#SUTogetherWherever

This year has been a rollercoaster ride, with ups and downs and 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.
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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 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 or are a distanced learner - we have tonnes of great resources available to help you stay connected. That might mean talking to your courses Student Rep to give feed back on your academic experience or finding out about student events that have moved online.

In the mean time, look out for one another and take care. We’re in this together, wherever.

The SU, We’ve Got Your Back.

 

Take a Break

The pandemic has been hard on all of us, and we have all found ourselves feeling either isolated or bored at some point over the past year. The most important thing we must all remember to do is take a break everyone once in a while.

Out of ideas? We've created an entire hub of resources aiming to keep you busy and entertained, ranging from taking virtual tours of Englands top attractions to amazing interactive events you can stream from your bedroom!

Take a Break!

 

Free Interactive Events with Native

As this year looks different, and face to face events are limited, we have joined forces with Native to bring you a one stop shop of virtual activities and events to offer safe ways for you to meet people, try new things, and have some fun - and all from the comfort on your own living spaces.

Grab a cuppa and cosy spot and have your laptop or phone to hand - it's time to find out more about virtual pub quizzes, crafternoons, speed mate-ing and the endless list of other opportunities available for you to get stuck in to.

Native Events

native | Student events, without the hassle.

 

Student-led Together, Wherever Events

As part of our #SUTogetherWherever campaign, student groups have put together a series of exciting events to keep you entertained beyond the end of term. Check them out below:

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Fancy a chat?

As part of our #SUTogetherWherever campaign we want to let you know that we really are here to lend an ear or two.

Your SU Presidents will be available for an informal chat with any student who would like a natter over the phone. A simple conversation with someone can be such a great way to take some time out and break up the day. The SU Presidents are also a pretty friendly bunch who could talk until the cows come home…

REQUEST A CALL BACK

 

Signposting

We promised a hub of everything you may need during this hard time, and here it is. Below you can find answers and support for a whole host of issues!

Drugs & Alcohol Financial Hardship Housing

Mental Health & Wellbeing Problems in the Community

Sexual Health & Consent Hate Crimes Faith & Liberation

Disability & Learning Difficulties

 

The SU Advice Service

The Advice Service delivers free, confidential, impartial advice and guidance to all University of Exeter Cornwall Campus students and Falmouth University students.

Our advisers provide advice on a wide range of legal and university-related issues, including: Finance, Accommodation and Housing, Academic Support and more!

Please remember that our advisors will be away over the Christmas Break (Wednesday 23rd December - Sunday 3rd January 2021)! For urgent issues, the signposting above provides services that will be open over Christmas.

The SU Advice Service - Free | Confidential | Impartial

 

Together Wherever FAQ's

Where can I find the most up to date Corona Virus information?

How can I look after my mental health & wellbeing?

Looking after YOU

This has never happened before, so it’s okay if you’re not being the most productive human in the history of the world - even just getting out of bed is a massive step. The most important thing you can do during this time is to look after your mental health.

Self-Care Tips

  • The news can be scary, so think about how long you’re spending reading it. If you’re finding that social media and the news is making you feel anxious, then consider taking time away from it or give yourself a set time to check the news each day.

  • Reimagine and stick to a daily routine – even just getting out of bed at the same time every day will help to create some stability. This routine won’t look like a typical day out of lockdown, and that’s okay.

  • Try to continue activities that you enjoy – if you’re used to attending a society every week, see if they’re running any events online. Or if you love going to the gym, try out some home workouts.

  • Get fresh air regularly – if you can, push yourself to go for your daily outing, staying at home all day can seem all-too-tempting, but the more you get outside the better you’ll feel. If not, even just opening the windows will help!

  • Be kind to yourself – there are so many unknowns at the moment, so feeling anxious, scared, sad or angry are all normal emotions. Give yourself some slack – no-one’s expecting you to keep up your normal life patterns.

Study Tips

  • Embed time bound activities into your day – whether its promising to call a friend or family member at a certain time, or joining a live class. This will help you prioritise your work, keep to deadlines and limit procrastination.

  • Create a workspace that you feel comfortable in and will enjoy studying in – adding plants, stationary and your favourite course content will help get you in the zone

  • Plan out your study goals for the day, or the week, or even the month – different timescales will work for different people, so try them all out and see which feels right and don’t forget to make sure that they’re realistic!

