A message to staff in the University and Colleges from the Vice-Chancellor, thanking them for all that they have done in this past academic year.

The following is a message from the Vice-Chancellor for all staff in the University and Colleges.

Dear colleagues,

The final graduation before the Summer break took place this past weekend, bringing to an end an academic cycle unlike any we have experienced before. It has been a tough and testing year, and we are all in need of some time for rest and recovery.

My first thoughts are, once again, with those of you who have been directly affected by COVID-19 -- whether you have been ill, have suffered a bereavement, or have needed to care for others. My sympathies are also with those of you who have struggled with isolation, and now with the new anxieties that are emerging as we move uncertainly towards the reopening of our society.

The collegiate University has shown huge resilience throughout the pandemic. In the midst of the ongoing crisis, you have continued to deliver excellent education and outstanding research, and you have kept the collegiate University's core work going. In areas such as admissions, the weeks ahead are typically one of the busiest times of the year, and this year will be no exception. I am hugely grateful for everyone’s continued dedication and effort. 

Given the uncertainty that still besets us, I imagine that the next academic year will again demand resourcefulness and adaptability from us all. I am hopeful that it will be a better year, and that our enhanced sense of community will not only help us pull through and recover from the pandemic, but will allow us to thrive.

Senior colleagues and I will be in touch over the Summer break if there are any important updates. In the meantime, stay safe. I hope you will all have found some time for relaxation and renewal before the Michaelmas term begins in full.

With best wishes,


Professor Stephen J Toope