Last updated: 5th of January 2021
We know this isn't the way you wanted your year at London Met SU to go.
We want to reassure you that no matter who you are, MET SU is working hard to ensure you have all the information regarding the on-going coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
As part of our efforts to keep you informed, we've launched a dedicated Coronavirus help page right here on our website. We know the volume of information can be quite overwhelming, so we've created this page to give you access to all the information you need to know.
This page will regularly be updated as things change.
Currently, our buildings are closed. We should be back in March and we will keep you updated closer to the time.
However, this does not mean that your SU is not here for you. All of our staff are currently working remotely and are still here to support you.
If you want to get in touch with us, you can find all of our staff members' emails here:
• General enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Andy Morwood – Chief Executive - email@example.com
• Martin Hunt - Accounting and Finance - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Salomé Doré - Communications and Marketing Coordinator - email@example.com
• Rowena Fields - Media and Events Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Amrit Kaur – Student Voice Coordinator (Academic Advice and Representation) - A.Kaur@londonmet.ac.uk
• Eddie Rowley – Student Voice Coordinator (Engagement and Campaigns) - email@example.com
• Harry Jones - Student Activities Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Opportunities & Activities
We have put into place the following measures because of Covid-19 restrictions:
• All Met SU Activities staff will work from home
• We will suspend all in-person activities run by Societies, and suspend Sports socials (ie meet & greets and recreational activities) and encourage these to be held online
• We will provide a Return to Play document for Sports Clubs to host in-person training and competitions as soon as possible
• All activities must limit face-to-face interaction as much as possible and all relevant documentation must be completed for in-person activities
• Membership to Sea of Red shall be free for all students, giving them access to all our Sports Clubs until further notice
• Support and Guidance shall be offered to all students engaged with Student Activities in adapting to new measures and restrictions from the Student Activities Coordinator
All our events will be conducted in accordance with the relevant guidance published by the UK Government, and will all be held online for the time being.
Representation & Support
All areas of student voice provision have been successfully adapted to remote working. Student Reps recruitment, support and training now all take place remotely and we are currently building a web learn organisation for Student Reps which we hope will further support and empower our reps to be the voice of students at the course level. The Students' Union Exec (full and part-time officers) and Student Council continue to meet remotely. As a result of our highly successful Student Rep lockdown get-togethers which were introduced in April 2020 we have introduced regular student open meetings which were held on the last Thursday of the month at 4.00pm. For further information contact Eddie on email@example.com .
The Students' Union Casework Advice services continue to provide individual representation and support to students who may need help around mitigating circumstance claims, appeals, complaints, issues around misconduct and similar. This is done via email and where necessary individual consultations via video chat. To engage with this service please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The University is fully committed to ensuring all content delivered online is of the same high quality as students can expect on campus. Our approach to supporting students through these uncertain times is to show compassion, to make sure our courses are accessible, to show resilience, and to ensure that all of our students have an excellent experience. We call these guiding principles our CARE philosophy. We have also put together some further advice for those who have experienced covid-19 related bereavement.
Here are some other useful resources:
• ACTO - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice – advice for individuals in counselling, or about to start counselling, online or over the phone.
• BABCP – Let’s talk about CBT – What can we learn from CBT for health anxiety that might help us with feelings of anxiety during the pandemic? In this Podcast episode Dr Lucy Maddox interviews Dr Jo Daniels from Bath University about things we know are likely to help.
• Calm.com- Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Enjoy a free curation of meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.
• Down-regulating meditation for fear – short guided meditation, facilitated by Lael Keen of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, on how to self-regulate when experiencing fear - very relevant for all of us in the age of Coronavirus.
• Free Psychotherapy Network - The Free Psychotherapy Network are offering online groups for people living in the UK who are isolated during this coronavirus crisis. The network particularly reaches out to people who have few resources or opportunities for support, conversation and connectedness during this uncertain and frightening time.
• MindSET Livestream (Body & Soul) - a live, weekly 45-minute session that helps provide DBT skills to young people in emotional distress. To register for each session, simply fill in the short form using the link above. Anyone registering will be given a link to the next session and links to view recordings of any previous sessions. Take a look at he first session.
• ORCHA – is a health app evaluation and advisor organization – on their website they offer free helpful apps to help children and young people with the Coronavirus
• Step up (Rethink) – This is a link to an online resource for students, created by students in collaboration with Step Up/Rethink Mental Illness. They have created an interactive "magazine" full of tips on how to cope with the current Covid-19 situation, inspired by CBT techniques and insight into the challenges students can face.
• The Help Hub - The Help Hub has been set up to support individuals who find themselves with limited contact due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus. It is led by a group of qualified therapists who are giving their time freely to help people in this situation offering 20-minute chats on Skype, FaceTime or on the telephone.
• University Mentoring Organisation (UMO) is a specialist mental health mentoring organisation that the University has worked with to supply our students with specialist mentors. Their staff are highly trained and provide excellent support. On their site Julio Cervantes, an accredited mental health practitioner and specialist mental health mentor explains how you can take care of your mental and emotional health during Covid-19.
• WHO (World Health Organization) Coping with Stress guideline – a friendly and brief guide on things to bear in mind during the outbreak
For more information regarding what support the University can offer, have a look at their Wellbeing at London Met webpage.
• University FAQ - https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/about/coronavirus/
• Supporting the Community - https://www.londonmet.ac.uk/about/coronavirus/community-response/
• Covid 19 Information from the government - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus