COVID-19 previous updates

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, May 29

As we continue to comply with Government guidance, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Start of term 2020/21
  • How your feedback is making a difference
  • Supporting your next steps
  • Student Stories: Arti Manani published a book!
  • Graduation update

Start of term 2020/21

Earlier this week, Vice-Chancellor Quintin McKellar wrote to you all with an update about our plans to start our new Academic year. Our intention is to open both our College Lane and de Havilland campuses in September with a COVID-19 secure learning environment.

We know many of you will have questions on how we are preparing for September as well as the measures we will take to ensure social distancing is followed. We have created a dedicated area on our website to help answer some of your questions. We will be adding lots more information in the coming weeks so please make sure you keep an eye on these pages and our regular emails.

How your feedback is making a difference

Since all teaching moved online in March, we have been making sure you all have access to the tools and resources you need to continue to succeed in your studies. Your feedback has been a vital part of this so thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us how you are getting on with your online studies. You can find out what we have introduced, the future improvements we will be making as well as comments about your own experiences over on our blog.

Supporting your next steps

Whether you are mid-way through your studies or graduating this year, there are so many ways Herts can support your next steps. From the Go Herts Award, skills to help build your CV to further study, there is lots on offer.

Student stories: Arti Manani published a book!

Now is a perfect time to start something new or complete any personal goals you may have, just like former English Language and Communication student Arti Manani. She has always wanted to publish her own novel and this year she has achieved her goal! Arti published ‘The Colours of Denial’ in March this year and we spoke to her about writing the book as well as her experience as a Herts student. Read Arti’s story

Graduation Update

Following our recent update about postponing the September Graduation Ceremonies, we can confirm that the University is planning on having a physical ceremony next year. While we cannot yet confirm the location, time or date, we are working hard on these details and will share with you all as soon as possible. We are incredibly proud of our Class of 2020 and the whole Herts community is looking forward to celebrating their achievements. Read our FAQs to find out more.

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, May 27

As we continue to comply with Government guidance, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • How to keep up to date with Herts news
  • Be prepared! IT maintenance weekends 30-31 May and 6-7 June
  • Adjusting to life in lockdown: Mitchelle’s guide to keeping busy
  • Student Stories: Sartaz Billing

How to keep up to date with Herts news

As the Government eases lockdown and we begin to plan our return to campus, we wanted to let you know the best way to keep up to date with developments at the University. Read our five top tips to help you stay in the know.

Be prepared! IT maintenance weekends 30-31 May and 6-7 June

Please plan ahead as some University systems will be temporarily unavailable while essential upgrades take place. Find out more

Adjusting to life in lockdown: Mitchelle’s guide to keeping busy

MEng Computer Science student Mitchelle shares her advice on how to keep yourself busy during Lockdown. Watch the video

Student Stories: Sartaz Billing wins an award!

It is really lovely to hear about all the activities you have been involved in and all of your achievements! Today we want to congratulate Law student, Sartaz Billing on his incredible achievement of winning the award for Best contribution by an individual in the LawWorks and Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards 2020. The awards celebrate the best pro bono activities undertaken by law students and the positive impact their actions have had on others. Well done Sartaz! Read Sartaz’s story

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, May 22

As we continue to comply with Government guidance, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page regularly at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Our plans to return to campus and keep you safe
  • An update on September 2020 Graduation ceremonies
  • Your Acts of Kindness
  • Two months of lockdown - what have we been doing?

Our plans to return to campus and keep you safe

Since we left campus in March, we’ve had regular meetings to consider what our return to campuses will involve. I am sharing a short video with you today, with updates on what this return will look like, and the social distancing and health and safety measures we are introducing. Watch the video here.

An update on September 2020 Graduation ceremonies

The University has made the difficult decision to postpone the September 2020 graduation ceremonies at St Albans Abbey. After reviewing Government guidance, we do not feel we can deliver the graduation experience our students deserve and have to put the wellbeing of you and your families first. If you were due to graduate this September, you should have received an email inviting you to take part in a survey that will help us shape a future ceremony. We are determined to ensure that this opportunity to celebrate is not lost. If you haven’t received this email, please get in contact with us to ensure you opportunity to input in not lost. Read our graduation FAQ’s to find out more

Your Acts of Kindness

As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to share with you the many Acts of Kindness that have been taking place across our Herts Community. From checking in with neighbours and shopping for family members, to sharing messages and compliments to give friends, family and colleagues a boost you have all being finding your own way to help others. It’s great to see the warm and friendly community spirit we all know and love at Herts is still thriving, even when we aren’t together on campus. Keep up the good work everyone! Read more about your Acts of Kindness

Two Months in Lockdown: What have we been doing?

Thursday 23 May marked two months since Herts went into lockdown.

During the first month of lockdown we accomplished so much as a community, and this has only grown stronger. Although It has been a difficult and challenging time, our staff, students and alumni have pulled together, and we couldn’t be prouder. Read more about what we have achieved.

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, May 20

As we continue to comply with Government guidance, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Mental health stories from our community
  • Can’t sleep? Here are some tips to help
  • Get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Student Stories: Alexa's 5 Tips for Staying Positive

Mental health stories from our community

1 in 4 people in the UK experience a problem with their mental health at some point during their lifetime, so if you are struggling remember you are not alone. There are many people who understand what you are going through and there are lots of people around to support you. Hear from our staff, students and alumni as they talk about their personal struggles and what has helped them in their challenge with mental health. Read their stories.

Can’t sleep? Here are some tips to help

Sleep is extremely important to our health. It allows our bodies and minds to repair themselves so that we are fully energised, and as healthy as we can be. A lack of sleep has been linked to both anxiety and depression meaning a good night’s rest can help avoid feeling low. If you are struggling to sleep, here are some tips to help you hit the pillow with ease.

Get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week

From enjoying physical exercise and volunteering, to simply talking to others, there are so many ways to support Mental Health Awareness Week. If you are stuck for ideas and need a bit of inspiration, we have gathered a few suggestions so you can get involved, help to spread awareness and support those who need our help. Find out how to get involved

Student Stories: Alexa's 5 Tips for Staying Positive

We can all get down from time to time, especially at the moment as we are all continuing to stay at home. To help boost your mood, Sports and Exercise Science student Alexa Lunario is sharing 5 tips that she uses to help keep positive during lockdown.

Discover more tips and advice from other students in our Adjusting to Life in Lockdown series over on. YouTube.

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, May 18

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Mental Health Awareness Week
  • Supporting your mental health
  • What’s on this week?
  • Show people you are there for them with acts of Kindness

Mental Health Awareness Week, 18 - 24 May

The University is committed to supporting staff and students with their mental health and wellbeing. Watch our video with messages of support from a few familiar faces around Herts. We will be sharing lots of resources and information with you this week, and you can find out more about the campaign from the Mental Health Foundation.

Find out more about the foundation

Supporting your mental health

During this time, it is really important that you reach out if you are struggling. While there are many ways you can try to help yourself e.g. through a good diet, enough sleep and exercise, there are often times when you can no longer help yourself and you need to seek help elsewhere. Make sure you take a moment to stop and reflect on how you are feeling. If you are feeling low, isolated, stressed or just want someone to chat to these are all valuable reasons to ask for help, so make sure you reach out. Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.

Find out what support is available.

What’s on this week?

  • Mental Health Drop In Session: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 1pm. Our Mental Health Advisers and Counsellors will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and give you some tips about looking after your mental health.
  • Marvel Virtual Quiz: Monday 18 May, 7pm. Test your Marvel Knowledge in our online pub quiz!
  • Yoga with Sarah: Wednesday 20 May, 11am. Get your virtual Wellbeing Wednesday fix with this free online yoga session focusing on kindness.
  • Mental Health Talk Show: Recorded earlier this year, Mental Health Advisor Robin Littlewood talks about mental health and how we can break down some of the stigma that surrounds this area.

Show people you are there for them with acts of kindness

As the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is Kindness, we want to stress how important it is that you support and take care of each other.  A little bit of kindness can really go a long way, so we are encouraging you this week to take part in some random acts of kindness - you really might make a difference to how someone is feeling.  See how you can be kind this week

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, May 15

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • A message from your Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience and Education
  • What’s on? Activities from the Herts Virtual Community
  • Supporting your mental health with Fika
  • #HertsHeroes: Our Student Ambassadors

A message from your Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr Mairi Watson

Joining us only a week ago, your new PVC for Education and Student Experience, Dr Mairi Watson introduces herself and has a few messages for our students.

What’s on? Activities from the Herts Virtual Community

Every week, the team behind your Herts Virtual Community Group are running a variety of online events for you to enjoy. From Yoga sessions to quizzes there is lots going on. To view the latest activities simply check out the events calendar within the group. Next week’s events are focused around mental health awareness so make sure you take a look at what's happening. Our favourites include the Meditation class on 18 May and Connecting to the Kindness within on 23 May. Visit the Facebook Group

Supporting your mental health with Fika

It’s a difficult time for us all, and an uncertain summer lies ahead. So we have teamed up with Fika, the mental fitness training app, to help you protect your own mental health. For full, free, access visit www.fika.community and sign up with your @herts.ac.uk username. (I.e. ab12cde@herts.ac.uk). Download the app

#HertsHeroes: Our Student Ambassadors

Our student ambassadors are a super friendly bunch and work very hard to support the University with events and other activities in many ways. During the pandemic, they have adapted to a lot of change incredibly well and we are so proud of their resilience and co-operation. Today we want to thank them for their commitment by celebrating them as our #HertsHeroes. We also have a special message for one of our Ambassadors, Godson Sado. Read about our Herts Heroes

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, May 13

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • 10 ways to keep motivated
  • Adjusting to life in lockdown: Annie’s 5 Tips
  • Unlock your creative potential
  • Bullet journaling my way through isolation
  • Can you get a new high score? Try our social distancing game

10 ways to keep motivated

Professor Richard Wiseman, Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology in our School of Life and Medical Sciences, shares his expertise on how to boost your motivation. This is coming from an expert psychologist so make the most of his top tips! Read Richard’s top tips

Adjusting to life in lockdown: Annie’s 5 Tips

Biomedical Science student, Annie Clarke, shares her advice on how to remain busy during Lockdown, including LinkedIn Learning, baking, and joining online courses.

