With the easing of government restrictions there are some further changes to Students' Union services, including Drapers partially-reopening for events.
England is due to move to Step 3 of the government's Covid-19 roadmap out of lockdown on Monday 17th May. With the easing of restrictions, we are changing the opening hours of some of our spaces. Find out the full details below;
Despite the easing of restrictions, we know the past year has been difficult and frustrating. We know your University experience has not been what you might have wanted or expected this year and know that many of you continue to face your own challenges. As your Students' Union, we will continue to do the best we can to support you. If you need support you can find resources and information about support services available to you on our Advice & Support website. For ideas on how to look after both your physical and mental health you can also check out our updated Be Kind campaign page. Study Well has also launched to support you during the upcoming exam and assessment period through activities, events and resources.
We continue to listen to your feedback, and use this in our planning for activities and events and when meeting with the University to discuss education and welfare issues affecting students. Please continue to share your feedback via your elected representatives and Course Reps or contact us on social media @QMSU or via email.
Students' Union services from Monday 17th May
Places & Spaces
Qmotion Sport & Fitness Centre: Qmotion is open Monday to Friday, 7am-9pm and weekends, 10am-6pm. We're currently offer a special Study Well student peak membership for just £19.99 per month, with no joining fees or contracts. We have also introduced new 8 week memberships for students, staff and the public starting at £35.99 for 8 weeks. Further information can be found on the Qmotion website.
Drapers and Godward Square: Re-opening on Monday 17th May as part of our events programme. Drapers will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 11pm, and on Fridays from 6pm to 11pm.
Ground Cafe: The indoor seating area will re-open from Monday. Open Monday to Friday, 9am-4:30pm.
Village Shop: Open Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm for all your essentials, groceries, stationery and alcohol. You can also pick up our lunchtime Meal Deal or an official Queen Mary hoody or t-shirt.
BLSA Building: Open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm for study, relaxation and prayer. The Recovery Room, Study Room, Multi-Faith Rooms and Reception & Shop are all open. The Games Room, Fitness Room and Dance Studio are currently closed.
Get Active: Get Active pop-up sessions will take place in Library Square every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm throughout May. Sessions will also run at Whitechapel and Charterhouse Square. Our Wellbeing Walk will also take place every Wednesday at 12:30pm, meet in Library Square by 12:25pm! Session details are available on our events page.
Friday Prayer: The Multi-Faith Centre and The Nest are open for Friday Prayer every Friday from Friday 23rd April to Friday 4th June.
What’s not open at the moment?
Students’ Union Hub
Union Shop: Will remain closed until further notice, however the Village Shop on the Mile End campus remains open. You can also buy clothing, gifts and merchandise on our online shop.
The Shield Café and Fitness to Practice gym at Charterhouse Square campus are being used by the University as a Covid-19 testing centre until further notice.
Academic Advice Service – this service continues to operate and support students via an online service. Further information about the service can be found here.
Student Voice – our representation and democracy team continues to support our Course Reps and part-time representatives. They can also help you with education and welfare matters. Visit our website here for more information.
Societies, Student Media, Sustainability and Volunteering – we are continuing to support all students involved in these areas online. Many Clubs and Societies continue to run activities, view the groups here and our events page here. Our Sustainability and Volunteering service will be continuing to provide in-person and online volunteering opportunities to get involved in. Find out more here.
Sport – Get Active and Social Leagues have resumed. Many Sports Clubs are also resuming training sessions and activities. For further details please visit our dedicated Covid-19 Sports page.
Events and activities
We have a packed programme of online activities and events for you to get involved in throughout Semester 3. Our events are a great way to meet new people, take a break from your studies and try something new.
From Monday 17th May we will also be restarting many of our popular Drapers' and Griff Inn events, including Monday's Calling, Session, Tables and Tacos & Tequila.
View our events page for our Students’ Union events line-up, plus events from our Clubs and Societies.
What we're doing to keep you safe on campus
We’ve put together a handy video to let you know what we’ll be doing in our spaces to keep you safe. You can watch it here.
The safety of you, our student staff and full-time staff team is our number one priority. As you’ll know everything in our lives feels and seems a bit different right now, and this is the same for all our spaces on our campuses. We’ve worked hard though to make sure everything is in place to keep you safe. When you visit our spaces or on campus events you'll find;
- Hand sanitiser stations throughout our spaces
- Helpful and clear signage that explains how our spaces operate and any rules you need to follow when using them.
- Social distancing floor markings to remind us to keep our distance from each other.
- One-way systems in some areas.
- Enhanced cleaning, with additional cleaning of our spaces taking place throughout the day, with deep cleaning taking place prior to opening and after closing each day.
- Mobile ordering online for food and drink at Drapers.
- Contactless payments preferred across all our spaces.