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Coronavirus Updates

Please note the situation around COVID-19 is likely to continue to change this term and the information here may not always be fully up-to-date. Officer priorities will continue to be reviewed based on student feedback and other information. You can find updated information from the University at their coronavirus information page.

Testing

All students should undertake regular coronavirus testing. You should have a test every time you go on to campus.

Vaccination

All over 18 year olds are now eligible to book a coronavirus vaccine. The government has announced that people must be fully vaccinated in order to attend nightclubs and other large events from September onwards. We would advise all students to seek a vaccination as soon as possible.

Key Information

Get a Coronavirus Vaccine

Bristol SU Roadmap out of lockdown

Coronavirus guidance for Student Groups

 

University Information

Testing Guidance

Self Isolation Guidance

Coronavirus Impact Fund

Request Wellbeing Support

Latest updates from Sport, Exercise and Health Facilities

If you have any questions you should contact info-point@bristol.ac.uk

 

Wellbeing Resources

University Wellbeing Access

Student Space - Student Minds

MIND

Bristol Nightline

Most recent update

22 July - Current coronavirus guidance at the University of Bristol

The University has today updated their coronavirus guidance for all students.

  • Face coverings are still required when indoors on campus.
  • All students are encouraged to take regular Lateral Flow Tests - at least twice a week.
  • All students are encouraged to get a coronavirus vaccine ahead of the new academic year - more information is available on the NHS website.

 

21 July - Vaccine passports for nightclubs from September 2021

The government has announced that people will need to be fully vaccinated in order to attend nightclubs and other large venues from late September. The details of this plan are yet to be confirmed but we would recommend that all students arrange a vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

You can find out more about the vaccination programme, as well as a list of local walk-in vaccination centres on the NHS website.

 

13 July - 'Let's Get the Jab Done' - walk-in vaccine appointments

The Covid-19 vaccine is now available to everyone over the age of 18. You can book your vaccine today on the NHS website or by attending one of the many walk-in clinics being held across the city. Find the full list here: www.grabajab.net

 

22 June 2021 - Bristol SU Officer Statement: Important Info For Students Who Have Tested Positive or are Self-Isolating

We are again seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases in our community, this time caused by the more transmissible Delta variant. We know that many of you may be required to self-isolate and want to let you know about the support available. 

We know how incredibly difficult it is to be in isolation, especially after an extremely turbulent academic year of restrictions on social contact, national lockdowns, and consistent uncertainty in student activity. 

If you are have tested positive or are self-isolating, please fill in the University's Coronavirus Self-Reporting Form so they can provide you with the support you need. 

We are currently transitioning between Officer teams and want to reassure you that we are continuing to fight for you as normal. We have recently secured a number of commitments from the University to support you if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are self-isolating

We know that many of you may have to self-isolate in your accommodation past the end of your tenancy, either in halls or in private rented accommodation. To support you with this, we have won commitments from the University for:

  • A tenancy extension in halls until the end of your isolation period, which will be 100% rebated for up to 10 days. Please email accom-office@bristol.ac.uk to let them know if you need to stay beyond the end of your tenancy.
  • Hardship funding to cover extra rent for those having to extend their tenancy in the private sector. Please email student-funding@bristol.ac.uk to chat to them about the support they can give. 

Over this period, we are ensuring that the University continues to provide:

  • Free food boxes for students isolating in self-catered halls – covering the entire isolation period and catering to all dietary requirements.
  • Hot meal provision for students isolating in catered halls – covering the entire isolation period and catering to all dietary requirements.
  • Emergency food boxes for those in private rented accommodation if you cannot get hold of food.
  • Access to sanitary products for students isolating in halls.
  • A mental health check-in call and/or text each week for all self-isolating students.

We know this will be a really difficult time for many of you. If you’re struggling, or are worried about a friend’s wellbeing, support is available. We would encourage you to use the University's Wellbeing Access Form and someone will reach out to you for a chat. 

Please email Bristol SU or Ruth Day (Student Living Officer) if there is further support you need during your isolation or if the current support systems are not working as they should - we will raise directly with the University. If you need academic support please contact our Just Ask advice team.

All students should be offered a vaccine in the coming weeks, we would encourage you to take up this offer. You should also take regular twice-weekly lateral flow tests to keep our communities safe. 