Unlock your creative potential

If you are lacking motivation and you’re finding the lockdown draining and boring, why not try doing something creative? Herts Alumna, and Animator at TopLine Film, Dana Stoof, has developed some tricks and tips to help unlock your creative potential and try something new in this unusual time. Read Dana’s tips

Bullet journaling my way through isolation

Lucy Day, Alumnus and Social Media exec at Herts, shares how bullet journaling has helped her to plan better, be creative and keep herself busy during lockdown. She also has some top tips about starting (and maintaining) your own bullet journal! Get planning now

Can you get a new high score? Try our social distancing game

Professor Wiseman has teamed up with French video game developer Martin Jacob to create ‘Can You Save The World?’ - an online game that teaches the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featured on the BBC and other news outlets, the game challenges players to walk down a busy street and keep a safe distance from pedestrians, cyclists and people sneezing. While the game is fun, it also delivers an important message. Read more about the game or click here to play for free: Play Can You Save The World?

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, May 11

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page today, Wednesday and Friday this week at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Government update
  • Celebrating our Nursing community: Professor Natalie Pattison’s story
  • Celebrating our Nursing community: Lorraine Harrison’s story
  • How to celebrate International Nurses Day with us

Government update

Last night the Government updated us on their initial plans to ease the lockdown measures that are currently in place. We expect to receive more information about the Government’s roadmap this week and the Prime Minister is set to give a statement to Parliament at 3.30pm today, taking questions from the public in the evening.

We are reviewing the Government’s latest announcement and considering how and when we can safely bring our community back on to campus. This does involve a lot of work, and we are working with staff across the University and in Hertfordshire Students’ Union to make the best decisions for everyone. We are making progress and will be updating you all as soon as we can. I want to assure you that the safety of all our students, staff and wider University community is our highest priority and to thank you all for being so supportive of the University.

We encourage you all to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Study/work from home if you can
  • Keep going out for walks and exercise with your household, observing social distancing, so you can get some fresh air and take a break
  • Talk to your lecturers and tutors, and reach out to the Student Wellbeing team if you need any support

More advice from the Government is available on their website, and we will provide you with more information over the coming weeks, so please do keep engaging with these updates.

Celebrating our Nursing community: Professor Natalie Pattison’s story

As it is International Nurses Day tomorrow, we are sharing Professor Natalie Pattison’s story. She is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University and at the East & North Herts NHS Trust. Natalie has been involved in creating national guidance on critical care staffing and helped to establish a virtual recovery clinic for COVID-19 patients who have been discharged. Read Natalie’s story

Celebrating our Nursing community: Lorraine Harrison’s story

We also spoke to one of our final year BSc Children’s Nursing students, Lorraine Harrison, to find out more about her experience. As a mother of four, living nearly fifty miles away from the University has meant that the last three years have been tough. But Lorraine says she had a fantastic student experience and has achieved more than she ever hoped. Read Lorraine’s story

Celebrate International Day of the Nurse with us

We want you to help us celebrate the nursing community here at Herts. From our lecturers and our graduates, to those studying and on placement, the work they are doing is amazing. If either yourself, a family member, a friend or colleague have received care from one of our nurses, join us tomorrow on social media and say thank you. All you need is to wear something blue, write a thank you message on a piece of paper, hold it up and take a photo. Share it on our social media using #InternationalNursesDay and tag us @uniofHerts. We look forward to seeing your pictures.

COVID-19 Student Update - Thursday, May 7

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page today and again on Monday next week at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Hear from Julie Newlan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and International Development
  • Go Herts Award
  • Thinking about you career? Read about our Summer Employability Programme
  • #HertsHeroes Careers and Employment
  • Quiz Quintin
  • Serious Adverse Circumstances - an update

Go Herts Award

We know that so much has changed but just because everyone is at home, this doesn’t mean we can’t support you to still achieve a Go Herts Award. There are still loads of activities you can get involved with online, including LinkedIn Learning courses, that will contribute to you achieving your award! Read our blog to find out more about the Go Herts Award and how you can get involved!

Spring into Summer Employability Programme

Just because you are all staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t keep building on those important skills that really help you enhance your CV. Our Careers and Employment team has been working hard to ensure online tools and resources are available and have now launched their new Spring into Summer employability programme. From live Q&As with employers to tips and advice about applying for jobs there is so much on offer. Visit Career Hub for more.

Quiz Quintin

Your Student’s Union are giving you the opportunity to put your questions to the University’s Vice-Chancellor Quintin. As Vice-Chancellor, Quintin is the academic head and also Chief Executive of Herts – that means he is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of your University. So if you have a question for Quintin, be it about student life or your academic studies, you can submit them now by emailing the Student’s Union. Quintin will be answering your questions live on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 12 May at 4pm. Find out more

#HertsHeroes: Careers and Employment

Our Careers and Employment team have quickly adapted their entire service, immediately switching to remote working so not a day of appointments or events were missed, connecting students to essential services and resources to help them enter the professional world. They have also been working on a summer programme of activity for all students to both upskill them and help them to gain the Go Herts Award. We are so proud of their hard work during this crucial time and want to celebrate them as our Herts Heroes. Read more about their work.

Serious Adverse Circumstances - an update

We realise this is a difficult time for many of you and sometimes situations outside of your control make it difficult for you to focus on your exams and assessments. If this happens, you should make the University aware of your situation. You can submit a request for Serious Adverse Circumstances (SAC) which, if accepted, will allow a deferral of your assessment until the referred/deferred period later this year or until the following academic year. Please refer to the guidance on AskHerts.

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, May 4

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page today and Thursday this week at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Changes to your student administration service
  • International Day of the Midwife
  • And breathe...
  • Student stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown

Changes to your student administration service

There are some changes happening across the University and this might change the way you usually get support or information. Today Rida, President of your Students’ Union, is sharing how these changes will affect you. Read more over on our blog.

International Day of the Midwife

Tomorrow, Tuesday 5 May, is International Day of the Midwife, a day where we celebrate the amazing contribution midwives have made. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, midwives have continued to go above and beyond to support women and their new-borns, as well as each other. We are so very proud of the midwives at Herts, who are working extremely hard to provide care to families during this time. Read more about our Herts Midwives

And breathe…

Stress is a part of everyday life and it can be helpful in motivating us to do certain tasks and stay productive, but too much stress can have a negative impact on our health, so it is important to keep calm and try not to sweat the small stuff! We have put together some tips to help you change your mindset and relax as much as possible during this unsettling time. Read our tips to help manage stress now.

Student stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown

“During this time, it can be easy to get down in the dumps but it’s important to try and keep positive!” Hear from Sports and Exercise Science student Alexa Lunario about her top tips for staying positive during the lockdown. Watch Alexa's top tips

You can watch more of our videos on how our students are adjusting to the lockdown here.

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, May 1

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • A message from Matthew, your Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • #HertsHeroes: Hertfordshire Law Clinic
  • Student Stories: Sally Welton, student-teacher caring for key worker children
  • What’s on

A message from Matthew, your Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Watch today’s video message from Matthew.

#HertsHeroes: Hertfordshire Law Clinic

Today our Herts Heroes are all the members of staff and students who have been working in the Hertfordshire Law Clinic. Not only have they continued to support students and staff throughout this difficult time, they have also offered lots of advice to those beyond the  University campus. Read more about today’s Herts Heroes.

Student Stories: Sally Welton, student-teacher caring for key worker children

Sally Welton is a mature student at Herts currently studying a one-year School Direct (Salaried) course, as she pursues a career as a primary school teacher. With children of her own, Sally tells us how she has adapted to remote working and online learning while juggling family life during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read Sally’s story.

What’s on

  • Online Open Mic Night: Friday 1 May, 18:30. Join the Musical Theatre and Live Music Society as they take over the @HertsSU Instagram to host an online Open Mic Night
  • Pilates: Saturday 2 May, 09:30 and 10:05. A virtual session by Active Students to help you strengthen and tone your core muscles.
  • View the Tate Britain online: Located in London, Tate Britain have a number of exhibitions available to view online including Henry Moore and a Walk Through British Art.

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, April 29

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Get the facts, not the fiction
  • Poetry Month: How writing poetry can help your wellbeing
  • Student Stories: Adjusting to life in Lockdown
  • #HertsHeroes: Michele Charles

Get the facts, not the fiction

There are lots of concerns about COVID-19 which has led a lot of people to claim that you can prevent spreading or contracting the virus through various methods, the majority of which are false. We have checked out some of these false claims and created our own myth buster which you can read here.

Remember, to find out more about COVID-19 or if you have any concerns visit the NHS, Government or World Health Organisation websites.

