A Recap of This Week’s Daily Bulletins from the University

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By Harriet Seedhouse

Getting daily updates from the University can help keep students informed of major news and policy changes, but having a long email arrive in your inbox at 10 o’clock every morning can mean that many miss key information. Here is a recap of the coronavirus Daily Bulletin content from this week, including government updates, University news, and updates for staff and students:

Monday 30th March:

  • The government announced its plans to create two additional temporary hospitals in Birmingham and Manchester.
  • It might be two or three months before we see the long-term impact of self isolation measures and between three to six months before we can “get back to normal”. 
  • The University acknowledged the petition from students asking for them to implement a “safety net” policy.
  • CAPE has been launched, a MS teams group offering support for those balancing work with childcare or carer responsibilities.
  • They also shared free meditation services and how to stay in touch with friends and family through social distancing.

Tuesday 31st March:

  • The government is working with partner airlines to help British travellers get home.
  • The core team at the University have been working on site to ensure essential services are continued and food parcels are delivered to vulnerable self-isolating students on campus.
  • Many academic buildings are now closed to restrict movement.
  • They have assured students that have already left campus accommodation that their belongings will be looked after until they can be collected.
  • The University has added two additional days onto the Easter break for staff.

Wednesday 1st April:

  • The government announced that new ventilators have been provided to the NHS.
  • The Centre for Wellbeing introduced a virtual wellbeing waiting room for drop-in one-to-one sessions on Zoom.
  • A new series on how to protect your physical, emotional and mental health has been launched for staff and students. 
  • The University has guaranteed that library loans will be automatically renewed without fines.
  • The Students’ Union and the University released a joint statement to private landlords urging them to release students from the pressure of rent payments.
  • Guildford station will be closed between Friday 10th April and Sunday 19th April inclusive.
  • Students are invited to join the ‘Staying In’ community support group on Zoom (this will take place between 2-3pm every Wednesday).
  • Surrey Business School has shared their latest blog that includes their advice on working from home.

Thursday 2nd April:

  • The government is working to scale up testing with a priority on frontline NHS staff.
  • Chief Student Office, Lucy Evans, has updated students on the new ‘safety net’ policy. This applies to students in every year of taught programs, except PGR, PTY and exchange students.
  • University of Surrey Lettings are on hand to support students living off campus facing challenges with their landlord or private accommodation providers.

Friday 3rd April: 

  • A new goal of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April has now been set by the government. Around 5,000 NHS staff have already been tested.
  • The government will write off £13.4 billion of historic NHS debt.
  • University of Surrey staff are producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for local NHS hospitals.
  • An Emergency Student Support Appeal has been launched to help students and has seen a great response from the alumni community.
  • Undergraduate graduation ceremonies have been cancelled and postponed until a new date in 2021.
  • To ensure students are confident in studying online there is a list of advice and key resources to support the move to online teaching.
  • The Students’ Union hosted a live discussion on housing and accommodation with Rabbi Alex Goldberg, Liani Mannifield from University of Surrey Lettings and Bryn from the charity Shelter. 

The latest Daily Bulletin ends on a more positive note: the School of Literature and Languages have shared their isolation must reads and a creative competition is being organised by Subcultured Magazine for the chance to feature on the front cover of their next issue.

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