Covid-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) will have already had a massive impact on the world and your lives and there’s no escaping that things are going to be a little different for the foreseeable future.

That can be a daunting thing to accept, and with all the news and information on TV and via social media who can blame anyone for feeling anxious, worried or even a bit scared? Students needing support should contact the Student Support Health and Wellbeing team on 01227 922675 or email studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.

Don’t worry, it’s not just you, but we’re still here for you.

What’s happening?

For the latest and most up to date information please visit the CCCU Coronavirus Advice and Guidance pages. If you think you might have Covid-19 symptoms, or have come into contact with someone who has, you need to read the University's FAQs. It's important that everyone with symptoms or a positive test reports this to the University as soon as possible so that the spread of the virus can be contained.

Your Students’ Union

We're still here, representing your interests to the University and working alongside University staff to ensure all students have the best possible experience despite the restrictions Covid-19 has placed on all of us. Like many University staff, we are mostly continuing to work from home but all our services are up and running.

Our Sabbatical Officers are working to represent you - find out more and contact them here.

Our Advice Centre continues to operate virtually, supporting students with academic issues such as appeals, complaints, plagiarism and Fitness to Practice - find out more and contact us here.

We continue to support a wide range of student groups: sports clubs are able to train in a socially distanced way, and a large number of student societies have moved their activity online. Find out more about our sports clubs and societies.

We continue to support course reps to work with University staff to improve their academic experiences at a local level: find out more here.

We ran a programme of virtual events during Freshers' Week and will continue to offer a diverse range of virtual and socially distanced Union events, from quiz nights to Netflix parties.

We work in partnership with The Lounge Bar & Kitchen in the St George's Centre to offer a student-only safe space to enjoy food and drinks in a Covid-secure environment.

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Chat with us online

We are also looking at new ways to interact in this self-isolating world starting with the introduction of online chat on our ccsu.co.uk website. Simply pop to the website and there will be a chatbox for you to speak directly with SU staff and in most instances get immediate answers. We might not have all the answers but can hopefully point you in the right direction.

Let us know of issues you’re having, whether they’re academic or personal, but also let us know what you’re doing to remain calm, have fun, still keep in touch with friends, etc.

What next?

No one really knows what’s happening next, but it’s helpful to be kept in the loop, even if it’s just someone letting you know that there’s nothing new yet. Please follow our social media (@christchurchsu) for daily updates.

We’re also trying to look at the positive implications of remote working and the opportunities this could provide for us to reach, interact and engage with all our students. If you’re in a sports club or a society then we’re more than likely to see you on a regular basis but what about everyone else?

Yes, it’s a serious world out there but let’s try and get something positive from this experience.

Useful links

  • The University have issued guidance which you can find here

  • Public Health England have online guidance which is updated as it progresses, which you can find here

  • Looking after your mental health during this time is extremely important. The charity Mind have some information and support to help, which you can find here.

  • The Christ Church Students’ Union website, ccsu.co.uk has an instant chat function, so please get in touch, even if it’s just for a chat or to answer a question.

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