Research remains our priority as the academic year begins

Update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner The start of the academic year is always a special time in the life of a university, and this week feels particularly significant. Thanks to the remarkable efforts of many hundreds of people we have welcomed staff and students back to our campuses. I’m sure I am not alone …

Our resilient researchers are rising to the challenge

COVID-19 update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner As our preparations for the start of the new academic session gather momentum I wanted to share with you highlights of our latest successes and developments in research. It is also very good to report that we expect our final research-related areas to be opening over the next …

On track to reopen all major research facilities by September

COVID-19 update from Professor Dame Jessica Corner I am delighted to confirm that the University is on track to reopen all our major research facilities by the beginning of September. This is the result of tremendous hard work and a team effort in the truest sense, with colleagues coming together to tackle an unprecedented and …

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 …

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 …