Vice-Chancellor news

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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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 9 April 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleagues It has been the most extraordinary three weeks and I’m sure that many of you will be feeling exhausted not only by the pace and intensity of work, especially in confinement, but also by the worry, disruption and emotional strain that the Covid-19 crisis has caused. At its recent meeting Council was deeply
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Posted on 6 April 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear student,  I’m writing to update you on the progress we are making in responding to your concerns about assessment, how we can help you and support your wellbeing during the crisis, and practical matters such as accommodation. Firstly, the question has been raised of whether we will adopt a ‘no disadvantage’ approach to assessment.
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 27 March 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, It has only been two weeks since we began seriously to move into crisis management mode, though it seems a lot longer. In that time we have achieved an enormous amount, thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of colleagues across the University, and the good sense and co-operation of our students.
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to students

Posted on 24 March 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear student, The Prime Minister’s announcement of even tougher measures to halt the spread of coronavirus signals a fundamental shift in the way we live our lives. However difficult this is, it does mean a temporary halt to the freedoms we all enjoy. I must stress that we all have a duty to follow and
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to students

Posted on 24 March 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear student, The Prime Minister’s announcement of even tougher measures to halt the spread of coronavirus signals a fundamental shift in the way we live our lives. However difficult this is, it does mean a temporary halt to the freedoms we all enjoy. I must stress that we all have a duty to follow and
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 24 March 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, Monday evening’s address to the nation by the Prime Minister, announcing more stringent measures to control the spread of coronavirus, marks a significant shift for all of us, not only practically, but emotionally and psychologically. Clearly, it is of paramount importance that we follow instructions to stay within our household groups and to
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