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22 May 2020

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Sent: 22 May 2020 13:57
To: EnglishHoD, Resource <>
Cc: PGEnglish, Resource <>; Moore, Sian <>
Subject: ECLS update 22 May 2020

Dear all,


I hope everyone is doing as well as possible, and that you’re finding ways to take a break from work and relax wherever possible. I know you have a huge range of experiences and some of you have taken on enormous responsibilities for your families alongside your own academic work and worries about finances.


I’m also aware that our postgraduate community is exceptionally intellectually driven and ambitious, and all staff in the department are incredibly impressed with the various conferences and reading groups you’re organizing and attending. Please do let us know if there’s anything we can do to support these activities. I hope it goes without saying how much respect we have for your willingness to continue with your studies in such difficult circumstances.


For those of you coming back next year for taught courses, I know you have lots of questions about what the University means by ‘blended learning’ and moving between face-to-face teaching and online teaching. The department have got several groups set up to discuss how we will approach online learning next year, and we’ve got lots of good ideas on how to go forward. Our priority, though, is your health and wellbeing. We won’t do anything that puts you at risk, and will have further updates on next year in the coming weeks.


We’re also working on ways to ensure our research community will remain a lively and various one next year, even if much of it will be online. Colleagues as much as postgraduates are keen to make sure we continue to invite speakers and share our research with each other.


Take care and I hope you all get some respite from screens and devices over the weekend and into the bank holiday. As always, please do let me know if you’ve got any questions or need to talk anything through and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


Best wishes,



Professor Emma Mason | Head of Department | English and Comparative Literary Studies | University of Warwick | | @whypoets