I’m sure you are aware that we, along with other universities and indeed most organisations, are facing some difficult decisions as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. As you continue to adjust to lockdown and studying from home, first and foremost our priority is to ensure that we continue to support you both in your studies and your wellbeing, at this uncertain time.
As a result of the pandemic, we are forecasting that there will be a significant impact to our University finances. We have already taken a number of actions to mitigate this, including a voluntary 20% pay cut for the President and her senior team. In a statement to our staff we have outlined a number of further steps that we may need to take in the future. We are planning for the most severe financial impacts, but doing all we can to minimise these, so we can deliver better teaching and learning experience and research environment.
You can view online, the full statement on the COVID-19 financial implications for the University.
All of these decisions are being made to ensure our University has an exciting future which is built on a financially sustainable foundation, and I would like to reassure you that we are absolutely committed to continuing to deliver the high-quality student experience that you expect here at Manchester.
As we look to next year, you may have heard recently from the Government that social distancing measures could remain in place for some time, and be wondering what that may mean for your continued studies and return to campus life and activities. We want to welcome you back to campus safely as soon as we possibly can, but there may need to be some changes to the way we all live and work in our University community. We are exploring a number of options that include a wider range of online and blended learning; new social distancing rules for campus teaching spaces and facilities; and perhaps later start date for the coming academic year.
We will of course keep you updated over the coming weeks, as we continue our planning for the next academic year. In the meantime, stay safe and well, and be assured we are here to support you.
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Professor April McMahon
Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students