The Student Union is committed to supporting our most vulnerable students with their mental, emotional and physical well-being during their studies. We know that COVID-19 has affected many of our staff and students in various ways; we also acknowledge that there is a population of students on campus who are suffering the effects of Long Covid or Post Covid-Symptoms. We are aware the effects of this long term illness manifest themselves in a number of different ways for each individual person; therefore the Student Union have committed to amplifying the voice of students suffering from these conditions.
What is Long Covid/Post Covid Syndrome
For some people, coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or "long COVID". You can find more information on Long-Covid here
The NICE guideline scope published on 30 October 2020 defines post-COVID syndrome as signs and symptoms that develop during or following an infection consistent with COVID-19 which continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis. You can find more information on Post Covid Syndrome here.
How can you get support?
We strongly encourage you to contact us with any feedback on how we can improve our COVID-19 support at the Student Union and any ways in which we can improve. Below you can find a QR code to join a student-led support group on WhatsApp and you can follow the support group on Instagram where you can anonymously submit your experiences and connect with other students.
Where can you find additional resources?
The University's Wellbeing service works with the definition of disability as laid out in the Equality Act 2010 - you can see more on that here.
You can access the Wellbeing & Disability Service online here
You can find clarification on the criteria required for providing medical evidence here
Here you can find a guide to studying with a Long-Term Medical Condition.
For info on any additional well-being support, including counselling, peer supporters etc, take a look here