Dean Mark Rutgers on the corona crisis: 'Take care of one another'
In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Mark Rutgers has a message for all students at the Faculty of Humanities.
On behalf of the Faculty Board, I want to express my appreciation of how you are all coping with this difficult situation. The courage and flexibility I see all around me in our students makes me feel very proud.
Right now there are a number of things to bear in mind. First and foremost, pay attention to your health and that of your family, friends and fellow students. Follow all the advice from the government, and keep a close eye on the Updates coronavirus page on the University website to stay up to date with the latest information regarding the corona crisis. The most frequently asked questions can be found on the FAQ page, and you can ask questions yourself by mail or phone.
I realise that this is a confusing time and that many people are concerned about what the crisis means for them personally and for the progress of their studies. The enormity of the crisis means that we need time to clearly understand the consequences for the education we provide. Please be assured that your concerns are uppermost in our minds. A number of crisis teams are meeting on a daily basis to deal with the problems you are raising, and we will keep you as up to date as possible via the website.
In the coming weeks there is no need for you to be in the vicinity of the faculty, so look for a place to study where you feel most at ease. From 23 March, lessons will continue as far as possible, in digital form. The teaching format will change in most cases, but we are doing our utmost to safeguard the quality of the teaching. Make sure you check your online learning environment, Blackboard or Brightspace, regularly for updates concerning your subjects.
This is a strange time. I understand the frustration you undoubtedly feel at times but the most important thing is to stay positive. Support one another and take care of one another. If you are finding things difficult, ask the people around you for help, and try to make the best of the opportunities that are available. We must – and we will – get through this together.
Stay strong, and we will keep in touch.
With kind regards,
Dean, Faculty of Humanities