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This page has the latest information in regards to what is happening at your Students' Union during this period of Covid-19. This page will be updated whenever a new development has happened and will keep you up-to-date on everything that is going on. If you would like to get in contact with the Students' Union or any member of staff, please follow this link

 

[Update: 23rd April 2020]

Sabbatical Officer launches a new online petition for more support for students over 3rd Term Rent in Newcastle & London:
The following is a quote from the Sabbatical Officers in their petition: "Newcastle University students demand recognition, support, and representation from Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University and private accommodation providers in Newcastle and London in light of the many difficulties we are facing due to COVID-19. But more specifically, we demand support relating to the rent and financial hardship we are currently up against. Whilst we’re respectful that this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, there has been a disappointing and insufficient lack of representation from our city (Newcastle City Council) in representing its student constituents." You can view the petition here
 
 

[Update: 9th April 2020]

If you’re in University-owned/partnered accommodation, here’s some clarity on their repayment and fee waiving policies during term three:
We have compiled the latest information for students living at Unite, Abodus, Liberty Living & Downing students on how to be eligible for a fee waiver in term three and the steps in which to do so. We will also continue to lobby for terms and conditions to be as easy and fair for our students as possible, but please be patient with us on this and keep up to date on the appropriate accommodation provider websites. Read the article & see information here
 
 

[Update: 9th April 2020]

General Updates from your Sabbatical Officer Team
  • Your Sabbs are still awaiting the City Council response from their letter asking for Council support in lobbying local landlords to waive rent in term 3 for students who have moved out.
  • University partnered accommodation have agreed to waive rent for term 3 for students who have moved out.
  • Further updates on gym membership reimbursements will follow in coming weeks.
  • Friday will be the start of our student wins during covid-19, 'representation in isolation', so keep an eye out for those.
  • The University will be updating their FAQ's with more info on the Safety Net this coming Tuesday (14th April).
  • Baseline averages hope to be communicated by the end of April, your Sabbs will keep pushing on this.
  • An email for clarity to our Research Masters students will come from the University today (9th April). 

 

[Update: 8th April 2020]

'Safety Net’ policy for summer assessments secured by your Sabbatical Officer team.

The Students’ Union has been working hard to effectively represent your academic interests during this difficult time and is delighted to announce that we have secured a “safety net” policy with the University for both undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to help ensure that students graduate with the grade they deserve. The “safety net” policy, also known as a no-detriment policy, means that all second and third year undergraduates who pass their summer assessments will be able to retain their current average grade as a minimum. If students perform better than their current average then they will be able to use these improved grades. Read more.

 

[Update: 6th April 2020]

'Downing Students' & 'Abodus' accommodation providers agree to waive third term payments if tenants meet certain criteria.

Following lobbying from the Students’ Union after receiving student feedback, Downing Students and Abodus have agreed with the University to waive third term rent payments if tenants meet certain criteria. This has emerged following close cooperation between the University and the Union to ensure that Managed Partnership providers follow the example set by university-owned accommodation of releasing students from accommodation contracts early. The Union is liaising with both the University and the City Council to lobby private landlords to implement similar policies. Read more.

 

[Update: 3rd April 2020]

Proposal submitted by the Sabbatical Officer to University to take action to ensure a 'Safety Net’ of summer assessments.

As of 11 am on Wednesday, 1 April 2020 the ‘Newcastle University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments’ online petition reached over 6700 signatures (View Petition). We as your representatives wanted to provide reassurance that we have taken action on this and that this something that we are currently pursuing with the University. Our proposal for the safety net policy is being considered at the University’s Executive Board on the 2nd of April 2020, and we will all know the outcome of this next week. Read more.

 

[Update: 3rd April 2020]

SU Sabbatical Officer lobby private landlords to waive all 3rd term accommodation fees.

The University and many private accommodation providers have agreed not to take payments of 3rd term rent for students who have moved out of accommodation and to provide refunds to students who have paid in advance for those. However we’re aware that not all private providers have agreed to this and this is unfair as you are allocated accommodation by the University, so we as a Sabb team, alongside the University are lobbying hard for those providers to waive their 3rd term fees and are looking at alternative options should they refuse. Read more.

 

[Update: 1st April 2020]

Proposal submitted by the Sabbatical Officer to University to take action to ensure a 'Safety Net’ of summer assessments.

As of 11 am on Wednesday, 1 April 2020 the ‘Newcastle University: Introduce a ‘safety net’ mitigation system for summer assessments’ online petition reached over 6700 signatures (View Petition). We as your representatives wanted to provide reassurance that we have taken action on this and that this something that we are currently pursuing with the University. Our proposal for the safety net policy is being considered at the University’s Executive Board on the 2nd of April 2020, and we will all know the outcome of this next week. Read more.

 

[Update: 20th March 2020]

Your Student's Union to work from home for the foreseeable future (Co-op to remain open 9am-5pm)

From the 20th March all services and activities are now only available online or by telephone and the building is closed with the exception of our Coop Store which will remain open 9am-5pm to offer supplies to staff and students who remain on campus. We have made these adjustments in the interests of staff and student safety, and the decisions were taken based upon advice from central government and our University. Read more

 
 

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