17th June 2020
The University of Northampton Students’ Union is committed to ensuring we are an integral part of your student life at the University of Northampton. Although the world looks a little different at the moment, the things that drive and motivate us remain the same:
• We want to make sure that your time outside of study is enriched by our clubs, societies, and our entertainments programme, helping you to feel happy and at home whilst you are with us.
• We want to maintain your wellbeing and mental health, ensuring your life is balanced and you are happy during your student life.
• We want to ensure you feel represented by us, and have the best possible academic experience when studying.
Our main priority next year is ensuring the health and safety of our members and our employees by following all relevant guidelines, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t still be striving to be the best Students’ Union we possibly can be for our members.
We have 4 main priorities over the summer period to deliver you the best possible experience on your arrival/return.
1. That your Welcome Week experience gives you the induction you expect and the fun you crave.
We are exploring alternatives to our Welcome Week programme that still allows you to fully immerse yourself in student life and discover the wonderful opportunities that exist for you here in Northampton. We are looking at innovative and exciting ways in which we can welcome you to our award-winning town centre nightclub, The Platform.
We understand that integrating yourself in the UoN student community is a key component to ensuring your happiness, and we are looking at alternatives to our existing weekly events throughout the year so that you can relax and unwind in a safe environment.
2. Our amazing, free sports clubs remain the key to a happy and active student life!
We will be working closely with each of our 35 sports clubs over the summer to help them develop a plan to allow them to continue being a vibrant part of student life. We know how much our sports clubs mean to their members and it is our priority to provide safe environments for these activities to continue, as well as maintaining our participation in national BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions.
3. Our fabulous, free societies continue to be the cornerstone of the university community.
Like our sports clubs, we will be working closely with each of our 60 affiliated societies over the summer to help them develop a plan to ensure they can still run exciting events and activities for their members. Our societies are at the heart of their members’ university experience, and we are committed to supporting them in continuing to deliver societies that are regularly nominated for National Societies and Volunteering Awards.
4. Remain committed to hearing your opinions and feeding those in to University decision-makers.
We support the University’s approach to teaching for 2020-21, and have shaped what that delivery will look like. We will continue to do that as government advice changes, ensuring any progression and developments have student safety and their academic experience at the forefront of any proposals. The University has been at the forefront of developing their Active Blended Learning (mixing online and face-to-face study) model over the past five years, and we back their commitment to deliver face-to-face to students in 2020-21.
We are striving to providing you with what you’d expect to see from your Students’ Union, with a few fun twists along the way. If you’d like to see our plans as they evolve, our frequently asked questions responses, or our dedicated student feedback form please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page here for our current and prospective students.