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Further local coronavirus restrictions

Posted on 25 September 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, We have been advised by Welsh Government that Cardiff will be subject to further coronavirus restrictions. As a result, new measures will come into force from 18.00 on 27 September 2020.  They are designed to protect people’s health and restrict the spread of the virus. As a part of the local community, we
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 10 September 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, As we approach the new term I thought I would share with you some thoughts about our approach to accommodating students on campus, and to the blended learning strategy which will see all students having regular opportunities for face to face teaching whilst many classes will be delivered online. Current challenges and our
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 25 August 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, As one colleague observed to me earlier this month, ‘2020 is the gift that keeps on giving’. The dramatic u-turn on A-level grades that took place just as the main phase of confirmation and clearing was closing has introduced an extraordinary level of uncertainty and movement in universities throughout the UK. Given the
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Posted on 22 July 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, Almost as surprising as the dramatic changes wrought by COVID-19 have been the ways in which many aspects of academic life have proceeded as they would in any other year, albeit by different means and sometimes in a different form. Undergraduate assessment is complete, exam boards have been held and degrees awarded. As
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 30 June 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, Universities exist to create and disseminate knowledge for the benefit of all. That is at once a clear statement of our purpose and an excessively simplified description of our activity. I hesitate to explore the philosophical ramifications; one could consider at length what we mean by knowledge, whether and how it is created,
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 18 June 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, I devoted most of my email of 7 May 2020 to the coronavirus crisis, which is what you would expect, but I also made the point that the pandemic does not mean that we should ignore pre-existing matters of great concern such as race equality. Less than three weeks later, on May 25,
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Message from the Vice-Chancellor to staff

Posted on 4 June 2020 by Colin Riordan

Dear colleague, In previous emails and videos I have explained that we are in the unfortunate position of having to plan for a large budget deficit in the academic and financial year 2020-21, which begins on 1 August. I want to tell you more about that, what the assumptions are that underlie the thinking and
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