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Green shoots of recovery: my return to the Plant Sciences labs 

Dr Guilhem Reyt, a research fellow with the Future Food Beacon of Excellence, reflects on returning to the Plant Sciences labs, Sutton Bonington Campus. I’m in the final stages of my fellowship and during lockdown I was able to focus on paper writing and getting my work published. Juggling childcare with working from home was very challenging and strongly affected my productivity. However, I was amazed by the organisational switch …

Town halls and shaping our vision for research after COVID-19

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Around 1,500 colleagues have so far participated in virtual town halls for researchers and I am delighted that these online forums are proving a success. The last town hall for the wider research community in the current series took place on Friday 17 July, when we asked attendees to …

Back to my lab: an overwhelming sense of camaraderie

Dr Katie Reynolds, a postdoctoral Research Associate, reflects on the journey back to her lab as the Chemistry Building becomes one of the first to reopen on University Park I’ll never forget the start of the lockdown… but I’m getting ahead of myself.  I’ve been a postdoc in the School of Chemistry, ever since I …

COVID-19 update: extensions to periods of study for postgraduate research students

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner Welcome to my latest update, including a key announcement on study extensions for postgraduate researchers, the latest on the return of research to our UK campuses and reaction to the government’s support for research. I am also delighted to share further outstanding successes from colleagues in our research community.   Postgraduate research student extensions announcement   In response to the severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the studies and wellbeing of postgraduate research (PGR) students, the …

The return of research to campus    

As the first phase of buildings on our UK campuses re-open, Professor Dame Jessica Corner visited researchers to find out more about their work and meeting the challenges ahead At the Advanced Manufacturing Building on Jubilee Campus, Dame Jessica was welcomed by Senior Research Technician Mark East and Professor Richard Hague of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, …

Fantastic progress as we accelerate our on-campus research  

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner I am delighted to say we are making fantastic progress towards the return of research to our UK campuses. Thanks to the superb efforts of Estates, Health and Safety teams and wider colleagues, the Advanced Manufacturing Building on Jubilee Campus, and the Biodiscovery Institute and Chemistry Building on University …

COVID-19: a milestone for our UK campuses

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner This week, the University has reached a milestone in the phased return of more research activity to our UK campuses with the first wave of buildings, research spaces and facilities being prepared to welcome back specific teams. However, as outlined in this week’s Recovery Group update by Deputy Vice-Chancellor …

COVID-19: preparing for the return of research to our UK campuses

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner I wish to share with you how the University is preparing for the return of research to our UK campuses. As outlined this week by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Long – chair of the University’s Recovery Group – emerging from lockdown is a complex challenge. Our phased return to …

COVID-19: support for postgraduate researchers and invitation to a virtual town hall

Professor Dame Jessica Corner on the University’s response to COVID-19 In my latest update, I am delighted to share news of support for the University’s UK postgraduate researchers, whose studies have been affected by COVID-19. I am also inviting our research community to join me at a series of virtual town halls –as we come …

Dame Jessica updates on our response to COVID-19

I do hope you found the extended Easter break beneficial and restful. Many of us continue to juggle family and caring responsibilities, and supervisors and line managers are mindful of such challenges. The health of each of you remains our first priority. You can find support and advice on health and wellbeing while working from …