We hope this message finds yourselves and your families in good health and that you are coping well with the unprecedented circumstances.
Get in touch
We just wanted to take a moment to check-in, and also express our sincere gratitude to you for your patience and resilience in such tough times. Please know that we, your officers, are here for you, and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if there is anything at all that we can assist with.
We understand that some of you may have returned home, but others may not have had that opportunity. Please rest assured that we are consistently working with King's Residences to ensure that our students are not disadvantaged in any way, should they choose to stay or leave. We recognize that not being able to go back home may adversely affect your mental health, therefore we are working with King's Counselling to fast-track students who are unable to return home for appointments. For students who live in King's Residences and have chosen to go home, Residences are offering a refund on the third and fourth instalments depending upon the contract. You should have received more information in an email from the Residence team. For students who are self-isolating, please let the university know by filling the self-isolation reporting form so that they are able to offer you their full support.
Examinations and assessments
Further, we understand that you may feel anxious about examinations and assessments, concrete information about the structure shall be released shortly by King's. We are working hard to ensure King's include suitable adjustments across the board, taking into account the current circumstances.
Academic support and resources
However, if you do feel that you have been disadvantaged, please feel free to get in touch with us or the KCLSU Advice service which is now available remotely.
We encourage you to also leverage websites such as Coursera, who are offering their courses for free to students who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. This Facebook group, created by a few Postgraduate students from across the UK, offers support from your peers while studying.
We are aware of the recent announcement about King’s not being able to deliver the graduations in July. We appreciate that this would indeed be disheartening news for you, your family and friends. We are currently trying to understand the nuances of the future celebratory events mentioned in the announcement. We will work to ensure that despite the difficult circumstances your achievements are celebrated and recognised.
Finally, linked below are a few more resources for support. We are extremely proud of the community we have at King's and are working relentlessly to ensure that students' best interests are represented. We would also like to urge you to check in on your mates and keep your spirits high. Please keep safe!
- King's Advice & Guidance Team – For welfare support and advice relating to immigration status. Contact them here
- KCLSU Advice – Impartial academic advice for students with issues affecting their studies. You can find out more here
- King’s Counselling and Mental Health Support offers a safe, confidential and supportive space, to help you explore your problems, share and gain insight into your feelings, thoughts and behaviour. You can find out how to access their services here.
- Big White Wall 24-hour confidential online support and wellbeing service
- True Vision provides information about hate crime or incidents, how to report it and where to seek help.
- The Samaritans Helpline has trained volunteers who are able to listen to you any time to talk through whatever is troubling you, find the answers that are right for you and offer support. Call them on 116 123 if you are in the UK.
- Regardless of your religious affiliation, King’s Chaplaincy is a resource for the whole community with Chaplains at each campus who can be contacted in confidence or provide emotional support.