School of Education – community responses to COVID-19

Issued: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 16:03:00 BST

Staff and students within the School of Education are doing their utmost to support local and wider communities during the COVID-19 crisis, and we are delighted to be able to report of the efforts that they have been making, most which have been quite spontaneous. The following set of activities are by no means totally comprehensive and only a selection of the work that is going on. Of course in addition to this, staff across the school have been working very hard to ensure the continuity of services in teaching and learning to our students, and students have in turn been supporting each other and us in what has been a challenging time, but one which has brought out the best in everyone. We will continue to provide updates of this sort and welcome any suggestions as to what other things we might do with and for the communities we serve.

  • We are working with Scottish Government to further develop a COVID-19 communications toolkit for the general public (Margaret Sutherland)
  • We are using emerging evidence from national and international networks to inform and support educational leaders and policy makers to develop evidence informed responses to the COVID19 crisis at city and national level with following themes:
  • We are leading the development of a global network with the Bernardo O’Higgins University, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Valparaíso and Santiago in Chile and the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, in partnership with the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) to share emerging research findings, and move knowledge and emerging practices around the world – (Chris Chapman Policy Scotland)
  • We have written thought pieces related to COVID-19 as follows
    • Supporting resilient learning in the face of COVID-19 (Yulia Nesterova, Centre for Sustainable, Healthy, Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods– see
    • Mitigating feelings of loneliness, and preserve our sense of connectedness, during isolation. (Catherine Lido on PASCAL Observatory – see
  • We are making contributions to an initiative from University of Florence: Research and practices to reach a sustainable and healthy economic and social recovery post COVID-19. PASCAL’s learning Cities Network will lead themes on cities and communities (Mike Osborne), cultural engagement (Catherine Lido) and spirituality and faith (Margaret Sutherland). See
  • We have made a contribution to UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning webinar on university responses to COVID 19 – (Mike Osborne, see
  • The EcCoWell2 Community Recovery Program is being launched by PASCAL shortly in partnership with Cork Learning City, Wolverhampton City Learning Region, Wyndham Learning City, Harlem New York Learning Neighbourhood, Datong Taipei Learning Neighbourhood, Beijing Academy of Social Sciences, and the City of Cotonou, Benin.
  • There are a range of news items on CR&DALL and PASCAL sites from around the world
    • Don't Waste A Crisis (Part One) - Fondation pour l'Innovation Politique (FONDAPOL) – Josef Konvitz -
    • Pascal International Members Association (PIMA) Webinar #2 | Adult Learning and Education (ALE), Climate Crises and COVID-19: Critical Reflections from Australia -
    • Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption: The Chinese Experience in Maintaining Undisrupted Learning in COVID-19 Outbreak -
    • Forum d'actualité CMAtlv: COVID19
  • A section on pandemics is being included in a guide on cultural intervention in times of crisis for Latin America. The section includes advice on implementation and issues of concern as well as activities around literature and the arts during health crises. The guide, commissioned by The Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and Caribbean(Cerlalc) which sponsored by UNESCO, will be published in June in Spanish under the title:  La Fuerza de las Palabras: Estrategias de Intervención Cultural en Contextos de Crisis y Emergencia) (Lavinia Hirsu, Julie McAdam and Evelyn Arizpe)
  • Staff and students within the Community Development area of the school are contributing extensively to supporting their communities in a range of ways, including:
    • facilitating weekly Mindfulness group sessions for staff and their families
    • providing emotional support to volunteers in NGOs through check-in chats, referral information and, in some cases, financial support
    • a wide range of volunteering activities, including students who are involved in various community initiatives such as providing food for families in areas of high deprivation and supporting drug addiction help groups (Sinead Gormally)
  • PhD Student, Barry Black, from the Urban Big Data Centre was interviewed on Radio Scotland on 21 April to discuss what lockdown may mean for educational inequality in Scotland. See
  • The St Andrew’s Foundation is offering daily Religious Education tasks and activities for primary and secondary pupils (via Twitter and Facebook) (Roisin Coll)
  • The School of Education made over 30 mini Ipads available to University Hospital, Wishaw after receiving a request from Dr Michael McGovern, a Respiratory Consultant (and a Glasgow alumnus and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer). They will be available on the Covid ward for patients to communicate with their families and loved ones (Maureen Farrell and Margery McMahon)
  • Staff are involved in cooking hot meals and preparing sandwiches for the homeless that are uplifted every weekend (Mary Lappin and Gabriela Rodolicco)














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