Friday 9 September 2022

The University community joins with the country in mourning the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who has been a part of our lives for 70 years as our Monarch. The Queen’s long reign through changing times demonstrated a life sustained by Christian faith and deep personal sacrifice. Her dignity, grace and joy transcended cultural and faith differences and bound a family of nations together. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted and grieving at this time. As a community, our condolences are expressed to the new King and all his family.

We are monitoring the advice and guidance issued by the Palace and the Government in how to mark the next few days, which will be the official period of national mourning and will continue until the day of the State Funeral.

This morning, the Union flag was lowered to half-mast in front of the Newport entrance. There is a Book of Condolence available in the Chapel and candles are available for those who wish to light one. The Chaplain will be holding prayer services next week; details are available on the portal. You may see the flag rise again tomorrow from 1pm, for 24 hours; this is in line with protocols, as King Charles III is proclaimed as our new sovereign.

We are awaiting further guidance from the Department for Education and will communicate the advice coming from that office as soon as we receive it. Teaching, learning and all other administrative activities will continue as normal, except on the day of the State Funeral.

We are looking forward to warmly welcoming our students onto campus next week for enrolment and re-enrolment, as well as those who are moving into their accommodation. Students whose enrolment slots may be affected by the date of the funeral will be contacted as soon as we know more.

Thank you for your understanding and, as always, for pulling together as a community to support each other at this difficult time.

*Update 13/09/2022* Following the announcement that Monday 19 September will be a Bank Holiday for the State Funeral, the University will be closed on this date. Students who had enrolment, re-enrolment or subject induction meetings on this date only will be contacted to have this rescheduled. All other dates remain unaffected.