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A Message from your Officers - What we have been doing for you

Monday 30-03-2020 - 09:42

It's been a week now since the University campus closed, and we've had a busy week trying to make things better for you during this uncertain time. All University and Students' Union services are now running remotely, and the Students' Union has always been more than just a building; we're a community and more than ever we're here to help all of our students. 

We've been talking to the Vice-Chancellor and his senior team to share your questions and getting clarification on things for you. Things are changing very quickly at the moment, but stay in touch with us and we'll make sure we help where we can. You can find the latest University guidance on their website. Don't forget you can always submit a Big Idea if there's something you think should change on campus.

Teaching & Learning

Last week your Education Officer, Adesewa, was part of an emergency University committee looking at exams, placements, assignments and teaching provision. The wellbeing of students remains a top priority for us, and we're working with the University to make sure the next few months are as smooth as possible.

Here are some key updates from that meeting:

  • You should have received an email from your department explaining what provision is being made for exams and assessments, where possible you will have an alternative assessment during the exam period. You can find the University guidance online. 
  • If you're unable to complete your assessments then you may be eligible for an extension, or you can still submit for Extenuating Circumstances. If you're worried about this then you can get in touch with your Course Leader of Head of Department. Our free and confidential Advice Centre can explain and help you through this process.
  • If you're worried about access to resources, laptops or specialised software then please let us know. 
  • The library are offering one-to-one or small group (2-4 people) help on searching/referencing information, book an appointment through HudHelp.
  • If your exam is taking place online, then Adesewa has made sure you'll have at least 3 weeks notice, and pushed every school to hold mock exams so you can get used to doing them digitally.
  • Adetayo, your Equalities Officer, is talking to Disability Services to make sure that any agreed adjustments remain in place and that no student is disadvantaged during these unusual times. 

If you've got worries about any of this then you can get in touch with your school, your Academic Rep or drop Adesewa an email.


Lots of you are worried about accommodation and paying your rent, your Community Officer, Bethany, and President, Emmanuel, been in touch with all the halls providers to understand what support they're putting in place for students, and to talk to them about ending contracts early. Whether you've already left Huddersfield, or you're still in accommodation then HudLets is here to help you. You can find out latest FAQs online.

As well as this we've been talking to your NUS officers about what lobbying is taking place nationally.

Staying in Touch

We're all getting used to remote working, and are missing seeing each other in the office every day! Follow us on social media where Lucy, your Activities Officer, has been posting lots of fun things to do when you're stuck at home, we're holding a weekly quiz online and keeping you all up-to-date with the latest information. Follow us @HuddersfieldSU on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok

Stay safe, and stay in touch

Emmanuel, President, Adesewa, Education Officer, Lucy, Activities Officer, Bethany, Community Officer and Adetayo, Equalities Officer


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