All the regular updates issued by the Vice-Chancellor
It’s hard to believe that we are already in March and, like much of 2020, the first couple of months of 2021 have been an extremely busy period for all our staff.
As we are now nearly mid-way through our first semester of the 20/21 academic year, it is important to take stock and reflect on the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to our University community.
Over the last few weeks, more staff have been returning to campus with the re-opening of a number of key student-facing facilities, including the McClay Library and the Graduate School.
As the University prepares for the new academic year and transitioning out of lockdown, we are currently working on detailed measures, guidance and policies to ensure the campus remains a safe and welcoming place to live, work and study.
As we continue to deal with the challenges of COVID-19, I wanted to reassure all staff that we are continuing to operate University business as best we can, whilst also planning for the future in this uncertain environment.
Last week, the University was presented with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our work on Shared Education by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
The recent announcement by the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, that a £350 million investment has been secured for a Belfast Region City Deal is great news for the entire region.