This article was last updated: 02/04/2020 23:00
Your Students’ Union is here to help you in whatever way we can during these uncertain times. There are a number of different ways that you can raise concerns and queries with us so that we can help you get them resolved as quickly as possible. Your Officer Team is here to make sure your voices are being heard at the highest levels in the university and beyond, as well as to represent your collective interests, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with them if you’re not sure where to turn 👋
For individual queries about how your own circumstances might be affecting your academic progression, your finances or your accommodation situation, you should contact the LBSU Advice Service by submitting your enquiry online at bit.ly/3bGJcap. They can advise you on all options available to you 💬
If you or other students on your course are unsure about how any aspect of your course will be impacted by COVID-19, you can also raise these concerns to the university through your Course Rep, or through the online feedback form at bit.ly/2R4Mr3F. This form is primarily used by Course Reps to submit feedback but can be used by any student, especially if you are unable to get in touch with your Course Rep. Our Student Voice team will then help to ensure that your concerns are directed to the most appropriate place 👍
We understand that these are very difficult times and that many of you have been affected by the changes that have resulted from the Coronavirus outbreak. Keep an eye on our FB pages, our Covid-19 page at bit.ly/3a4TEbE and the Leeds Beckett FAQ at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/COVID19 for the most recent updates 🗣
Stay safe, LBSU x
Update from Charlie Hind, LBSU Union Affairs Officer
We’ve been receiving a lot of queries on Leeds Beckett providing some kind of safety net for students disadvantaged by the changes to learning and teaching which have had to happen due to COVID-19 and I just wanted to give you a little update.
I’ve been working closely with the University Executive Team on some clear guidelines shaped by what you’ve been telling us, and so far things are looking good. This might take some time to finalise but hopefully we can have something set in stone soon.
So hold on just a little longer! The University has already made the assurance that no student will feel disadvantaged academically and have indicated that full guidelines will be out soon.
If you have any more worries or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Update from Charlie Hind, LBSU Union Affairs Officer
BIG news if you're in University managed halls of residence 🚨
Where the University or Unipol is your landlord, the University has agreed:
• Where you have already left your student accommodation, they will release you from your final rent instalment for this academic year (which is due in April 2020).
• Where you are remaining in your accommodation, they will provide a 50% discount onto the remainder of accommodation fees payable.
If you are in University halls of residences you will have received further information in an email.
It's great to see that the University has listened to student concerns and taken this action to protect students at this time. We're still working on private letting agents but will keep you updated.
Remember to get in touch with any issues or concerns you have so that we can get the university to look into it. There's power in a union 👊
Well... a lot has happened in a short amount of time! Leeds Beckett Students’ Union’s number one concern is for your health, safety and wellbeing. Our mission will always remain to make students’ lives better at Leeds Beckett University 💜
We put together an FAQ answering your questions on how the Students' Union is adapting to the current situation. Our physical spaces may be closing, but our services and staff will be available digitally! Read our FAQ at http://bit.ly/3a4TEbE 👈
Stay safe and look out for one another. LBSU x
UPDATE FROM LEEDS BECKETT: "In order to reduce unnecessary social contact, we have taken the decision to suspend classes until Friday 20 March. Your School will move to online learning resources with effect from Monday 23 March. A substantial amount of your course content is available through MyBeckett so we would encourage you to use MyBeckett for self-study. We are also working to deliver assessments to take place remotely wherever possible. Your School will be in touch with you to confirm arrangements once they are finalised."
This morning the Leeds Beckett Students’ Union Officer Team wrote to the Vice Chancellor expressing growing concerns about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The letter requested that the university move to online teaching immediately as well as providing clearer and more regular communications to students.
Your Students’ Union is in regular contact with the university with regards to teaching, assessments, accommodation and the situation surrounding Coronavirus as it develops, and we will continue to keep you updated.
If you have concerns, are self-isolating or have been diagnosed, please contact the university’s Wellbeing Service at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 8128507. If you have recently travelled from the stated areas of concern, please let the university know as soon as possible.
The Students’ Union Advice Service is still available should you have any academic, housing or financial issues. Due to a temporary change in working arrangements, they are not currently able to offer the face-to-face Advice Drop-in service at either City or Headingley Campus. They are still offering a full advice service via email, telephone, and face-to-face appointments where appropriate – please email email@example.com, telephone 0113 81 28400 or ask at the Helpdesk to arrange contact with the service.
Stay safe and be kind to each other 💜
Following the email you received from the Vice-Chancellor this morning, we’d like to echo that our number one concern is for your health, safety and wellbeing. As Peter has said, please follow the two key bits of advice, as below.
First, regular and thorough handwashing is essential. It is the biggest single thing we can all do to slow the spread of this illness.
Second, stay at your residence if you have, or develop these symptoms of the COVID-19 virus:
• a new and persistent dry cough,
• a high temperature.
If you do have either of these symptoms, however mild, then please stay in your place of residence for seven days. The reason for this advice is that Public Health England believe people are most likely to spread the virus from the time their symptoms first appear, and for up to a week afterwards. Even people with mild symptoms can be highly infectious, so please do not take any chances and follow the Public Health England advice about self-isolation. If you have concerns, are self-isolating or have been diagnosed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0113 8128507. If you have recently travelled from the stated areas of concern, please let the University know asap.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, please make sure you contact 111 asap. Please DO NOT visit your local doctors surgery or walk-in clinics, it’s important to keep those around us safe too.
If you have any worries about exams, please contact your course administrator, who will be able to support with guidance on measures being taken.
· If you are self-isolating and share a kitchen, try to avoid using it when other people are there and take all your meals back to your room to eat. Ensure you clean all surfaces at home with household cleaning products daily.
· Although it is difficult to entirely separate yourself from your housemates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible
· You should not share towels, toiletries or other household items with someone in isolation and they should have their own separate bathroom. If this is not possible, the isolated person should use the bathroom last, cleaning it thoroughly afterwards if they are able to.
For additional information, read the update published on the Leeds Beckett website at https://bit.ly/2UamrF0.
Finally, be kind to one another: although a lot of the media attention is on Italy and china, it’s important to remember that no one group of people or individual is to blame for the outbreak.
In love and solidarity,
Leeds Beckett Students’ Union