University statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II 

This is an email sent to all staff on Friday 9 September by Jennifer Sewel, University Secretary.

Dear colleague,

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the University has published a statement on our website

The University extends its deepest sympathies to the Royal Family. There’s a book of condolence on the Leeds City Council website. 

As a mark of respect, the Union flag on the Parkinson Building is being flown at half-mast during the official period of national mourning and we are lighting up our buildings purple.  

Whilst details of timings are still being confirmed, the flag will be raised for a period of time over the weekend, to mark the proclamation of the King. It will then be lowered again to half-mast. 

More information will follow for colleagues. The undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 10 September is scheduled to go ahead as planned. 

You can find information on the support available from the University on our staff wellbeing page. There are also several spaces on campus available for prayer and quiet contemplation, whether you practise a particular faith or not. 

A version of this email is being sent today to all students and postgraduate researchers.

Jennifer Sewel 

University Secretary

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