ABOUT YOUR 

STUDENTS' UNION

We are an organisation run by students for students and our main purpose is to represent you! We work hard towards ensuring that all your needs are supported and your voice is heard at all levels across the University when key decisions are being made.

MEET YOUR

SABBATICAL OFFICERS

FAQ'S

Expectations for September and

what University life will be like?

When will I find out if I need to be on campus?


This information will come from the University, we have made our (The Union) stance on this matter clear, which is that we are not happy with how long it is taking for you to have an answer on whether your teaching will be delivered online or face to face. We will continue to challenge the University on this timeframe and push them to release more information on this sooner so you are able to plan for the next year.




I am worried I still haven't heard anything from the University or my Course Leader?


You will receive details on the 7th of August from the University that will explain if your course is changing. This could be that your course is transferring it's delivery to online, and so some modules may be adapted to ensure that they work for this method. This will give you some guidance on whether you will be online or a mix of online and face to face teaching on campus, but your timetable detailing what days you will be in won’t be published until September.




Will the libraries be open?


Currently the libraries won't be open in the first few weeks of term, this is to support more teaching opportunties on campus. This may change as teaching begins and we will keep you updated. If you feel you will struggle learning from home and need a place to study, get in touch with us and your course leader as we will look to see what provisions are in place to support you.




Do I need to plan to come back to London?


We understand that this is the number one question that you need to plan for at the moment. We would recommend that you don’t plan to move back to London (unless this is where you already live) until you have had confirmation from the University on whether you will be having teaching online or face to face. As we mentioned earlier we are challenging the University to give you these dates as soon as possible. We have worked with the University halls of Residences to ensure that contracts are flexible, and we would encourage you to delay starting contracts to housing until you have a better picture from the University on where you will be studying.




I am an international student do I need to plan for accommodation?


If you are studying a course which requires practical face to face learning you should expect and prepare to return to campus, if you’re unsure if your course has these elements you should contact your course leader urgently. If you are not receiving the answers you need contact the Students’ Union at su-info@westminster.ac.uk)




Do I need to plan to come back to London?


We understand that this is the number one question that you need to know in order to plan at the moment. We would recommend that you don’t plan to move back to London (unless this is where you already live) until you have had confirmation from the University on whether you will be having teaching online or face to face. As we mentioned earlier we are challenging the University to give you these dates as soon as possible. We have worked with the University halls of Residences to ensure that contracts are flexible, and we would encourage you to delay starting contracts to housing until you have a better picture from the University on where you will be studying.




I am an international student do I need to plan for accommodation?


If you are studying a course which requires practical face to face learning you should expect and prepare to return to campus, if you’re unsure if your course has these elements you should contact your course leader urgently. If you are not receiving the answers you need contact the Students’ Union at su-info@westminster.ac.uk




I don’t have internet and a laptop at home, will I be able to come on campus to work?


The University are prioritising teaching over study spaces on campus and as a Union we agree with that stance, as teaching needs to be the number one priority. However, this does not mean that students who will struggle to learn from home will be left to deal with this by themselves. We encourage all those who are worried about teaching online to contact us and their course leader, as we are speaking with the University on what support can be offered to these students so they are able to learn with their peers.




I am on a practical course and I can’t work from home?


Those studying practical courses will be given preference for onsite studying, however the full delivery of what that will be, will be communicated by the University. Once the University have spoken with you on what your course will look like in semester 1, you are always able to defer for a year if you feel that it could impact your experience. You can get in touch with us to support you on this or give you some more guidance. If you choose to continue your studies next year, we want to encourage you to use your voice and if you feel you are not getting what you deserve or expected, to make a complaint and get in touch with us or your course rep for more help and guidance.




I want to defer my year as I don’t feel I will get the most out of my University experience for the money, can I do this?


Once the University have communicated with you regarding what your teaching and learning will look like, if you still feel that your experience will be affected then you can choose to defer your year. This means that you pause your studies until next year when you restart, it will be at the same stage. You are 100% within your rights to do this as a student if you feel due to COVID that your teaching will be impacted. We can offer more support for those who are wishing to do this, so please get in touch. Please do remember that if you defer your studies then you are not entitled to Student Finance Funding during this time as you are not studying – if you receive payment during this time it will be counted as an over payment.




Is the Students Union open?


All services will be online, this include Advice appointments, student group engagement, student council, course rep training, FANS training.




How will I get in touch with you if not onsite?


We will have a small team of staff onsite for those who are on campus but we will be available on Instagram, Facebook and our chat function on our website. We will also be available via email on su.info@westminster.ac.uk so please get in touch if you need any help or support.




Will there be freshers fairs?


We will not be running onsite freshers’ fairs as it would not be possible to socially distance at these events and that would impact your experience. We will be running a range of Taster Sessions on our website so that you can try the student groups before you join.




Can I sit in a social space?


Canteens will not be serving in the normal service, however there will be options for grab and go food and hot and cold drinks but no seated areas.




Other Uni’s can have activities on their campus, why can’t we?


The University has priorities teaching and student support facilities, to ensure that the core of needs to be delivered can onsite. Due to this there are restrictions on what other activity can happen on campus due to social distancing guidelines and the University endeavouring to keeping the spaces safe.





We understand that things are uncertain at present and that can be confusing to understand, so we recommend that you stay up to date with the University COVID page to understand that different support and actions being taken to support you during your studies.

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