As we approach the end of this eventful academic year, and after more than 100 days of lockdown, it is encouraging that restrictions continue to ease and a growing number of elements of normal life are resuming. Many of you will be looking forward to annual leave and spending time with family and friends and I hope that you will enjoy a relaxing and peaceful summer.
At this time of year, we would usually stage our graduation ceremonies, one of the major highlights of the Strathclyde calendar. This year, and like many aspects of life at the moment, the celebrations will take place online as we enjoy Conferment Day on Friday.
Please encourage your students to celebrate and share their success using their favourite social media channels, using the hashtag #StrathLife. You can also watch our messages of congratulations on our Conferment Day web page.
The class of 2020 will be a very special alumni group and I’m sure that you share my sense of pride in how they responded to events with maturity, resilience and determination.
At Strathclyde, we equip our graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and ambition with which to develop their careers. I believe our new Strathclyde Graduates will play an important role in post-lockdown recovery, bringing an innovative and fresh approach to society’s challenges.
It remains our intention to offer traditional graduation ceremonies as soon as possible, and I will tell you more about that as conditions evolve and we can make definite plans.
Importantly, the UK Government published its Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap yesterday. This influential, forward looking document sets out the UK’s vision and ambition for science, research and innovation. I am delighted that Strathclyde is featured as a prominent case study within the roadmap.
Our Innovation Ecosytem is held up as an exemplar of the work of an institution at the forefront of research and innovation. The roadmap also recognises that our innovation initiatives, 'are attracting significant numbers of companies and organisations looking to nurture and accelerate growth, improve productivity and access world-class research, technology and talent from the University of Strathclyde.'
I am encouraged by this ambitious strategy, which strongly recognises the role of universities in building the future economy and in particular plays to our strengths and reputation as an International Technological University. I am excited about the important role Strathclyde will play, working closely with our partners, in building a successful and innovative economy.
Enjoy your rest day and the coming weekend, and please do join us online for our Conferment Day celebrations if you can.