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The following is the latest update from Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union which details our current response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update this page with any new information as things change.

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Statement in Response to Upcoming Change in Government Guidelines

(updated 11/09/2020)

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.

Is the SU Open?

Things may seem strange right now but we’re still here. Our team is working remotely (for the most part), with some staff available on campus via appointment. Please drop us an email in the first instance – contact the appropriate staff member directly or email info@thesu.org.uk For advice queries, please email advice@thesu.org.uk For clubs and societies queries, please email studentopps@thesu.org.uk

What will the Campus look like with Covid-19 adjustments?

Campus will be split into zones, for your safety. There will be sanitising stations on entries to buildings / zones. There will be dedicated entrance and exits and routes marked through buildings. There will be gaps in timetabling to reduce queuing, as well as one-way systems in place. There will be red/amber/green information shown on digital displays to indicate which areas are busy on campus.

Will I have to social distance in social spaces

All social spaces on campus are working to a 2m distancing. Campus Shops and the Stannary takeaway require face coverings.

When will teaching start?

Truro Medical students (year 5): 24 August
Truro Medical students (years 3 & 4): 1 September
Falmouth University undergraduates: 14 September
Falmouth University postgraduates: 21 September
University of Exeter undergraduates: 21 September
University of Exeter postgraduates: 12 October

What happens if I am displaying mild symptoms?

Students displaying signs or symptoms, including a temperature, loss of smell, dry cough MUST NOT attend any sessions.You must self-isolate for 10 days & get a test. If the test result is positive, your whole household will be required to isolate for 14 days

Can I join a sports club or society?

Our clubs and societies will be organising online and socially-distanced activities during the Welcome period, so you can find out more about them, meet the people involved, maybe try something new and check out some taster sessions. Our Virtual Welcome Fayre will also be open on Monday 14 September and remain available online for most of the first term. Sign-ups for membership will be open a bit later in the year, so you can decide which groups you really want to get involved with.

Where can I go if I need help or support?

Our Advice service offers free, confidential support on everything from budgeting and housing to academic appeals and hardship funds. Appointments are available across various platforms during work hours (visit our Advice page to find out more). For support with academic skills or wellbeing, please contact Student Support Services.

Useful links and 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 their policies and guidelines wherever possible.

Information for Falmouth students Information for Exeter students Exeter wellbeing resources Updated campus operating hours NHS 111 Self-isolating on GOV.UK Latest government guidance Facebook group set up by The SU for students in Halls Facebook group set up for students by the Exeter International Team

If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please contact us at info@thesu.org.uk.

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