CUSU and the Graduate Union had been working hard to ensure that students have clear information about contingency planning and preparations for coronavirus and this work has transferred to Cambridge SU as an ongoing concern. The University has established a COVID-19 Management Group to coordinate their response, which some of the sabbatical officer team sit on and will be attending meetings of in the coming days and weeks. This webpage will be updated regularly to provide students with information and sign-post to other sources of support.
Welfare & Practical Support
Cambridge SU has set up an online note-sharing drive for students; this was initially set up as a strike support mechanism but we think it will be useful in light of the Covid-19 situation as well.
If you have notes from previous years that you’re willing to share with other students, whether that’s from lectures cancelled due to strikes or on texts that may become difficult to obtain if the University closes, please add them to the drive. To be added to the drive, whether to add notes or to access them, just submit your email through this form.
For those who can access online resources, the following sites provide access to millions of books and research papers:
Mutual aid groups are being set up in communities across the country to coordinate care efforts for people who are self isolating, especially if they are part of a more at risk demographic including the elderly, disabled and people with other pre-existing health issues, or people with mental health issues for whom isolation is very difficult.
Queercare are also offering community support to those in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to give your support and get involved. Share the link to this form with those you know who will need support and if you are in need of support fill it out yourself too. Queercare have also released important information about how to minimise infection while doing this work supporting vulnerable people, which can be found on their website.
SWARM Collective has also started a hardship fund for UK sex workers in financial crisis due to COVID-19. Please donate if you can.
student advice service
The Student Advice Service will be conducting appointments with students by telephone or Skype, and phone. Email email@example.com if you have any questions or need help.
The Student Advice Service have created an interactive Circle of Support which contains links to information about supporting your mental health and what support services may be available for you to access.
Please ensure you are taking time to take care of yourself mentally at this time, tuning out of media if necessary, and keeping yourself entertained. There are also a number of out of hours support options available for you to reach out to if you need help as well as;
Cambridge SU will continue to provide regular updates on any new changes introduced by the University and Colleges as a result of the impact covid-19 had on students. You may also wish to explore