Looking after yourself

For the most up to date advice please go to our Coronavirus web page: https://www.marjon.ac.uk/coronavirus/.
 
Welcome to our Looking after yourself pages. We realise that these are difficult times for students and your experiences and needs will be very individual. We hope you will find these pages helpful in supporting you at this time.
 
If you would like to talk to someone about any aspect of studying at home, a personal or study issue, please contact Student Support at studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk and remember that Michelle and Claire are still on hand for a virtual cup of tea and a chat you can contact them at mparkman@marjon.ac.uk or cmcilroy@marjon.ac.uk

Mental Health

We  understand  this is a really stressful time for everyone  and it’s extra hard to maintain your mental wellbeing, especially if you have to self-isolate.

Following are some ideas, tips and links to helpful resources to read, take part in and share.

If you’re a student, we are still here  to talk  to  and you can book in for a chat / well-being appointment through Student Support – studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk.

Alternatively our Chaplains, Michelle and Claire, are still keen to engage with students and staff online. You can email them at mparkman@marjon.ac.uk or cmcilroy@marjon.ac.uk.

Tips on taking care of your mental health  during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Don’t be afraid to take time away from social media
  • Limit your news in take
  • Stay connected with friends and family
  • Talk about your worries (see useful websites below)
  • Exercise (see useful websites below)
  • Click on the image below for more ideas:

Activities to do at home

Useful websites for if you want to talk:

www.kooth.com ​is a free, safe and anonymous support for young people which offers a wealth of resources, including distraction techniques and coping mechanisms.

For tips from the NHS on things to do and not to do to aid your mental health go to https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/.

The  Mind  website is  not specific to students but has some good practical advice. To view their page follow this link: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

In addition, you may find it useful to look at  some  of these:

Student Minds  has a wealth of information, tips and resources at https://www.studentminds.org.uk/findsupport.html   

The Mental Health Foundation has  tips which are constantly being updated: https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus  

If you have OCD and would like some Coronavirus Top Tips visit https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus-survival-tips/

If you suffer from an eating disorder and would like help during the Coronavirus  go to https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/coronavirus 

For those with Bipolar disorder that would like information and guidance on help during the coronavirus  visit https://www.bipolaruk.org/…/coronavirus-emergency-how-we-ca...   

CALM is a helpline for everyone, but especially men, which has tips on coping with social isolation. Visit https://www.thecalmzone.net/…/putting-the-social-into-soci…/ 

Anxiety UK has self-help resources for anxiety related conditions. Follow this link: https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/   

If you are a  victim of domestic or sexual violence and abuse you can visit the Victim and witness services at https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-victim-and-witnes…  

Specifically for  disabled  students: The grass-roots Disabled Students’ group “Change for Disabled Students” has a general guide. Go to https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ffu6XUEO900wNJVD-WxPjn_m51R2DCAmKkRX6Hx93UE/edit   

For those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition visit: https://sites.marjon.ac.uk/marketing1/2020/04/01/tips-for-working-during-this-crisis-for-students-with-anxiety-and-autism-spectrum-conditions-ascs/#.Xoc19H22Jas.link

And don’t forget to check out our wellbeing pages at https://sites.marjon.ac.uk/handbook/health-well-being/ 

Physical Health

Keeping  physically healthy whilst studying or working from home  can help your mental  well-being:  

Below we have listed some pages to  help  keep you  active: 

One You  web page:  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/  

Home-based strength and cardio  workouts  for  adults:   https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/   

Seated strength and flexibility exercises for adults with mobility issues:   Https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/sitting-exercises/  

Five-week strength and flex programme:   https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/strength-and-flex-exercise-plan/  

Sport  England:  #StayInWorkOut work:  https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home  

Mind:  https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-and-your-mental-health/about-physical-activity/   

British Heart Foundation:  https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/activity/get-active-indoors  

Stress

Stress can be really overwhelming, especially in times like these. We want you to know that we are here to talk to about anything that may be affecting you, be it academic or personal.

If you feel that you would like someone to talk to please contact the Student Support team at studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk

Below are our top 10 tips on helping to combat stress. 

Emerging from Isolation

So, the good news is that isolation won’t last forever. However, our lives have changed and some people may find it strange returning to how things were before.  

Please see the link below for suggestions on how to emerge from isolation as smoothly as possible.  

https://www.truestudent.com/blog/emerging-from-isolation  

If you find that you are struggling and would like some support please remember you can email 

studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk and ask for a wellbeing appointment.  

Domestic Violence and Abuse

If you require medical attention or police assistance please call 999.

If you require police assistant but are unable to talk please call 999 followed by 55.


What is Domestic Abuse

It doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you are, your ethnicity, sexuality or background – anyone can be a victim of domestic violence or abuse.

Domestic violence and abuse can include physical and sexual violence, verbal abuse, coercion and threats and financial control between intimate partners or family members.

It may also involve control, threats and stalking which can be carried out through email, text and phone messages.

