Colin Riordan

Colin Riordan


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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 10 September 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, As we approach the new term I thought I would share with you some thoughts about our approach to accommodating students on campus, and to the blended learning strategy which will see all students having regular opportunities for face to face teaching whilst many classes will be delivered online. Current challenges and our
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 25 August 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, As one colleague observed to me earlier this month, ‘2020 is the gift that keeps on giving’. The dramatic u-turn on A-level grades that took place just as the main phase of confirmation and clearing was closing has introduced an extraordinary level of uncertainty and movement in universities throughout the UK. Given the
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Posted on 22 July 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, Almost as surprising as the dramatic changes wrought by COVID-19 have been the ways in which many aspects of academic life have proceeded as they would in any other year, albeit by different means and sometimes in a different form. Undergraduate assessment is complete, exam boards have been held and degrees awarded. As
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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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