Keeping up to date in changing times

Our Head of Communications and External Affairs, Chloe Bukata, guest blogs on the changes we have made to keep you up to date thought this crisis;

While London Higher has had an agile working policy for some time, it was tricky moving to solely working from home and making sure that we are able to offer our networks and events online. As we have transitioned to our online environment, our Head of Operations, Jenny Wetherill, blogged about tips and tricks for getting motivated to work from home, and we have been busy moving all of our work and communications to virtual means.

We wanted to make sure that we continued- as far as possible- to offer our networks as usual, albeit adapting to our new circumstances. We have moved these meetings to MS Teams, as well as setting up some virtual chats between members to make sure that we are able to share information and best practice amongst our HEIs.

This is a fast moving situation, and there is a lot of misinformation out there. We wanted to make sure that we are able to provide the most up to date government information for our members, as well as any useful resources for online teaching, all in one place. This is why we have created the London Higher Coronavirus Hub. We will update this hub daily with any new information and words of advice, so check back regularly. We are also making our newsletter shorter and more regular, providing you with the information you need, at the times when you want it.

Because this is such a sudden and dramatic change to our daily routines, we have added a section about mental health and wellbeing, with advice from government and mental health charities, alongside our members, on ensuring we all look after ourselves during this stressful time.

While this is a difficult and challenging time for us all, at London Higher we want to make sure that we are able to share best practice amongst our members, and celebrate the efforts and impacts of everyone working to make a difference. We are showcasing London Impact highlights across our social media feed, as well as updating our impact catalogue with examples from world leading research to innovative community work that truly showcases London at its best.  Get in touch with Sarah Hurst for more details or to contribute.

As the picture of this epidemic is still changing day to day, London Higher will continue to work across our membership to campaign for positive change that enables our members to thrive, whatever the circumstances may be.