CCSU Statement on COVID-19 Second Lockdown - 6th November 2020
As you will all be aware, yesterday (Thursday 5th November 2020) England headed into a second period of lockdown, which is projected to last until 2nd December. Unlike the spring lockdown, universities will remain open for face-to-face teaching, with Covid-19 safeguards in place. You can read more about the University’s approach here.
We want to reassure students that your Students’ Union remains here for you, and will continue to deliver our services virtually for the remainder of semester one. Our sabbatical officers continue to work with the University to ensure that your experience is the best it can be under these difficult circumstances. Our academic advice service remains open, and we will continue to support course reps to ensure that the student voice is heard at every level of the University.
Although sporting activity will be paused for the duration of this lockdown, and student-led clubs and societies cannot hold any face to face meetings or events, these communities of students are still thriving and provide a range of virtual opportunities to meet other students and pursue your interests outside your course. We will continue to provide a range of online events open to all students, including virtual coffee mornings and quizzes, keep an eye out for a full list at the beginning of next week! We also have an online Facebook community just for Christ Church students, with over 1,000 members. In line with Government guidelines, The Lounge Bar & Kitchen in Canterbury and The Deep End in Medway are now closed.
We know how difficult these restrictions are for everyone, and how isolating it can feel to be stuck at home or in your study room, but you are not alone. Your Students’ Union is here for you, and the University offers a great deal of support for students who are struggling. You can speak to the Student Support, Health & Wellbeing team, which offers mental health support, financial advice, disability support, and general wellbeing support for students who need it. If you are worried about a student friend or housemate, the wellbeing advisers can also offer advice and support. The Chaplaincy is also available for students of all faiths and none. There are also external organisations in Kent and beyond that can offer support such as Student Space by the Student Minds charity and The Mix - Essential support for under 25s . A full list of support services available to all students is available here.
It’s a tough time to be a student, but we are still here to support you, represent you and bring students together. If there’s anything we can do to help, please do contact us. We hope you all stay safe and well, and we hope to see you face to face as soon as we possibly can.
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