Some of you have been unable to leave campus and are still living in University on-campus accommodation. The University, your department and Wellbeing Support Services are still here to support you, albeit from a distance. Here are some of the ways you can keep in touch, keep healthy and keep busy during this period of self-isolation.
If you're living on campus, you'll find a list of answers to some of the most common questions students still on campus have been asking. Topics include managing waste and cleaning, fire safety, and the postal service.
Practice social distancing if you’re staying on campus, by:
- Following the government’s advice on practicing social distancing
- Staying at home and in your room
- Not receiving visitors (even friends) into your home, not holding gatherings or parties
- If you’re being disturbed by other people living in accommodation, contact the Residential Life Team for help
Before setting out onto campus for essentials, please check the list below as opening times of services are subject to change:
- Rootes Grocery Store
- Student Post Room
- Student Services Reception Senate House
- SU Advice Centre (online)
- Wellbeing Support Services (online/phone)
- Shops and services at Cannon Park
- Amazon Lockers (in various locations around campus) are still open.
The Library, food and drink outlets, department buildings, study spaces in residences, and the Sports and Wellbeing Hub are now closed.
If you are feeling unwell, follow the Unviersity’s guidelines. If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay in your residence and do not leave for 14 days from when your symptoms started. If you are told by NHS 111 to self-isolate, you should report to the University's coronavirus helpline. Call 024 765 23111 from an external number, or 23111 from an internal number, to find out what to do next. Staff looking after the helpline will direct you to any wellbeing and support services you need, and report to the University so we can assess any actions we need to take. You also need to contact your department or personal tutor by email or phone to tell them you are absent.
In an emergency, please call the campus security team on 02476 522 222.
You can still access Wellbeing Support Services appointments via telephone and the team has shared some information on getting in touch, accessing support, managing anxiety and staying well when social distancing. There are Coronavirus wellbeing FAQs, too.
You can take virtual and online classes with the Wellbeing Support Services team. A 'Feeling good and functioning well' masterclass is accessible 24/7 and has really useful tips you can use to improve your own wellbeing. You can also sign up for online Specialist skills sessions such as ‘Sleep better’, ‘Boost your mood’ and ‘Getting things done’.
The SU Advice Centre is still operational online and can help with queries, and there is a SU Facebook community page. The SU has also shared a video with details of how to stay in touch and access services in Term 3.
Make sure to keep socialising with friends and family over phone and social media - why not try quizzes, a book club, video tours of your home-space or a virtual meal or cooking class?!
You can also keep up to date with our bloggers who are regularly sharing updates and great advice about these interesting times we find ourselves in!
Aside from studying (online assessments and research for intermediate and final year undergraduates and postgraduates OR the Warwick Online Learning Certificate for first year undergraduates), there are plenty of online activities from Warwick's student services providers. Following our social media accounts is a great way to stay up to date with what's happening, but here are a few ideas to keep you going:
Register now for Warwick Enterprise Summer Programme 2020: 10 weeks of live events, guest speakers, competitions and prize draws to help you tackle problems and unlock your innovative potential! You can also enrol on the team's free online course, the Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme, to get expert guidance in how to generate, pivot and execute new business ideas.
The Library is hosting a programme of events to help you take a break from your studies, have fun, improve your wellbeing, connect with others and get creative. Creative Chillout and Study Happy Active are now online on Fridays via Facebook. Check Twitter for details for the full programme of events. You can also practice mindfulness with guided exercises via Mindful Library and read new blog posts providing tips on working from home on the Library’s Study Blog.
Events for Postgraduates are also online. If you're struggling to concentrate, Tuesday 9:30 ‘Write Here, Write Now’ productivity sessions (based loosely on the Pomodoro technique) will help you focus on your writing. PG Tips runs virtually on Tuesdays at 3pm. Dial in with your own drink and biscuits to Research Refresh (Thursdays at 10.30am) and join the conversation. Check the website for details. And you can access support and advice from trained PG Mentors via our Online Mentoring Community.
Stuck indoors but want to do something to help others? Warwick Volunteers has put together a list of opportunities that you can get involved in from home, many of which you can join in with from anywhere in the world. If you’re living near campus or the surrounding areas you can find information about local opportunities to volunteer to support those affected by the Coronavirus.
The Global Connections Club is now online. The club is a great way to stay in touch and will feature a mixture of chat, activities and games with other students. The first event this term takes place Monday 27 April at 12:30. Find more details and booking information online.
It’s never been more important to stay fit and healthy. The Warwick Sport team has moved online online to help you get moving at home with daily FREE classes from our expert instructors through the Facebook page. You can also access online resources including video tutorials, tips and lists.
Why not get out and explore campus? We are advised to take one daily form of exercise, including walking, running, cycling or yoga. Why not try one of the walks around campus and the local area including through Tocil Woods, which currently plays host to hundreds of beautiful bluebells!