Poetry Month: How writing poetry can help your wellbeing

While we are spending lots of time at home, it’s the perfect time to try out something new! So why not try your hand at some poetry?

Poetry is said to help you express yourself, let out your emotions in a healthy way and help you to relax. April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate we have asked English Language and Communication student, and winner of a commendation in the Magma Poetry Competition, Katie O’Pray about her experience of writing poetry.

Read more about Katie and her poetry

Student stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown

Emily's Lockdown Routine

More of you are sharing your stories with us about how you are coping and what you are doing to keep yourselves busy while we all continue to stay at home. You can view the full playlist of videos over on our YouTube. Today we are featuring Film and TV Production student, Emily, who sharing her daily routine during lockdown while she is living on campus. Watch Emily’s lockdown routine.

#HertsHeroes: Michele Charles

After retiring from the University last year, former Head of Department for Nursing Michele Charles, has now returned to the front line to help our NHS. Michele is working shifts and training nurses and finding time to offer her expertise as a visiting lecturer. Her contribution is saving lives and we could not be prouder. She is today’s Herts Hero and you can read more about her here.

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, April 27

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Student stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown
  • Student tips: keeping busy during lockdown
  • #HertsHeroes: Aramark, our catering provider
  • Are you sitting comfortably?

Student stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown

Today we have another video from our Student stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown series.

Charis’, who is studying Primary Education at Herts is sharing her top 10 tips to deal with lockdown and staying at home. She has some great and really easy to follow advice so be sure to give it a watch!

Student tips: keeping busy during lockdown

We asked you for your stories about what you have been getting up to over the past few weeks and it’s good to see so many of you are keeping busy and learning new things. We’ve turned your stories into a helpful list of activities so we can help others who might be struggling to keep themselves motivated and connected during this time. Read more on the blog

#HertsHeroes: Aramark, our catering supplier

As our catering provider at the University, Aramark are one of a number of areas still working on campus. For many of our students, campus is their home so Aramark are ensuring they can still shop for their essential items by keeping the campus shops open. Read on to find out more about why they are today’s Herts Heroes. Read more about today’s Herts Heroes

Are you sitting comfortably?

Since you’ve been studying from home, have you started to notice any aches, pains or discomfort maybe in your back, neck or shoulders? If yes, this could be a sign that your desk set up isn’t quite right and needs to change! You may even be sitting for too long. Reading our tips over on our blog to make sure you aren’t causing any unnecessary strain on your body. Read our tips on our blog

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, April 24

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • A message from your Student’s Union
  • Things to do this weekend
  • #HertsHeroes: Uno bus
  • Coping with mental health during COVID-19
  • Celebrating Ramadan

A message from your Students’ Union

We work closely with the Students’ Union to support you, especially in these unusual times. In the video Rida, Muhammad, Natasha, and Faith tell you what they have been up to, how to keep safe, entertained, and how they’ve continued to represent you!

Things to do this weekend

  • See the Starlink Satellites. Friday 24 April. If you haven't yet seen them, tonight brings another opportunity to see the Starlink satellites as they pass over the UK! Visit the Starlink website to check when they will be visible from your location.
  • Free colouring in designs from Crayola: if you love colouring in, then head over to the Crayola website to download and print some of their free designs. Our favourite is the ‘Stay at Home, Stay Creative design’.
  • SMASH Abs: Sunday 26 April 10:40. Blast your entire core muscles with this 30 minute workout from Active Students.
  • Creative Competitions: Your Students’ Union are running a series of creative competitions for you to get involved with. To take part, create and submit your own ‘Social Awareness’ video art, poetry or art by Sunday 26 April for your chance to an Amazon voucher. Good luck!

#HertsHeroes: Uno bus

Uno bus are one of the few teams still working on the frontline. They have been working extremely hard to keep students on campus and key workers connected for those essential journeys and have had to make lots of changes to their activities to keep everyone safe. It’s a challenging time for them and we are so grateful for their continued service. Give them a friendly wave if you see them when you’re out and show them some Herts Hero recognition! Read about our Herts Heroes

Coping with mental health during COVID-19

James Lindsay studied for his MSc in Marketing at Herts. Today he is sharing his own personal story about his mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has some advice on how to cope with daily life and says; “Just remember that virus or no virus, we are all going through a shared human experience.” Read James’ story

Celebrating Ramadan

Today marks the month of Ramadan which is a very important religious event for Muslims around the world. We know that it may be hard for lots of you who are unable to visit family, friends and go to your local mosque during this time, but we want to reassure you that we are here to support you and wish you Ramadan Mubarak. Find out more on our blog.

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, April 22

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

We will be updating this page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4pm.

In today’s update

Student Stories: Adjusting to life in lockdown

You have all been extremely resilient over the past few weeks and have been adjusting to this unusual way of living, working and studying. Some of you have created video diaries about how you have been getting on, some top tips for other students and even some recipes - which we could all learn from!

Today we hear from Jake who is sharing his tips for coping with self-isolation. Watch Jake’s video for tips on how to cope, what activities you could get involved with and how you can stay connected.

World Earth Day

As today is World Earth Day, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate all of the work that our staff and students are doing to help the planet:

Herts Heroes: Our Professional Administration staff

As it is Administrative Professionals Day, we want to show our gratitude to all Professional staff at the university and celebrate them as today’s Herts Heroes. They have all been busy supporting our staff and students throughout this pandemic and we are extremely proud of them! Read more about today's Herts Heroes on our blog.

Gardening without a garden

Don’t have a garden? No problem! You can still get all the amazing benefits of having a garden from inside your home! You might feel envious of those who have a garden during this time, but you don’t actually need one to do some planting and get fresh air! Here are some tips on how to do some ‘gardening’ without a garden

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, April 20

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

In today’s update:

  • Every Mind Matters during COVID-19
  • Create It + Share It with UH Arts
  • Herts Heroes: Library and Computing Services Support Team
  • Take part in a survey about your physical activity

Every Mind Matters during COVID-19

The NHS have introduced some new guidance to help you look after your mental health, especially as we all continue to stay at home. Good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. To support you in achieving this, you can now claim your own Get Your Mind Plan. Answer 5 quick questions and claim your free plan which provides tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control. Watch this short video to find out more or click the link below to take the quiz now to get your plan.

Create it + Share it with UHArts

Embrace your creativity and share your creations online with UH Arts Create It + Share It activities. UH Arts have teamed up with 10 artists to bring you’re a series of creative challenges, suitable for all ages, that you can enjoy while staying at home. As you complete each challenge, share your creations on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using #CreateItShareIt #UHArtsatHome.

Create It + Share It is just one of many online actives from UH Arts. Find out what else is on, including a virtual sculpture walk and online exhibitions on their website.

#HertsHeroes: The Library and Computing Service Support Team

The transition to remote working was a big task for us all. We all had to get used to new technologies as our usual day to day work and study suddenly became virtual. This was a huge team effort from right across the University, and one that wouldn’t haven’t been possible without the outstanding efforts of our Library and Computing Support Team. Read on to find out why they are todays Herts Heroes.

Survey about your physical activity

Are you keeping your spirits high during lockdown by being physically active? If so, Dr Katie Newby, Dr Terun Desai and Dr Lindsay Bottoms, from the School of Life and Medical Sciences, would like to invite you to take part in our research study investigating physical activity habits during the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Restrictions. Taking part involves initially completing a five minute survey followed by daily recording of activity taking just 1-2 mins. Find out more and take part

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, April 17

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

In today’s update:

  • Video message from your wellbeing team
  • We are here for you
  • Production of face shields for our NHS heroes
  • What’s on this weekend

Video message from your Wellbeing team

Hear from the Deputy Head of Student Wellbeing, Chaitanya Pankhania as she talks about the support available to you at Herts.

We are here for you

During this time, it’s important that you reach out if you are finding things hard. We all struggle from time to time and right now it’s important we recognise those feelings and speak up when we need support. You are not alone, we are all in this together so if you’re feeling low, stressed, anxious or if you just need to chat, we’ve created a list of contacts and resources to help you. Don’t stay quiet, speak up, help is available for each and everyone one of you.

Production of face shields for the NHS

Teams from our Schools of Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, Creative Arts and Life and Medical Sciences have joined forces on a project to produce face shields using 3D printers for NHS and social care workers.  The face shields have now been donated to the Hertfordshire County Council team coordinating the county-wide COVID-19 response effort and will be used by frontline staff to provide additional protection when treating COVID-19 patients by shielding them from splashes, coughs or sneezes. Read more

What’s on this weekend

  • Mobility Friday 17 April 19:00. Join Active Students for this mobility workshop helping to improve your balance, coordination, agility and functional strength.
  • One World: Together at Home. Saturday 18 April. Watch dozens of artists including Lady Gaga and Elton John perform for this global concert in aid of COVID-19. The concert will be available to stream on multiple platforms all over the world including You Tube, Amazon Prime, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  • SU Pub Quiz. Sunday 19 April 18:00. Your Students’ Union are back with their online pub quiz this Sunday. It free to take part and there are prizes up for grabs!

COVID-19 Student Update - Tuesday, April 14

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

In today’s update

  • Changes to our daily communication
  • Assessment and degree classification update
  • Getting enough Vitamin D
  • Important information for International Students
  • #HertsHeroes: The UH Venues team
  • Online activities this week

Changes to our daily communication

As we all continue to settle into our new way of studying and working, we are making changes to how often we send you these student updates. This means that from this week you will hear from us today and on Friday 17 April. Then from Monday 20 April, we will email you three times per week, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We know that everyone is receiving lots of emails, so we want to lighten the load a little. We are of course still to support you at any time should you need us.

