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COVID-19 update from Professor Sara Carter

After a challenging end to our first week of semester, I wanted to write about student support.

Our primary responsibility is to keep our staff and students safe. Measures have been put in place that will allow us to deal with the significant Covid-19 outbreaks in our Murano Street and Cairncross residences. The University is working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Public Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council and implementing additional measures, including testing across all residences.

Across the College, we have worked extremely hard to ensure that all our learning materials are online so students can continue their studies. Feedback shows how much our students appreciate the care that has been put into this. But there is also concern among College staff about the welfare of our students, particularly their mental health and feelings of loneliness and isolation.

University services are providing welfare support for students, but I would like to thank the many College staff who have reached out to give additional support and reassurance to our students. While opportunities for face to face interaction are restricted at the moment, the emphasis on giving pastoral care to our students is very much appreciated.

Anton's email on Friday 25th September included a link to some FAQs which explain how the new measures apply to our students.

Best wishes,

Professor Sara Carter