Your St Mary's is a source of practical information about St Mary's University for the local community, residents and organisations in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
During the nine decades St Mary's has been based at Strawberry Hill, its contributions to the local community have been numerous, including education, employment, training and community-focused events. Working closely with local residents and organisations, we intend to continue enriching the local community for years to come.
The Your St Mary's pages are intended to keep you informed about St Mary's events and issues that affect you. You can also discover how you can benefit from having a first rate university on your doorstep, and we look forward to welcoming you to St Mary's.
The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has brought challenges to the way institutions everywhere operate. St Mary’s is committed to making its campus as safe as possible to ensure that both the University community and our neighbouring local community are kept as safe as possible, whilst national social distancing measures remain in place.
St Mary’s has developed one-way systems to manage the flow of foot traffic around campus, repurposed spaces to develop socially distanced hospitality and study hubs, installed screens and sanitizers across campus, and changed the layout of classrooms to make them Covid-Secure learning spaces.
The University has also recently launched a new Stay Safe at St Mary’s campaign to remind staff, students and visitors about the actions and behaviour required both on and off campus to stop the spread of COVID-19.
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and students and to minimise the number of students on campus at one time, St Mary’s committed early in the summer to take a blended approach to learning, teaching in person where it is safe to do so and online where social distancing can’t be maintained.
The Students’ Union meanwhile have arranged an exciting range of welcome activities, 80% of which are online, to ensure students have a great start to their university experience. Events include online DJ Sets, Netflix Parties, online quizzes, talks and lectures on social issues, and a virtual Freshers’ Fair, amongst much more.
Travelling to campus has also been made easier for students, with the University making more pay as you go parking and bike storage available across the University estate.
In line with government guidance, students, staff and visitors to campus will be required to wear face coverings in the follow settings:
- The Library and Social Learning Space
- The Commuter Lounge
- In any University retail or food outlets
- Places of Worship
- To attend a production in the Theatre
- Our community hub, The Exchange (except in teaching spaces)
The University is also providing every student and member of staff with two washable cotton face coverings at the start of term to help them stay safe and adhere to government guidance.
To find out more about St Mary’s plans for campus operations, please visit our Stay Safe at St Mary’s website.