As the academic term draws to a close, the High Sheriff of South Glamorgan has recognised the contributions of staff and students at Cardiff Met during the coronavirus pandemic.
Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Partnerships, Professor Leigh Robinson, together with staff from the University's estates and commercial services operations welcomed the High Sheriff, the Queen's representative in South Glamorgan, to a socially-distanced presentation at the Llandaff campus before the University closed for the Christmas break.
Throughout the pandemic the University has supported the local community in a wide range of ways: Staff ensured that learning and teaching continued and that students' mental health needs were supported; students returned to work on the frontline in health and social care; staff remained at work to pioneer medical research into antibody testing; students supported parents with home schooling; staff created and donated PPE and testing equipment; our Llandaff campus hosted Wales' national blood donor centre and Covid-19 testing centres; staff managed accommodation and catering for front line workers and those students for whom Cardiff Met was home throughout lockdown; and kept the local community active with online health and wellbeing programmes.
Professor Robinson said: "In spite of all that 2020 has thrown at us, staff and students have risen to the challenges and have continued to deliver positive impacts in the most difficult of circumstances.
"Our University has a key role to play in the civic life of Cardiff and the surrounding areas, and we take our responsibilities seriously, supporting our community and wider city at every opportunity, but even more so in a time of national emergency.
"I'm pleased to see staff and students recognised by the High Sheriff in this way and we look forward to exploring how we can work with him in the future."