Students' Union Update

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 Coronavirus strain, we’re reassessing the activities we have planned and those of students groups. 

With the University campus closed we are suspending all activities and gatherings. This includes all society meetings and events, sports club training and changing how we host meetings.   

If you or someone within a group is feeling ill we ask you to take precautions for those around you. Please see the end of the email for information about symptoms and precautions to take.

 

What we are doing to Represent You:

Click on each topic to read the updates.

Union Statement (30-04-2020)

Following feedback from students the Students' Union President has worked with the university to implement a no detriment policy.

You can read the full update here.

 

Union Statement (30-04-2020)

London South Bank Students’ Union is actively supporting the National Union of Student’s (NUS) campaign for a ‘Student Safety Net’.

We are campaigning for:

  • A national hardship fund for all current students (including HE, FE and apprentices)
  • A financial support package for those leaving education - grants to ensure they get access to additional training and skills development
  • Give every student the opportunity to retake the year of education at no additional cost, receiving full maintenance support
  • Reimbursements of fees or a debt write off from the government

More information is available on the NUS website here.


Accessing Students’ Union Advice

Students will be able to still access advice but in line with the Government’s latest recommendations, we will transition to delivering our services through telephone and email only. 

This means our weekly drop-in sessions that take place every Wednesday will be cancelled as of Wednesday 18th March. 

In the meantime, if you wish to speak with an advisor, please complete our online advice registration form. Our standard response time is 3 working days. 

We will be announcing a new one-point contact email and phone number over the next coming weeks.

Student Academic Procedures

It is a busy time for the University with the majority of services working remotely. This means some of the key teams such as Student Complaints, Fitness to Practice and Student Disciplinaries are experiencing delays to their processes. Where in-person meetings are required, these have been placed on hold and decisions are still being made by individual teams about conducting these virtually.


If you are going through any of the above procedures and you would like some advice and support procedure please feel free to get in touch with our advice team. You can do this by registering using our online form, by emailing su.general@lsbsu.org or calling 020 7815 6089 (Mon - Fri, 10-4pm).


Events

Union Update (May 2020)

The Union Awards will now take place online from the 26th - 28th May.

 

Union Update (March 2020)

Greenwich Students' Union (GSU) and London South Bank SU (LSBSU) have taken the decision to postpone Varsity.
“This is a postponement, not a cancellation - our new era Varsity will still take place hopefully sooner rather than later. We will keep our players and members updated with news about rescheduling as soon as we have it.” - Greenwich Students’ Union

Union Update (May 2020)

The quiz is now taking place online every Tuesday from 7pm. Check out our social media to get involved.

Union Update (March 2020)

 

Union Update (March 2020)

We were informed that Outgoing, the tour operator, has cancelled the Sports tour to Croatia.

SportVest has  emailed anybody who is affected by the cancellation so please check your emails if you had booked Croatia 2020. If you haven't received an email or have any questions then please contact Tallulah.

Union Update (March 2020)

As of Tuesday 17th at 23:59, BUCS will be suspending all activity until Wednesday 1st April.
This means that any outstanding fixtures from leagues or knockouts this season will not be played. BUCS are currently under discussion about how to manage the close of the season and we are waiting on them to provide updates in due course.

Here is the statement from BUCS.

Union Update (March 2020)

We have unfortunately had to make the decision to cancel the remaining training sessions until the end of this academic year. Any room bookings for sports events or training will also be cancelled.

If you had booked additional weeks of training, we may be able to reimburse these into your budget, depending on the cancellation policy of your venue.

 


What happens if I am feeling ill? 

We would urge you all to read the government's advice on symptoms and when you should go into self-isolation. For help, these are added below.

Additional information on symptoms

To help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See handwashing guidance.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments.

Signs and symptoms

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

For more information or if you need advice them please look at the following government website


Who can students contact if they wish to report any concerns?

If students still have any general questions or concerns, please contact Health, Safety and Resilience at safety@lsbu.ac.uk who will be able to help you.

Wellbeing Support

Xenophonia & Racism

Hate and discrimination are never acceptable

Student Minds is a completely free service which has loads of resources available to help support you with your mental health, xenophobia and racism following COVID-19 and supporting your friends and family

Get Support

Domestic Abuse

Supporting our students in COVID-19

We know that for some of us, home is not always a safe place to be. We want our students living with domestic abuse to know that they are not alone.

Domestic abuse is controlling and/or threatening behaviour from a family member, or a current or former partner, that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

It is not just physical violence. Domestic abuse also includes undermining or degrading behaviours, such as, name-calling, and repeated and unwarranted requests to know where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing.

You can still experience domestic abuse even if physically separated from your partner. Domestic abuse can happen digitally via mobile phones or social networking sites.

This update offers advice and support for those who are experiencing domestic abuse. 

If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police. and If it is not safe to speak you can use the Silent Solution system.

Students can contact Student Wellbeing for support on domestic abuse

Get Support

Women’s Aid offers specific advice designed for the current COVID-19 outbreak as well as support
via Email, a Survivors Forum, and a Live Chat Service (available Monday-Friday, 10:00-12:00).

 

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