Important Update on Bursaries, Exams and Virtual Jesus!

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all keeping well at the moment. This email is just to update you on some things that are happening and to highlight welfare support which is ongoing!

  1. Bursaries

The Cambridge bursary will still be paid in Easter term whether or not you are resident in College. Students suffering from financial hardship can fill out the financial hardship form as usual. The University has also widened its “Special Hardship Fund” to cover Covid-19 related issues. The cap on applications for this fund has been raised to £3,350 and can be accessed by emailing the Senior Tutor.

  1. Exams

Graham Virgo responded to our email about examination arrangements in Easter Term. He thanked the JCSU for our constructive and thoughtful views. He assured me that all of the messages he has received from students have been read, considered and discussed. We will find out an outline of what has been agreed about assessment on Tuesday which will be followed by communication from each Faculty and Department to students about the details of the alternative assessments. Please get in touch with me if you have any problems with these plans when they are released.

  1. Belongings left in College

You will have heard that rent will not be charged next term. You may be worried about belongings left in your rooms. College has not entered any accommodation to pack up belongings, and will get in touch with anyone before this happens. If this is necessary, belongings will be packed up and stored on your behalf until it is possible for you to return. The same approach will be taken with bicycles. Let me know if you have any questions, but more details are available in the College FAQs.

  1. Welfare Support

A reminder that certain members of the JCSU are holding a weekly drop-in session on Google Hangouts. Call us or message us on jcsuvideolink@gmail.com. The different members’ times are as follows:

   Aurelio Petrucci         (President, for general queries regarding the JCSU or College): Sundays, 4-5pm BST

   Honor Abery              (Female and Non-Binary Welfare): Wednesdays, 1-2pm BST

   Tom Cay                     (Male Welfare): Fridays, 9-10pm BST

   Sophie Baldwin          (Disabilities and Mental Health): Mondays, 5-6pm BST

It goes without saying that if, for whatever reason, these times are inconvenient, I am sure any of us would be able to arrange an alternative time to video call! You can also email any of us at any time, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can also find a document which lists the welfare resources you can access at this time herePlease check up on your friends!

 

Virtual Jesus

This exciting development will help Jesuans stay connected to college from far and wide. Do you have any ideas about how to bring the college together in socially distant times? Are you considering working in public engagement, media or journalism?

Jesus needs you to be on the content team for Virtual Jesus, the new online interface spearheaded by the Master aimed at keeping our community thriving despite being physically separated. As part of the content team, you’ll work with a team of staff, students and fellows to design content, decide weekly/monthly themes, suggest one-off events and recruit contributions from the wider Jesus community. If you would like to get involved or if you have any questions then please email me at ap2092@cam.ac.uk by tomorrow evening (Tuesday 31st March). It’s a great opportunity to help in a crisis!

Finally, the FAQs on Covid-19 are a very helpful resource which will answer a lot of your questions! Find them here: https://jnet.jesus.cam.ac.uk/jnet/covid-19/student-faqs-about-covid-19

 

All the very best,

Aurelio and the JCSU team

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus