CoronavirusStaff update: 20 March

Dear Strathclyde colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your terrific efforts, support and dedication during a week unlike any other we have experienced. 

These are extraordinary times for us all. Please be aware that I and all my Executive Team colleagues are incredibly grateful to all of you for your response in dealing with this unprecedented situation.

Your safety, health and wellbeing – and that of your loved ones - is at the heart of every decision we make. The University will continue to do everything we can to support you as the entire community adapts to this new way of working. Further information and advice for students and staff regarding the COVID-19 outbreak is available on the University website and is updated regularly.

If you have any concerns, worries or questions about any aspect of our response, please do not hesitate to raise it with your line manager or colleagues in Human Resources.  

We have all pulled together to support the health and wellbeing of our students on and off-campus, and to ensure their learning continues with as little disruption as possible. Classes have moved online thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Strathclyde team, who have shown exceptional commitment to supporting our students.

The move to online working has been embraced by staff too, with teams working remotely across all Faculties and professional services. Everyone has risen to the challenge. More than 1200 staff meetings have already taken place on our new video conferencing service, with many examples of innovative working and new ways of coming together to make sure everyone is included and in regular contact. We will be providing further information to support flexible and agile working in the days ahead.

The efforts by teams across the University to make this possible, and the way that everyone has adapted, is something that we should all take great pride in. However, I also recognise the pressure which the current unprecedented situation has placed upon everyone.

To maintain our wellbeing, I want each and every one of us to have one working day next week and one the following week when we rest; a day fully devoted to supporting our families and loved ones, and for us all to recuperate. The Executive Team is currently considering the best way to implement this and further information will be communicated early next week.

The Executive Team continues to meet on a daily basis, making decisions on safety, provision of services, and sharing best practice and intelligence from across the Faculties and indeed the wider University sector. We are also working closely with Ministers and government officials to influence policy and support efforts to fight the consequences of the outbreak.

My thanks are extended across the entire University community of staff and students. Your professionalism, calm response and support for one another has been inspiring. We are a Values-based organisation. Being People Oriented and Collaborative is part of being ‘Strathclyders’, so I am certain that we will continue to work together in a courteous, empathetic and respectful manner despite the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves.

I have never been more proud to be your Principal and to be a ‘Strathclyder’ myself.

Best wishes,

Jim