Dr Ian Pickup on how UEL dealt with the pandemic

What 12 months it was.

During this period at the University of East London (UEL) we focused on two areas. First, to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of our students and staff, and second, to continue providing the highest level of career-oriented education to 17,000 learners from around the world.

Our dual delivery model has been a real success. We have embraced the latest technology, innovated with learning methods, and brought back those who may not have had adequate access to IT equipment or digital services through significant levels of hardship funding.

Dr.  Ian Pickup, Chief Operating Officer of the University of East London

Dr. Ian Pickup, UEL, explains how the university has dealt with the Covid pandemic
– Credit: UEL

We have worked hard to contain the spread of the virus. Our asymptomatic testing center on Docklands Campus is still open and provides an important service to all members of the UEL family as well as several community organizations.

With that in mind, I can tell you that we have just been approved as a vaccination pop-up center. It reflects the excellent work the testing center does and builds on our efforts to serve residents of Newham and beyond.

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Finally, I would like to highlight some examples of the work our employees have done to support others during the pandemic.

Four law students who interned in the office of Rep. Stephen Timms played a very important role. Mark Fallon, Oluwabunmi Otunuga, Patricia Mckenzie and Faridah Adeyemo have assisted voters on a range of cases, from housing to financial disputes.

And I sincerely thank Rob Waterson, Director of Careers and Business at our School of Health, Physical Education, and Life Sciences for the work he has done to support and advise the NHS Nightingale staff.

The Nightingale recently closed its doors and hundreds of its staff have been thinking about the next step in their journey. Rob is committed to advising over 60 employees on the options available to them in both UEL and the wider nursing and healthcare sectors.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer.

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