Assessment and degree classification update

Many of you had questions about the ‘safety net’ policy for your assessments, grades and degree classification. We have now updated our guidance and FAQs on Ask Herts. Please take the time to read through this carefully and get in touch if you need more information.

Getting enough Vitamin D

A lack of Vitamin D can cause us to feel very tired, lack motivation and for some it can even cause mild depression. During a time when we might be spending lots of time inside, it is important to make sure that we are getting enough Vitamin D into our diet and getting outside when we can. Head over to our blog to find out how.

Important information for International Students

Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Universities, has issued a letter to all International Students studying in the UK. In her letter, she provides information about the steps that are being taken to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on your education, the additional support that is available to all students, as well as providing an overview of the latest relevant guidance and links to a set of resources for further information that may be of use. Read the full letter from Michelle Donelan, Minister of State for Universities.

#HertsHeroes: The UH Venues team

Today’s Herts Heroes are the UH Venues team. This team is usually supporting staff, students and local businesses with running successful events, but during the current crisis, the team have stepped up to help the local community. From donating equipment to working with the Salute the NHS initiative, they are making a difference and helping those who need it most. Read about what they have been doing.

Online activities this week

Stuck for ideas of what to do this week? Here are our top three picks of things to do. Enjoy!

COVID-19 Student Update - Thursday, April 9

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Easter opening times

Some of our staff will be taking a break for the Easter holidays however some of our student services including security and student support will remain available. Please visit Ask Herts for more information.

In today’s update:

  • Video update from Sharon Harrison-Barker
  • Easter opening times
  • To-do list: Keeping productive over Easter
  • Celebrating Easter from the comfort of your own home

To-do list: Keeping productive over Easter

It can be very easy to just sit in your loungewear, indulge yourself in chocolate and watch movies over Easter. And we highly recommend that you do that! But after a while, you may find yourself a bit restless and looking for something productive to do. So we’ve put together a helpful top 8 tips to keep you going over the next few days.

Read our top 8 tips for Easter
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Celebrating Easter from the comfort of your own home

Even though we might not be able to get out and about this Easter, there are lots of activities you can get involved in from the comfort of your home. We’ve put together a list of fun things to do if you’re on your own or you have a house full. From egg hunts and sports days to reflections and services with our Chaplaincy, there’s plenty to do.

Find out more on our blog

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, April 8

As we continue to comply with Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

In today’s update:

  • Helping the NHS with Hand sanitiser
  • Keeping safe online
  • Herts Heroes: International students
  • National Zoo Day: Virtual Zoo experiences

Helping the NHS with Hand sanitiser

A team of our technical staff has produced a batch of hand sanitiser to help NHS supplies. After using the formulation published on the World Health Organisation website, our teams began work and have now donated 35 litres to Hertfordshire County Council, with plans to make more! With this work, and the previous donations of vital equipment, the University is making a real difference and is helping to fight this pandemic.

Watch to see how we made the hand sanitiser.

Keeping safe online

Over the past week, two universities have been attacked by cyber-criminals, causing significant disruption to both students studying and staff working. It is therefore really important that we all take extra care when online, especially during the Easter break. You can help us avoid cyber attacks by following the below guidance.

  • Do not reply to an email requesting your University username and/or password. The University will never request your password details.
  • Be aware of suspicious emails and text messages. Do not reply to them, click links or open attachments. See our advice on how to spot them and what to do.
  • If you do respond to a fraudulent email, please contact the Helpdesk immediately on +44 (0)1707 284678 or helpdesk@herts.ac.uk
  • Make sure your personal devices are set up for automatic Windows updates and have up to date anti-virus protection.  See our guidance on dealing with Viruses on your PC.

Read more on Ask Herts

Herts Heroes: International students

We want to take a moment to reflect on how incredibly strong our students have been, particularly our international students. We are very proud of all of you. We know it must be incredibly challenging to be away from your families, but we are all here to support you and we truly appreciate how well you have been able to adapt to the changes the University has had to make. Thank you for being our #HertsHeroes. Read more about our International students.

National Zoo Day: Virtual Zoo experiences

Today is National Zoo day and we’re not going to let the restrictions stop us from celebrating! Although we can’t pay a physical visit to the zoo there are loads of ways that you can get involved virtually. So, if you’re an animal lover and you’re in desperate need of seeing a furry friend, here are some ways you can see these amazing animals and the conservation work zoos do from the comfort of your home! Check out these virtual zoos

COVID-19 Student Update - Tuesday, April 7

While we adjust to Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

In today’s update:

  • What’s happening online this week
  • Herts Heroes: Active Students
  • Netflix movies watchlist

What’s happening online this week?

There are lots of events happening online this week, so make sure you get involved! It is important to stay in contact with each other to stop you feeling disconnected, we have plenty on offer. From creative competitions and pub quizzes to Yoga sessions and Pilates - there is something for everyone. Find out more on our blog.

Herts Heroes: Active Students and HSV

Today’s shout-out goes to the team at the Sports Village and those delivering the Active Students programme. Despite social distancing, they have continued to support students with their physical and mental wellbeing by taking it all online. Their range of virtual sessions - from quizzes and coffee breaks, to Zumba and 1-2-1 coaching sessions - are helping students stay fit and connected.

Check our Active Students website, as well as the Dean of Students Facebook page or follow Active Students on Instagram for details of our study breaks and challenges!

Movies and TV Shows you can binge right now

Many of us could do with a bit of escapism right now and what better way to do that than watching some gripping movies and TV shows. Last week, we asked for your favourite things to watch and we’ve put all of your suggestions together into a list of the best movies and TV shows you should be streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the list - you guys have great taste!

http://blogs.herts.ac.uk/2020/04/what-to-stream-during-lockdown.html

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, April 6

Now that we have to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm

In today’s update

  • Easter opening times
  • Chaplaincy support
  • Help the NHS respond to coronavirus
  • #HertsHeroes - LTIC

Easter Opening Times

It’s the Easter bank holiday this weekend meaning some of your University services will be closed on Friday 10th and Monday 13th April. Over the bank holiday, our staff will be taking a break so if you do send them an email, please bear in mind it may take a little longer than normal to receive a reply. We encourage you to use this time to take a break as well. Find out more about our Easter opening times on Ask Herts.

Support from your Chaplaincy

Your Chaplaincy is now virtual and offering its services online and there are a number of ways you can connect and get involved:

  • Join us on Social Media. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three, make sure you give us a follow.
  • Drop us an email: We can offer lots of support by email including putting you in touch with Chaplains from other faiths and helping you find out about your local churches' online provision.
  • Virtual prayer. These take place every Tuesday at 13:15. Email us to sign up.
  • Give us a call. Even if it's just to say hi, we would love to hear from you +44 (0) 7702 442 696 (office hours).

There is also lots going on over on our new online community group which anyone can join on Facebook. Join and say hello. Find out more about the Chaplain on Ask.Herts.

Help the NHS respond to coronavirus

The NHS have launched a coronavirus status checker to help them understand how COVID-19 is affecting people. If you are self-isolating because you either have symptoms or because someone in your household has symptoms, answering these quick questions will help the NHS gather more information about the virus and plan their response to it.

Complete the NHS coronavirus status checker

#HertsHeroes - The Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre

It has been a huge task to move all of our learning and teaching online. At the centre of these changes are the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre, who have been working around the clock to make sure you have access to the best learning and teaching experience possible. They are today’s #HertsHeroes!

Read more about what they have been doing.

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, April 3

While we adjust to Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm

In today’s update:

  • Video update from your Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Private rented accommodation
  • COVID-19 Student Relief Fund update
  • #HertsHeros: Your Dean of Students Team
  • What’s on this weekend

Video update from your Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Matthew Weait (you can follow him on twitter @UniOfHertsDVC), has a few words to say to our students, updating us on the current COVID-19 developments and what we have achieved this week.

Private rented accommodation

If you are living in private rented accommodation, we have put together some information about your rights as a tenant and links to the advice and support that is available. You can find this information in a new ‘Private Rented Accommodation’ section of our student FAQs

COVID-19 Student Relief Fund update

Following a high number of applications to the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund, we have paused applications while we work through assessing and then granting funds to those in need as soon as possible. We hope to reopen the fund for a second round of applications shortly.

In the meantime, the University Financial Assistance Fund (UFAF) remains open for applications from eligible home students. Further information on Ask Herts

#HertsHeroes: Your Dean of Students Team

For those of you still on campus, it’s very likely you have had contact with the University’s Dean of Students Team over the past weeks as they provide you with support, comfort and security. They are all working super hard and we are really proud of their enormous strength, humour, humility and big hearts. They are our Herts Heroes, and we hope they are yours too. Read their story and discover why they are today’s Herts Heroes.

What's on this weekend

HSV @ home: Saturday and Sunday. Stuck for ideas for your daily exercise, check out HSV @ home for lots of training videos that you can do at home.

COVID-19 Student Update - Thursday, April 2

  • Mental health tip of the day
  • Online learning survey
  • #HertsHeroes: Dr Laura Abbott
  • Learn new skills: Free access to LinkedIn Learning

Mental health tip of the day

Get the facts

There is so much information surrounding about COVID-19 that it’s become hard to separate reputable news from rumours and gossip. A lot of the ‘fake news’ can make us feel unsettled resulting in unnecessary concern, worry or complacency. Whatever information you are reading, watching and sharing, get into the habit of checking its accuracy against a credible source that you can trust. GOV.UK and the NHS website are the best websites for fact-checking.

