Coronavirus - SU UPDATE

Coronavirus Update

As COVID-19 has now been declared as a pandemic by the WHO, we understand this this has led to a lot of students feeling anxious about the spread of the disease however, we are urging our students not to panic. 

As your Students’ Union, we are here to provide support at this time, make sure any questions you have are answered quickly and make sure we work with the University and other partners to address issues you are experiencing.

Health anxiety is valid and we want to assure you that we are doing all we can do ensure you have all the information you need. For support refer to http://virusanxiety.com

We completely understand and acknowledge that some students are in their final year and have been affected by both industrial action as well as the coronavirus pandemic. Please do not hesitate to get in touch us or with the University that you want answers to.

Events and Contact

All classes and lectures will move online from Monday 16 March. To see the full statement from the University, you can access their dedicated Coronavirus website, where all of the latest updates, information and communications will be posted.

Unfortunately, on the instruction of both Universities, Varsity 2020 will no longer be going ahead. If you have purchased a ticket for the rugby event on Thursday 19 March, please retain your ticket and await further instructions with regards to refunds. If you cannot present your ticket, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a refund.

For all events and trips, student groups should find alternative mode of delivery that don’t require face-to-face contact until Government advice changes. Student groups are encouraged to deliver social activities online in place of face-to-face sessions. Contact our Activities Team (unionactivities@leicester.ac.uk) to discuss the support options available to you.

What Are We Doing Now?

Your Executive Officers and staff are meeting with the University on a daily basis to make sure everything that can be done for students, is being done. Key questions have been asked on assessments, safety, racism and steps that could be taken to make sure the University is working for you.

Please contact your Officer team if you have any questions you’d like them to ask on your behalf at su-exec@le.ac.uk

We recognise this is a difficult time for a lot of us, particularly without key social and support communities around us. With that in mind, we are currently in the process of creating a virtual SU to make sure you can maintain social contact and interaction with your Students’ Union over the coming weeks.

We will be showcasing some of the amazing things student groups are doing online and we will be hosting talks, quizzes and sharing curated playlists for you to enjoy.

If you have any suggestions on what you’d like to see on in this space or have an idea on an activity you’d like to run, please contact su-marketing@le.ac.uk

University Updates

If you have a question related to Coronavirus, please check the main University Coronavirus page, the University’s FAQ’s section, or contact the dedicated email address (covid19help@le.ac.uk

Services and Contact Details

The Students’ Union will be closed from Friday 20 March at 5pm, this is owing to the closure of University of Leicester.

All of your Students’ Union team will be available to you online, even if we can’t see you in person, and all of our services will be running remotely.

If you need us, here's how you can contact us:

Your Students’ Union Officers – su-exec@le.ac.uk

Student Groups – unionactivities@le.ac.uk

Advice & Support – advice@le.ac.uk - Service update available here

  • +44 (0) 116 223 1132
  • +44 (0) 116 223 1184
  • +44 (0) 116 223 1109

Course Representation – coursereps@le.ac.uk

Student Group Payments – su-finance@le.ac.uk

Bookings – subookings@le.ac.uk

Communication – su-marketing@le.ac.uk

Anything else – hellosu@le.ac.uk

All Union staff will be working normal hours to make sure we’re here to help in any way we can.

Racism Concerns 

We are extremely disappointed to hear of cases of racism against Chinese and/or East Asian students on campus here at Leicester. We are sorry that students on this campus have been subject to this as it contravenes the University’s very own Dignity and Respect policy which every student signs up to. 

We have raised this with the University Executive Board to tackle any cases of racism in the name of dignity and respect and reassure our students on campus. In the meantime, if there are any concerns surrounding this, we would encourage you to refer to the University’s report and support website. 

If you have any questions about how to study remotely, these can be answered by accessing the University’s website.

Advice and Support - Service update available here

If you have booked on to any training or Peer Mentoring sessions, unfortunately these have now been cancelled, and all external Advice Clinics will no longer be running.

Our Support Team have advised that if you require any assistance, the following people can be contacted:

  • Turning Point 24/7 - 0808 800 3302 
  • Victim First - 0800 953 9595

LeicsChat

We are currently running LeicsChat, asking students what you love and what you would change about your time at University. If you want to get involved, please visit https://www.leicesterunion.com/surveys/leicschatweek2020/