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We know a big question on your mind is probably what will my uni experience be like? While there’s no getting around the fact that night clubs aren’t allowed to open yet, the Students’ Union are hard at work planning plenty of fun activities. 

During freshers’ fortnight, you’ll be able to get involved in a whole host of virtual activities which might include battle of the halls quizzes, live DJ streams or sing-a-long karaoke. And wherever it’s safe to do so, we’re planning physical events too – these could be crazy golf, sunset yoga or rowing down the Thames.

For both new and returning students, many of our societies will be carrying on as normal but with new safety measures in place. Sports will be more limited but we’re following the latest advice and will get everything going when we can. The gym and track will be open.

With the situation always changing, the best way to stay up to date with SU events is by following us on social media:

Instagram: @stmaryssu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stmarysstudentsunion

Twitter: @stmaryssu 

What's the situation with sports?

BUCS events won’t be happening this coming term. Because of the current guidelines, sports opportunities are going to be a bit limited for the time being. However, we’re planning other ways for you to keep active until the clubs can get back to normal. Inter-hall competitions and 5-a-side matches are just some of the ideas in the pipeline. Don’t forget, you can still use the gym with the new safety measures in place.

How are you making sure physical events are safe?

All our events will follow the latest government advice. Some might involve your residential bubble, where you don’t need to social distance. With mixed groups from different households, we’ll allow plenty of space between everyone.

These are just some of the steps St Mary's Students Union (SMSU) are taking to keep you safe:

  • Running virtual events in place of events where social distancing wouldn't be achievable
  • Providing hand sanitiser at physical events whenever you need it, and encouraging everyone to sanitise upon entry
  • Setting up one-way systems at all physical events to avoid congestion and ensure that you can always physically distance
  • Only working with trusted third parties for off campus physical events, and ensuring that those vendors are matching our standards of hygiene and care at all times
  • Limiting capacity at physical outdoor events on campus when this is necessary.

How can I get involved if I'm not living in halls?

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our commuting students! Most of our events will be online so everyone can get involved. Many of our physical events will be available to students who aren’t part of a residential bubble too – they will be outside with plenty of space to allow for social distancing. Check our social media for the latest updates.

What's happening to other services, like academic advice?

We’re still here. In fact, with lots of online appointments available, there could be even more availability of student services across the University than before. Many services will be available as drop-ins and online. We’re also putting on extra sessions like live Q&As.