An update on our financial recovery programme
Vice-Chancellor Robert Van de Noort this week set out the financial challenges we face as an institution and what we are doing to respond to these. Nearly 1800 colleagues attended these sessions over Microsoft Teams Live Events.
The Vice-Chancellor said we are making major efforts across the University to save money – including pausing several large projects and making use of the government furloughing scheme – but these measures will not be sufficient on their own.
He referred to the Community principle of our new Strategic Plan, saying we need to collectively agree on options that will help us make the savings required and minimise job losses. The Vice Chancellor also said that any decisions will be made based on long-term benefit.
A summary and recording of the session is available on the staff portal.
Black Lives Matter: it’s our job to do something about it
The The overwhelming response to the murder of George Floyd reminds us that the experience of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people is blighted by pervasive racism.
In an emotive message, Professor Van de Noort has condemned racist acts of violence and announced an internal review to explore racial equality at the University. It will be led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Parveen Yaqoob.
Our BAME Network welcomed this announcement, and has called University colleagues to stand up to racism. Race@ Reading, an initiative of the network, will share the stories of its members and discuss how we can all contribute to a racially more inclusive institution.