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Statement on online-only teaching and learning from your Student Officers

KCLSU Officers

You would have seen in a statement from Prof Nicola Phillips that teaching will be online, for the majority of students, until the end of the academic year. We know a number of students will be disappointed by this decision, and we want to hear your views. Next Thursday (18th Feb 12:30-2) we will be holding a Town Hall to hear your concerns, with a particular focus on tuition fees, assessment and the recent announcement on F2F teaching. Please sign up here. Meanwhile, remember KCLSU and King’s are here to support you whether through wellbeing or advice or just even to feel less lonely!

Through our Forgotten Students campaign, we are also hoping to represent and support our student body, and ensure that no King’s student who has experienced financial, educational or welfare hardship as a result of the pandemic whilst at King's is forgotten. We are working on issues around the assessment No Detriment policy, rent rebates and tuition fees, and you can get involved by visiting our Forgotten Students campaign page here.

If you need wellbeing and mental health support:

  • Pro-Counselling is a free and confidential service for King’s students, which you can access to talk about an issue or problem out-of-hours and feel that you cannot wait to see a counsellor. You can call them on 0808 196 6172 from 17.00 to 09.00 on weekdays and 24/7 on weekends, bank holidays and King’s closure days. This number is a UK Freephone number from a mobile or a landline.
  • You can also use your King’s email address to access TogetherAll, an anonymous, free and 24/7 online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression and other common mental health issues.
  • You can find out more about the above services and more on our KCLSU Wellbeing Hub. The Wellbeing Hub is packed with resources, links, advice and ideas to support you with your wellbeing and mental health all year round, so make sure to check it out if you need any support.

If you need someone to talk to or a space to connect with other students:

  • Positive Peers are peer supporters who are trained to support the mental health and wellbeing of their fellow King’s students. To check out what virtual events they’re running or to schedule in a virtual chat with a Positive Peer, check out their social media or website here.
  • Black Students Talk is a peer support group that provides safe, supportive and therapeutic spaces for Black students to meet, share, learn, and manage mental health & wellbeing. To learn more, check out their website here.
  • Campus Conversations provides an allocated and safe space and time for students to have these conversations with a trained Campus Conversations Student Ambassador virtually. Find out more about Campus Conversations on their website here.
  • First Conversations are new 1-hour group workshops for first-year undergraduate students which will give you an opportunity to meet and connect with other students. These interactive sessions will be facilitated by King’s Campus Conversations ambassadors. Find out more about First Conversations on their website here.

If you need advice with any academic issues, including mitigating circumstances:

  • If you feel that your academic experience is suffering due to lockdown or online learning, please contact us at [email protected].
  • Your academic reps are also in place to help you and they should be your first point of contact when raising concerns with your department. You can find out how to contact them on the Student Voice page on your KEATS account or by visiting our website here.
  • Our Academic Advice team provides free, confidential, and impartial academic advice to students with issues affecting your studies. You can find out more, and contact the KCLSU Advice team, by visiting the Advice webpage here.
  • You can also read the FAQ on King’s website if you need an answer to a frequently asked question.

If you need support with WiFi or laptop access:

King's has a stock of loan laptops and MiFi sticks (WiFi dongles) that can be sent to students who do not have access to a laptop/computer or WiFi/internet. This includes those with poor WiFi connection that frequently prevents you from studying remotely. Find out more here.

If you need support with finances, accommodation, counselling and more:

You can always email your KCLSU Student Officer team ([email protected]) and let us know how we can support you further.