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Coronavirus Update

Join the Reading University Students' Union Community Facebook group. This group is a space for the RUSU community to share ideas, tips, updates and information during these uncertain times. We want to make sure there’s a place for us all to all come together and support each other, and just have a bit of fun.


The RUSU COVID-19 Hub

We now have a main hub page for RUSU as a digital student union during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please visit the COVID-19 page for all the latest information about the Coronavirus and its' impact on students and RUSU.


Updates

25th March - 2020 Grad Ball and Summer Ball Postponed

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.

24th March

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 (10-5, Monday-Friday).

Representation

The representation team are still contactable digitally 9-5 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.

19th March

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

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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.

Advice & Representation

We are committed to providing advice to students and will continue to do so. If you require help from RUSU’s Advice service, your first point of contact should be RUSU.co.uk/advice/get-advice. All enquiries will be forwarded to Advisers, who will be in contact as soon as possible.

We will be cancelling the RUSU Teaching and Learning Showcase on Wednesday 29th April in 3sixty. We will plan to reschedule it for another time in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please email h.smithson@reading.ac.uk.

Events & Venues

All ticketed RUSU Events (including Union Nights) are cancelled for the remainder of this term. Any tickets that have been purchased will be refunded over the coming days.

Events planned for next term will be reviewed as more information becomes available and as the anticipated length of the current situation becomes more apparent.

We have planned to postpone Summer Ball 2020 ticket sales until after the Easter break. At this point, Summer Ball 2020 is not cancelled. We will be reviewing this over the coming weeks in order to make decisions as to whether our events next term can go ahead.

From 17th March at 18:00 to the 20th April all venues and outlets will be closed.

Student Activities

The Society and Media Awards Ball and the Sports and Dance Awards Ball have been cancelled; however, we still want nominations. We want students to still be recognised for their hard work, so we will have panels in place to decide winners.

Varsity has been postponed and BUCS fixtures have all been cancelled until 1st April. All sports training, societies weekly sessions will be cancelled following recent communications from the University. You will be contacted via email in due course if this affects you directly.


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 the Essentials page.

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