December 7th, 2020
Through their numerous acts of kindness, impressive feats of fundraising and concerted community campaigns, the University’s student groups have proved this term that it will take more than a global pandemic to slow them down.
Despite a difficult year, where they have faced significant disruption to their education and had to navigate a whole new approach to campus life under Covid-19 restrictions, the University’s numerous societies and charitable organisations have pulled together to support people in need in the communities around them.
Whether it be providing lunches for local children during the school holidays, getting Christmas gifts to underprivileged families or supporting the ambulance service by acting as First Responders in medical emergencies, the students have stepped up to do their bit and be a powerful positive force.
And now, as the majority of students prepare to leave campus for the winter break, the Students’ Union has written to the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West to highlight all their incredible achievements this term.
Josie Jessop, Students’ Union Sports Officer, said: “We wanted to do what we can in our officer positions to recognise how hard our student groups work to not only support each-other but also the local community.
“It really has been such a difficult term for students and we wanted to reflect how despite having to tackle their studies and a pandemic, they have also positively contributed to the local community on countless occasions. This is important to note in light of the negative narratives in the press that we see about students.”
Professor West said: “It’s been a tough year for everybody, and our students are no exception. But to see the resilience and generosity of these young people who have given their time and energy to help others during these difficult times is nothing short of inspirational.
“We couldn’t be prouder and I would like to thank each and every one of them for the work they have done to support both our own community and those living in the communities around us.”
Students’ Union Activities Officer Denis Lelin said: “I am so inspired by the consistent positive impact our student groups have in supporting our community with charitable initiatives and stepping in to support fellow students’ mental health with their diverse offer of activities. All of this, while volunteering their time outside of studying and dealing with the implications of the pandemic themselves.
“A lot of the groups had to be flexible and adaptable to ensure that they adhere to the changing Covid19-guidelines and are able to support others despite the barriers that the pandemic has posed. Our students’ dedication to supporting others is what makes me love my job and strive to better our students’ experience.”
Inspector Amy English, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for the Arboretum, Berridge, Dunkirk & Lenton, Radford & Park and Wollaton East & Lenton Abbey of Nottingham City Central areas, said: “Nottinghamshire Police would like to thank all the University of Nottingham students who have been helping to keep this virus at bay by following all the rules and for exhibiting exemplary behaviour this term. It is really heart-warming to also hear about those that have gone the extra mile to help their local communities, for neighbours they may never even meet.
“Students in particular have faced a real challenge throughout 2020 – not just by adapting to new surroundings across the county, but also by having their usual activities and studies radically changed due to the global pandemic.
“The vast majority of students have been law abiding, following government guidance daily and making a real positive contribution by going the extra mile to give back to the local area. You have really supported your newly adopted communities. For that I’d like to thank you.
“I’d also like to recognise that it’s a very, very small percentage of students that are giving the majority a bad name and we need people to understand that. Please remember that despite the bad press, the majority of students in and around Nottingham have been brilliant role models to the public.
“We hope this good behaviour continues as we go forward when we welcome you all back to Nottinghamshire in 2021. We all hope you have a fantastic and safe festive period.”
The round-up of good deeds and charitable achievements has included:
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