Update to students - 7 May at 3.20pm
I want to thank you for your continued patience and understanding in these unprecedented times. I am incredibly proud of the way in which every member of the Loughborough community, not just in the UK but around the world, is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We anticipate that on Sunday 10th May the UK Government will reveal its plan for how the current lockdown restrictions currently in place across the country will begin to be eased. The University is at an advanced stage of planning how we will manage our activity on both campuses in line with the Government requirements. The detail will be finalised when we have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday.
Until you are told otherwise, all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students must not return to either of the Loughborough University campuses.
As we approach the remote assessment period I know that you will all be working particularly hard. We notified you on Friday 1st May that the assessment timetable is now available via Learn and I hope you have consulted it. Professor Rachel Thomson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, will be contacting you again next week with further information about the remote assessment period and the dates in July when your results will be available.
Please remember that our range of student support services remains available to you. Our Student Wellbeing Team have created self-help resources and any student wanting to talk to someone about health and wellbeing concerns can make contact with the Team in the usual ways, with video and telephone appointments available. In the coming days we shall be launching further online resources to support you. Further information will be forwarded to you about this shortly.
I have one further bit of good news for our finalists. We shall be holding summer graduation in the week commencing Monday 12th April 2021. We have chosen that week because I hope the worst of the current crisis will be over, some international travel may be allowed, there is a better chance of good weather and, most importantly, Lord Sebastian Coe, our Chancellor, will join us to award degrees. LSU have also confirmed that the Graduation Ball will go ahead that week.
Like the vast majority of students, I am spending much of my time working from home and in doing so I have developed new IT skills that I suspect to many of you are nothing new. I very occasionally visit the Loughborough campus, primarily to meet (at a distance) those members of our community still resident in Halls because for one reason or another they were unable to travel home. The fountain on the lawn outside Hazlerigg Building continues to play but alas the University is all but deserted. I shall visit our London campus as soon as I possibly can. I can reassure you that all is well. Things will gradually return to normal and as soon as we can my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming you back. However, right now we must all continue to work remotely, wherever in the world we are located.
Professor Robert J. Allison
Vice-Chancellor and President