We’re Still Here For You - What the new government restrictions mean for you

Posted 4 November 2020
An update on what the new government restrictions means for HUSU
An update on what the new government restrictions means for HUSU


A Message From Your Student President Team

We’re living in uncertain times at the moment. Even though we’re not in the building, we’re still here to help you wherever you are. The Student President team will continue working remotely to support you. Your concerns and ideas are just as important to us as ever, so please do get in touch. It is at these times that we need to hear from you the most, so we can continue to campaign on the things that matter to you. Whatever you’re passionate or concerned about, it is still important in the current circumstances, however big or small.

 If you have an idea for a campaign or something you want to change, we will do our best to support you remotely. Whether this is planning a virtual event, a campaign remotely, or planning something for the future.  

We understand that as a campus community and as individuals, this year has been a difficult and trying one. We hope you’re all keeping safe and well. We will do what we can to be here for you when you need us and when you don’t. 

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch via the emails below. The Student President Team will also be holding weekly online drop-in surgeries - this is your chance to ask any questions or raise any issues.

Thank you,

HUSU Student President Team

Phoebe Bastiani (President of the Students’ Union) [email protected]

Evie Kyte (President of Inclusivity and Diversity) [email protected]

Simeon Orduen (President of Education) [email protected]

Ellis Leonard (President of Activities) [email protected]

Sian Doherty (President of Sport) [email protected]


What’s Changing?

Following the recent government announcements and increased restrictions, we can confirm the following: 

  • All in-person events between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 2 December have been cancelled.

  •  Sanctuary will close from Thursday 5th November until further notice.

  • Asylum will close from Thursday 5th November until further notice.

  • Eats and Eats Italia will remain closed until further notice.

  • The Student Central SPAR shop will remain open but with adjusted opening hours. This will be regularly reviewed.

SPAR opening hours, starting Thursday 5th November:

Mon-Fri - 08:00 - 22:00

Sat - 09:00 - 22:00

Sun – 10:00 - 22:00


University of Hull 

For an update on teaching, travel, on-campus facilities and more, please read the latest update from the University of Hull here.


We’re still here for you.

Despite the closure of certain commercial services, your Students’ Union is still here to represent you. Your Student President Team and HUSU staff are working from home to make sure your voice is heard.

You will continue to have the same opportunities to have your say, share feedback and be represented as follows:

  • Union Council meetings will continue to take place on Microsoft Teams, where your elected volunteer Part-Time Officers will debate and decide on issues that affect the student body. The next meeting is on 16th November and all students are welcome to attend – email [email protected] to find out more and book your place.

  • Course Reps are there to represent you academically – reps are there to listen to your feedback about your programme and experiences, and to raise these with staff at Student-Staff Forums in order to make recommendations and help find solutions. You can find your rep on our website – connect with them and let them know the good, the bad and the ugly, so they can pass this on!

  • If you’d like to be a Course Rep, you can sign up and do all training and induction online. You’ll receive plenty of support and information from our staff and Simeon, your President of Education.

  • And if you have an idea for a campaign? Being virtual doesn’t mean students stop being vocal! Get in touch, and we can support you with advice on how to make it happen, and how to apply for funding – [email protected]


Student Groups

Following the government guidance, all activity by sports teams, societies and other student groups will move online. For questions on events, trips, socials and more, please read the Student Group COVID-19 guidance document here

Under similar restrictions in summer, we saw student groups find creative and inspiring ways to stay in touch through virtual socials, quizzes and charity fundraisers. We encourage you to think creatively with your events and want to support you by sharing your efforts and getting more students involved. 

If you’re organising a virtual event that you’d like promoting, contact [email protected]


Give It a Go

It’s important to stay in touch with friends and meet new people over the coming weeks. The Give It a Go team are working to provide an engaging schedule of virtual events to get involved with. 

Students who have booked GIAG events between Thursday 5th November and Wednesday December 2nd, which have now been cancelled, will be refunded automatically. Refunds for events after this date will be assessed at a later date.

You can contact the team here: [email protected]


Advice Centre

The Advice Centre will remain open and working remotely from Monday 9th November to help you with academic, housing, and finance issues. To book an appointment, you can reach the team at [email protected] or 01482 466263 to arrange a call or video conversation.


Room bookings 

Due to further government restrictions, which come into place on Thursday 5 November, Hull University Students’ Union has had to cancel all bookings for Student Central meeting rooms, booked from Thursday up to Wednesday 2 December.

Any bookings placed for after these dates are currently unaffected, but any changes will be communicated with you as soon as possible.


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