Domestic violence and abuse and online harassment is not acceptable in any situation, the police will always take it seriously – Marjon will always take it seriously.


Domestic Abuse and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak there has been a significant increase in the number of cases of domestic violence wand abuse reported.

As a response to this crisis charity Hestia’s national campaign UKSAYSNOMORE launched Listening From Home, a new domestic abuse awareness campaign which encourages everyone to be aware of, and report, signs of domestic abuse during lockdown. The campaign offers tools and resources to provide a community response to domestic abuse and raise awareness that Hestia’s refuges remain open. This includes a mobile app, Bright Sky which enables users to locate their nearest support services by their area.

It is important to remember that those experiencing domestic violence and abuse are able to leave their home and seek help during lockdown. Furthermore, they are able to apply for free train travel. To do this they should contact their local domestic violence service. This can be found using https://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-abuse-directory/.


Support at Marjon

We would encourage anyone that is a victim of domestic violence and abuse to come forward.

You can contact us at studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk  to be referred to the wellbeing team or you can complete a wellbeing referral form by clicking this link to the form. The wellbeing team can offer a listening ear, provide general support and help you access specialist services.

Alternatively, you can use our report & support system by clicking on the following link. Report & Support is a way to access support from an adviser and can be used either for yourself or on behalf of another person.

Marjon also have a counselling service which you can request to be referred to.

Should your studies be impacted upon we can put you in touch with the Academic Advice Coordinator, who will be able to assist you in claiming extenuating circumstances.

If you find that you are struggling financially we can refer you to the Student Funding Advisor to explore avenues of support.


Specialist support services

There are a number of specialist services still available during lockdown. These include:

or by email at help@galop.org.uk

Anyone can visit Boots, who are providing safe spaces for victims of domestic violence and abuse.

For anyone concerned about their use of violence and abuse there is the Respect phone line available on 0808 802 4040

  • Maybe think about the music that the person liked and make a playlist.
  • Find some pictures that remind you of that person, make a collage or rolling Powerpoint.
  • If you are able (and allowed) go to a place that the person enjoyed.
  • Light a candle at the time that you know the funeral is taking place.
  • Write down or draw memories
  • Send a card to the immediate family and let them know that you are thinking of them and  memories that you have of the person.
  • Raise a glass to them!
  • Speak to others who knew the person to talk about memories that you have.
  • Plant something in memory or have something else that is a reminder of the person
  • Donate some money to a charity that you know the person who support

If you would like a spiritual nature or words to your way of remembering then these might help: 

https://www.churchofengland.org/media/20068 https://naturalendings.co.uk/resources/funeral-poetry/ https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/advice/bible-readings-for-funerals/ 

If you would like any help with any of this then please feel free to get in touch with Michelle or Claire who will know where to find you help and can talk you through what a funeral might look like if you have never been to one. 

Finally, it takes time to work through grief and it’s best not to do it alone. Sometimes you might be surprised by feelings of sadness when you don’t expect them – or you might keep worrying about other people’s health, or your own. These feelings are all normal. Most of us get through with the support of family and friends. 

If you’re struggling to come to terms with a death, finding daily life hard and things don’t seem to be getting any better, it can help to talk to someone. Tell a trusted friend, family member or teacher how you’re feeling. If you’re feeling very worried, you can talk to your GP about counselling and professional support. 

It’s can be normal to feel guilty. But remember, the loss you have experienced is not your fault. And if you stop feeling sad or in pain, it does not mean that you don’t care enough. You are allowed to move on in your life, and it is not a sign that you don’t care enough for the person you have lost. 


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

Why do I feel like I do? 

When it comes to grief, experts agree that getting the support of other people is paramount. A key to understanding the grieving process is that people express it differently at different times. The Kubler-Ross stages of grief include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. A community of grieving people around a single person or event can be in any stage at a given time. 

How do I help a grieving friend? 

It’s so hard to know what to say or do, this short video by Megan Devine is really helpful  (skip the advert) – 

Hope Again – free helpline: 0808 808 1677 (Mon-Fri 09:30-17:00). Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care’s website for young people with information, vlogs, podcasts, videos and sharing personal stories. 

The Bereavement Trust – free helpline 0800 435 455 (6pm to 10pm every day) offering support and practical advice about bereavement. 

Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide – free helpline 0300 111 5065 (9am to 9pm every day). 

Sands – free helpline 0808 164 3332 (9.30am to 5.30pm Mon-Fri and 9.30am to 9.30pm Tues and Thurs evenings) for anyone affected by stillbirth or neonatal death. 

Is it ok to post on social media? 