  • Utilise awesome web-based study techniques – from Trello Boards, to online mind-maps to checklists.

  • Reward yourself – studying during a pandemic, especially under lockdown, is a huge achievement! If you’ve managed to get just even some of your work done, then celebrate that with something you enjoy.

 

The SU has tonnes of resources on mental health and wellbeing. Check out the links below and remember that you can use the Uni Wellbeing App as well as book an appointment with our Advice Team.

 

Welfare Resources

Mental Health Resources

Physical Health Resources

Financial Hardship

How can I look after my physical health?

Fitness

Physical health is as important as our mental health and wellbeing. Here are our 6 top tips to living well:

Where can I find information on academic support?

Our Advice Pages have lots of information on academic support. Whether you are a Univerisity of Exeter or Falmouth student, we've got your back. There's lots of guidance avaialable to you covering; academic appeals, withdrawing, intermitting and complaints. Use the links below to find out more. You can always book an appointment with one of our expert advisors who are more than happy to help out wth any queries you may have.

 

Academic Advice (Exeter)

Academic Advice (Falmouth)

 

I'm worried about accommodation - where can I get help?

Accommodation is expensive. It provides a roof over your head, but can cause headaches too. We have lots of information available to you via the Accommodation Pages from our Advice Service. You'll find lots of great resources here but for anything specific you might want to book an appointment with one of our advisors.

 

Starting to think about house hunting for next year? If so, this year there's no need to rush. In fact you'd do better to take your time.

 

There’s a surplus of flats and houses available to students in Falmouth and Penryn; and the Covid-19 pandemic introduces an element of uncertainty – if most teaching stays online (or moves entirely online), you might not want to be tied into a tenancy agreement for a full 12 months.

 

‘Missing out’ on one house doesn’t mean there won’t be another which might be even better! Remember to:

- Take your time

- Wait and see how things settle down

- Get advice

What are students doing to stay connected and how can I get involved?

Even though there are limited face to face activities that can take place at the moment, there are still many online events that you can take part in. If you're part of a student group/society it's likely that a lot of your in-person events will have moved online - so make sure you keep up to date (if in doubt contact the committee members of your group/society to find out what they have planned and where they'll be updating information). If you aren't part of a group/society - now is a great time to join and meet other like minded people. Take the opportunity to learn a new skill or share your enthusiasm on a particular topic.

 

You can also check out the online student events calendar and see what's coming up soon! There are a huge range of student events, created BY students FOR students. These include online work outs, film nights, debates, virtual hang outs, talks and much more.

 

The SU 'What's On' Calendar

Join a Student Group/Society

 

Where can I find online activities and opportunities?

As well as student led events taking place (see section above) if you are looking for other online activities or opportunities it's really worth checking out our 'Lend a Hand' page. There you'll find a range of volunteering opportunities that you can get involved in from the comfort of your own home! You might also like to browse the volunteering section in the Student Opps area of the SU website where you can find a huge list of external volunteering providers.

 

How can I give feedback on my experience?

There are several ways that you can give your feedback to help make the student experience better.

 

ROS: One method you can use to submit feedback is through the Rep Online System (ROS). ROS is a simple system for all students and Reps, where you can anonymously submit suggestions about anything (and we mean anything) to do with your university experience - from catering, to accommodation, to the Students' Union, to your course, to how your work is assessed. ROS helps us to collect all of this important feedback in one place, which helps us to better represent your student voice across all levels of your university experience. What is it YOU want to say? Make a submission to ROS at www.thesu.org.uk/ROS

 

Student Reps:Student Reps are vital in making sure the student voice is heard at every level of the University decision making process. Giving your feedback to student Reps is the most effective way of making positive changes to your learning experience, for you, and your peers. Think there’s something on your course that needs improving? You can give feedback on anything from course assessments to wellbeing and support. Find your Student Rep now at www.thesu.org.uk/FindMyRep

 

General Feedback: Here at The Students' Union, student life and the quality your experience are our top priorities. We welcome any comments, questions, or feedback on all areas of The Students' Union and what we do for you. You can fill out an online form for anonymous feedback here.

 

Alternatively you can always drop us an email over to info@thesu.org.uk


 

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