Stay safe!

Your Officer Team  

Ruth, Ifrah, Leah, Lu, Muazam, Obafemi, and Seb

 

Past Updates

15 June 2021 - Coronavirus Restrictions Extended until 19 July.

Last night the government announced a 4-week extension to the planned end of lockdown. The new planned date for all coronavirus restrictions to be lifted is the 19 July. Check out the Bristol SU Roadmap to find out what this means for you.

All students and staff should continue to get tested at least twice a week, maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and wash hands regularly to limit the spread of coronavirus on our campus. 

11 June 2021 - Bristol SU Officer Statement: Next Academic Year (2021/22)

We know that in recent weeks there has been a growing anxiety about what next academic year looks like which has increased as other universities have made their plans public. Many of you have not had the experience that you were promised this year, and understandably there is concern about the continuation of blended learning.

Today the University have started to release their plans for next academic year and have emphasised a clear aim to offer as much in-person activity as possible. You can read the details on the university's website.

As your officer team, we want to make sure you have the best educational experience possible at university. Over the past few months we have been pushing the university to maximise in-person teaching next year, constantly reiterating how important it is that the university’s offer is in line with the rest of society. We welcome the university’s prioritisation of in-person activity and will continue hold the university to account as plans become clearer.

There are still details to be worked out and we’re continuing to lobby to make sure students get the best deal, and are able to access the financial and wellbeing support they need as well as the technology and equipment which might be required next academic year. Our campaign for Fee Justice, started this year, will continue.

We’re also starting to look at our own plans for 2021/22 with plenty of opportunities for in-person activity, including an in-person welcome experience. We’re still working out the details, but will be keeping you updated throughout the summer.

 

Useful Information

SU Reception, staff and spaces

Many SU services will continue to run online so please try and contact us via email in the first instance. Instead of dropping into the office or calling us, general enquiries should be sent to bristolsu@bristol.ac.uk and a member of our team will respond. 

The Richmond Building is now open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm.

The SU reception desk is now open in The Richmond Building. Alternatively you can contact the reception team on bristolsu@bristol.ac.uk.

If you are coming to The Richmond Building, please be aware there are a number of changes in place to help make the spaces safe for students and staff:

  • There is a one way system in place. Please follow this when moving around the building. Where possible doors have been left open to reduce contact points. 
  • You must wear a face covering whilst moving around the building. 
  • You should follow social distancing throughout the building. Room capacities will be reduced and are clearly labelled. 
  • There are regular hand sanitization points throughout the building. Please make use of these. 
  • The building will be being cleaned regularly. You will also find cleaning products for your own use after using a study space or room. 

The Balloon Bar is currently closed and will re-open in September 2021.

Orders for The Basket should be placed online >> https://bristolsushop.com. Click and Collect is currently available on Thursdays 10am - 4pm.

The Bristol SU Lettings office is now open for booked appoitntments only.

The Bristol SU Living Room in Senate House is currently closed while extension works are completed. It will re-open on 10 September 2021.

Bristol SU Events

Bristol SU events are all being held in line with coronavirus guidance. You can keep up to date with all events taking place on our What's On pages.

Regular society activities and events

Student groups are beginning to run events in-person according to government guidance on group numbers and social distancing. Student group leaders will continue to receive updates from Bristol SU on what is possible and how their group can continue to run. 

Guidance for student group committee members is available online and will continue to be updated regularly.

Intramural Sport

Intramural has now finished for the 2020/21 year. Keep an eye out on the Intramural webpage for info about next year's leagues.

Looking after yourself while self-isolating

Self Isolation Guidance and Support

Government guidance states that anyone showing possible symptoms of Coronavirus, such as a cough, fever, or loss or change to your sense of taste and smell should isolate for ten days. 

If you need to self-isolate the university has committed to supporting you every step of the way. You can read their self-isolation guidance for students which will be updated in line with local and national guidance.

Wellbeing whilst self-isolating

Self-isolating may also affect your wellbeing. For some help on managing your wellbeing while self-isolating, read through this guidance from Mind

 Some top tips include: 

  • Keep connecting with student societies online  
  • Try and keep active 
  • Find ways to relax and be creative