Statement in Response to Upcoming Change in Government Guidelines
Since the recent Government guidelines changing regarding social gatherings in England, both Exeter (Cornwall) and Falmouth have been exploring the next steps for what this means for student experience on campus.
Given the information from the Government and the Department of Education, the clear steer on the ‘rule of six’ has been at the heart of decision making across campus. Therefore, based on the Universities decision, we are informing all groups that in person activity will be up to a 6-person capacity, with an exemption on this regarding relevant sports under return to play protocol.
Over the Summer, we have been communicating to groups with a digital first focus, to ensure that safety and inclusivity of student experience, was the driving force behind planning and decision-marking by the Students’ Union. Therefore, the majority of our groups have been preparing diverse and exciting virtual activity for their members and new students. We are truly thankful to all committee leaders who have worked so hard on this, and especially those who recently attended our training this week. We are excited to be showcasing and promoting this activity over the coming weeks, with the beginning of this, being the Virtual Fayre.
However, we can appreciate any groups who feel disappointed and frustrated by this decision, especially so close to Welcome. But we look forward to working closely with groups to transfer activity online, where appropriate, or to further support those groups who can take part in physical activity and sports, with the necessary health and safety mitigations in place. We will shortly be sending out an email to all groups, but all the recent guidance and risk assessments, can be found on the Committees Hub. Therefore, any booking for an in-person event over six people, will be paused until further notice, with no bookings planned until new guidance is released.
Both Universities are keen to keep an ongoing conversation open about in person activity for our student’s groups, so that we can continue to represent your views and experiences.
We want to remind all of our groups about the latest Government changes and to remember their responsibilities to themselves, their members and the wider student community.
What will the Welcome period be like?
The universities are planning for a flexible, blended delivery in September, and the same applies to Students’ Union activities. The team will be supporting our 150+ sports clubs and societies with their activities, primarily online but also in person where it is safe to do so.