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We will be continuing to update our website and social media channels with new information following the University’s and the Government advice. Things may change at any time so please keep checking this page before making any plans.

For up-to-date information from the University, including advice from the NHS and the Government, visit their Essentials page.

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Here is your third round up from RUSU which focusses on what we have been doing in relation to COVID-19.

We have very recently received the University response to our open letters and to our Disabled Part Time Officers report. We will use the next few days to review this information and decide next steps.

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To reflect your feedback, we have written a second open letter to the University Executive Board, to ask them to reconsider the existing measures in place.

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Here is your next round up of what RUSU has been doing to make sure your voice is heard. We want to thank anyone for sharing their constructive feedback with us, it is really helpful so please keep it coming

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To ensure you are kept in the loop with how RUSU is representing your voice, here is an update into what we have raised with the University. We are meeting with the Major Incident Team at the University on a regular basis so will aim to update you at least once a week on what we have been doing.

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The five Full-time Officers sent an open letter to the university and explain their next steps.

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Your five Full-time Officers explain what they will be doing going forward after the student call for action over summer exams.

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RUSU have been working closely with the University to ensure a fair and supportive outcome for all students during the exams.

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In light of the current situation, the RUSU Events team are working hard to find a way to give you all the end of academic year events that you deserve. All event activity and gatherings on campus have been cancelled until the end of June 2020. This has come after dialogue with the University of Reading and is in line with other Universities across the UK.

We are exploring new and exciting options to make up for the delay to Grad Ball and Summer Ball, formerly due to take place in May and June respectively. We will keep you all updated with our plans in the coming months and promise to deliver alternative celebrations when it is safe to do so.

RUSU is continuing to work with the University to support students and staff throughout this difficult time. See below updates from RUSU departments:

Events & Venues

All cancelled event tickets are in the process of being refunded and #PLUR4 has been postponed. The events team are in the process of developing some ‘online events’, including a virtual quiz night and acoustic night.

Student Activities

The student activities team are working out how to deliver committee training online—relevant students will be contacted about this directly. We have set up a new community Facebook group for all students and staff to join; it is a space to share ideas and tips, for clubs and societies to post any updates, and for everyone to come together and support each other during this uncertain time.

Advice

The advice team are continuing to offer support for students with academic, housing or money issues. If you feel you need support, in the first instance contact them through the online form. Although they are not able to offer face to face advice, Advisors will be happy to provide support by email, phone or skype during usual office hours (10:00-17:00, Monday-Friday).

Representation

The representation team are still contactable digitally 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday. Officers will be campaigning to ensure students are supported with their wellbeing, have access to their studies and are assessed fairly throughout this time. Although the Teaching and Learning showcase has been postponed, we will still be sending out emails to Excellence Award nominees and winners to let them know they have been nominated or won, so watch this space!

If you are a course rep or senior rep, keep an eye out for direct emails from the representation team regarding online activities and training. If you have any queries relating to representation, please email academicreps@rusu.co.uk and we will endeavour to get back to you asap.

The Study will close at 14:00 on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is RUSU’s number one priority, therefore we have taken a number of measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in line with the University and government guidance.

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