CoronavirusStaff update: 17 April

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you and your loved ones were able to enjoy the longer Easter weekend break. Having this time away from work allows us all to 'recharge', reflect and take a fresh perspective on the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in.

I want to start this message by offering my sincere thanks to our front line staff and recognising their commitment to Strathclyde, as they continue to travel to work on campus. While many of us are working from home, we acknowledge their efforts to allow the University to continue to function and operate safely and effectively. Thank you for your hard work, commitment and professionalism.

As we near the end of the fourth week of restrictions, your safety, health and wellbeing remain at the heart of our decision-making. We are continuing to develop the Wellbeing & Working from Home Hub and welcome your thoughts and views on what further information and resources would be helpful.

This week, we have added some new recommendations to reflect the different way we perform our tasks when at home as opposed to when we are on campus.

As you will be aware, I take time each year to host staff engagement sessions, with support from members of the Executive Team, where I get to see as many colleagues as possible in face-to-face meetings.

Despite the current restrictions, I still intend to run these sessions, but will be using Zoom to allow large groups to gather online. I’m looking forward to talking directly with my Faculty and Professional Services colleagues and sharing our next steps in the delivery of Vision 2025. The current situation is temporary, and these sessions will be very much focussed on working together to deliver our strategy. Look out for details of the virtual sessions in future editions of Inside Strathclyde.

Finally, and very importantly, this message goes out to all of you immediately after the UK Government has correctly decided to extend the lockdown for at least another three weeks. This extension has been widely expected, however, I understand the challenges and impact this announcement will have on all of you.

Consequently, and in consultation with the Executive Team, I have decided that we will continue to have a rest day on each of the Fridays throughout this planned lockdown extension, after which time we will review our position. As before, those of you that are unable to take Friday as a rest day can make alternative plans through your line manager.

Once again, many thanks for your dedication and contribution to Strathclyde during these challenging times. I am confident that we will emerge from the current situation strongly and in a position to drive forward and deliver our ambitious Vision 2025 strategy.

Have a safe and peaceful weekend.

Best wishes

Jim