Colin Riordan

Colin Riordan


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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 30 June 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, Universities exist to create and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of all. That is at once a clear statement of our purpose and an excessively simplified description of our activity. I hesitate to explore the philosophical ramifications; one could consider at length what we mean by knowledge, whether and how it is created,
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 18 June 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, I devoted most of my email of 7 May 2020 to the coronavirus crisis, which is what you would expect, but I also made the point that the pandemic does not mean that we should ignore pre-existing matters of great concern such as race equality. Less than three weeks later, on May 25,
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 4 June 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, In previous emails and videos I have explained that we are in the unfortunate position of having to plan for a large budget deficit in the academic and financial year 2020-21, which begins on 1 August. I want to tell you more about that, what the assumptions are that underlie the thinking and
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 29 May 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, As we approach the end of another month of lockdown there is at least the prospect of the regulations we presently operate under being somewhat relaxed, although it will doubtless be some time before we approach anything like pre-Covid conditions. As the virus is brought more under control, we can expect that new
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 21 May 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague In a shorter email this week (I didn’t think you would mind) I would like to update you on three interrelated matters. Firstly, at its meeting on Monday 18 May the University Executive Board (UEB) agreed to extend the Wellbeing Days through the month of June. While nothing ever proceeds as smoothly as
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 7 May 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, There have been a number of important developments even since my email to you a week ago. The government has made its response to UUK’s request for financial support, and we have given more thought to how to address the financial problems we are facing. It is also clear that as infection and
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 29 April 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, In my last email I promised to update you on our financial position. You have responded magnificently to the huge challenges posed by Covid-19 thus far, and so while we do face some challenges in the current financial year (which ends in July), they appear to be manageable. The real issues that face
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 23 April 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, It is the job of a free press to hold governments to account, so it is not surprising that all the governments of the UK are being challenged on coronavirus issues such as testing and the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Quite rightly, the Opposition probes and questions the government too on
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 17 April 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, I hope you had a relaxing break over Easter, were able to enjoy the glorious weather and, perhaps, forget for a while the tribulations that we are all undergoing at the moment. As I write, the extension of the lockdown for a further three weeks has just been confirmed by the UK government,
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