This link gives an insight into how and why interacting with social media may help friends and relatives who are grieving: 

https://www.ourhouse-grief.org/grief-pages/grieving-teens/social-media-and-grief-to-post-or-not-to-post/ 

The University accepts that social media may be the primary focus for students’ grief, especially if the student’s death happens at a time when it’s not possible to support each other in a physical space. We therefore ask students to be: 

  • careful not to speculate about the circumstances of the person’s death
  • careful not to post anything too quickly or before they are sure all close relatives and friends are aware
  • respectful of the grieving family and the memory of their loved one
  • mindful that their comments / photos are in the public domain
  • careful of what they post and how these might be perceived / influence the discussion
  • constructive and supportive

Please talk if you need to 

FAQs

FAQs Assessment Safety Policy

These responses also apply to all collaborative partner courses.

The University is expecting all students to offer their best attempt and hopefully improve in Semester B/Terms 2 and 3. However, we recognise that some students will have been differentially impacted by the current crisis. These FAQs aim to reassure those students who find themselves in such circumstances.

What happens if I fail Semester A/Term 1 modules because of deadlines/work affected by COVID 19?

For Semester A/Term 1 resit/deferred assessments submitted after 30th March, with marks within 30-39 range, the module will be condoned (ie where the module is deemed to have broadly met the criteria for a pass, subject to certain conditions and has been updated to condonable status). NB Condonement will not be possible where there is a professional accreditation requirement for the module to be passed and students are advised to talk to their module leader.

What happens if I fail modules in Semester B/Terms 2/3?

Any failed Semester B/Terms 2 and 3 modules (or up to five X modules), with marks within 30-39 range, will be condoned (where the module has been updated to condonable status). Condonement will not be possible where there is a professional accreditation requirement for the module to be passed and students are advised to talk to their module leader.

If I fail a module can I opt to re-take it?

No re-sits will be authorised for Semester B/Terms 2 and 3 assessments which have been condoned. However, if you have re-sit work or deferred work from Semester A/Term 1 you will still be able to submit for assessment in July (w/c 27th July is resit week).

Will there still be exams?

There will not be any physical exams but some courses may run on-line exams

Can predicted grades be used to determine my end of year results?

No, we won’t in general – and this is because, unlike schools, we don’t have a consistent or formal way to measure predicted grades (such as mock exams), and all assessment has to be moderated by external examiners, so it would be hard to do this fairly across all students.

I’m a final year student and worried about my final degree outcome – how will my degree mark/classification be worked out?

The University has put in place a ‘Safety Net Policy’ – briefly, this means the usual weighted calculation for degrees will be applied (this already works proportionately where necessary and places emphasis upon the best modules at level 6).

For final year students, those module marks in Semester B/Terms 2 and 3 that are above the Average Mark for Semester A/Term 1 (a straight average of performance across module marks) will count as usual; if the module mark is below the average, that module will not influence the classification (the module does still need to be passed). The calculation will not include condoned modules either. This guarantees the student the best outcome.

For those doing a Foundation degree the calculation already looks beyond simply an average across all credits and acknowledges better performance.

How will my final transcript reflect my degree marks/outcome?

Transcripts will be updated to display two versions on separate pages with the same, best calculated, classification:

  • one which includes Semester B/Terms 2 and 3 marks which were below the Average Mark and were updated to Pass (no mark) and awarded credits
  • the second version which includes Semester B/Terms 2 and 3 marks which were below the Average Mark and were updated to Pass and awarded credits but will also show the marks achieved
  • neither version will show marks for condoned modules.

I am a second year honours student – how will my marks/degree be affected?

For Year 2 students, the normal weighted calculation will be applied to Year 3 marks next year along with the Average Mark for Year 2 (Years 2 and 1 for FdA). 

I’m on a professional programme – what if I can’t complete the required placement/practical aspects?

For those programmes recognised by professional bodies, there will still be a need to align with assessment guidance that they provide; this will be evident in the details that your programme teams will have already communicated with you regarding assessments. Students are advised to talk to their module leader or PDT if they are unsure how they will be affected.

I’m a Taught Post-graduate student – how will my overall mark be calculated?

Your overall mark for the year will be averaged from modules already completed, aligned to the full-time or part-time pathway you are following. See the Safety Net Policy for more details.

  • All but one of the total number of X modules, with marks within 40-49 range, will be condoned, where the module has been updated to condonable status. Condonement will not be possible where there is a professional accreditation requirement for the module to be passed.
  • Where all X modules, have marks within 40-49 range, the PAB will investigate individual submitted assessment marks before making a decision.
  • All assessment work completed before the 30th March will be used to calculate an Average Mark against which passed marks will be compared before making a decision.
  • Where resits and deferred assessments have been authorised for Semester A/Term 1, those modules and marks will not be included.
  • When calculating the classification, the lowest 60 credits will be excluded from the algorithm.

When will the results be published?

Our aim is to make sure that no student is disadvantaged by these unprecedented circumstances.  This means that we will be taking great care to make sure that you get the results you deserve.   So, after the Progression and Award Board, there will be a lot of work to be done on the students’ records to accurately reflect the outcomes. This may mean a small delay publishing some results until after the advertised date of 20th July.  We will be working extremely hard to keep any delays as short as possible.

Students should also note that precise classification predictions are not possible and in any case will have to be verified and approved by the Board as always.