As we continue to navigate our way through challenging times, over a period of a few short weeks, we have reorientated the University's work to adapt to a situation which even a short time ago seemed unimaginable. We have taken urgent action to support the effort to tackle Covid-19, both through research and supporting the NHS; to enable students to continue their studies; and to inform the public with authoritative commentary from our academic colleagues on the pandemic.
This week, we have announced that St George's is focusing all its ongoing research on tackling coronavirus (Covid-19). While other research on site has been paused, the University will remain open for researchers working on clinical trials and diagnostic tests for the disease, as well as those looking to understand the underlying biology of the virus and the body’s immune response.
Supporting the NHS
I have been deeply impressed by the groundswell of students wanting to volunteer to support the NHS during this time of intense pressure. Over 100 students have responded to our call for volunteers to use the skills and knowledge they have gained through their courses to support NHS Trusts local to St George’s. Once again, my thanks go to you all for the commitment you have shown to serving our community.
To support St George's Hospital, with which we share many links, we have made space available for staff their to rest in their downtime and, in Hunter Wing, provided space on the fourth floor for NHS staff to reskill.
Sharing our expertise
In the latest in our popular Spotlight on Science series, which has now also moved online, Professor Julian Ma, Professor Tariq Sadiq, Dr Elisabetta Groppelli and Professor Paul Heath discuss the latest efforts to curb the pandemic and why there's hope that research will help us to beat this disease.
This week's video message
We hope to continue sharing regular video messages with you. Professor Jane Saffell, Deputy Principal (Education), talks in this week's video about the University's move to online teaching and assessments, the innovations which have made this possible and how the University is working with others to prioritise students being able to progress in their studies during this challenging time.
Our final year MBBS students will be experiencing this new approach to assessments as they begin their finals on Monday. I wish you all the very best of luck.
Other subject cohorts will be following in the coming weeks and we will of course keep you updated as plans for these assessments are finalised.
Take care of yourselves and for all the latest information and guidance, please keep checking our FAQs.
With all my best wishes,
Professor Jenny Higham
St George's, University of London