13th March 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19: SU Information and Advice [Updated 27th May 12:00]

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is the number one priority for the Students’ Union.

Latest Update 27th May 12:00

See our latest Supporting Students advice for academic, financial, housing questions and concerns.

  • The University has announced it will implement a safety net policy for all exams and assessments due to take place. This was off the back of a strong student-led campaign, and lobbying from the Education Officer. More information on the policy is available on the University website.
  • The Officers have launched this Facebook group to help promote all brilliant student-led activity going on during this time.
  • The Officers are running weekly Q&A sessions on the SU Instagram (@SheffieldSU) where students can ask questions and voice any concerns.
  • The SU Building is closed until further notice.
  • All events, including Varsity, have been cancelled until the end of May. Tickets for future events will not be going on sale until further notice.
  • See the University website for the latest information.

Supporting Students

The Students Union understands that many students will have concerns and questions about their academic, financial, housing situation as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the current lock down situation. We are also aware that students’ wellbeing and mental health may also be affected.

Our elected officers are also representing students’ interests at meetings with the University and feeding into local and national lobbying campaigns. Our aim is to ensure that wherever possible no student will suffer any detriment to their academic and personal life as a result of the Covid 19 crisis. They will work closely with the Advice and Representation team to represent your views and get answers to the questions and concerns you have.

So, as well as offering ideas and social events to help you cope and connect with others during the lockdown, our Student Advice Centre is also here to offer independent and specialist advice to you at this difficult time.

We are know that students will face different challenges and issues depending on their personal circumstances and so may require different types of advice and support at this time. We have provided links to University Support services and other specialist agencies which may be also be useful to you.

The situation is evolving and policies and guidance are subject to change and being introduced almost daily. The following information is based on what we know at the current time. We will add to this resource as and when new information becomes available.

We have based the frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) on the most common issues students are contacting us about. However, if the information below does not answer your query, please email advice@sheffield.ac.uk and one of our advisers will get back to you as soon as they can.

What You Need To Do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms.

Gov.uk/coronavirus

If you are concerned about your health or the health of a housemate, go online to 111.nhs.uk, or call 111. Do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Services and Events

The Students' Union building will be closed until further notice.

The SU has always been more than just a building. We still want to hear from you through all of our usual channels and ensure we keep the spirit of the SU alive during these unfamiliar times.

Our officer team have launched a Sheffield SU Online Community page on Facebook, where you'll be able to see all the brilliant online activity the SU and our student groups are setting up.

The majority of our services, including the Student Advice Centre, will be or have moved their activity online.

We have cancelled all events until the Easter vacation. Tickets for cancelled events will be refunded automatically unless otherwise stated. Refunds may take in the region of 10 working days or so to appear in your account. Tickets for future events will not be on sale until further notice.

Along with both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Varsity. We will be offering refunds, but there may be a delay whilst we work out the process for this. You can find out more information at sheffieldvarsity.com

Officer Updates

Your SU Officers have set up the Sheffield Students’ Union - Online Community Facebook group for students, committees, and clubs to share positive news, things they’re doing, and create a virtual community to keep the Sheffield spirit alive. Any students and staff can join!

The SU Officer team are also hosting regular Q&As throughout the week live on the SU’s Instagram! These are for you to air some of your thoughts and feelings - and hopefully the team can begin to answer them or pass them onto University. You can see all planned sessions on our Facebook Page.

Rosa, your Women’s Officer, is also sharing daily posts to books, articles, podcasts, and videos of interest on her Facebook account.

Social Highlights

Nights in are the new nights out so we;re bringing our club nights to your living room. Tune in to our live streams weekly:

Tuesdays: The Tuesday Club - 21:00 - 23:00 w/ Andy H and guests

Wednesdays: Roar - 21:00 - 23:00 w/ Jimmy The Gent

Saturdays: Pop Tarts - 21:00 - 23:00 w/ Dave The Hitman Hunter

Visit their Facebook pages on the day for the live links.

For more fun and games join our weekly Bar One Virtual Quiz. With over a thousand players it's the biggest night of the week! Listen in on twitch and play along on kahoot. Find out more.

Forge Radio have creating their first Isolation Podcast.

Board Games Society are running games through the boardgame arena, which is an online website that allows you to play boardgames with others! They have also used discord to create chat channels that are playing, which you can join here: discord.gg/Q5U4DbU

The Disabled & Dyslexic Students’ Committee are sharing ideas for ways to give yourself a break, try something new and have a little time for self-care, whether you’re self-isolating or not Search for @sheffielddsc on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Do you have a highlight? Share it with students on the Sheffield Students’ Union - Online Community Facebook group.

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