We’re Here for You: Your Students' Union COVID-19 Support Update

(Published Friday 2nd October)

We recognise that this is an uncertain and difficult time for many of our students.  Some of you are having to isolate due to the pandemic, and for those of you who are new to the University this may be with people you’ve only just met.  This is a difficult time for everyone and so we wanted to let you know that your Students’ Union is here for you and to share some of the things we’ve been doing on your behalf. Over the course of the pandemic, students have been badly let down by Government policies, from the disastrous handling of A-Level results to the lack of support being given to Universities to manage the obvious difficulties at the start of term.

We’re providing support and guidance to students through our Advice Service

Your Advice team are here to support you with any concerns you have, especially relating to your education, finances, housing and welfare.  No query is too big or too small and we can signpost to other services where necessary.  To access the Advice Service you can visit our website:  https://manchesterstudentsunion.com/advice , email us: [email protected] or visit us at the Advice Gateway on the ground floor of the Students’ Union building – Monday to Friday 10-4pm.

We’re setting up a buddying scheme for isolated students

We’re just in the process of setting up a buddying scheme for those of you who are feeling lonely or isolated where you will be paired up with another student who will provide a friendly ear and someone to chat to.  We’ll be sharing more information about the scheme on our website and social media channels soon.

We’re mobilising our student staff to deliver food parcels

Students' Union student staff are supporting the effort in halls to deliver food parcels to both catered and self-catered students. This will be commencing over the weekend, and Food on Campus have done a great job of putting together nutritious parcels from local traders.

We’ve worked with the Co-op to get student specific delivery slots

We’ve been working with NUS and The Co-Op on your behalf to get student specific delivery slots to halls outside of the normal system.  To access this you just have to download the Totum App and validate you University email address. https://www.totum.com/se/student-discount/co-op/delivery-offer

We’re lobbying the University to provide more information and support for students

Your executive officers are meeting most days with senior staff across the University. Every concern you have is being shared at the highest level and we’ve seen real movement in the support being given, although there is absolutely more which can be done. On Monday, your executive officer team will be meeting with the University Senior Leadership team, and student support is the number one thing on the agenda. We’ll be sharing more information about the work we have been doing next week.

We’re delivering online and in person events for you to engage with safely

We know that making friends is such an important part of being at University, and although it isn’t as easy as it would be outside of the Pandemic, we have put on a number of in-person and online events for you to get involved with.  Your bar and Academy venue have been set up to allow students in households to socialise and we’ve a number of great events coming up.  We’ve also got loads of online events and activities taking place in the coming weeks, including Society Expo’s where you can find out more about our student societies and meet others with similar interests.  More info about all of our events can be found here:  https://manchesterstudentsunion.com/welcome

For more information on any of the above, you can contact us by emailing [email protected]

Junior Usina
SU Welfare & Community Officer

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