Online learning survey

To help us understand how you are getting on with online learning during COVID-19, we are inviting you to fill out a short survey. We want to make sure we are supporting you in the best possible way while you all study online and this survey will help us do just that. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us! Tell us how you’re getting on with online learning

#HertsHeroes: Dr Laura Abbott

Dr Laura Abbott is a senior midwifery lecturer in the University’s School of Health and Social Work and an expert in maternity care in English prisons. Today we are shining a light on Laura following her work to support the release of pregnant women from custody due to the coronavirus outbreak. Because of Laura’s work, pregnant women in custody who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public will be temporarily released from prison within days, protecting them and their unborn children from COVID-19. Prisoners in Mother and Baby Units meeting the same risk assessment will also be released with their children. Read more about Laura’s work.

Learn new skills: Free access to LinkedIn Learning

While you continue to study from home, don’t forget to make use of LinkedIn Learning. Free to all Herts students, LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform offering a huge variety of video courses covering every subject from business, technology to photography. It is delivered by experts making it a great resource that can really enhance your studies. Information about how to access LinkedIn learning is available on Ask Herts. Find out more on Ask Herts

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, April 1

As we are adjusting to the Government requirement to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Today’s update includes:

  • Home Office update for International Students
  • Look after your mental health with Fika
  • Hertfordshire Students’ Union activities
  • #HertsHeroes
  • Keeping the University estate working

Home Office update for International Students

The Home Office have issued a new update and guidance for International students studying in the UK. The new guidance includes information on Tier 4 student attendance and sponsorship. More information is available in our student FAQs on our website.

Look after your mental health with Fika

Fika is a mental fitness app for students, to help you manage and train your mental health. The app is full of resources and techniques to help you, including a brand new suite designed to support you during the Coronavirus isolation. The university has signed up to Fika for everyone, so all you need to do is register with your @herts username for unlimited free access.

Visit the Fika website to find out more and download the app.

Hertfordshire Students’ Union activities

Did you know, there are still a whole host of activities that you can take part in with your Students’ Union?

  • April Challenge - take on our daily challenges @HertsSU on Instagram
  • Netflix Parties - join us for movie night fun every Friday at 6pm
  • Pub quiz - get your team together and play for a prize on Sunday 5 April at 6pm
  • Yoga - relax and unwind with yoga teacher Sarah, live every Wednesday at 11am
  • Creative Competition - get inspired by nature and send us your artwork to win a prize

#HertsHeroes: Alex Kingstrom

Alex Kingstrom, a senior technical officer in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been volunteering and sharing his expertise at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Alex, who has been trained in chemical warfare decontamination whilst he served in the United States Air Force, has been asked to lead a programme at the hospital that effectively decontaminates personal protective equipment (PPE) for reuse. He is also creating an efficient process for charging specialist ‘tornado’ protective hoods.

Alex said: “It’s a difficult job, but I am honoured to do my bit. NHS staff have been fantastic during the pandemic, they’re truly a national treasure.”

Looking after our campuses

While lots of us are working from home, our Estates department have continued to work at the University, helping students and staff who remain on campus and preparing for a return to normal operations in the future. Find out how they are looking after our College Lane and de Havilland campuses.

COVID-19 Student Update - Tuesday, March 31

While we adjust to Government guidance to stay at home, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance and the support we offer to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Today’s update includes:

  • Can you lend a hand? Student volunteers wanted
  • Updated information for sandwich placement students
  • Assessment and degree classification update
  • Blog: It’s time for self-care

Student volunteers wanted

We know that many of you are looking for ways to make a difference and help those most in need. Hertfordshire Independent Living Services (HILS) is coordinating the county-wide provision of emergency food to the most vulnerable and is looking for volunteers to assist with food deliveries and support households over the telephone. Could you give your time to deliver food and provide reassurance to someone? Anyone who wants to get involved should email volunteers@hertsindependentliving.org

If you are working towards achieving a Go Herts Award, this is a great activity that will count towards your award application.

Updated Information for sandwich placement students

The Government has introduced a Furlough scheme to allow some employers to retain some employees while they are unable to work due to COVID-19. The scheme offers financial assistance to ensure they are being paid.

If you are on a placement (sandwich) that is facilitated by careers, you might have questions about what this means for you. We have updated our FAQs with a new section for students who are on placements.

Assessment and degree classification update

Given the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves, the University has decided to introduce a ‘safety net’ policy whereby your recent attainment will be taken into account in determining your Semester B performance.

This means that, providing you obtain a pass grade for your remaining Semester B modules, your grades will remain at least the same as the average you have achieved up to the end of Semester A. If you achieve a grade higher in your remaining assessments than this average, then your module grade will reflect this.

Please check our FAQs for more detailed information.

Blog: It's time for self-care

While we all adjust to staying at home, it’s important to take the time to invest in your wellbeing. Being at home can feel exhausting as the days roll into one, and it’s important to find ways to ensure the monotony and isolation doesn’t negatively affect your mental health. To make sure you are putting your health and wellbeing first, we have put together some activities for you to get involved in, help you to take your mind off things and relax.

Read the article here.

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, March 30

While the Government guidance to stay at home remains in place, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance and support on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

  • Important Assessment and Degree Classification update
  • Keeping connected to the local community
  • Looking after your mental health
  • Free legal advice
  • Library and Computing helpdesk support

Important Assessment and Degree Classification update

Many of you will be aware of "No detriment" campaigns being organised by students. Given the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves, the University has decided to introduce a ‘safety net’ policy whereby your recent attainment will be taken into account in determining your Semester B performance. You will have already undertaken many assessments and completed some modules that have measured your performance, both in Semester A and part way through Semester B.  We have decided to use this prior achievement as a benchmark against which to measure the remainder of your Semester B performance. To ensure that all of our students are treated fairly and equitably whilst retaining the integrity of the University of Hertfordshire award, it has been decided that:

  • As long as you obtain a pass grade in your remaining modules due to be completed at the end of Semester B, the grades awarded will remain the same as, or higher than, the average you have achieved up to the end of Semester A of the same academic year. If you achieve a grade higher than this average, then your module grade will reflect this.
  • Level 6 Bachelor’s and level 7 Integrated Master’s students: as long as you obtain a pass grade in your remaining modules due to be completed at the end of Semester B, your honours degree classification will be no lower than that calculated from your completed level 5 and 6 modules to date (or level 5, 6 and 7 modules in the case of Integrated Master’s students).

Please note that around 85% of the University’s undergraduate courses are subject to the requirements of a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body, and so the above policy may be subject to their approval or require modification. If this is the case, you will be communicated with separately by your School.

The University is guided by the following principles:

  • All students are treated fairly and equitably, whilst retaining the integrity of the University of Hertfordshire award;
  • Students performance will be based upon the evidence available to the Board;
  • Students completing their studies should not graduate with a degree classification lower than their current predicted classification;
  • The (revised) expectations of PSRBs should not be compromised.

Keeping connected to the local community

In these challenging times, it is easy to feel isolated and cut off from your community, especially now that it’s crucial we stay at home. Although we can’t be involved in our local communities the way we’re used to, there are still so many ways you can engage with your community online. Read our top tips over on our Community Blog.

Looking after your mental health

You may be feeling anxious and looking for ways to cope. Professor Richard Wiseman, Professor of Psychology at the University, advises that laughter can help in a crisis - and people shouldn’t feel guilty about it. Watching a funny TV programme can distract you from the situation and put you in a good mood. Read more in his interview with BBC News.

The Government has also launched some new online resources for anyone struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. Top tips include:

  • Maintaining contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media
  • Keeping a regular routine and sleeping pattern
  • Focusing on a hobby or learning something new.

There are also resources for parents and carers about how to support young people who are feeling stress during the pandemic.

LCS Helpdesk

LCS Helpdesk and support staff are working remotely to answer calls and respond to online queries and will no longer be available on campus. Please check the service status page at https://status.herts.ac.uk for the latest service hours and remember to check this page before calling the Helpdesk to report a problem as we may already be working on it. Don’t forget there is plenty of help about our IT services available online on Ask Herts.

Free legal advice

If you need legal advice as a result of, or during the pandemic, Hertfordshire Law Clinic is continuing to provide free advice for our students, with all appointments taking place via video conferencing. Advice is provided by Law School Student Advisers under the supervision of qualified lawyers.

From 1st April it will also be offering a free tenancy advice clinic for students to help navigate landlord and tenancy issues as a result of the pandemic. Hertfordshire Law Clinic also offers free legal advice to our students on the following issues:

  • Employment law
  • Family law
  • Intellectual property and commercial law

If you would like advice, please email probono@herts.ac.uk and they will respond within 24 hours.

You can find more information about the service here.

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, 27 March

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information during this fast-moving situation, we are updating this page every weekday at 4pm.

Today’s update includes:

  • Video message from our Vice-Chancellor, Quintin McKellar
  • Student Accommodation
  • International Student FAQs amendment
  • Helping our community - quote from David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council
  • Blog - keeping connected to local community
  • NHS symptom tracker

Student accommodation payments

We know that many of you have had questions about your accommodation for the final term. Over the past few weeks we have been reviewing our accommodation fees policy to ensure that we are effectively supporting our on-campus students. If you have chosen or have had to leave on-campus accommodation, you can now end your contract early and we will release you from the third and fourth term payments.  Any students wishing to do so must complete an Early Departure Notification via the accommodation portal by 3rd April 2020. Please look out for a separate email from the Accommodation Team this evening with more details outlining what to do next.

