Creative Arts COVID-19 advice
Last updated 12:48, 03 April 2020
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this difficult time.
Our teaching is now taking place online and the tutors, technical and administration staff are all working to make this experience an effective and rewarding one in the current circumstances.
In addition, please see below a list of measures taken by the School of Creative Arts. We will aim to update this page on a regular basis.
- The Art & Design Building, Todd Building, The Film Music and Media building, and Mercer Building, the Art Shop and all workshops are closed and will not re-open until we are advised it is safe to do so by the Government and University.
- The Loan Store is closed and returns are no longer being accepted. All Loan Store bookings have now been cancelled. If you have items on loan please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The student office is closed, but staff are working from home and can answer queries and accept forms on email@example.com
- All Academic Writing Support sessions will now be offered via alternative means. If you would like to utilise this support please email Vicky Whittall (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have questions about your assignments and assessments, please contact your Programme Leader to get the latest information on their plans and arrangements for your study and assessment.
Please keep a regular eye on your emails and Canvas announcements, as well as this page and the University’s website.
We thank you for your commitment to your studies and working with us during this difficult time. All colleagues are dedicated to making this experience the best that we can for all our students. This is an unprecedented situation and we appreciate your patience and understanding.
For further information about where to go for help please see the University’s Covid-19 advice page.
There are a bunch of resources available online to help you not only succeed in your studies whilst you work from a distance, but also to protect your own wellbeing. Below is a non-exhaustive list you can refer to. Whilst many of the services listed are provided by UH, we do not control or necessarily endorse any of the external sites listed below but we hope they might be of help.
The University’s Online Library has been expanded and access made easier. Just log into StudyNet and click “Online Library”
Your local library service may have access to online materials for you. Hertfordshire Libraries gives free access to library card holders to:
- Borrow Box (ebooks and audiobooks) – www.borrowbox.com
- RBD Digital (magazines) – https://hertfordshire.rbdigitalglobal.com/
Both are available as Android, Kindle or iOS apps.
If you don’t live in Hertfordshire, check online what resources your local authority offers.
The University have a number of different departments running social-distancing friendly events to support your mental, physical and social wellbeing. Offerings are being updated regularly so look out for updates from:
- Student Wellbeing (@WellbeingSvcs)
- Hertfordshire Students’ Union (@HertsSU)
- Self-Isolation/Campus Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/herts.self.isolation)
- University Chaplain (@UHchaplain)
- Herts Sports Village (@HertsSV)
- HertSquad (@HertSquad)
- Performance Hertfordshire (@PerformHerts)
The university has an institutional license for Fika, a mental fitness app to help you manage and train your mental health. This app is a great resource, and has been updated with tools specifically to aid you during the Covid-19 isolation period. You can download Fika on Android and iOS devices. As a UH student you get unlimited free access, simply register on the app with your @herts.ac.uk username. You can find out more here: https://www.fika.community/
Externally, support is being offered by many organisations including, but not limited to:
- AnxietyUK (@AnxietyUK)
- Student Minds (https://www.studentminds.org.uk/)
- Mind (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/)
- No Panic (https://nopanic.org.uk/resources/)
- Mental Health Foundation (https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak)
- Young Minds (https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR0nhFp_P70YYZd1CJF1T_D_thEY9tZzDzzR8P7iu6gbbVVZ_LTu6x0UL8U)
- Peloton – Free digital fitness classes and coaching for 90 days (https://www.onepeloton.com/digital/checkout/digital-90d)
- Joe Wicks “The Body Coach” – Free live and recorded home workouts to keep you active (https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1)
In addition to the software provided by UH (eg. Office365) some software developers recognise that this is a difficult time for students and have offered their programmes for free for a limited time, including:
- Adobe Creative Cloud – Including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, PremierPro and Dreamweaver (https://helpx.adobe.com/enterprise/kb/covid-19-education-labs.html)
- Avid – Including Media Composer, Pro Tools and Sibelius (https://www.avid.com/covid-19)
Video Streaming Services
Don’t forget, as a student of UH you have access to the following video streaming services for free:
- LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) for online video tutorials and classes in various skills (go.herts.ac.uk/LiL)
- Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – Record and stream programmes from any Freeview channel. Everything recorded by any user is stored for you to watch. (www.bobnational.net)
- Mubi – Stream 30 curated movies each month (www.mubi.com)
Additionally, while theatre's and other live venues are closed, many are hosting recordings of their productions online to be viewed for free, including:
- National Theatre At Home - Watch a free recording of a National Theatre production. A different play streamed at 7pm every Thursday, and available for 1 week. (www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home)
- Marquee TV - 30 days free streaming of Dance, Opera and Theatre productions from world-famous organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Opera House, Bolshoi, and many more. (www.marquee.tv)
Don't forget, even though many parts of campus are closed, University staff are still working hard to support you. So please, don't hesitate to contact your tutors, or any other member of staff, if you need help.