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Coronavirus Information

Like many organisations across the UK, we are responding to the ever-changing situation regarding Coronavirus.

We want to reassure you that our highest priority will always be the health and wellbeing of our students. Throughout this period we will continue to deliver as many of our essential services as possible, in the ways that we are able.

We will be providing regular updates on all developments via social media, our website, and email. We will continue to represent your interests and liaise with the University on the feedback you are giving us, as well as any questions or concerns you may have. You are still very welcome to contact us via studentsunion@worc.ac.uk

Please also continue to check the main University Covid-19 page, the University’s FAQ's section, or contact firstpoint via email.


Help and Advice
We will continue to run our Help and Advice service throughout this period. Face-to-face sessions will no longer be available but Skype and phone consultations will continue as normal. Please visit www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice to book an appointment with our advisor.

For information on University services available, please visit www2.worc.ac.uk/student-services/


Housing & Accommodation 
The University has made the decision to waive the payment due for University managed accommodation for those that have left - you will have recieved an email that includes more information on this from Ross Renton the Pro Vice Chancellor Students.

We would also strongly discourage students from moving house at this time. Please be reassured that your third Student Finance England payment will arrive as usual. If you are struggling to pay your rent, there is a government ban on evictions from private rented housing at this time. If you have any concerns please get in touch www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice/housing

If you are living in halls or University managed accommodation and have any queries, please visit www.worc.ac.uk/life/accommodation/

You can also find more information at england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/coronavirus

Welcome Desk
The Welcome Desk is now closed until further notice. You can still get in touch with us via studentsunion@worc.ac.uk or via our social media channels.
PLEASE NOTE, THE WELCOME DESK IS CURRENTLY UNABLE TO TAKE TELEPHONE CALLS. PLEASE CONTACT US VIA EMAIL OR SOCIAL MEDIA.
 

The Hangar
The Hangar is now closed until further notice. All student-run events have been postponed until a later date. If you have a private event booked and need further information, please contact us via studentsunion@worc.ac.uk.
 

Varsity
Varsity refunds have been issued to those who have requested. Once the Welcome Desk and campus is reopen, we will be able to process any further refunds in person.
 

BUCS and Rec Sport
All BUCS competitions have been suspended for the foreseeable future. Students who are part of Clubs and Societies will receive information from their Committee around training and socials. We have also taken the decision to suspend all of our Rec Sport activities.

For updates from BUCS, please visit www.bucs.org.uk/update-covid-19-coronavirus.html


Support from PAPYRUS
Our focused charity this year, PAPYRUS: Prevention of Young Suicide, have a dedicated 'hopeline' for young people struggling with suicidal thoughts during this difficult time. If you are worried about another individual, PAPYRUS can also offer support and guidance. Find out more at: https://papyrus-uk.org or call the hopeline on 0800 068 41 41.


International Students
International students with visas that are expiring will be able to apply for an extension. If you have any queries, please contact internationalexperience@worc.ac.uk 

Click here for up to date guidance from the government for visa applicants and temporary UK residents.


Government Guidance
The UK government has published student specific guidance and FAQs, which can be viewed HERE.


 

We will be updating this page on a regular basis as the situation changes. We will also be posting regular updates across all of our social media channels.

Join our Coronavirus Community on Facebook, our online space for everyone in #TeamWorc who is self-isolating, social distancing, working from home, or simply looking for a bit of fun and positivity in amongst the noise.