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Published: 28 September 2020

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell and Lynsey Bendon at the University of Sunderland in London

This month, we were delighted to welcome Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland to our campus.

Coming to London for the first time since lockdown began, Sir David reflected on how Canary Wharf and South Quay have changed in just a few short months.

“Unsurprisingly, in the light of the pandemic, the area felt quieter on Monday. Many of the large banks and other businesses in the area do not have the majority of their staff back working in offices.” – Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

He followed the above sentiment with an observation on the slow return of life to the London campus. After being taken around the building by Lynsey Bendon, Assistant Director (Operations and Student Experience), Sir David said, 

“There was a strong emphasis on safety, with all the appropriate support in place to make the campus a secure and welcoming environment.” - Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

Those safety measures include a one-way route around the building, free masks, hand gel and plastic screens.

Another procedure put in place is the new booking system for services including the Library, Health and Wellbeing, the Gateway and Careers.

You can make an appointment for any of these through Compass

Vice-Chancellor speaking with University of Sunderland in London staff

Lynsey added, “We were pleased to welcome the Vice-Chancellor onto the campus earlier this month on his first visit to London since the lockdown restrictions reduced. 

Sir David knows the building well and noted the extensive work that the team have undertaken to ensure we’re COVID-19 secure. 

He spoke to colleagues around the building and thanked the team for ensuring that the University of Sunderland in London was able to welcome back students and staff in such a positive and supportive manner.” Lynsey Bendon, Assistant Director (Operations and Student Experience)

The Vice-Chancellor and Lynsey Bendon in a lecture room

You can see the full lists of steps we’ve taken on our COVID-19 Guidance.

If you have any questions about the return to campus, please contact the Gateway team at gateway-london@sunderland.ac.uk.

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