International FAQs amendment

We have made changes to our International Students FAQs. If you are a student studying with us from abroad, please check the FAQs to make sure you have the most up to date and accurate information.

Helping our community

Teams across the University have worked together to provide a donation of vital medical supplies to Hertfordshire County Council’s COVID-19 preparations. The donation of surgical gloves, masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be used by NHS and social care teams working on the front line to care for those most vulnerable. We have also donated an NHS standard ventilator and enough associated equipment to enable a hospital to treat a critical COVID-19 patient in an ICU bed.

The donation has been gratefully received with David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, commenting, "I just wanted to express our thanks for the support that you’ve (UH) given on manufacturing sanitiser, on making PPE equipment available and I understand that you found a ventilator as well so, on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council and Jim McManus the Director of Public Health, many thanks for all these actions.”

Blog - keeping connected to local community

We know studying in these circumstances isn’t always easy and can take some getting used to. Many students will have worries and concerns during this transition period and we want to reassure our student community that we are here to offer support. If you’d like to read about how other students are adapting, read Alice Okunowo’s experience.

Read our blog

Symptom tracker

If you are looking for ways to help the fight against the virus, University College London have created a COVID-19 tracking app which is free to download and will provide live data for researchers to track and mitigate against the transmission of COVID-19. It only takes a few minutes to add your details initially, then a few seconds each day to update. Find out more about how your data could help:

Download the app

COVID-19 Student Update - Thursday, March 26

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Today’s update includes:

  • Clap for our carers
  • Online resources
  • Update for International students
  • Reminder of reduction in facilities and services
  • Student experiences: send us your stories

Clap for our carers

To thank the NHS workers, which include many of our staff and student from the Health area, who are working tirelessly throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, people across the nation will be joining the #ClapForOurCarers campaign at 20:00 today (Thursday 26 March). Do join in with a big applause from your doorsteps, balconies, windows or gardens of your homes to say thank you for all of their hard work.

Online resources

We know this will be an extremely difficult time for many, and lots of you might be concerned about where you can find information to help you with your studies while you are not at university. We will make sure that you have all the support you need to complete your studies. Take a look at these online resources available for you to use from home.

Update for our International students

The Home Office has announced that you are in the UK and your leave expires between 24 Jan – 31 May, your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or self-isolation. If your visa is due to expire and you cannot leave the UK, please contact the University’s International Student Support team for advice: iss@herts.ac.uk.

Reminder of reduction in facilities and services

Our Student Centre remains open remotely. Please contact them via ask@herts.ac.uk if you need their advice or support. You may also be able to find the answers to your questions in our Student FAQs or at AskHerts. Thanks for your patience at this busy time.

Also check our Student FAQs for the latest update about the reduction in campus facilities and services in line with Government advice, including the reduced Uno bus timetable.

Student experiences: send us your stories

As we near the end of our first week of online learning, we’re really keen to hear how you are all settling into a new way of studying. We’d love to hear your experiences so far and also share any handy tips and advice with other students on our blog. It can be anything from your desk set up (include photos!), to the new tools you are using. If you have any advice or suggestions you want to share, get in contact with us at internalcomms@herts.ac.uk

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday, March 25

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and as connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Today’s update includes:

  • Stay at home: guidance for students in halls
  • Support for students
  • Staying safe online
  • LRC support – laptop loans
  • Call for NHS volunteers

Stay at home: guidance for students in halls

The Government is calling on everyone in the UK to stay at home. We want to remind all you that the new Government measures for people to avoid all non-essential travel includes students travelling to their family homes. Students who are currently in halls of residence have been advised and should stay there until the Government reviews these measures.

Wellbeing support

We know that many of you will be feeling anxious at this time and we want to reassure you that we are continuing to do everything we can to support you.

  • We have suspended the limited grounds on which you can submit serious adverse circumstances (SACs). If you are unable to complete or submit assessments you must complete a SACs form. See AskHerts for full details.
  • We encourage you to join our Facebook group for students who are self-isolating or feeling lonely on campus, which has helpful information on how to stay well.
  • Resident Assistance (RA) support is available for you if you are still on campus. We ask that you access support online through Zoom wherever possible. You can arrange an appointment by contacting security on 01707 281010.

Please also look out for updates from your Schools for details on how to access online learning support and any School specific support.

Staying safe online

Please stay safe online and be extra alert to fraudulent emails, spam and phishing attacks while you are studying from home. We have sophisticated email scanning

software to prevent false emails from getting through, but this is not always possible so we must all be extra vigilant. See our Student FAQs for our top tips to help you stay safe online.

LRC support - laptop loans

We understand that some of you do not have access to a PC while the LRCs are closed and we are making a number of Chromebooks available on a temporary basis. This loan will be against your library record until it is required back by the University. Please complete this online form to apply by 16:00 on Thursday 26th March. We will make contact on Thursday evening if you are allocated a Chromebook. If we are unable to supply a Chromebook to you we will direct you to hardship funds that might be able to help.

Your NHS needs you! Call for community volunteers

We’re all adapting to this temporary new way of life, and you may be wondering how you could help in your local community.

The NHS needs an 'army' of volunteers who can help it support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Volunteering would include tasks such as collecting shopping and prescriptions for vulnerable people, transporting equipment and supplies between NHS sites and even just checking in with isolated members of the community for a chat on the phone. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, log onto www.goodsamapp.org/nhs for further details and to join.

COVID-19 Student Update - Tuesday, March 24

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest Government, NHS and Public Health England guidance on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Today’s update includes:

  • SACs update
  • LRC closures and access to support
  • Hertfordshire Sports Village @ Home
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • Studying from home tips

Worried about deadlines? The University can help

We know that it is a challenging time for many of you, and you may be feeling anxious about your studies and upcoming assessments. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the grounds on which you may submit Serious Adverse Circumstances have been relaxed until further notice. If you have circumstances which mean you are unable to complete or submit assessments on time, please complete a SAC form. There is no need to obtain evidence - you can self-certify. See AskHerts for full details.

LRCs closure and access to support

Both College Lane and de Havilland LRCs will close and will not reopen for the foreseeable future. If you require urgent technical support or need to borrow a University laptop, please contact the helpdesk on helpdesk@herts.ac.uk. They may be able to help you or direct you to alternative support.

Hertfordshire Sports Village @ Home

HSV @ Home is a new online community where members will be able to interact with all your favourite Sports Village staff on a regular basis for one-to-ones, group chats and discussions.

Whether its daily exercises, programmes and reviews, mindfulness, tips or even brain training, we will give you all the support we can offer you through this difficult time.

The service is available for all students who remain living on campus while learning has moved online, as well as for student and staff members of Hertfordshire Sports Village.

Studying from home tips

It is so important to make sure you prioritise your health and wellbeing when studying from home, as long periods of solitary work and screen time may be overwhelming. We’ve put together some top tips to help you look after yourself while studying at home on the University blog.

University COVID-19 Relief Fund

Following the launch of the new COVID-19 Relief Fund yesterday, which made additional funds available for students who are facing exceptional financial hardship because of the impact of COVID-19, we are pleased to report that many of our University staff have donated to the fund to offer further financial support for our students through this difficult time. Please see our Student FAQs for further information about making an application.

Thank you

We are extremely proud of our University community. Our students, staff, alumni and partners have all shown tremendous support, patience and loyalty as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

The weeks ahead will be a challenge, but it is one we will take on together. If we all continue to take care of ourselves, each other and respect and follow the measures put in place by the Government, we can all be back together on campus soon.

COVID-19 Student Update - Tuesday, March 24 (Cont.)

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest government, NHS and Public Health England guidance on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March, the following decisions have been made by the University from Tuesday 24th March:

LRCs

Both College Lane and de Havilland LRCs will close and will not reopen for the foreseeable future. If you require urgent technical support, please contact the helpdesk on:

Email: helpdesk@herts.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)1707 284678

More information about our technical support is available on Ask Herts.

Student Centre

The Student Centre will close to face-to-face queries but will remain open to take phone calls and answer email enquiries. You can contact them on:

Email: ask@herts.ac.uk 

Phone: +44( 0)1707 28 4800

More information and answers to common questions is also available on Ask Herts.

Dean of Students office

The Dean of Students office will continue to provide support to students living on campus. You can contact them on:

Email: deanofstudents@herts.ac.uk

Other facilities and buildings update

The nursery remains open for the children of key workers only.

The academic buildings on de Havilland campus will be closed. The shop and residencies will remain open.

We know that these are challenging times for many of you and want to reassure you that we are still here to support you and are working hard to keep everyone as connected to the University as possible, while also following the Government’s guidance.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

FAQ's for staff

All staff FAQs and latest information is now available on HertsHub.

COVID-19 Student Update - Monday, March 23

As the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation, we want to keep you updated about how the University is responding to the latest government, NHS and Public Health England guidance on a daily basis to keep our community safe, supported and connected as possible throughout these challenging times. Please read this update for important information.

To keep you updated with key information, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

Today's update includes:

  • Social distancing guidance
  • Updated guidance for self-isolating in halls
  • UH Student COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • Facilities and buildings update

Social distancing guidance

It’s critical that everyone in our community practices social distancing to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

In addition to avoiding people who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, new Public Health advice includes:

  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using your phone, internet, and social media
  • Stay 2m apart from other people, such as when queuing in a supermarket or out for a walk
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
  • Work from home. From today all learning is moving online until after the Easter break. This means that we’re asking you not to attend sessions on campus and instead access your studies using our online learning platform Study Net/Canvas.

