Update for USW researchers and research partners

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Message from Professor Martin Steggall, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research

Whilst we want to welcome everyone back onto our campuses as soon as possible, your health and wellbeing remains our top priority. With social distancing requirements expected to continue for some time, we are continuing to adapt how we manage our access to laboratories and other experiment environments. We acknowledge that some research activity cannot be done at home, but our over-riding priority is well-being for all. Being unable to complete research activity at home does not automatically justify return to work.

We are currently reviewing our buildings, specialist facilities and laboratories to maximise our ability to maintain research work and these will be prioritised within strict health and safety guidelines.  Where appropriate, we are working closely with our funders, partners and stakeholders to ensure that all projects continue to progress, collaborate and meet outcomes. We also recognise the impact that this period has on projects and continue to review a range of funded projects to provide details of impact and associated risks these may incur. 

We continue to regularly liaise with funders to receive the most up to date guidance available on a wide range of topics including eligible costs and to scope out potential extensions to projects where there is less activity for the foreseeable future. This approach ensures the minimisation of  risk both to USW and its partners and enables all of us to work collaboratively to fulfil our contractual obligations. We are reviewing what activity can restart on campus in line with Welsh Government/Public Health Wales advice on physical/social distancing. We are investigating a stepwise reopening of our laboratories, however, we must ensure that we protect our students, staff and partners.  

We wish to advise you that work continues, and we are very grateful for your ongoing support through this difficult time. If we can help with any other queries or concerns you may have in relation to projects, partnerships and funding then we would encourage you to contact your project manager(s)/team(s) and support service, even if this is to have an informal conversation on current progress. 

Further details will be released as our plans take shape, so please keep an eye on our website, FAQs and your email.  For now, please be assured that everything will be in place for your work to continue in a safe and secure way. 

Keep well, stay positive and we look forward to seeing you again soon.