Peter Donnelly, Editor & Nicole Traynor, Deputy Editor
As the only Queen’s University, Belfast student publication The Gown will endeavour to provide Queen’s University students and partners with the latest developments regarding the rapidly evolving Coronavirus public health pandemic.
USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS FOR STUDENTS
- Queen’s University Covid-19 News (including community support and research) https://www.qub.ac.uk/coronavirus/
- Information for QUB students on the developing Covid-19 situation as it concerns the University is available at the following link – https://www.qub.ac.uk/home/coronavirus-faqs/information-for-students/
- Queen’s University Student Union website with useful contacts of QUB SU Student Representatives https://qubsu.org/COVID-19/
- The updated restrictions are available to consult on the NI Direct Government website: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you
- Latest restrictions announced from the Northern Ireland Executive – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-55004210?fbclid=IwAR3I29qJvXRQevjkAnTDqWBTLCGAanHZ_pxQNcdtPcJPtok2pEX5A35UQhM
Queen’s University Asymptomatic Testing
Queen’s University is the first hb in Northern Ireland and the third UK university to participate in the Government-endorsed asymptomatic New Testing Interventions (NTIs) programme. The University, in co-ordination with the Department for Health, aims to undertake 6,000 tests per week. Queen’s said:
All students are being invited to participate in the programme from this week with those intending to return home for Christmas particularly encouraged to take the test.Queen’s University on the New Testing Interventions programme
The facility will be situated in the Whitla Hall on the Queen’s University Campus. For further information, students are advised to contact email@example.com
QUB Student Wellbeing Team
Free 11am-3pm daily helpline – 07387 546123
The QUB Student Wellbeing Team offer a range of support services such as a remote drop in service, counselling, consultations and coaching, education and awareness-raising, safe and healthy relationships advice and self help material. The advice they can provide can cover the likes of: academic, disability, emergency/incident, financial, mental health, substance usage/addiction or sexual misconduct, bullying, harrasssment or hate crime.
Circuit Breaker Restrictions (October/November/December 2020)
A range of faciltities on and in the surrounding area of the Queen’s campus will be remain throughout December 2020, on the run up to Christmas.
- The Student Guidance Centre, off University Road (including the Student Wellbeing Service)
- The Physical Education Centre (PEC) for individual exercise and training
- The McClay Library
- The Graduate School
- The Main Site Tower
- The Student’s Union, off Elmood Avenue (including Student Representatives, Clubs and Societies, Queen’s Radio & The Gown.)
Student Societies are continuing to operate online.
Queen’s Radio, The Scoop, continues to be hosted by Thomas Copeland every Sunday evening from 7pm where there is a wide-range of student news available regarding, including discussions with students on issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic and virtual event information.
Guidance on instructions to follow if you or someone else in your household is showing symptoms of Coronavirus on the NI Health and Social Care Trust’s Public Health Agency website, with directions to ‘Test and Trace’ centres around Belfast and countrywide areas – https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus and from the NHS website – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/