I would like to begin this week’s Student Briefing by congratulating our final-year undergraduate students on the completion of your studies, especially under the difficult circumstances of the last few months. I hope that the virtual end of year course celebrations the University has organised offer you the opportunity to celebrate this achievement with fellow students, staff and friends, family and all those who have supported you through the past few years.
Whether you have already graduated, are awaiting final results or have assessments still to complete, I wish you all the very best for the next stage of your journey. Pathways can be many and varied, and if you’re in rough terrain be encouraged, keep going and press on to the destination.
With Graduation such a highlight in the St George’s calendar, it was disappointing to have had to postpone this month’s ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to celebrating in person with our graduates at a rescheduled ceremony next year, when we will warmly welcome you as a new member of our alumni association where you will continue to be a valued part of the St George’s community.
Meanwhile, postgraduate programmes and some undergraduate years are still underway, others are awaiting results, some of you have finished and some have already started next term! Staff teams across the University will be working hard over the next three months on preparations for next term, both for on-campus/placement activities and re-designed online teaching and learning.
It was pleasing to have so much interest in the role of Student Curriculum Advisor from across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and to read of your motivations for applying and the range of perspectives, experience and skills that would be brought to the project. I am delighted to announce that we have appointed 47 new Student Curriculum Advisors to work alongside staff on the important online education project that is now underway. I greatly look forward to meeting and working with you.
Finally, I hope that you have found the Student Briefing a useful and informative addition to the updates you receive from the University. The briefing has been going out weekly during the initial stages of the pandemic to update on what has been a rapidly developing situation with coronavirus. The briefing will now be sent out as and when there are meaningful updates, rather than weekly.
Professor Jane Saffell
Deputy Principal (Education)
St George’s, University of London