We’re sure you’re all feeling a mixture of emotions about the outbreak of Coronavirus and how it will affect your studies and the community. Here is everything we know about what the University is doing to ensure your safety and what you can expect during this time. Looking for the University's statement? Find it on the student hub.
Friday 24th April (Update)
Over the last two weeks, your current and incoming student officers (President, Vice President, Undergraduate Academic Rep, Postgraduate Academic Rep) have been in virtual meetings representing you during this lockdown. We were aware that the University was working on their policies, but after receiving a petition from our ‘Lions and Lionesses’ we have been actively engaging with the University to ensure that your views were considered in the development of a Safety Net policy for exams and assessments affected by COVID-19.
It was important to us, that your Students’ Union reflected on your voice in our discussion with the University, to make sure all students were supported throughout this period and to ensure that you achieve a degree you are proud of and that you have worked hard for. We are extremely happy with the announced plans to implement a Safety Net policy that was passed by the Academic Board on Wednesday (23/04/2020). As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has adopted a revised approach to delivery and assessment to ensure that students are still able to successfully complete the current year of their programmes.
We’ve broken down what it means for you, and answered any questions we think you might have which can be found here.
Graduation - On Friday the University released an update to students on their plans for Graduation 2020. We are still working closely with the University to ensure the best possible solution for all graduating students. The University announcement can be found here.
Friday 17th April (Update)
The UK lockdown has now been extended by a further three weeks with Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab highlighted that businesses will no be returning to work for the time being. Organisations across the country are now taking significant steps in response to the latest news following the Covid-19 pandemic. Following this news, we wanted to update you the actions of your SU. We are currently in consultation with the University regarding a safety net policy for students. We are currently reviewing the first draft and will be submitting our feedback to the University today (Friday 17th April) which will be voted on by members of the Academic Board next week. We understand that it is vital that academic standards are appropriately maintained in the current circumstances, to ensure that Harper Adams awards continue to be held in the highest regard by all stakeholders.
Your Students’ Union Director, Alastair Burr commented on the lockdown; “I am so proud of the work being delivered by our SU team – both permanent and our supporting student staff team over this difficult period. Everyone has worked extremely hard to adapt to COVID-19 and deliver the best student experience as possible in these unprecedented times. We are working closely with the university in response to all Covid-19 updates and ensuring that your voice is feedback to University management. This week we have been working hard to support and collaborate with the university on a safety net policy that fully supports students during this time.”
Furloughing SU Staff
The annual cost to run the SU is approximately £900K, of which £600k comes from our revenue-generating activities (such as the Union Bar and Balls) which have now stopped. Placing staff on furlough has allowed the Union to access key government support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - a temporary measure aimed at supporting organisations across the country that are now unable to generate revenue. This has allowed the organisation to support student staff who would have relied on wages from working in the SU Bar/Welly. Graduation
Many of you may be wondering about how Covid-19 might affect your graduation, but please note that we are working closely with the university with plans regarding graduation and the graduation party whilst assessing the Covid-19 pandemic. We will provide an update to all of you when we have more information.
Following the current restrictions that have been put in place by the government, the Harper Adams Summer Ball 2020 has been canceled. For more information please follow the link https://www.harpersu.com/news/article/harpersu/STATEMENT-SUMMER-BALL-2020/
We understand how hard this period of time may be some of our students, but we want you to remember that we are here to help. Please just reach out to a member of the team if you need any assistance via email@example.com
Stay at home, stay safe.
Wednesday 8th March (Update)
The University and Students' Union have co-written to local landlords and agencies to ask them for their assistance. The letter highlights the issues students are facing, including financial difficulties and the impact of COVID-19 on those of your relying on Easter work to help fund your accomodation. We have asked private landlords and letting acencies if they would consider flexible extensions of tenancies, no-penalty contract releases or a far and proportionate rent reduction or rent holiday. This is, of course, a matter for them to determine, but we hope that as many as possible will respond positively to our call for help for students living in the local community. For more details please check our accomodation update.