If you have an existing health condition that puts you particularly at-risk from COVID-19, please contact deanofstudents@herts.ac.uk so we can offer you further support.

Updated guidance for self-isolating in halls

Students in halls of residence who develop symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate in their current accommodation for 7 days. Please contact deanofstudents@herts.ac.ukto inform the University and we will support you with care packages through this period. If someone in your halls shows symptoms, contact the Dean of Students team for advice about household self-isolation. More information is in our Student FAQs.

Students who display symptoms or are part of a potentially infected group should only return home if they are able to do so without using public transport. Upon returning home, their household should begin a period of whole household isolation for 14 days.

UH Student COVID-19 Relief Fund

We have made additional funds available for some students who are facing exceptional financial hardship because of the impact of the virus. This UH Student COVID-19 Relief Fund is open to applications from all current registered students from Tuesday 24 March. Please see our Student FAQs for further information.

Buildings and facilities update

Following updated government advice, we are closing the remaining campus food outlets (Café Rore on College Lane and Café Ambition on de Havilland) from today. Our University Premier shops will remain open.

Many buildings on campus now have restricted access in line with social distancing advice. However, you can still arrange access to collect belongings and in exceptional circumstances. See our FAQs for details about accessing buildings.

Wellbeing support

Don’t forget you can access our Facebook group to share ideas for staying positive. The group is designed so everyone can remain social during self-isolation and social distancing and aims to create a community of students, who can share useful tips and ideas helpful while self-isolating.

Keep in touch

Don’t forget to follow the University’s official social media accounts to find out the latest news, updates, and tips!

COVID-19 Student Update - Friday, March 20

We know that these are challenging times for many of you and want to reassure you that we are still here to support you and are working hard to keep everyone as connected to the University as possible.

To keep you updated with key information in this fast-moving situation, we’re posting an update on our website every weekday at 4pm.

We are continuing to follow all new Government, NHS and Public Health England (PHE) advice closely to ensure the University remains as safe a place as possible to live, work, study and visit in these exceptional times.

Moving online

From Monday, 23 March all learning is moving online until after the Easter break, when we will look at the current situation. This means that we’re asking you not to attend sessions on campus, including lectures and seminars, and instead access your studies using our online learning platform Study Net/Canvas.

We’re pulling out all the stops across the University to make your online learning experience as fulfilling as possible. We’ve already recorded over 400 lectures in preparation for next week. Some of our students have even completed online assessed presentations – well done. Look out for specific instructions from your Programme.

Top Tips for online learning

And don’t forget to prepare for your online lectures and seminars! Read our Top 10 Tips for online learning

Facebook group

Don’t forget you can access our Facebook group to share ideas for staying positive. The group is designed so everyone can remain social even if they are self-isolating and aims to create a community of students who can share useful tips and ideas of any information which is helpful whilst self-isolating. This could be anything from hosting a Netflix Party to sharing ideas about how to keep healthy.

Operational updates

As we move online, we want you to be aware that we’re closing some of our buildings, including Art and Design, Todd and Law Court. Read the full list of building closures on our FAQs.

Nursery

The Government’s decision to close schools also affects our University nursery, which will close to most children from Monday, 23 March. The nursery team will contact you separately if this affects you.

COVID-19 Student Update - Thursday, March 19

We hope that everyone is alright and bearing up in these difficult circumstances. We know this is a very challenging time but we want to stress that we are doing everything we can to help everyone connected to the University as much as possible.

We understand the importance of keeping our students regularly updated with key information in this fast-moving situation. Every day we will be posting an update on our website at 4pm

We are continuing to follow all new Government, NHS and Public Health England (PHE) advice closely to ensure the University remains as safe a place as possible to live, work, study and visit in these exceptional times.

Dean of Students self-isolation/campus group on Facebook

Our new Facebook support group is now available and it’s great to see that so many of you have already joined it. Our Wellbeing team will provide support for students who are self-isolating or feeling lonely on campus, as well as ideas for activities, online games, and watch parties to stay connected and more!

Student finances - accommodation fees and hardship fund

All current students will continue to receive their maintenance payments from Student Finance England. The University remains operational, our accommodation remains open and you are able to continue with your studies, and access our support services, even if you decide to do this remotely. We therefore expect students to continue to meet their contractual obligations for their on-campus accommodation.

To help students who are facing financial difficulties in these exceptional times, Home/EU students may be able to access support through the University Financial Assistance Fund. We are also making additional funds available for all students, who meet the eligibility criteria and who are particularly impacted by the current situation, such as losing a part-time job or unable to work because they are unwell or self-isolating. Further details about how you can apply for this support will be released shortly.

Placement students - update

Students on industrial placements should be able to continue placement as normal, with working from home or other satisfactory arrangements with the employer in place.

If students have to leave a placement early due to the impact COVID-19 is having on the organisation or if you feel at risk and decide to leave voluntarily, Schools will implement alternative options or Serious Adverse Circumstances arrangements.

Health related Placements update

We continue to work closely with our health care providers, more detail will follow from your Programme teams shortly

Careers support

Careers and Employment support will continue to be available for students and recent graduates remotely as employers adapt to their recruitment processes. We continue to offer Skype and phone appointments as normal and are running more webinars. We have highlighted the most relevant materials in our online resources to reflect the current recruitment situation and will continue to update these.

Watch out for updates about upcoming virtual events, including the Graduate Fair and the Law Networking events.

We are also talking to employers to ensure we can facilitate graduate, placement and work experience opportunities using remote working. The Enterprise Team are also on hand to support any student and graduate businesses and freelancers.

National Student Survey (NSS)

If you haven’t completed the NSS, it is still open and your feedback matters to us.  Complete the survey here: https://www.thestudentsurvey.com/

Ethics approval

We have decided to withdraw all ethics approval for any data collection involving face-to-face contact with immediate effect and until further notice. This advice also applies to students collecting data from people under a class protocol. See our Student FAQs for further information.

Campus services and facilities update

Printing and binding services

Document Services’ printing and binding service on College Lane will be unavailable until further notice.  Document Services will continue answer queries and if you have an urgent request, please email reprographics@herts.ac.uk or projectprint@herts.ac.uk.

You can still print, copy and scan documents at any of the student printers across campus.  Find your nearest device at wayfinding.herts.ac.uk/

Science Building

The Science Building will close from Monday 23rd March but researchers will still be able to access the building by contacting security, following the guidance issued yesterday regarding access.

University Nursery

Following yesterday’s Government announcement, we will close our nursery setting from the evening of Friday 20th March. We will look to remain open for children of key workers who provide fundamental services and are working closely with the local authority to determine how this will work in practice. We understand that the closure of the nursery will impact some students and we will be in contact with parents once we have more detailed information.

Car parking

Due to the closure of the Park & Ride facility, we have allocated the following car parks as ‘free to park’ for all users until further notice:

  • College Lane Car Park E (behind the Art & Design)
  • De Havilland Car Park 2 (Law Court)
  • MacLaurin Main Car Park

Parking restrictions apply in all other car parks.

LRCs

The LRCs remain open but will be self-service only. Access is restricted to University of Hertfordshire staff and students.

Security

Our security teams are working hard to keep campus and our students and staff safe and secure during this difficult time. You can contact security 24/7 on 01707 284010 (Internal ext. 1010).

COVID-19 Student Update - Wednesday March 18

We understand the importance of keeping our students regularly updated with important information in this challenging and fast-moving situation. Every day we will be posting an update on our website at 16:00.

We are continuing to follow all new government, NHS and Public Health England (PHE) advice closely to ensure the University remains as safe a place as possible to live, work, study and visit in these exceptional times.

Support for placement students

We want to thank all our placement students for their dedication and professionalism over the last few weeks in such challenging times.

We are working closely with all our placement providers, particularly the NHS and regulators to confirm the position for our students currently on non-elective placements in healthcare settings and we will provide further updates and clarity as soon as possible.

Updated learning, teaching and assessment information

All semester A refer/defer examinations will be treated in the same way as the changes to Semester B examinations announced earlier this week.

Unless Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) prohibit it, all planned examinations will be converted to alternative forms of coursework assessments ensuring that the learning outcomes can still be assessed.  The coursework assessment deadline should be the same date of the refer/defer examination it is replacing, and coursework submissions will be set up on Canvas, where possible.

Where examinations or practical assessments cannot be converted to coursework, priority will be given to students who are due to complete their studies in July-Sep 2020.

All dissertation and project supervision should now take place remotely and students will be required to submit their work online by the agreed deadline. If students require access to specialist software or facilities in order to complete their project or dissertation, please contact the programme leader.

Projects and dissertations

All dissertation and project supervision should now take place remotely and you will submit your work online by the agreed deadline.

If you require access to specialist software or facilities in order to complete your project or dissertation, separate advice and guidance is being provided at a School/programme level as appropriate.

Facilities and services update

Due to the move to online learning, we are closing the Park and Ride from Thursday 19 March. The intercampus shuttle bus will no longer run however, students can get on any scheduled bus that goes between campuses for free on presentation of their ID card.

We will also be closing Meridian House, Bayfordbury Observatory from Thursday March 18. Students should work remotely or from alternative locations on campus. The Film, Music and Media building is now closed.

