What's happening online this week

Just because you might not be on campus, doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in some amazing activities! It’s important that while you are all at home, you take a break from your studies and get involved in something that will help you to relax and de-stress!
There is lots of events happening online, so make sure you get involved! It is important to stay in contact with each other to stop you feeling disconnected or isolated. Here is a list of events that are happening this week for you to get involved in and make being at home a little bit more fun!

Online communities:

Hertfordshire Students’ Union Facebook

Although the Students’ Union activities are no longer on-campus, we want to make sure there is a way for all our students to stay connected and get involved in different activities. The Students’ Union have set up a Facebook group to help you keep in contact with each other and find out about different events taking place!

You are not alone Facebook group

If you are feeling isolated or you just want to keep in contact with others via an online community, join the Herts self-isolation group ‘You are not alone.’ This group allows you to socialise with other students, share tips, organise online events or just have a chat.

eSports: All Students Portal

In response to Covid-19 the Esports Society will be working with Hertfordshire Students' Union to make sure all students have easy access and involvement to online gaming. Esports Society is one of the largest societies at our university, one of the best in the UK and are your gateway to the gaming community.
Click on this link to be directed to the Hertfordshire Students' Union Discord. This can be used as an app or on a browser. It's great for organising games and speaking to other people in the community. It also has a video and voice chat feature so you can talk to each other. Channels (like chat rooms) are set up ready for you to join such as; Pokémon, FIFA, Smash, Minecraft, Fortnight, Apex Legends, CSGO and more! You can also set up your own channel if the game you play isn't already there.
You can also follow the eSports society on their Twitter or Facebook.

Online events:

1st Creative Competition, 29 March – 12 April 2020

There will be a fortnightly creative competition over the coming weeks. Use your spare time to get creative and get involved! You could be in with the chance of winning a £15 Amazon voucher!
The theme for the first competition is Spring. Why not go out for a walk in nature and get inspired! You can submit the artwork as a photo, digital artwork or a painting/drawing.
To enter, email your submissions with a photo/file for your artwork in the formats JPEG, PNG or PDF to: events@hertfordshire.su

Netflix Party, Every Friday at 21:00pm

Every Friday at 21:00, the SU will be holding a Netflix party of your choice! This is a great way for you to feel less isolated and get involved with the online community!
To join the Netflix party, follow HertsSU on Instagram and Facebook. The Netflix part link will be posted on the social media sites every Friday.
Movie voting will also take place via the Instagram so make sure you give them a follow to get involved!
If you aren’t sure how to download and use Netflix Party, click here.

S4 Money Heist: Elected Officers Host a Netflix Party, Monday 06 April – Thursday 09 April, 16:00 

Join some of your Elected Officers - Saj, Rida and Farhan - as they watch the new season of Money Heist.
This will start on Monday 6 April at 16:00 and two episodes will be played every day at the same time until Thursday 9 April.
The Elected Officers will post the link to their Netflix Party 30 minutes before showing right here.
You can also follow the Herts SU Activity Hub Facebook Group to stay updated.
If you aren’t sure how to download and use Netflix Party, click here.

LGBT+ Netflix Party, Tuesday 07 April, 19:30-22:00

LGBT+ Society will be hosting a Netflix Party Every Tuesday at 19:30pm. Join the society and watch a movie together online, will be a different genre each week! The week commencing 07 April genre is Comedy/Sci-Fi.

Follow the LGBT+ Society on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to find the Netflix party link. You can also find it on the SU Facebook group.

If you aren’t sure how to download and use Netflix Party, click here.

Pub Quiz

Just because we can’t go to the pub, doesn’t mean we can’t have a pub quiz, am I right?!

Grab a drink and get involved in this virtual online pub quiz, on Sunday from 18:00-20:00.

Sign up at https://quiz.jandkentertainments.com/

You can use your mobile or your laptop! We recommend to have a laptop for the stream and a phone to answer the quiz on.

Questions will begin at 18:20, so don’t be late! Click the stream link 15 mins before quiz time!
The host will go through logistics of how to answer and prizes.

This event is FREE, and it will be so much fun, so make sure you get involved!

Wellbeing Wednesdays: Yoga with Sarah: Online Classes Every Wednesday, Beginning Wednesday 08 April, 11:00-12:00

Your weekly virtual Wellbeing Wednesdays fix! Every Wednesday from 11:00am – 12:00pm you can get involved in our virtual Yoga with Sarah session. This is a great way to relax and have fun! You can also catch up in your own time if you don’t have spare time on Wednesday mornings.

You can take part by heading over to our brand new Facebook Group, the Herts SU Activity Hub, where the session will be broadcast live.

UH Arts at home

Welcome to UH Arts at Home!
UH Arts have teamed up with artists to bring you creative activities that all ages can enjoy! 
Keep connected, relaxed and have the opportunity to appreciate the wealth of art behind closed doors.

Create it + Share it 

Have fun with our team of artists who've created activities to do at home - whether you're off school, caring for others or looking for something to do online as a group. New activities will be added each week and we would love you to share your pictures with us @UniHertsArts 

Create it + Share it: Harry Woodgate
Create and share your own quirky characters using these fun and interactive drawing prompts that are designed to get your creativity flowing! Find out more here.

Create it + Share it: Room with a view (Jane Glynn)
Make a little room using your imagination and all the scrap materials you can find around your home. Create a room with a view.

Create it + Share it: Hanging Garden Lee Farmer 
Create your own version of a hanging garden by making a nature-inspired mobile.

UH Arts Plastic Matter – Now online, runs until 18 April

We are pleased to be able to bring you a digital walk-through of the Plastic Matter Exhibition which sadly had to close due to the current outbreak. In this unique group exhibition, eight artists explore plastic's potential to become something more treasured. You can find out more about the artists here.

Take a Digital Sculpture Walk

The Sculpture Walk presents an eclectic group of works which map the changing characteristics of British Sculpture since the 1950s. Click here to experience the walk for yourself through this video.  

Active Students:

Active Students have launched ‘Active Students virtual study breaks’ – a new online community where you can get involved in virtual fitness classes as a break from your studies! There are loads of activities to choose from, including Pilates, HIIT, LBT and Zumba!

It is important during this time, to stay as active as you can and these virtual classes are a great way to get involved, stay active and be productive in your study breaks!

To get involved, you can find the timetable here. Just click the ‘i’ for information and click join to get involved!

Athletic Union:

With our student body studying at home, self-isolating, social distancing and shielding, it’s more important than ever to stay physically and mentally active. Since lockdown started, social media has been flooded with new and exciting ways to stay active, including a number of challenges that have surfaced. We’ve seen press-ups, hand stands and toilet roll keepie-uppies, and it’s been great to see our Athletic Union Clubs get involved.

Be sure to check out the efforts from the Women’s Football Team (@uhwomensfc) and Lacrosse Team (@hertfordshirecomets) on Instagram! Think you can do better or want to show us how you’re staying active through isolation? Please tag us on Instagram at @hertsquad and we will repost the best ones!

April 1st also marked the day the Athletic Union were set to travel to Derby in our annual Varsity clash. The event is a brilliant way to sign off the season and celebrate our students’ commitment, so to mark the occasion we have released an extended version of our annual round-up. Head to the Herts Squad social media channels to see the review of the season!

Performance Herts

Follow our Strength and Conditioning experts to see how our performance athletes are adapting their training whilst at home. Why not give some of their 250+ exercises a go at home. Be sure to tag us on Instagram (@performanceherts) so we can see.


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