- The Welcome Desk is now closed, however we'll still be checking our inbox. If you have any general enquiries for us, please email email@example.com.
- The Hangar is now closed. The venue will, however be operating as a study space.
- The Campus Shop remains open as usual.
- Food is click and collect only from Made. Please use the Time2Eat app.
We want to reassure all of our students that the SU is here to support you in every way possible and we will continue to deliver as many of our essential services as we can.
We will be providing regular updates on all developments via social media, our website, and email. For more information please visit www.worcsu.com/coronavirus. For up to date information from the University, please visit www.worc.ac.uk/coronavirus. To access our Help & Advice service, please visit www.worcsu.com/helpandadvice or get in touch with us via 01905 543210.
Re-launch of the Coronavirus Community!
We are, however, excited to be re-launching the Coronavirus Community group over on Facebook. This is a space for all University of Worcester students and anyone part of #TeamWorc who is self-isolating, working from home, or simply looking for a bit of fun and positivity. Our clubs and societies are busy planning some amazing virtual events and activities for you to get involved with, so stay tuned for more on that soon. In the meantime, if you haven't already, make sure you join the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/positiveworc/
Let’s talk about consent
We want to actively educate ourselves and others about consent, and help build a respectful, safe, and inclusive community here at Worcester. Through our consent campaign, we want to encourage open and honest conversations about consent and how we can all make a difference.
We want to hear from you and get your thoughts on consent. If there is a particular campaign you'd like to see us run, any questions you might have, or you just want to know more about consent, let us know at: https://worcsu.wufoo.com/forms/ask-the-su/
Don’t Drop Out, Drop In
Our new 'Don't Drop Out, Drop In' help and advice service launches this week. This is your chance to ask our advisor, Kate, any questions you have over on her Facebook page (Kate Worcsu). Just drop Kate a message on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 3-4pm and she’ll be able to get back to you straight away. Visit worcsu.com/helpandadvice to find out more about our free, independent and confidential advice service.
Don’t Rent Yet
Our annual Don't Rent Yet campaign launches soon, and strongly encourages you not to rush into a housing contract, particularly with everything going on this year. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of finding a new house to rent, and many students sign up for new tenancy agreements for their next academic year, when they’ve only just moved into their accommodation for the current year. It’s vital to know your tenancy rights and responsibilities before you sign on the dotted line!
Here are just some of the many reasons why you should not rush into a new contract:
- Tenancy Agreements are legally binding documents and once you’ve signed one it can be incredibly difficult to leave before the end of the fixed term.
- Most student private housing contracts are fixed term. This means you will be liable to pay rent for the whole duration of the fixed term.
- Most of the time the only way to leave a student tenancy agreement early is to find a suitable replacement tenant, but it's worth thinking about how easy it would be to find a replacement tenant. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic it may be a LOT more difficult to find a replacement tenant.
- Many Landlords are doing what they can to support Students during this time. However, there is no obligation on Landlords to release tenants from contracts early due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- This situation is ever-changing. None of us know exactly what will happen over the next few months, You may not want to tie yourself into a housing contract too early, only to find that you’ll experience difficulty leaving it early if you need to.
There are many different pressures for students at the moment, so don’t make next year’s house one of them! For more advice around housing, visit worcsu.com/helpandadvice.
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. Collectively, students at the University of Worcester have raised nearly £2000 for Movember already. To donate to the University challenge, visit: https://uk.movember.com/mospace/network/view/id/50989
International Stress Awareness Week (2nd - 8th November)
Recognising and understanding stress and mental health has never been more important. With the effects of this pandemic and the approaching second lockdown, we want to remind you all that your SU is here for you. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, isolated or down about things, remember there’s always someone to support you. Here are just a few of the services you can access:
Remembrance Sunday (8th November)
This Remembrance Sunday, we are taking a moment to commemorate the contribution of British military and civilian servicemen and women who sacrificed themselves in the two World Wars.
The Journalism and Media Society are also collecting donations on behalf of the Royal British Legion. You can donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/journalism-and-media1.
Islamophobia Awareness Month (November)
Islamophobia Awareness Month highlights the threat of Islamophobic hate crimes and showcases the positive contributions of British Muslims to society. This month is a great time to learn about how you can better support your Muslim friends and peers. As a Students' Union we are committed to stamping out all forms of discrimination. Internally, we have set up an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity working group within the SU to look at how we can encourage and promote equality and equity within the organisation and at the University. The BAME Students' Network is also a great platform to run campaigns and spread awareness throughout the University and student population. You can find out more about the Network here:
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