A message from the Vice-Chancellor | Thank you to our wonderful community

Email sent to all staff on Wednesday 15 December 2021

Dear colleagues,

As we approach the end of the year, I want to extend my thanks to you all for keeping the University going during what continues to be a challenging time for the entire community. 

Last week, the Government announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Whilst this step is very important to keep us all safe, I am aware that it continues to bring challenges for everyone, both at work and at home. Although things may once again seem uncertain, I want to reassure you that the safety of all staff and students remains a key priority and we will keep you updated as more information emerges. 

I am grateful that we have managed to get through this challenging year, so far, together and I am confident that we can continue to come through this next period even stronger, as we are a wonderfully connected community.   

In my new blog, which I encourage you to read, I talk more about the significance of developing these deeper connections, and a stronger sense of purpose, in 2022.  A universal truth, it seems to me, is that we all want to be happy and at peace, and to achieve this we need to feel connected.   

In my video message, I wish you all a really restful winter break. I hope you can take time to recharge and to focus on other things than work, if you are able. 

I want to particularly thank the staff who cannot take this entire time off because they need to be here to support students and others who will stay on campus to keep the University running during the break. 

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk

Season's greetings and best wishes for the winter break,   

Professor Simone Buitendijk,    

Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds  


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