Dean of Students self-isolation/ campus group on Facebook

Our new Facebook support group is now available. For students who are self-isolating or feeling lonely on campus, this group will provide support from our Wellbeing team as well as ideas for activities, online games, and watch parties to stay connected and more.

COVID-19 Student Update - Tuesday March 17

We understand the importance of keeping our students regularly updated with important information in this challenging and fast-moving situation. Every day we will be posting a daily update on our website at 16:00.

Updated government advice about self-isolation and changes to facilities on campus

We are continuing to follow all new government, NHS and Public Health England (PHE) advice closely to ensure the University remains as safe a place as possible to live, work, study and visit in these exceptional times.

Following last night’s updated advice from Public Health England, we are now advising that students who live with others in a flat or residence where you or one of the people you share with have symptoms of COVID-19, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the residence for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the residence became ill.

Guidance for students living in student accommodation is as follows:

College Lane

  • Studio - only the resident needs to self-isolate
  • Townhouse - every member of the house
  • Standard/Premium/Enhanced/Telford - every member of the flat

De Havilland

Every member of the flat

Off campus

Students are advised to contact their landlord or estate agent for advice about their property.

You are still required to evacuate buildings for fire alarms, please ensure you are 2 metres from others at the assembly point and are the last to re-enter the building.

If you live alone and have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms started.

We also ask all students and staff to practice social distancing if they chose to remain on campus. Please follow the latest government guidance.

We have also made a number of decisions about on-campus facilities and services in light of the latest public health advice.

Food outlets on campus

Following government advice to avoid public gatherings in smaller public places, we are closing some of the food outlets on campus from Wednesday 18 March. One food outlet will remain open on each campus to ensure those remaining on campus have access to facilities. These outlets will be Café Rore on College Lane, and Café Ambition on de Havilland.

Our University Premier shops will remain open.

Sports facilities

We will also be closing Hertfordshire Sports Village, the Oval Gym and all associated outdoor sports spaces from 23:00 on Tuesday 17 March 2020. These facilities and all student HertsSquad Active Students, Campus Sport, Athletic Union and Performance Sport sessions, including fixtures, will cease until after the Easter break, when we will reassess based on the most up-to-date information. We will be sharing advice about keeping fit from home shortly.

Learning Resources Centres

Our LRCs will remain open for staff and students and will be self-service only.  We have restricted access to visitors to our LRC’s. Please see our FAQs for more details.

Student support services

Our student support services will continue to operate to support you through these difficult times. These include campus security, cleaning services and building maintenance.

Students can access support Wellbeing services at the University by completing the  online self-referral form.

Students can also access:

  1. one off same day appointment by emailing  deanofstudents@herts.ac.uk
  2. the  University’s Wellbeing services are available 24/7 by contacting security on 01707 281010. Our team will then arrange a secure connection for a video call to provide assistance and reassurance.
  3. A dedicated Facebook group to ensure impacted students remain connected to student support. We expect to be able to share details of this tomorrow.

COVID-19 Student Update – Monday March 16

We understand the importance of keeping our students regularly updated with important information in this challenging and fast-moving situation. From Monday 16 March, we will be posting a daily update on our website at 4pm.

Student Wellbeing during self-isolation

Following last week’s update that we have had one student test positive for COVID-19, we have been working closely with the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) to both support the affected student to ensure that the University remains as safe a place as possible to live, work, study and visit.

We are aware that a number of students are self-isolating in line with the latest Public Health England advice to stay at home if they have a recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature, and these students should remain in their home self-isolating. Please do not go to work, university, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. People who are self-isolating should not go for a walk.

For students in a flat or residence where someone is self-isolating, the current advice is that they themselves do not have to self-isolate unless they also have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.

How we can support you

The University would like to reassure anyone in our student community who is self-isolating that we will support them through this challenging time. We know it is difficult being ill whilst away from family or loved ones, and this week we will deliver a care package to students who are self-isolating with water, fresh linen, a kettle and some essential food provisions.

How to get in touch with us

Students can access support wellbeing services at the University by completing the on-line self-referral form.

Students can also access:

  1. one off same day appointment by emailing deanofstudents@herts.ac.uk
  2. the University’s Wellbeing services are available 24/7 by contacting security on 01707 281010. Our team will then arrange a secure connection for a video call to provide assistance and reassurance.

We are also setting up a Facebook group to ensure impacted students remain connected to the student support community. The new Facebook group will also enable students to ‘direct message’ the wellbeing team. More information will follow about this group tomorrow.

Wellbeing tools and advice

If you are feeling worried or anxious about being in self-isolation or about COVID-19 more generally there is useful mental health and wellbeing information available:

It is important that we all take every precaution to look after our health, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England. Over the coming weeks and months, it is likely that we will come into contact with people who then become ill or start self-isolating. Many people who chose to self-isolate may do so as a precaution while they have a normal seasonal cold or a cough. The key thing to remember is washing hands regularly is the single most important thing that an individual can do to protect themselves from this virus.

COVID-19 Student Update – Sunday March 15

We understand the importance of keeping our students regularly updated with important information in this challenging and fast-moving situation. From Monday 16 March, we will be posting a daily update on our website at 4pm.

Following our update on Friday regarding reading week and the move to online teaching, please find below some further important information.

Living Arrangements

We recognise that students have different living arrangements. For many, halls are their homes whilst at University, and for others it is their only home in the UK. Because of this we have no plans at present to require students to leave. However, if students would like to return home, we would understand that decision. When this means they cannot engage in their learning we will be very empathetic regarding Serious Adverse Circumstances (SAC’s) during this Semester B board process when that takes place and will ensure that no student is disadvantaged. For those staying, we are doing our very best to ensure the campus services remain open for them to use. The breadth of programmes taught at UH means a blanket message to all students that is individually relevant is difficult and if students have concerns relating to their individual circumstances, they should contact their School.

Employment

Many students will have part-time jobs. For those students employed by the University, any work that was planned we are honouring that contract, and part-time and casual workers will be paid. If students have external employers, they will need to have conversations with their line manager at their employer to understand any plans moving forward.

Exams

We understand the anxiety students will be experiencing about their exams, graduation and extensions. We have been very busy over the last few days consulting with colleagues and professional regulatory and statutory bodies to consider all eventualities and make alternative plans. I can now confirm the position of the University as agreed by the Vice Chancellor as Chair of the Academic Board.

The University has taken the decision to replace, where possible, all semester B examinations with alternative forms of coursework assessments to be submitted online. This may not be possible in all cases (for example practical examinations or where a professional body has stipulated that an invigilated, timed examination must take place). If this is the case, those students affected will receive specific additional guidance. You may for example, be required to take the examination at a later date or sit an online examination.

Alternative coursework assessments will be scheduled for submission according to your current exam timetable so you can prepare your time accordingly. The release date of the alternative coursework may vary from module to module, but the time required to prepare for and submit the assessment will be the same as would be expected for examination preparation and completion.

Please continue to check your Canvas module sites for information relating to assessments as specific guidance will be provided as soon as possible over the next few weeks.

If, for any reason you would be unable to submit assessments online (e.g. you don’t have internet access or a computer at home), please contact your programme leader as soon as you are able to do so, who may be able to arrange for an alternative form of submission (e.g. by post), otherwise you will be able to submit a serious adverse circumstances form (SAC, which will be treated empathetically.

We are committed to enabling those students completing their studies at the University this year to graduate on time, and the process we have put in place is designed to ensure this.

Similarly, the process is one that will help ensure progression to the next year of your studies, and that those who are studying with the aid of a visa do not face any unnecessary difficulties. We do need you to make every effort to get your assessments submitted by the deadline, though, for the process to work.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances the University will make every effort to ensure you are not disadvantaged by these alternative arrangements.

Coursework Extensions and SAC’s

In light of these exceptional circumstances, we fully acknowledge and are sympathetic to the challenges our students will face in completing work. We will release more information on this in the form of a FAQ as soon as possible.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Office have already begun the process of looking at every student, that is either part way through their study abroad placement or is about to start. Each circumstance is different, so students are asked to contact the Study Abroad office for advice regarding their particular case - they are ready to provide information and clarification.

Reading week (Monday 16 March - Friday 20 March)

Next week will be a reading week at the University, with no face-to-face teaching including lectures and seminars.

Online learning (23 March)

Starting Monday 23 March, the University will move to online learning for all students until after the Easter break, when we will reassess based on the most up-to-date information. We ask that students do not attend sessions on campus, including lectures and seminars, and instead access their studies using our online learning platform.

Events and open days

All non-essential events until the end of April are postponed or cancelled including our Open Day on Saturday 14 March and Offer Holder Day on 4 April. Those planning to attend either of those days can take a look at our virtual open day with 360 tours of the University, information videos on fees and finance, admissions and accommodation walkthrough.

Current health advice

In line with the advice from Public Health England, we urge any students, staff or visitors who are experiencing a high temperature or a new continuous cough to stay indoors and self-isolate for seven days from when your symptoms started.

To protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, remember to wash your hands thoroughly using lots of soap and hot water, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, use anti-bacterial gel or wipes, and avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illnesses.

We are continuing to monitor the situation regularly and share the latest information from Public Health England with our students and staff.

Further advice

Visit gov.uk for the latest advice and information.

This is not the first challenge we have faced as a University community, and there is no doubt that it will not be our last. In our long history we have seen various closures and crises and we have always worked together and supported each other through difficult times.