Statement on the Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Dear All Members,

 

Last week the Government announced that its approach to Covid-19 (also known as the Corona Virus) escalation was to move from a containment phase to one of delay.   This decision has triggered various actions from the University which are currently being communicated and has prompted us to make some specific decisions too on activities and services provided by the Union.

 

None of the decisions made by the University or the Union have been taken lightly and all have been made with the best interests of Brunel students and society as a whole.

Below is a summary

 

Our Events

 

From Friday (20th of March), we will be postponing all of our events and temporarily closing down services from our Union Reception, Loco’s Bar and The Venue.

 

This week, our core business will open as usual. However, this may change at short notice , and we will be reacting to advice from government, and health professionals. This means that our St. Patricks Day, and Cave Night celebrations are continuing as planned.

 

With Varsity 2020 on the 25th of March, we have made the decision to cancel this event in partnership with St Mary’s Student Union. We will be contacting all students who have ordered Varsity Packages and T-Shirts

 

With regards to the Team Brunel Ball, we have taken the decision to cancel the event.  After assessing the risks we felt that despite the disappointment of all involved our priority is the safety of our members and the wider public.  Our Student Activities team will be making appropriate provisions to announce and celebrate all those that have been nominated or who would have been receiving awards on the night, please keep your eye on our Website for details .

 

Clubs and Societies

 

Our Club and Society meetings, events and training sessions will be cancelled from this Friday (20th of March). Our Student Activities team will be in touch to discuss this with our Student Groups.

 

With regards to BUCS Sport Fixtures (British Universities College Sport). We have received clarification today from BUCS that all fixtures have been postponed until at least April the 1st.

 

With regards to Sports Tour in June, we are working closely with Outgoing (the Tour Provider) to ensure that our members are being informed. We know that at the moment, Outgoing are in discussions with both the Spanish, French and UK Health Authorities with regards to the trips, and that some of the Tours have been cancelled by other providers.

 

Nearer the time we will be in a better position to assess the situation to travel or not and if the trip is cancelled, we will ensure that all students are refunded in a timely manner by Outgoing in line with  their cancellation policy and guidance from the governments involved.

 

With regards to Bournemouth 7’s, we again are working closely with the festival organisers to ensure that students are kept informed as any decisions are made.

 

Our Campaigns

 

We will also be stopping all campus based campaign events, such as those for Green Week & Women’s Month. However, we will still be running these campaigns online and we will continue to organise campaigns relevant to our members.

 

Our Staff

 

We may start asking a number of our staff to work from home, this will result in a loss of face to face contact with staff from Student Activities, ARC Advice Service, Bars and Venues, Finance and our Student Officers.

 

Please be assured that our services will continue and our staff will still be able to respond to your emails, and where appropriate we may ask to meet with you over Skype phone and video.

 

If you have a query with regards with your course that cannot be answered by the University, that needs Union Support, please contact our ARC Advice Services by completing our form here.

 

Course Reps

 

With regards to upcoming Course Rep Elections, we will be planning for these to happen in September, and we have also taken the decision to post-pone Course Rep Training too.

 

University Response

 

We will continue to work with the University closely to ensure the safety of our students however, we are aware of a number of key messages for our Students that we want to make clear.

 

The University have stopped all face to face teaching for the remainder of this academic term, and is making alternative assessment arrangements to replace on-campus exams

 

During this time, the University have also clarified that you can submit EC’s (Extenuating Circumstances) for any assessments, and that whilst you will be able to “Self-Certify” if you choose to Self-Isolate for 7 days– If you do have COVID-19 then you will need to provide medical evidence.

 

You may also have further questions, which may be more appropriate to be for the University. If this is the case, then you can email c-virus@brunel.ac.uk

 

We’d ask you to continue to follow NHS Guidance on this issue, especially by using the new online Coronavirus Service or by calling 111.

 

We may release further statements, which will be communicated to our members (Brunel Students) by email, social media and our website. We are planning to release further communications on Tuesday, and Wednesday.

 

Last Updated: 18:15 on Monday the 16th of March