Use Your Voice
What We’re Working On
Although we are not physically on campus, we are working hard to help support you during this time. So far, we have achieved, flexible contracts for those living in student accommodation, bookable space for students to study on campus. Key software has been made available in cloud-based access alongside the provision of laptop loans for students who need them. A click and collect service has been launched to enable students to access physical copies of key reading material. Finally, an additional £250,000 of funding had been obtained to support students in hardship as an impact of the pandemic.
We encourage all students to purchase memberships for the society and sports teams they wish to join. We will continue to update and inform all members on the activities they can host and participate in following Government, University and National Governing Bodies Guidance.
• Societies are still running their activities online and you can see the full list on our events page.
• To check out which societies are still active, you can find them on our society page list here.
• We encourage you to contact the societies directly via social media or their listed email address.
At UWSU we are doing everything possible to return students to club sports as quickly and as safely as possible. All of our clubs have been given a place on our return to play phasing on the scale between 1-5. This will give you a clearer idea of what we expect clubs to be able to do in the coming weeks.
Please contact the individual club if you want to know what they are currently able to offer. UWSU have also completed a Covid-19 Compliance Document. This outlines our expectations and the things which we require you to do in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We are able to move clubs up or down our phasing system depending on the current government and national governing body advice. This is to ensure that we keep everything in line with the law and guidance at all times. This is an ever-changing environment and we are working hard to move things forward where possible so please be patient as we will continue to find out more and develop our sports offer.
All Student union events are currently held online following the governments guideline updates, this will continue until further notice.
Our commercial spaces – The Hideaway, The Undercroft and The Loft– will remain closed and reviewed on a regular basis. We are hoping to open some of our spaces in the new year.
The Corner Shop at Harrow campus will be closed for September 2020 and reviewed on a regular basis depending on the capacity at the Harrow site, this we are hoping will open in Jan.
We understand that this year is going to be different from what you may have expected but we don’t agree that you should receive anything less because of these circumstances. We have been working hard to challenge the University to always ensure that the voice and opinions of students are at the forefront of all decision making within the University. We do understand however that you might not be happy with somethings regarding your teaching or the level of standard that you are receiving.
We are running a tuition fee campaign to support the wider national movement alongside NUS, and we are continuing to challenge the University to ensure student voice and representation is maintained at all points of this year and ever-changing situation
If you would like to get in touch with us if you are unhappy with the level of service you are receiving we can support you in making a complaint or if you would just like to raise an issue that you are unhappy about then please get in touch.
The University of Westminster have introduced a range of measures to ensure your safety on campus, including social distancing markings, hand sanitisation points and safety screens.
In August 2020, the University reopened most of it’s buildings after taking extensive measures to ensure these are COVID-19 secure.
Access remains restricted and you are only permitted to visit the COVID-19 secure buildings if you are attending an event on your timetable or if you have a booking. Please do not arrive on campus unless you have been invited or have a booked appointment, as access will be refused.
As wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help to protect others, the University has decided that they should be worn in almost all circumstances on campus. We will remain sensitive to the needs of those who are unable, for health or disability reasons, to wear face coverings.
If you do have a timetabled or booked event on campus, please ensure you've viewed the safety video from the Vice-Chancellor to help keep you and those around you safe. We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that we keep our buildings COVID-19 secure.
The University have implemented a number of measures to support your learning and ensure you're able to continue with your studies confidently and effectively during this time.
From 21 September 2020 until 23 October 2020 only some specialist teaching that is unable to take place online will take place on campus.
Specialist teaching includes the following subject areas: Architecture, Art, Animation, all Life Sciences, Media, Fashion Design, Film, Music, Photography, some specialist modules in Psychology, Television Production and some specialist modules in Business, Marketing and Finance.
From 26 October 2020 onwards the University hopes to offer all students an opportunity to come on-site in small groups to work with their lecturers and fellow students (as long as COVID-19 Secure measures safely allow). This on-site activity will likely take the form of at least one Course Experience event that will include, for example, skills sessions. What this work looks like will depend on necessary health, safety and wellbeing measures and Course Leaders' vision for your course.
Staff at Westminster have spent a lot of time adapting modules and courses to ensure that you can access the resources you need in a structured way. You will need to be online for live classes, to engage with other students, and for research. However, it is important to realise that, although the term ‘online learning’ is widely used, you do not need to be online to be learning. Many of the learning activities that you engage in may take place offline, including reading, writing and thinking
• Getting started
• Using Blackboard
• Key tips to study online effectively
• Accessing software to support your learning
We have support teams ready to welcome you and answer any questions you have. We're here to support you through every step of your student journey.
Your safety and wellbeing are the top priorities, and the University and Union are here to support you through these challenging times. The support includes:
• Quarantine advice and support
• Financial support
• Online learning support
• Student achievement and progression
• Students’ Union support
• Wellbeing and services support
For any wellbeing queries you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
• All COVID-19 queries: email@example.com
• If you have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test or have developed COVID-19 symptoms and have recently visited us, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org