Easter at UWE Bristol

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Our campuses will be closed from 17:00 on Thursday 1 April and will re-open from 08:30 on Wednesday 7 April 2021.

Travel and tesing

We would recommend that you stay in your term-time accommodation where possible over the Easter break but if you do decide to head home, please get tested before you travel. It’s quick, easy and it makes sure that we’re all doing our part in keeping our community healthy.

Book your test online >

International students

As for all students, we would recommend that you stay in your term-time address over Easter, but if you do plan to travel, check additional entry requirements and restrictions before travelling and before returning to the UK. Please also check with your programme leader as, if your return is delayed in any way, this may have an impact on your studies.

Library opening hours

Our Libraries will be open throughout the Easter break on our existing reduced opening hours. Take a look at our Coronavirus updates for library users webpage to find information about which services are available, and the changes we’ve made to how we manage our spaces.

Online Library and study support

Access e-books, databases and journals online and brush up on key study skills with our online study skills workbooks.

Plus, LinkedIn Learning has thousands of online training videos for software, design and business skills.

Wellbeing support

We have a range of wellbeing support available online, by phone or text and self-help resources.

Get Wellbeing support >

24/7 textline

The Students’ Union and UWE, in partnership with Crisis Textline, have launched a 24/7 textline. This service lets you text 24/7 crisis support for free. All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors. If you’re in distress, text UWE to 85258.

IT Support

If you have any IT issues over the Easter break, you can contact IT Services online and by phone.

Where to go if you have a problem

24/7 security support

If have a problem on any campus, contact our security team on +44 (0)117 32 86404. They’re available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Emergencies on campus

If there’s an emergency on campus, call +44 (0)117 32 89999 (available 24/7, every day of the year). We’ll send staff to help and we’ll call the emergency services for you so that they can find you quickly.

Covid 19 Support Team

Whether you have coronavirus symptoms or not, we have a team ready to help you manage your self-isolation.

Find out more >

Keep connected

We’re sure you’re looking forward to summer as much as we are but for now, we must keep our efforts up and continue to follow the rules and government guidelines.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t connect and have fun! We’ve pulled together the range of activities and resources available on our University life in coronavirus webpage. You can find online events to keep you connected to others, tips and advice on how to keep on top of your wellbeing and online learning support.


Your March Feel Good focus

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by the Feel Good Team

Spring is on its way!

After what feels like a long winter, we’re all settling into the first semester and spring is finally round the corner!

Whilst the sun coming out tends to lift our spirits, as the government restrictions continue, it’s never been more important for us to focus on our mental and physical wellbeing.

In this Feel Good Focus, one of our placement students, Afiya, will be sharing with you her ‘top tips to takeaway from 2020’ to help you reflect on what was a hard time for many of us and focus your attention on what we can learn from those experiences.

But first, did you know March is Women’s History Month?

We’re proud to be launching our programme and with this year’s theme #ChooseToChallenge, it’s an opportunity for us all to take an active role in championing gender equality here at UWE Bristol and beyond.

Join us for our launch event, “Redefining Feminism” on Wednesday 3 March, from 12:00-13:30, where we will be welcoming Peaches Golding OBE (Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol) in conversation with Bassmala Elbushary (UWE Bristol student and Equity Student Committee). Peaches will share her reflections of how women are a force for change through a lens of intersectionality – whilst exploring issues of widening access to opportunity, education, social justice and mental health. This event is open to all and will include an executive welcome from Jacqueline Chelin, UWE Bristol Deputy Director of Library, Careers and Inclusivity.

The full Women’s History Month programme can be viewed on our UWE Bristol events.

Afiya’s top tips to takeaway from 2020

Time is the real currency

Time is an undervalued resource that people tend to take for granted. It’s important that it’s fully utilised as once time has gone it can never be replaced, unlike money.

Cherish your loved ones

Life can feel hectic at times with many deadlines and other commitments. In order to avoid burnout and maintain productivity I’ve found it important to keep in contact with loved ones! Staying connected with loved ones is a great way to help you feel refreshed and ready to face challenges.

Adapting is key

The ability to adapt to different environments and see change as an exciting challenge is a useful skill. The world is constantly changing, and life tends to throw us curve balls. Focusing on adaptability can really help us through.

Save money if you can

Last year was unpredictable and one thing I’m taking from it is that if you’re in a position to be able to save some money, it can be a good idea to provide a bit of security in challenging times.

Meditation is powerful

The past year has highlighted to many of us that focusing on mental health is important. Meditation can be a great way of preventing and dealing with stress as well as the repercussions of covid-19.

Live life to the fullest

Growing up, it feels like you have all the time in the world. As teenagers we tend to procrastinate and leave important things until the last minute. But going forward, I think that 2021 should be the year of getting productive and avoiding procrastination.

Our March recommendations

Book: Matthew Walkers’ Why We Sleep

With all the time we spend looking at screens, one of the most relaxing things that we can do is to switch our minds to a book. Sleep is often disregarded as being a minor factor within our wellbeing. But this book highlights exactly how important sleep is for our mental and physical health and provides some useful tips if you are struggling to drift off naturally.

Craft: Luminary bags

We want to encourage you to get creative this month. Having a go at a creative activity can help you to switch your mind off from the world and create something beautiful. Anyone could have a go at making a luminary bag, this example uses old maps and it will bring some warm light into your home!

Recipe: Chargrilled sprouting broccoli with sweet tahini

A great way to get those fruit and vegetables in your diet is to keep up to date with what is in season and discover new recipes around those! As well as sprouting broccoli, artichokes, beetroot, carrots, cucumber and leeks are all in season.

Activity: Get outdoors!

As the weather gets warmer, getting that outdoor exercise in may become a little bit less daunting. Breathing in fresh air increases oxygen levels and in turn boosts serotonin levels, naturally improving our mood.

Furthermore, spring is a magical time to observe nature, the trees are becoming greener again and flowers such as daffodils can be spotted in most areas in the UK. Observing these changes is a great way of implementing a sense of mindfulness into our everyday lives, helping us to manage our worries.

Check out UWE Bristol’s alum Helen Ilus ‘Greenground Map’of Bristol inspired by Harry Beck’s London Underground Map for ideas on where to go!

Helen Ilus ‘Greenground Map’of Bristol