Extended Christmas break announced

October 21st, 2020

The Vice-Chancellor has announced that three days of exceptional leave are to be added to the 2020 Christmas and New Year break to thank staff on our UK campuses for their hard work throughout 2020.

Including existing closure days and bank holidays the break will now run from Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021 inclusive.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West said: “I remain enormously grateful for the Herculean effort made over the past few months and felt it important that colleagues can enjoy an extended break over the seasonal period, without needing to use annual leave allowances.

While for many – including myself – it can feel a little early to be discussing Christmas in October, I hope that this token of my appreciation and respect will provide you all with something to look forward to over the coming weeks.”

If you are unable to use the exceptional leave during the closure period, you may use it at the earliest opportunity following the break by agreement with line managers.

For any enquires, find more information and a list of FAQs here.

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October 21st, 2020 at 10:33 am

Stephanie Holmes

Wow! Thank you so much for the kind gesture, it means a lot and is very much appreciated. Steph

October 21st, 2020 at 11:29 am

Steph Owen

I am in agreement with my name buddy. This is very much appreciated, thank you! Steph

October 21st, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Sharon Conroy

Wow – what a wonderful surprise, thank you so much! This is very much appreciated.

October 21st, 2020 at 6:18 pm

Andrea Greener

This is very generous. Thank you.

October 22nd, 2020 at 10:28 am

Lisa Rull

A much-appreciated gesture.

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