Liveblog - The River Live – Two years of Covid at KU

Good afternoon and welcome to our live blog!

Today we will be covering the coronavirus pandemic, looking back at the restrictions we have had to live with for the last two years and how Covid-19 has affected Kingston University students.

As we anticipate the end of Plan B restrictions lifting tomorrow, we will explore what the next phase might look like at KU and beyond.

Stay tuned for updates.

  • Goodbye from The River team

    That’s it for today. Thank you for following our live blog covering the last two years of the coronavirus pandemic at Kingston University. We hope you enjoyed reading our articles. Hopefully things are looking up now that restrictions are lifting.

    See you soon!


  • Where do we go from here?

    Covid is not over yet but as we enter the next phase of the pandemic, marked by the end of Plan B restrictions in England, face masks will no longer be mandatory on campus.

    However, the university is still recommending that you should wear a face mask while on campus, to protect yourself and those around you.

    Will KU students continue to wear face masks after tomorrow? We will just have to wait and see.

    One person standing outside wearing a face mask
    Photo: Elizabeth Wiredu


    Two people wearing face masks
    Photo: Diego Evrard-Broquet


    student with mask
    Photo: Diego Evrard-Broquet
  • Video: Are KU students getting the booster jab?

    Six students on campus
    Students discuss their views and status surrounding the booster vaccine.

    With plan B restrictions lifting on Thursday, The River went out on campus to hear whether students have been boostered or whether they are hesitant.

    Watch here…

  • Changes to Covid-19 rules get mixed response

    Two women in face masks
    It’s likely some people will stick to mask-wearing even if Plan B measures are dropped. Credit: CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/Shutterstock

    Kingston University will ease Covid restrictions from 27 January, in line with the Government lifting Plan B measures.

    In an email to students the university said that while face coverings remain mandatory on public transport, including the free university buses, “social distancing is not formally required”, and “face coverings will no longer mandated in our buildings from 27 January”.

    Kingston University students have mixed feelings about this.

    Read more…

  • Should we include Covid in TV shows and movies?

    legs of someone watching TV
    Watching TV is a form of escape. Credit: Mollie Sivaram/unsplash

    In the age of Covid, escapism is sometimes the only way one can cope with everything that’s going on, whether it be watching a film, reading a book, or finding a new hobby.

    But what do you do when you’re watching a TV show or film in an attempt to take your mind off things and then there it is…Covid-19. You just can’t seem to escape.

    So, should we be incorporating this in our TV shows and films? Do we really want to be reminded?

    Read more…

  • KU Healthcare students affected by mandatory vaccination requirement

    Young man receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
    Students studying nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Photo: CDC/ Unsplash

    KU healthcare students will be included in the 1 April mandatory vaccination deadline for NHS workers.

    Students studying nursing, mental health nursing and midwifery will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to undertake their patient facing placements in a CQC regulated setting.

    Read more…

  • Kingston Covid-19 data

    Person looking at coronavirus data on a map on a computer.
    Credit: Patrick Assale / Unsplash

    Plan B restrictions are set to end across England tomorrow, but where is Kingston in terms of testing, cases, vaccinations, healthcare and deaths?

    See the latest figures here.


  • Easing of restrictions: what happens next?

    Boris Johnson wearing a mask
    Boris Johnson announcing the end of Plan B : Photo by Adrian Dennis/AP/Shutterstock 

    The pandemic is not over but the Covid restrictions in England are coming to an end.

    Whether you think that the pandemic is a distant memory or a looming threat, there is no doubt that society can’t agree on a single path to normality.

    The first question to ask is how will the ‘new normal’ look. One thing we do know for sure is that the scientists cannot predict this future.

    Read more…

  • Hockey recruitment numbers falling suggesting fate of the club

    Hockey player in red outfit ready to hit the ball
    KU is facing the possibility of hockey team extinction due to Covid-19. Credit: Jeffrey F Lin/Unsplash

    KU sports teams are struggling to pass the baton to newer members in order to ensure a club’s longevity, which is largely due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Tiffany Tang, vice-captain/Treasurer of KU Hockey said: “We haven’t managed to recruit that many first years. Our Freshers’ Fair was promising, however we emailed those that signed up and not that many actually came to training.”

    Read more…

  • KSA students reflect on their year abroad during Covid-19

    Woman in airport reading Covid-19 sign
    Students seized the opportunity to take part in Erasmus+ despite Covid-19 restrictions. Credit: Tejas Sandhu/SOPA Images/Shutterstock

    Last year was the final year for students in higher education in the UK to study abroad using the Erasmus+ programme, as the UK will no be taking part since it left the EU.

    Because of this, many KSA students seized the opportunity to study abroad with Erasmus+, with some of them concluding their first term abroad this month.

    But how has Covid-19 affected their time studying abroad? Has it impacted their artistic practice?

    Find out here…

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