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Published: 24 March 2020

A message of support from the Vice-Chancellor

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, we bring you a personal message of support from Vice-Chancellor Professor G.Q. Max Lu AO DL FREng FAA FTSE.

Dear Surrey alumni, supporters and friends,

I hope that you, your families and loved ones are keeping safe and well in these unprecedented times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here in Guildford, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority. We are all working together to provide support to our community. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our colleagues we have moved all of our teaching and assessment online, which will continue through until the end of this academic year.  In accordance with government advice we have asked our staff to work remotely where possible, while keeping the University open with the necessary services to support those students and staff who are still on campus.

I am immensely proud of all our students and staff in the way that they have come together to respond to this fast-moving situation. I am amazed at the agility and ingenuity of our staff in transitioning to online teaching and assessment.  While many challenges still lie ahead, we are united and ready to carry on educating all our students and progressing research as much as we possibly can.

This pandemic has meant that we have had to take the decision to postpone or cancel alumni events, both in the UK and around the world. This is only a temporary measure and we will continue to stay in touch with you and keep you connected to Surrey, and look forward to seeing you all again when things are more settled. We know many of our alumni and supporters will be on the front line dealing with COVID-19-related challenges – or know people who are. Our special thanks and good wishes go out to them.

We at the University also want to play our part in helping the broader community around us. We have staff and students – including many qualified health professionals, keen to offer their time and services. For example, we have already offered partner organisations, including the Royal Surrey County Hospital and Guildford Borough Council, our facilities such as sports halls, student accommodation, laboratories and parking.  Many of our researchers are also able to assist in COVID-19 testing, and related research to support the efforts both of our local community and of Government.

It is in challenging times such as these that we discover the roots of our humanity, and find that adversity unites us in resilience and kindness.  We stand ready to work together to find solutions to this pandemic, just as our researchers are collaborating to treat cancer, develop clean energy and sustainability solutions, research artificial intelligence for beneficial use to society, and so much more. Collaboration has always been at the heart of what the Surrey community is globally. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has written to offer their support and donations to the University. These kind and generous gestures are heartening and deeply appreciated. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts. 

I know I speak for everyone at Surrey in extending our heartfelt best wishes to you and your loved ones in these challenging times.

Warmest regards
Max

Professor G.Q. Max Lu AO DL FREng FAA FTSE
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Surrey

Vice-Chancellor Professor G.Q. Max Lu AO DL FREng FAA FTSE
Vice-Chancellor Professor G.Q. Max Lu AO DL FREng FAA FTSE
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