As you’re aware Swinburne is currently navigating through a period of change as we shift practice to address Covid-19/Coronavirus concerns and advice.
Classes are on pause until Monday 23rd of March when they will be resuming online (read more about this here).
The Swinburne Student Union wants to continue to support you, and we have been working on ways to assist you during this time. Please see below for an update on our services.
Free Daily Breakfasts
To avoid unnecessary contact points and students gathering, our Free Daily Breakfast in the Hammer & Swine has been changed to a ‘Grab & Go’ option available at the SSU Office (UN Level 4).We will have a rotating range of foods – this week we have fresh pink lady apples, blueberry and banana muffins and muesli bars.
Free Members BBQs
Until further notice, all weekly BBQs will be cancelled. In the interim, we are looking at other ways that we may be able to continue welfare services/make up for the pause in our usual weekly activity, and we will let students know as soon as we start our regular BBQ service again.
SSU Printing Room
The SSU printing room is still in operation, though please note changed opening hours:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
We will also be enforcing the following health and safety rules:
-Keep your visit to <10 minutes
-Only come to the printing room if you are needing to print (do NOT come up with your friends)
-Do not use the printing room computers for study
New: Emergency Supply Cupboard
With many casual workers being out of jobs and panic buying preventing easy access to grocery supplies, the SSU have decided to open an SSU Emergency Supply for grocery and sanitary items.
The SSU Emergency Supplies is intended for disadvantaged students and will be set up next to the SSU Office (Level 4 UN Building).
Hammer & Swine & Croydon Cafe
Unfortunately, ongoing challenges from COVID-19 mean we are suspending trading of Hammer & Swine and the Croydon Campus Café from the end of this week. Both services will remain closed until at least after the Easter holiday period, with updates provided as available.
Queer & Women’s Spaces
If you are struggling to find a place to study at home, the Women’s and Queer spaces are still open. (Note: We do not recommend more than 10 people at a time in these spaces)
Our volunteers are the driving force behind our regular student services -running our free breakfast service, cooking up a storm at Wednesday BBQ’s and rolling around the library handing out snacks from our Welfare Trolley. Their dedication to providing these services to all students has and will continue to be greatly appreciated.
While on-campus classes and regular services are paused, our Volunteers will not be asked to take on shifts in the same capacity as what has previously been done. As we look at alternate ways for the SSU to continue services to students, volunteers will remain updated on any shift opportunities that become available. SSU is still accepting applications for new volunteers as we continue to provide volunteers with online resources and updates on possible opportunities.