Tuesday 7th March (update)
The University and Students' Union have emailed all students in University accomodation regarding residential fees. If you are no longer in residence the final instalment of your residential fee will be wavied, with effect from 27th April 2020 to the end of the stipulated licence period. Those who paid for accomodation in full at the end of the start of the academic year will receive a refund for the element to the final instalment, amounting to 28% of the annual charger. For more details please check our accomodation update.
Friday 27th March (update)
The University campus is now closed to all students, staff and visitors. We will continue to talk to the University, and keep you updated with information as soon as we find out more.
Tuesday 17th March (update)
Following the update from the Government on Monday 16th March that additional social distancing measurers are to be introduced to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic – including a limitation on events and gatherings – the Students’ Union are postponing our remaining events programme.
Your health, safety and wellbeing are of upmost importance during this complex and ever-changing situation. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and understand this is a worrying time for the wider student and global community.
We have taken several decisions to protect all students and staff, in line with Harper Adams University. Harper Adams Students’ Union will be postponing all non- essential activity, with all HASU staff beginning to work remotely from tomorrow. See below for further details on how you may be affected by this and advisable next steps to take. Due to the fast-moving and evolving nature of the situation, further updates will be made as appropriate. Stay up to date by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or check your emails regularly for further updates from the University.
It is our legal duty as a Students’ Union to elect our student leaders each year, and as such we must continue with our annual elections. All students still have the right to vote for the candidates they believe best represent their views and will improve their student experience. Voting takes place online at www.harpersu.com/vote. View all candidates running and the manifestos from full-time candidates at www.harpersu/com/elections.
We understand that elections are an extremely important time for all candidates and your health is our top priority. We urge all candidates and campaigners to follow advice from Public Health England if you experience symptoms associated with the virus, and to continue campaigning via online platforms only.
All activities organised during the Election period have been cancelled, including physical voting stations and Results Night, and we will be announcing the winners here and on social media.
If you have any concerns or questions about elections, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Events/ SU Bar/ Welly
All HASU, Sports Clubs and Society events have been cancelled until further notice. If you have bought tickets to the next HASU SU Wednesday night, you will receive a refund within the next 14 working days. The HASU True Blue Awards will be postponed and, the winners will be announced here and on our social media if we can not hold the event in personal before the end of the academic year.
The SU Main Bar/ The Welly and extension will remain closed until further notice.
If you do not receive a refund within 14 days, please complete a refund form on our website, and one of the HASU staff will look into your refund. The refund form can be found here.
If you have any concerns or questions about upcoming events, contact us at email@example.com
Sports Clubs/ Societies/ Harper Fitness (Gym)
If you are leading a sports clubs or society, at Harper, please ensure you take appropriate measures to cancel or postpone upcoming events, including recurring weekly socials to avoid further spread of the virus. In a situation where you must carry out your activities, please explore different strategies to deploy face-to-face meetings into virtual events online.
As HASU’s offices are now closed, all financial processes for Student Groups will be moved online, and further details can be found at https://www.harpersu.com/CSFAQ/, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues.
Due to the latest advcie from the UK government, the Harper SU Gym will also remain closed until further notice.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding Student Groups, Societies or Student Communities, please email email@example.com
Student Services functions will continue to be delivered however, appointments will now be conducted over the telephone or via Skype. The team will contact individuals to arrange these. Students requiring new appointments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Student Services staff will continue to be staffed on a smaller scale during officer hours.
We will be working the university to mitigate any impact on the student experience whilst also ensuring that student wellbeing and the wider safety of our community is paramount. If you have any questions or concerns at all then please feel free to get in touch via email@example.com and please do check back regularly for further updates.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus infection, however mild, do not leave your home for 14 days from when your symptoms started. The University and the SU recommend that you self-isolate at your home address for your own comfort and to minimise risk to other students. To stop the spread of the virus, remember to: