanding that mass gatherings will be able to happen at this time.

Yes, The SU want to make sure that your feedback is considered in the decision making for graduation which is why are trying to collect feedback through the student reps.

Yes, you will be able to get a refund from gown hire. However, it would be good to wait a few weeks before you cancel in case you will be able to transfer to another ceremony schedule. The University will notify you of any changes whether it is transferable or they can apply for a refund.

A graduation ball cannot be confirmed until a decision of when and what a graduation will look like, but Callie is in conversations with The Stannary team regarding your graduation experience. A virtual graduation ball is not something that has been considered and Callie will raise this at the next opportunity with The Stannary team.

You would need to contact the company that supplies the robing directly as this is not a University or SU issue.

Yes, you will receive your graduation certificate through the post. You need to make sure you update your address for the certificate to be sent to your home address rather than your university address.

The Poll has been sent out to third year reps to gather feedback which can be used to inform the decision making on the outcome of the graduation.

You will have 2 weeks to collect as much feedback as possible and the deadline will be 2nd June.

No, Gown hire is currently suspended, and please ignore all the current deadlines. The University will be sending out an email shortly, but in the meantime keep an eye on the graduation website as this is where we update with new information.


Useful Links & Information

It continues to be the Universities’ policy to follow the PHE advice about Covid-19, along with guidance from the NHS and the FCO?in the UK. As previously outlined, The SU will take its lead from the Universities and follow its policy and guidelines wherever possible.

Please keep checking your University’s and our website and social media channels for the latest updates. If you have any questions, queries or concerns please contact us at info@thesu.org.uk.


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