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Supporting our Students

Faced with the challenge of COVID-19, we are pulling together to ensure the safety of our students, while continuing to deliver world-class teaching and focussing our research on tackling the virus and its impact on the world.

Our campus is a safe campus

We’ve implemented all Government and Scientific advice regarding COVID-19. When our planned return to teaching in September commences, we will continue to apply social distancing and hygiene measures to ensure the safety of students.

Postgraduate Employability Skills Programme

Kickstart your employability skills with our 12-week programme, designed to give you a head start in a globally competitive and changing job market.  

The programme will be offered to Master’s students who are due to start their course at Queen’s in the next January intake.

It will be delivered virtually between September and December 2020.

Find out more >

Support from the Queen's community

Our global campus community offers a friendly, multicultural and safe environment. If you’re coming to Queen’s from outside the UK, you can expect: 

• Faith provision for all major religious denominations, including prayer rooms close to campus.
• Easy access to speciality foods such as halal butchers, and Asian and Polish supermarkets, as well as international restaurants.
• A guaranteed place in Queen’s accommodation with living options including same-sex living, no-alcohol living and quiet-living  
• A five-day dedicated orientation programme on arrival
• Support and advice on everything from healthcare to visa applications

We'll help you settle into life in the UK, and will be on hand for all the transitions in-between from visas to looking for somewhere to live, as well as assisting you at every step throughout your studies and life at Queen's.

Our Queen's community is dedicated to going the extra mile to ensure your time at university is happy, safe and comfortable.

Find out more about our wrap around wellbeing and support services.

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Finding new ways to stay connected

Queen’s has always promoted a sense of community but now more than ever we recognise the importance of reaching out and asking, ‘Are you okay?’. Our staff are staying connected with our students more than ever before.

Staff have continued to support research students remotely, both to assist them academically but also to ensure that they are not feeling isolated working away from their research group.  For those who have not been able to continue with their research, they have been encouraged to continue with reading around their subject and to take part in an enhanced set of skills training available through our Graduate School.

To ensure our students are as supported as possible, our student support resource guide contains coordinated information on our suite of student support services ensuring students are signposted efficiently to the most relevant person.
Meanwhile, we are proactively reaching out to vulnerable students to expediate access to the University’s wellbeing support services and our work to implement reasonable adjustments and recommendations to teaching, learning and assessments for our students with disabilities continues.  

Our social media channels remain a useful resource for students, offering daily tips on everything from mental health and wellbeing to managing a routine in lockdown.

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Reaching out to those in need

At Queen’s we look out for one another and wellbeing of our students is our top priority. Whether it’s essential care packages or access to hardship funds, we are coordinating and delivering solace and supplies to students and their families who need help most. Our grassroots response to the crisis includes access to Essential Supplies vouchers, through our Stay Healthy. Stay in Touch Campaign, allowing students living on or off-campus to access groceries, toiletries, and anything else they may need while self-isolating or social distancing, and we have been busy delivering hampers of essential supplies to our students in Belfast. 

We are working to support our most financially vulnerable students, working collaboratively with food banks to support students in need of their services and adding significant funding to the Student Hardship Fund to support students in need of financial assistance.

Accommodation staff continue to clear rooms of those students who had to leave quickly and redistribute food that was left behind to foodbanks for other students who were struggling, either financially or having to isolate.

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Going above and beyond for our students

We’re proud and thankful that Queen’s staff are going above and beyond to support our students during the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff are offering Professional Practice Courses and support to healthcare students working in frontline services; we’re providing students with an Academic Mental Health Tutor to ensure students receive support on studying at home while looking after their mental health and our academic community are offering Lockdown Learning online videos on useful topics including how to sleep like a baby and analysis on curbing a loneliness epidemic.

From donating to foodbanks to offering free cooked meals, wellbeing bags and chocolate deliveries to students in Queen’s Accommodation, we are striving to make life a little brighter in these unprecedented times. 

We’ve delivered over 550 meals to students, both on and off-site while children residing with their parents in Willow Walk Accommodation received a personalised Easter activity pack. A further 300 students received a wellbeing activity pack.

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Our people are the lifeblood of our University and we have never been prouder of our community. From our scientists working hard to find therapies for COVID-19 to our students volunteering on the frontline and beyond, we are supporting society from a grassroots level up.

If you are considering joining the Queen’s community, we look forward to meeting you online soon.